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1977 Ruppert Jones Seattle Mariners Game-Used Road Jersey (Inaugural Season)

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $587.50

Seattle Mariners road jersey worn by Ruppert Jones, the Mariners' biggest star, during the club's inaugural season in 1977. Graded a perfect A10 by MEARS. The blue knit jersey is lettered "Seattle" across the front and features the number "9" on the left breast and reverse. "Jones" is lettered on the reverse above the number. All front letters and numerals are appliquéd in blue on white tackle twill. All reverse letters are appliquéd in solid blue tackle twill. A "Goodman & Sons 40 " label appears on the left front tail. Original and unaltered, the jersey displays moderate wear throughout. In 1977 the American League welcomed two new expansion teams: the Seattle Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays. Of the two franchises, Seattle was clearly the better team that season. The Mariners posted a 64-98 record, which was ten games better than the Blue Jays, and even beat out Oakland by one game to avoid finishing last in the division. Outfielder Ruppert Jones was the team's best all-around player in 1977 and he later made history that season by becoming the first Seattle Mariner player to appear in an All-Star Game. He finished the year with 24 home runs, 76 RBI, and a .263 batting average. Graded A10 by MEARS. This is one of only two 1977 Seattle Mariners jerseys listed in the MEARS population report (the other is a home jersey belonging to manager Darrell Johnson that is also graded A10). This jersey has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat and jersey authenticators David Bushing and/or Troy Kinunen. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $587.50

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