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2001 Josh Beckett Florida Marlins Home Jersey
Starting Bid - $300.00 , Sold For - $470.00
Josh Beckett 2001 Florida Marlins home jersey dating from his first season in the Majors. The white knit jersey is lettered "Marlins" across the front and features the number "61" on the left breast and reverse. "Beckett" is lettered on the reverse above the number. All front letters are appliquéd in tricolor tackle twill (aqua/black/white), whereas all reverse letters are appliquéd in black on aqua tackle twill. All numerals are appliquéd in tricolor tackle twill (black/white/aqua). A team patch adorns the left sleeve, while a commemorative U.S. Flag patch (in honor of the victims of 9/11) appears on the reverse. A "Russell Athletic 50" label is located on the left front tail. Original and unaltered, the jersey displays moderate wear. As MEARS notes in its accompanying LOA, the tagging on this jersey dates from the 1996-1999 era, indicating that this a "rollover" shell used by the Marlins in subsequent years. Beckett made his Major League debut on September 4, 2001, so it's not surprising that as a late-season call up he would receive such a jersey and number. He kept the number for the next season and a half before switching to number "21" during the 2003 season. Beckett started four games for the Marlins in 2003, finishing the month with a 2-2 record and 1.50 ERA. In 2003 he was named the World Series MVP after his dominant pitching performance against the Yankees in Game 6. Considered one of the game's top right-handed pitchers, Beckett recorded his first twenty-win season with the Red Sox in 2007. Graded A5 by MEARS (no post-1987 jersey can achieve a higher grade than A5 without additional provenance). This is one of nine Josh Beckett jerseys listed in the MEARS census and the only example from the 2001 season. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $470.00
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