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2001 Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners Alternate Rookie Jersey - MVP Season
Starting Bid - $300.00 , Sold For - $4,112.50
Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners alternate jersey dating from his 2001 rookie season. The blue knit jersey is lettered “Mariners” on the front and features the number “51” on the reverse. “Ichiro” is lettered on the reverse above the number. All front letters are appliquéd in tricolor tackle twill (silver/navy/teal); all reverse letters and numerals are appliquéd in silver on teal tackle twill. A 2001 All-Star Game patch appears on the left sleeve (the game was played in Seattle in 2001). Located on the left front tail are a “Russell Athletic” label, a “48” size tag, and a “2001” year tag. Original and unaltered, the jersey displays light wear. Ichiro was one of the greatest players in the history of Japanese baseball before joining the Seattle Mariners in 2001. He obviously had no trouble adapting to Major League pitching, as he led the American League in hitting with a .350 average. He also led the League in stolen bases and established himself as one of the game’s premier defensive outfielders. His 2001 postseason honors included the Rookie of the Year Award, the MVP Award, and the first of his seven consecutive Gold Glove Awards. Provided he plays another three seasons, and avoids injury, he will undoubtedly become the first Japanese player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Graded A5 by MEARS (no post-1987 jersey can achieve a higher grade than A5 without additional provenance). This is one of ten Ichiro Suzuki 2001 Seattle Mariners jerseys listed in the MEARS census, all of which are graded A5. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $4,112.50
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