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    1995 Seattle Mariners Full (Unused) Season Tickets with Derek Jeter Debut & First Hit Games. For most lovers of baseball history, the affection is rooted in the belief that there was a purity to the early game that has been since been corrupted. We view the sport's childhood much like our own--uncomplicated, magical in its innocence, free of the guile and the compromise that tends to accompany progress. There were problems in the old days--serious ones solved only by brave men like Judge Landis and Jackie Robinson in their very different times--but we didn't yearn so desperately to kill our idols, and those old idols never seemed quite so ready to break our hearts either.

    For one thing, they were always there, from kindergarten through college graduation sometimes, through births and deaths, unbroken chains of years until they were as familiar as family. The weight of American principle that Curt Flood took to the fight for free agency left little doubt but that his cause was just, but then we fans had only ever seen the good in our team "belonging" to us. Just because Flood was right didn't stop it from hurting. The game was forever changed. And so our baseball families would gradually be replaced by strangers, who would soon vanish themselves if they got much better, or much worse. The days of Teddy Ballgame were over. No more Stan the Mans. No more Micks.

    With nothing left of Derek Jeter's playing career left to celebrate but his inevitable first-ballot Hall of Fame induction in 2020, we look back to the beginning, to a three-game stand in Seattle that would introduce what may well prove to be the last man to record every digit in a top ten career pedigree statistic in a single uniform.

    Only game eight is missing from this complete 1995 Seattle Mariners season ticket assembly, leaving the all-important Yankees games twenty-one through twenty-three in pristine, unused condition, still linked together with unbroken perforations. It was game twenty-one, on Monday, May 29, 1995, that Derek Jeter got his first taste of Major League action, starting at shortstop. He'd go hitless in five at-bats, but would record two hits the next day, game twenty-two, the first steps on his journey to the number six position on the all-time career list. He'd record his first of 1,311 career runs batted in during the third contest, game twenty-three, establishing each one of the trio as elite treasures of Jeter history.

    We'll leave it to the winning bidder to decide whether or not to remove the tickets and slab them--only a single example of the Jeter debut full ticket exists in the PSA registry. There are three for the second (first hit), and two for the third (first RBI). Each appears in NRMT-MT condition here.


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