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    American League Rookie of the Year & Most Valuable Player Season!

    2001 Ichiro Suzuki Game Worn & Signed Seattle Mariners Rookie Jersey with Undershirt. Not Ty Cobb, not Pete Rose, not any player in the history of Major League Baseball has recorded a decade of such prolific hitting as the man who began his first decade wearing the jersey we present here. A rookie at twenty-seven, Seattle's new arrival from Japan's Orix Blue Wave would claim the 2001 American League's Rookie of the Year, the MVP and the batting championship, as well as a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger and an All-Star berth, plunging a knife through the heart of the conventional wisdom that Nippon League stardom could not translate to the American game. It could be argued that Ichiro's rookie campaign was the most dominant in the full history of the Majors.

    Baseball purists will defend the official monarchy of Pete Rose for the metric, but it is mathematical fact that Ichiro's combined Nippon and MLB hit tallies (4,367) surpass that of Charlie Hustle. We can never know what might have been had Ichiro dedicated his nine seasons of Blue Wave service to the Bigs instead, but clear-headed consideration would lead most to the conclusion that Rose would have fallen.

    Add the intrigue of an international sensation to the recipe, the validation of the wisdom of those famous early 1930's Tours of Japan, and we're left with one of the most significant baseball jerseys of the twenty-first century. The alternate navy format is a real looker too, with silver-shimmer identifiers announcing "Mariners" on the chest and "Ichiro 51" on verso. Left sleeve reports Seattle's hosting of the 2001 All-Star Game, a patch worn for the full season by the team, though Ichiro was a participant. Lower left front tail provides sweat-softened tagging that states, "Russell Athletic Authentic Collection, 100% Polyester 48, 2001." Wear is light, consistent with one or two games of use. Silver sharpie signature on verso is a beauty, large and bold with a "01 ROY/MVP" notation.

    Accompanying the jersey is an "Asics" brand stretch undershirt with number "51" label affixed near tail, likewise demonstrating light game wear. LOA from Sports Investors Authentication (jersey). LOA from Mill Creek Sports (undershirt). Full LOA from Beckett Authentication Services. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.


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