The Seattle Mariners were founded in the year of 1977 as a part of Major League Baseball’s American League. Fun Fact: the Mariners got their team name from the prominence of marine culture in the city of Seattle, as they’re located near the waters of the Puget Sound, and they got their nickname the “M’S” from their team logo from 1987-1992. As of 2021, the Mariners have won the American League West division a total of 3 different times in 1995,1997, and 2001, the Mariners have also made the playoffs via a Wild Card berth once in their franchise history in 2000. The Mariners have also never won the American League Pennant and they have never won a World Series Championship. The history of the franchise is littered with legendary players such as Ken Griffey Jr, Ichiro Suzuki, Alex Rodriguez, Felix Hernandez, Randy Johnson, and countless others. Because of their impact on the game can be measured in numerous ways such as revenue, endorsements, and memorabilia. Recently we’ve discovered that some Mariners jerseys have been sold for extremely high amounts. Today we will take a look at the five most expensive Mariners jerseys sold to date:
5. 2012 Felix Hernandez Game Worn and Signed Jersey – $956
Like many of the great players that have played the game, Felix Hernandez (also known as “King Felix”) makes baseball look absolutely effortless. Between 2009 and 2014 King Felix has posted a 37.2 fWAR. King Felix won the American League’s CY Young Award in 2010 and has made five different All-Star appearances throughout his career representing the Mariners on the American League Team. In 2012, Felix represented the Mariners as part of the American League All-Star team, he led the league in FIP with 2.84, he led the league in shutouts with a total of 5, he struck out a total of 223 batters, he posted an ERA of 3.06, and he had a winning record with 13 wins and 9 loses. Fun Fact: King Felix has thrown the first and only perfect game in Mariners franchise history as well as that came against the Tampa Bay Rays. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction that was held in Dallas, the jersey was sold for $956, and it was sold on May 15th, 2015.
4. 1993 Ken Griffey Jr Game Worn Jersey – $ 4,080
The Mariners selected Ken Griffey Jr. with the Number 1 overall pick in the MLB draft in 1987, and that decision was arguably one of the greatest decisions the franchise has ever made. In 1993, Griffey Jr. represented the Mariners in the All-Star game as a member of the American League team, he led the league in total bases with a total of 359, he had a very efficient batting average of .309, he slugged a towering 45 home runs as he has one of the smoothest swings the game has ever seen, and he drove in a total of 109 runs. He hit a franchise record 417 home runs, and led the major leagues in home runs in the years: 1994, 1997, 1998, and 1998. He was named to 10 All-Star teams, he won 10 Gold Glove awards, he won 7 Silver Slugger Awards, and he was named the 1997 American League’s Most Valuable Player. His jersey was sold at the Heritage Auctions as a part of the Sports Catalog Auction, as the jersey was sold for $4,080 and was sold on May 13th, 2022.
3. 1997 Randy Johnson Game Worn and Signed Jersey – $ 4,806
As a member of the Mariners, Randy Johnson was named to 5 different American League All-Star teams, Johnson tossed the franchises first ever no-hitter on June 2nd, 1990, and he became the first Mariner to ever win the CY Young Award in 1995. In 1997, he led the majors in starting pitcher winning percentage with a percentage of .833%, he had a winning record of 20 wins and 4 loses, he struck out a total of 291 batters, he pitched a total of 213 innings, and he posted an 2.28 ERA. Johnson has a franchise record that could never be broken, as during his time in Seattle, he tossed a total of 19 complete game shut outs. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the Summer Platinum Night Sports Collectibles Auction, as the jersey was sold for $4,806 and was sold on August 19th, 2018.
2. 1995 Alex Rodriguez Game Worn Rookie Jersey – $ 8,663
Alex Rodriguez was the Number one overall pick in the MLB draft in 1993, and made his Major League debut by the age of 18, and became a superstar by the age of 20. In 1995, A-rod was just getting the feel for the big leagues as he only had a .232 batting average, he hit 5 home runs, and had 19 RBI’s in just 48 games played, but the very next season in 1996 A-rod would break out in stardom. In 1996, A-rod represented the Mariners in the All-Star game as a member of the American League team, he led the league in batting average with an immaculate average of .358, he led the league in total runs scored with a total of 141, he led the league in doubles hit with a total of 54 doubles, he led the league in total bases with a total of 359, he also hit a towering 36 home runs and drove in 123 runs. As a Mariner, A-rod had 4 All-Star appearances and won 4 Silver Slugger Awards. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the 2004 September (HSC) Signature Auction, as the jersey was sold for $8,663 and was sold on September 11th, 2004.
1. 2001 Ichiro Suzuki Game Worn and Signed Rookie Jersey – $12,000
Ichiro Suzuki didn’t enter the Major Leagues until he was 27 years old since he spent his early twenties playing in Japan, but when he made his first splash into Major League Baseball, he didn’t disappoint one bit. For a Mariners team that won an American League record 116 games, Ichiro represented the Mariners on the American League All-Star team, won a Silver Slugger Award, he won the American League’s Rookie of the Year Award and he won the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award. Ichiro led the majors in batting in 2001 with an immaculate batting average of .350, he led the majors in stolen bases with a total of 56, he led the majors in total base hits with a total of 242, he also hit 8 home runs, and drove in 69 runs. Ichiro is also the Mariners franchise leader in stolen bases with a total of 438, batting average with an average of .321, singles with a total of 2,069, base hits with a total of 2,542, and triples with a total of 79. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as it was a part of the Summer Platinum Night Sports Auction, as the jersey was sold for $12,000 and was sold on August 21st, 2021.