The Seattle Mariners were formed in 1977 as part of the American League of Major League Baseball. Fun Fact: The Mariners got their team name from the importance of marine culture in the city of Seattle, being near the waters of Puget Sound, and they got their nickname “M’S” from their 1987 team logo. 1992. As of 2021, the Mariners have won the American League West Division a total of three times in 1995, 1997, and in 2001, the Mariners also made the playoffs via a wild card berth once in their franchise history in 2000. The Mariners have never won the American League Pennant either, and they’ve never won a World Series Championship. The history of the franchise is littered with legendary players like Ken Griffey Jr., Ichiro Suzuki, Alex Rodriguez, Felix Hernandez, Randy Johnson and countless others. Because of their impact on the game, they can be measured in a variety of ways, such as: B. Receipts, endorsements and memorabilia. We recently discovered that some Mariners jerseys have been sold for extremely high amounts. Today we take a look at the five most expensive Mariners jerseys sold so far:
5. 2012 Felix Hernandez Game Worn and Autographed Jersey – $956
Like many of the great players who have played the game, Felix Hernandez (aka “King Felix”) makes baseball look utterly effortless. Between 2009 and 2014, King Felix 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 during his career as a representative of 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 a 2.84, he led the league in shutouts with a total of 5, he batted a total of 223, he posted an ERA of 3.06, and he had a winning record of 13 wins and 9 losses. Fun Fact: King Felix threw the first and only perfect game in Mariners franchise history, and it was against the Tampa Bay Rays. His jersey was sold at the Heritage Auctions as part of the Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction held in Dallas, the jersey fetched $956 and sold on May 15, 2015.
4. 1993 Ken Griffey Jr. Game Worn Jersey – $4,080
The Mariners selected Ken Griffey Jr. with the #1 pick in the 1987 MLB draft, and that decision was arguably one of the biggest 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 with 359 total bases, he had a very efficient batting average of .309, he hit an amazing 45 homers since he hit a of the smoothest swings the game has ever seen and he hit 109 runs in total. 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 Most Valuable Player. His jersey was sold at Heritage Auctions as part of the Sports Catalog Auction as the jersey sold for $4,080 and sold on May 13, 2022.
3. 1997 Randy Johnson Game Worn and Autographed Jersey – $4,806
As a member of the Mariners, Randy Johnson was named to 5 different American League All-Star teams, Johnson knocked out the franchises as the first-ever no-hitter on June 2, 1990 and became the first Mariner to ever win the CY Young Award in 1995. In 1997, he led the majors with a .833% percentage when he started the pitcher winning percentage. He had a winning record of 20 wins and 4 losses, he hit out a total of 291 batsmen, he pitched a total of 213 innings, and he posted a 2.28 ERA. Johnson has a franchise record that has never been broken, throwing 19 total game shutouts during his time in Seattle. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the Summer Platinum Night Sports Collectibles Auction as the jersey sold for $4,806 and was sold on August 19, 2018.
2. 1995 Alex Rodriguez Game Worn Rookie Jersey – $8,663
Alex Rodriguez was the 1993 MLB draft pick, made his major league debut at age 18 and became a superstar at age 20. In 1995, A-rod was just getting the feel for the big leagues, having only a .232 batting average, hitting 5 homers and having 19 RBIs in just 48 games played, but by the very next season in 1996, A-rod would become a star. 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 unblemished .358 average, he led the league in overall batting average scored with an overall of 141 , he led the league in double hits with a total of 54 doubles, he led the league in total bases with a total of 359, he also hit an amazing 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 September 2004 Signature Auction (HSC) as the jersey sold for $8,663 and was sold on September 11, 2004.
1. 2001 Ichiro Suzuki Game Worn and Autographed Rookie Jersey – $12,000
Ichiro Suzuki didn’t enter the major leagues until he was 27, having played in Japan in his early twenties, but when he first showed up in 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 a pristine .350 batting average, he led the majors in stolen bases 56 total, he led the majors in total base hits 242 total, he also hit 8 homers, and drove in 69 heats. Ichiro is also the Mariners franchise leader in stolen bases with a total of 438, batting average averaging .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 at the Heritage Auctions, as it was part of the Summer Platinum Night Sports Auction as the jersey sold for $12,000 and sold on August 21, 2021.