Ichiro Suzuki is a … New York Yankee?



By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Japanese superstar and future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki has been traded to the New York Yankees.

Seattle will receive pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquar, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network, and the Yankees are set to play the Mariners tonight in Seattle at 10:10 p.m. Eastern, so his debut in pinstripes could come very, very soon. [Evening Update: He hit eighth for the Yankees, wearing No. 31, smacking a single to center field in his first at-bat before immediately stealing a base, too.]

Ichiro’s certified autographs are particularly rare. He has signed just 149 certified autographs since 2001 with his rights currently held by Leaf. Meanwhile, he appears on 1,478 memorabilia cards.

Topps‘ plans for Ichiro’s first fully licensed Yankees cards could come very soon, according to VP Mark Sapir.

“Soon,” he said. “Hope [for] tomorrow.”

On cardboard, Ichiro appears on 9,233 cards valued at more than $209,641 — most of them coming since his 2001 debut with the Mariners. (Need an Ichiro checklist or OPG? Click here.) His Japanese debut came in the 1993 BBM set, a card valued at $120, while he has 49 MLB Rookie Cards — the best being his 2001 Ultimate Collection card, which sells for $2,200 or less and is limited to just 250 autographed copies.

As the dust settles on this surprising one, we simply want to know what you think this means for his baseball cards.

Ichiro Suzuki is a Yankee

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Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


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  1. Lucas 23 July, 2012 at 18:48

    Next thing you know you’ll wake up and they’ll have Hamilton and Verlander. And they won’t even be free agents… but the Yankees will get them in someway or another.

  2. bill johnson 23 July, 2012 at 21:48

    the sad thing is they gave up nothing to get him. i hate the yankees. HATE. but this trade seatle lost big time. not like the rumored trade of dempster for randall delgado. that would be a good trade for chicago. makes me sick to my stomach.

  3. deeez 23 July, 2012 at 22:35


  4. Bobby Cooper 23 July, 2012 at 22:43

    At least Ichiro finally gets out of the black hole that is Seattle and can now compete for a much deserved World Series ring.

  5. Nick Tegeler 23 July, 2012 at 23:00

    I love this! Having Ichiro and Jeter on the same team is awesome. I would have rather seen them trade a-Rod for him though. GO YANKEES!!!

  6. robert 24 July, 2012 at 00:25

    great day for the yankees. Japan (and the Mariners) developed Ichiro for them, the Mariners are paying some of his salary, and the Yankees can blow the dust off the Japanese-lettered signage so they can make extra advertising dollars. I bet the first japanese-lettering signage will be in place by the time the Yankees return home from their west coast roadtrip.

  7. james 24 July, 2012 at 01:09

    The mariners traded a 38 year old has been for 2 prospects. They made a good trade. Yankees get depth in outfield both teams got better.

  8. Richard 24 July, 2012 at 15:51

    What the hell were they thinking?
    Yes, Ichiro is “slumping” but only by his standards.
    They only reason I respect this trade at all is that Ichiro requested it because they would
    not give him a contract worthy of him.

    I dearly would have liked to see Ichrio joined such greats as Gwynn in playing for a single team
    their entire HOF career. Well, at least he might finally get his ring.

  9. Jeff B 25 July, 2012 at 14:09

    Really excited by this…Ichiro is batting .299 away from Safeco, & with the short porch in RF, who knows what kind of numbers he could put up.
    So many aging all-stars go to the Yankees and do well because they don’t have to be “the Man” anymore…they are just one of many working towards a common goal.

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