Ichiro Suzuki Cards, Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabilia Guide

Ichiro Suzuki

Date of Birth: 10/22/1973
Rookie Card Year: 2001
Investment Rating: 8.0


Overview

Ichiro Suzuki is one of baseball's biggest international stars. After a successful start to his career in Japan, he was an instant sensation the moment he joined the Seattle Mariners in 2001. Ichiro Suzuki cards skyrocketed immediately. The combination of him and Albert Pujols sent most unopened 2001 baseball card products to the high prices they still maintain.

However, Suzuki's hobby relevance was slightly hindered by his under-performing team and lack of national exposure. Tucked away in the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle Mariners rarely got him much exposure beyond the West Coast. Ichiro is one of the only current players on the team many baseball fans can readily name. That being said, Ichiro has a huge Japanese following and is one of the most consistent hitters in the history of the game.

His move to the New York Yankees reinvigorated the market for Ichiro Suzuki card. Another factor that could come into play is the fact that Ichiro's deal with Topps expired after the 2012 season. As a result, there hasn't been any new Ichiro Suzuki cards from Topps since. Overall, this is minor as he already has, literally, thousands of different cards.

Although he has been a fixture of the game for many years, there is a very limited amount of autographed Ichiro Suzuki cards. An exclusive deal with Leaf in 2011 has led to several new autographed cards and sales have yielded large returns.

With more than 4,000 career hits between Japan and the majors, the Hall of Fame seems all but certain. Ichiro has almost 50 true rookie cards across all budgets. His top cards also happen to be his only autographed rookies.

Top Ichiro Suzuki Rookie Cards

2001 SPx Ichiro Suzuki RC #150 Autographed Jersey

2001 SPx Ichiro Suzuki Image

The 2001 SPx Baseball Ichiro Suzuki rookie card is arguably the top option for collectors. It is definitely the most recognizable high-end first-year Ichiro Suzuki card. The card may not have a serial number but it does feature a nice cut signature and simple jersey patch. It has a much more dynamic design than the Ultimate Collection but the lack of numbering hurts its overall appeal.

2001 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Ichiro Suzuki RC #120 Autograph #/250

2001 Ultimate Collection Ichiro Suzuki Image

The 2001 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Ichiro Suzuki rookie card isn't as iconic as the SPx card, but it has some great features. It has an on-card autograph and is limited to only 250 copies. However, the card is a little plain-looking for its high price tag and just does not carry the "wow factor" one would expect.

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ICHIRO SUZUKI 2012 LEAF POP CENTURY SILVER AUTO 2 5 BGS 9.5 - YANKEES MARINERS
$999.99
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2001 topps #726 ICHIRO SUZUKI rookie card BGS BCCG 10
$25.00
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ICHIRO SUZUKI 1 1999 $80+ MINT YANKEES ROOKIE RC SP 2001 01 #105 EX E-X "GEM"
$10.50
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ICHIRO SUZUKI $80+ YANKEES ROOKIE #51 JERSEY PATCH RC SP 2001 01 UD ULTIMATE GEM
$14.00
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ICHIRO SUZUKI 99 $80+ MINT ROOKIE REFRACTOR 2001 BOWMAN CHROME RC 2011 YANKEES
$62.00
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ICHIRO SUZUKI 500 MINT YANKEES ROOKIE CARD RC SP 2001 01 #135 UD GOLD GLOVE GEM
$10.50
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2010 Topps Heritage # 487 Ichiro Suzuki AS Short Print
$10.00
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2011 Topps Heritage Ichiro Suzuki Clubhouse Collection Relic Jersey Card
$10.00
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(10) 2010 Sports Illustrated SI for Kids #455 ICHIRO SUZUKI Baseball Cards
$24.95
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(2) 1993 BBM Ichiro Suzuki JAPAN Autograph YANKEES Rookie Card PSA 9 MINT HOF
$500.00
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ICHIRO SUZUKI 2004 SWEET SPOT JERSEY CARD #33 199
$29.99
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1996 bbm japan #16 ICHIRO SUZUKI rookie card BGS BCCG 9
$35.00
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2001 topps #726 ICHIRO SUZUKI rookie card BGS BCCG 10
$30.00
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2001 topps #726 ICHIRO SUZUKI rookie card BGS BCCG 10
$30.00
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2001 UPPER DECK VICTORY ICHIRO SUZUKI GEM MINT 10
$20.00
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ICHIRO SEATTLE MARINERS 262 HITS! 2005 STARBUCKS CARD USED
$29.99
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Rookie Cards

Ichiro Suzuki Rookie Card Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

2001 Upper Deck MVP Ichiro Suzuki Image

  • 2001 Bowman Draft #BDP84
  • 2001 Bowman Heritage #352
  • 2001 Fleer Tradition #452
  • 2001 Fleer Triple Crown #306 #/2999
  • 2001 Leaf Rookies and Stars #251
  • 2001 MLB Showdown Pennant Run #169
  • 2001 SP Game Bat Milestone #91
  • 2001 Topps #726
  • 2001 Topps Gallery #151 English
  • 2001 Topps Gallery #151 Japanese
  • 2001 Upper Deck #271
  • 2001 Upper Deck Evolution #91 #/2500
  • 2001 Upper Deck MVP #60
  • 2001 Upper Deck Ovation #76 #/2000
  • 2001 Upper Deck Victory #564
  • 2001 Upper Deck Vintage #346

Mid-Range Rookie Cards

2001 E X Ichiro Suzuki Image


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2001 topps #726 ICHIRO SUZUKI rookie card BGS BCCG 10
$25.00
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ICHIRO SUZUKI 1 1999 $80+ MINT YANKEES ROOKIE RC SP 2001 01 #105 EX E-X "GEM"
$10.50
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ICHIRO SUZUKI $80+ YANKEES ROOKIE #51 JERSEY PATCH RC SP 2001 01 UD ULTIMATE GEM
$14.00
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ICHIRO SUZUKI 99 $80+ MINT ROOKIE REFRACTOR 2001 BOWMAN CHROME RC 2011 YANKEES
$62.00
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ICHIRO SUZUKI 500 MINT YANKEES ROOKIE CARD RC SP 2001 01 #135 UD GOLD GLOVE GEM
$10.50
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2001 topps #726 ICHIRO SUZUKI rookie card BGS BCCG 10
$30.00
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2001 topps #726 ICHIRO SUZUKI rookie card BGS BCCG 10
$30.00
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2001 UPPER DECK VICTORY ICHIRO SUZUKI GEM MINT 10
$20.00
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2001 bbm japan #4 ICHIRO SUZUKI rookie BGS 9.5 9.5 9.5 10
$65.00
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2001 Upper Deck Victory #564 Ichiro Suzuki RC Lot of 7 Mariners B43483
$41.97
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2001 Upper Deck MVP #60 Ichiro Suzuki RC Lot of 2 Mariners B43484
$19.97
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2001 DONRUSS FAN CLUB LEAGUE LEADER #LL-43 ICHIRO SUZUKI SUPER HITTER
$20.99
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2001 MLB Showdown Showdown Stars #5 Ichiro Suzuki RC Mariners B34530
$19.97
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2001 Upper Deck Gold Glove Baseball Hobby Box ICHIRO SUZUKI ALBERT PUJOLS ROOKIE
$99.99
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2001 UPPER DECK PROS & PROSPECTS #WT10 ICHIRO SUZUKI RC POP 4 PSA 10 B1199730
$17.99
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2001 Authentic Images Ichiro Suzuki 24K Gold Baseball Card LE #d 51,000 Mariners
$19.99
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Autograph Guide

Ichiro Suzuki Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Ichiro's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Tristar and Leaf Authentics. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Ichiro Suzuki Cut Signature Exemplar

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Ichiro Suzuki Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Ichiro Suzuki signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. The letters of the signature are in no way discernible but the characters used are relatively consistent, but can vary as seen above.
  2. Look for a series of tall loops that appear to then be connected by a line across all of them.
  3. Compare any Ichiro signature to one from a certified trading card from Upper Deck, Topps or Leaf before purchasing alleged memorabilia signed by Ichiro.

Ichiro Suzuki Signed Baseballs

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Ichiro Suzuki Signed Jerseys

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Ichiro Suzuki Signed Bat

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Ichiro Suzuki Signed Photograph

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ICHIRO SUZUKI SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED NEW YORK YANKEES 11x14 PHOTO JSA #J79975
$299.00
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ICHIRO SUZUKI (NYY) Autographed Signed MLB Official baseball GAI certified
$229.99
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ICHIRO SUZUKI MARINERS SIGNED BECKETT MAGAZINE (ROOKIE SIGNATURE) - JSA #J10814
$269.99
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ICHIRO SUZUKI AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED TICKET GRADED GEM MINT 10 200TH HIT PSA DNA
$299.00
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ICHIRO SUZUKI AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED TICKET MARINERS VS RANGERS 200TH HIT PSA DNA
$249.00
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ICHIRO SUZUKI AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 01 UD GLOBAL GAME USED JERSEY CARD HOLO PSA DNA
$349.00
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ICHIRO SUZUKI SIGNED AUTHENTIC FS YANKEES BASEBALL HELMET JSA LOA W TICKET
$500.00
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ICHIRO SUZUKI AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 2008 TOPPS ALLEN & GINTER CARD HOLO & PSA DNA
$239.00
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ICHIRO SUZUKI AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 2001 UD GOLD GLOVE ROOKIE CARD HOLO PSA DNA
$399.00
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ICHIRO SUZUKI AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 2009 BOWMAN CHROME WBC CARD HOLO PSA DNA
$249.00
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ICHIRO SUZUKI AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 1995 CALBEE BLUE WAVE CARD HOLO
$249.00
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ICHIRO SUZUKI AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 2010 TOPPS PATCH CARD HOLO PSA DNA MARINERS
$249.00
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ICHIRO SUZUKI AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 2001 BOWMAN DRAFT ROOKIE CARD HOLO PSA DNA
$249.00
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ICHIRO SUZUKI AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 2001 ALL-STAR BALLOT PSA DNA
$249.00
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ICHIRO SUZUKI AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 2001 UPPER DECK MVP ROOKIE CARD HOLO PSA DNA
$249.00
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ICHIRO SUZUKI AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 01 UD VICTORY RC GEM MINT 10 HOLO PSA DNA
$269.00
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a life-long sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as college basketball and football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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