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1997 Alfonso Soriano Hiroshima Carp Japanese Jersey

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,175.00

Presented is an extremely rare Japanese Major League Alfonso Soriano jersey dating from 1997 when Soriano was briefly with the Hiroshima Carp in Japan, before joining the New York Yankees. In 1992, at the age of sixteen, Alfonso Soriano joined a baseball training academy located in his native Dominican Republic. The baseball training camp, however, was not run by a local club, but by the Hiroshima Carp, a Japanese Major League club. The Carp, like their American counterparts, saw (and continue to see) the Dominican Republic as an extremely valuable source of baseball talent and aggressively recruited promising prospects. Soriano lived at the camp for two years before traveling to Japan to play with the Carp's minor league farm team. In 1997 he was finally called up to the Carp Varsity (the Major League club), appearing in nine games with the team. His inaugural Major League season was far from auspicious, as he only batted .118 with two walks. The following season he acquired his release from the club and was then signed by the New York Yankees as a free agent. Today he is considered one of the game's top stars and is the only player in history to hit forty home runs, and forty doubles, and to steal 40 bases in the same season. Offered here is an extremely rare Hiroshima Carp jersey issued to Soriano during his brief 1997 stint with the club. The gray knit jersey is lettered "Hiroshima" across the front and features the number "74" on the left breast and reverse. "Soriano" is lettered on the reverse above the number. All letters and numerals are appliqu├ęd in red tackle twill. The team name, "Carp," is embroidered in red stitching on the left sleeve. Situated on the interior rear tail are a "Mizuno Pro" label (partially detached) and an adjacent tag bearing his uniform number ("74"). The jersey is all original, with no alterations, and displays heavy wear. Graded A5 by MEARS (all post-1987 jerseys cannot be graded higher than A5, which is the base grade for a jersey which is authentic, but is without additional provenance such as a letter from the team or the player). LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,175.00


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