By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Detroit Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez may only have a 5-4 record this season, but his win over the Minnesota Twins Friday night was one of the more memorable games of his career.
He nearly threw the second no-hitter of his eight-years in MLB, blanking the Twins for a 6-0 win at home but allowing a single hit in the ninth to Joe Mauer. He would have been just the sixth pitcher to throw a no-no in each league.
Sanchez (click here for a checklist or OPG) appears on just 571 cards for his career, carrying a total value of just $1,919.05, excluding rarities. His 12 Rookie Cards can be found in 2005 MLB products with his priciest being his 2005 Ultimate Signature card that typically checks in at $60 or less. It’s an autographed card limited to just 125 serial-numberd copies.
He did not appear on a Topps card as a rookie, with 11 of his 12 made by Upper Deck and the final card produced by Donruss. His earliest cards can be found in 2004 Just Minors prospect/minor league sets. (Click here to see Sanchez items on eBay.)
The right-hander is 53-55 for his career spent with the Marlins and Tigers. He has 86 certified autograph cards with a few of them noting his previous no-no among season highlights recaps. His only no-hitter was on Sept. 7, 2006, with the Marlins when he blanked the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 2-0 win as a rookie.
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