Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey throws second no-hitter since September

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Homer painted his second masterpiece within a year against the Giants Tuesday night.

Although he lost a perfect game in the seventh after a walk, Reds pitcher Homer Bailey did hold on to the no-no, which was his second of his career since he blanked the Pirates on Sept. 28. He struck out nine in the 3-0 victory in Cincinnati.

With his previous gem, he became the 15th pitcher in Reds history to throw a no-no and that one had ended a drought that had lasted since 1988. This no-hitter, the first of the season, was the first in MLB since Bailey’s last gem.

Bailey appears on 603 cards valued at more than $2,700, according to (Need a checklist or OPG? Click here.) At the time of his last no-hitter, his then-544 cards went for just more than $2,600.

He has 259 different certified autographs and just 13 game-used memorabilia cards — stats that have gone unchanged since September.

Bailey’s most-valuable Rookie Cards are his 2004 SP Prospects card, a signed card limited to just 400 copies that typically sold for $25 or less before the news, along with his 2004 Bowman Chrome Draft autograph. His cheapest RC is his 2004 Topps Traded, which checks in at just 75 cents.

The most-popular first-year card of the former first-rounder from LaGrange, Texas, is his 2004 Bowman Chrome Draft Gold Refractor, a certified autograph limited to just 50 serial-numbered copies that typically sold for $200 or less before this news — a figure that was up from $120 at the time of his last n0-no.

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


Way to go Homer Bailey! It’s nice to see newerish names establish themselves in baseball.

Posted July 3, 2013 at 9:23 am | Permalink
Ron Atkinson

As a Giants fan, I found it painful to watch but it truly was a masterful performance.

Posted July 4, 2013 at 12:08 am | Permalink

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