By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Homer painted a masterpiece against the Pirates Friday night.
While not quite perfect — the Reds had one error and he walked one — Homer Bailey did breeze through the game, winning 1-0 in Pittsburgh to up his season record to 13-10 and giving some collectors reason to examine his 2004 Rookie Cards.
He’s the 15th pitcher in Reds history to throw a no-no and it’s the first for the franchise since 1988.
Bailey appears on 544 cards valued at more than $2,600, according to Beckett.com. (Need a checklist or OPG? Click here.) He has 259 different certified autographs and just 13 game-used memorabilia cards, while 441 of his cards, or 81 percent, are serial-numbered.
Bailey’s most-valuable Rookie Card is his 2004 SP Prospects card, a signed card limited to just 400 copies that typically sold for $25 or less before the news. His cheapest RC is his 2004 Topps Traded card, 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 $120 or less.
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