By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
It took until the ninth inning of the 162nd game of the season for everything to come together for the last-place Miami Marlins.
Pitcher Henderson Alvarez no-hit the AL Central-winning Detroit Tigers for nine innings but it took a wild pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to score a run and secure his win. The right-hander finishes the season with a 5-6 record, and the no-no ups his career mark to 15-23 over three seasons.
For collectors, Alvarez appears on 131 different baseball cards since making his minor-league cardboard debut in 2009. His cards (click here for a checklist or OPG) are valued at a total of $440, excluding rarities.
He appears on just two Rookie Cards but has 36 certified autographs to his name. His RCs can be found in 2011 Bowman Draft as well as 2011 Bowman Chrome Draft — neither cracks the $1 mark. His retail-only prospects autos in that brand lead the way for his first certified auto releases with his standard auto checking in at $12. His Gold version of that sig is his most-valuable autograph at $30.
He also appears on 26 game-used cards — several of those being signed Unity Relics from last year’s Topps Triple Threads release. Those can typically all be had for $12 or less.
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