Matt Garza‘s no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers Monday night in St. Petersburg was the first in Tampa Bay Rays history — and the fifth this season, The Year of the Pitcher.
Garza was one of nine pitchers we spotlighted recently in Beckett Baseball No. 53. At that time, Garza’s 420 baseball cards carried a total value of $2,023.75 — an average of $9.64 per card for all of those that are not too rare to establish a reliable price range.
Garza, one of many former Minnesota Twins pitching prospects, carried a 10-5 record and a 4.36 ERA into Monday night’s game. His Rookie Cards from 2005 include Bowman Sterling, Bowman Chrome Draft, Topps Chrome Update and Topps Update among others.
His most desirable RC would be his 2005 Bowman Chrome Draft, which is autographed and typically fetches around $30.
Garza’s win Monday night, a 5-0 victory in which he struck out six and walked just one, was the 38th of his career. Despite his strong 2010 season, he carries a 38-39 career record. He is in this third season with the Rays after playing parts of two seasons with the Twins.
Three of the pitchers profiled in the issue — Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez and Roy Halladay — have thrown no-hitters this season
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