By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
It was his first big-league start and his first big-league gem.
Houston Astros pitcher Jarred Cosart made it look simple in his Major League debut on Friday night in Tampa, no-hitting the Rays for the first six innings of his his first game before surrendering a single in the seventh. Cosart struck out just two, walked three and gave up just two hits as he took a scoreless night into the ninth before ceding to the bullpen and earning a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay and reigning AL Cy Young winner David Price.
Acquired in the deal that sent Hunter Pence to Philadelphia in July 2011, the 23-year-old right-hander was 7-4 this season with a 3.29 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 93 innings for the Triple-A Oklahoma City Redhawks before his promotion. Since drafted in 2009, he compiled a 32-26 record with a 3.29 ERA over five seasons.
As for his collectibles, Cosart appears on just 108 cards in the Beckett database (click here for a checklist and OPG) with a total value of just $458.70 (excluding rarities) before his start. He appears on just nine certified autographs and 10 game-used memorabilia cards, though 81 of his cards are serial-numbered. Interestingly, 46 of those cards are 1/1s.
Cosart’s earliest card appearances pre-date his draft pick status as he appeared in the 2007 Topps AFLAC set. The standard card there typically sells for $30 or less. His first big-league cardboard can be found in the 2011 Bowman Chrome Prospects set, a $1 card, while his big-league autograph is also in that product and typically sold for $12 or less. His priciest card is his Gold Refractor version of his 2011 Chrome auto, which typically fetched for $80 or less before tonight.
His most recent cards can be found in 2013 Topps Pro Debut, where he’s shown as a member of the Corpus Christi Hooks and played most of last season.
On eBay, asking prices for graded and key copies of his earlier cards are stout, though he does not yet appear on a Rookie Card. You can add his RCs to the list of those players likely to arrive later this year.
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