Johan Santana throws first no-hitter in Mets history — and already has a no-no baseball card

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

After more than 8,000 MLB games, the New York Mets finally have a no-hitter in the record book.

And that infamous drought is gone thanks to Johan Santana, who blanked the visiting Cardinals Friday night at Citi Field for an 8-0 victory.

While Santana made history — and appears on 5,376 baseball cards valued at more than $42,700 according to the database and OPG — the historic no-hitter will not generate the first Mets no-hitter baseball card in existence.

You see, that’s already been done before — and it features … Johan Santana.


A predictor card of sorts — a short-printed gimmick card in the 2008 Topps set — is card No. 661, which is a highlight card for a Santana no-no.

It’s a tough find that sells these days for $250 or less even though it’s a card of a no-no against the Marlins that never happened.

Why was it made? I don’t recall Topps‘ answer. Maybe it was wishful thinking that never came to be.

Well, at least until Friday night.

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.


  1. Jackson Vose
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    So both pitchers allowed no hits in that “game”? Why wasn’t the Marlins pitcher mentioned?

  2. Jackson Vose
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    and here’s the actual box score from that game, at least they put the right teams on that card

  3. Posted June 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Just another friendly reminder that you’ll never, ever, be able to complete a full 2008 Topps Baseball set. THANKS TOPPS!!!

  4. Justin
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Well, on the gimmick card we technically don’t know if Hendrickson finished the game. He could have walked the first batter and not finished and been tagged with the loss. Also, even if he did finish it, he wouldn’t have pitched the full (at-least) 9 innings needed for a no-hitter to be recognized.

  5. Berv
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Ur an idiot Jackson…it was a prediction card. it came out before the game even happened…

  6. TADontAsk
    Posted June 4, 2012 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Jackson knows it was a gimmick card. He used “game” in parenthesis and he was just asking why, if it was a double no-hitter, why the other pitcher wouldn’t be mentioned. He posted the boxscore for the real game as a fun sidepiece.

    Anyway, as far as the card goes, I’m going to say it was a celebration of the 1st Mets no-hitter specifically, therefore giving full billing to Santana and not his opponent. If that happened in real life, I’m sure both pitchers would be mentioned.

  7. Posted June 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Just last month USA Today had list of teams without a no hitter and the New York Mets were one of the teams. NOT ANYMORE.

    Hard to believe with all the great pitchers over the year they never had a no hitter. Great job Johan Santana!!

  8. Posted June 5, 2012 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    Hey Chris (Harris):

    I have that card. My set is complete. Thanks Topps!!!


    JayBee Anama

  9. Posted December 9, 2012 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    After I initially commented I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on whenever a comment is added I get 4 emails with the exact same comment. Is there an easy method you are able to remove me from that service? Many thanks!

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