Josh Hamilton ties MLB record with four homers
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton hit four home runs against the Orioles Tuesday night in Baltimore, tying the record for the most longballs hit in a single game, which was shared by only 15 other players in MLB history.
He went 5-for-5 with eight RBI in the game, both career-highs.
According to the Beckett.com database, Hamilton appears on exactly 2,700 baseball cards with a total value of more than $22,600 not including cards too rare to price. (Need a Hamilton checklist or OPG? Click here.)
Hamilton has just four Rookie Cards all made by Topps — 1999 Bowman, Bowman Chrome, Topps Traded and Topps Chrome Traded — and all depicting him as a member of the Rays organization, which drafted him with the No. 1 overall pick that year ahead of Josh Beckett. His Bowman Chrome RC is the most valuable, often selling for $20 or less.
Overall, Hamilton appears on 491 different certified autographs and has 575 different game-used memorabilia cards. While his Rangers cards might be the ones most sought-after by collectors now, his 1999 Topps Traded Autographs card (top) is no slouch, checking in at $300.
Hamilton, a Panini America spokesman, most recently has had certified autograph cards in 2012 Topps, Museum Collection, Topps Tribute and 2011 Playoff Contenders.
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