In every sport, there is one accomplishment that instantly solidifies you as a valued player in the corresponding hobby. In Baseball, that accomplishment is the perfect game, and it should be no surprise that there have been so many pitchers added to the perfection club in the last year and change. Today, we had another perfect game, this time from a guy that has often been linked to trade talks on a terrible team. Felix Hernandez has no doubt been one of the best pitchers in baseball over the last few years, but without a big market team around him, his value hasnt been where it could be.
Today, with a perfect game that was louded from the mountaintops, he has already seen bumps in his value that wouldnt normally be seen, even with a Cy Young under his belt.
Here is what cards were selling for before:
Here is what they were selling for after:
Collectors, especially in baseball have an obsession with history and records. Getting 3000 hits, socking 500 dingers, winning 300 games, etc and so on and so forth. The records are immortal, even when broken, and the accomplishments are forever. Felix Hernandez’s perfect game is rare enough to generate sustained value through the rest of the season. If he eventually ends up in pinstripes, forget it.
Since his dominance has become apparent, even with a crappy team like the Mariners, his stuff has crept upwards. With a perfect game AND a year long award on his resume now, I would expect more visibility to be assigned to his cards. That’s just the way it works. The question then shifts to whether or not his time in Seattle is limited or extended in the next few months.