The New York Mets have launched an online auction of memorabilia associated with Johan Santana’s no-hitter. The team has home plate, six bases, several game used baseballs and about two dozen jerseys worn by Santana’s teammates, most all of it autographed and inscribed by the pitcher.
The item attracting the most attention so far is home plate. It’s signed and inscribed”Mets 1st No Hitter 6/1/12 8,020th Game NO-HAN”. Just two bids had been placed on the plate but it had already soared to $7,557 by Thursday evening. A similar inscription adorns game used bases, six of which were removed from the field during the course of the evening. Bids range from $798-912 with the auction not scheduled to close until June 24.
“Mets Amazin’ Memorabilia” is offering the jersey worn by outfielder Mike Baxter that night when he crashed into the wall while making a seventh inning catch that helped preserve the no-hitter. High bid was at $1,421 heading into Friday.
A dugout lineup card was bid up to $690.
Game used balls, also autographed and inscribed by Santana, have been bid beyond $1,000.
The team is also selling signed photos for $300 and a replica lineup card for $400.