NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Bartolo Colon’s improbable home run is now a record-breaking home run.
After the hefty, 42-year-old Mets pitcher sent his first career homer into the left-field seats at the Padres’ Petco Park on Saturday, Topps created a baseball card commemorating the moment. This season Topps launched its Now series, which allows fans to buy individual cards of select moments online over a 24-hour period.READ MORE: Gov. Kathy Hochul Increases Pressure On COVID Vaccine Holdouts As Deadline For Health Care Workers Approaches Global Citizen Live Returns To Central Park For Star-Studded Concert
According to ESPN, the card featuring Colon’s home run sold 8,826 copies, shattering the previous record of 1,808 cards from Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter. The card was available for purchase from Sunday morning until Monday morning for $9.99.
Colon’s card features the phrase “THE IMPOSSIBLE BECOMES POSSIBLE — COLON HITS 1ST CAREER HR AT AGE 42.” In his 19th season, Colon became the oldest player in major league history to hit his first home run.MORE NEWS: NYC Congressional Representatives Call On President Biden To Intervene In Rikers Island Crisis
“When we first developed this, we thought that the best-selling card this season would be a no-hitter, a player hitting for the cycle or maybe Ichiro’s 3000th hit,” Jeff Heckman, Topps’ director of product development and e-commerce, told ESPN. “Colon just has a cult following. We could have never dreamed up something like this.”