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: Over A Third Of States Are Ending COVID-19 Mask Mandates 7-Year-Old Killed, Teen Hurt In Paterson, NJ Stabbing
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: Israeli Airstrike In Gaza Destroys Building Housing Foreign Media
“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.”