After tossing the second perfect game of 2012 and just the 22nd ever in the majors, Matt Cain forever entered the history books. He also gain instant notoriety in the hobby. That will continue for years to come no matter how the rest of his career goes. Many people have niche that focus on specific stats or achievements. As far as pitchers go, perfect games and no-hitters are at the top. Cain enters both of these elusive clubs.
With all the Matt Cain cards out there (more than 1,500), we've picked five notable options you may want to track down.
5 Key Matt Cain Cards
One of only two rookie cards, the 2002 Bowman Draft Matt Cain features a plain portrait. It's also somewhat less desirable than the premium Bowman Chrome rookie. However, for those simply looking to add some of the first Matt Cain cards to their collection, this is a perfectly viable option.
A chromium spin of the on the base version, the 2002 Bowman Chrome Draft Matt Cain is the pitcher's best rookie card. Even more desirable are the serial numbered Refractor (#/500) and Gold Refractor (#/50) parallels. Both 2002 Bowman Draft and 2002 Bowman Chrome Draft were inserted in the same packs.
One of Cain's first certified autographs, this card is part of the classic Sweet Spot Signatures line. The autograph is on baseball leather and makes for a stunning display piece. Numbered to 275, the card shouldn't be too difficult to come by.
Combining on-card signatures of Matt Cain with his teammate Tim Lincecum, the 2007 SP Authentic Chirography dual autograph is a must-have for Giants fans. Numbered to 175, it's tricky to find but not impossible. Some may be hindered on the price as 2007 represents the first cards for Lincecum.
Go big or don't go. Plain jersey cards have lost a lot of their appeal in recent years. However, when you add a massive swatch like Topps did here, it's hard to ignore. Offering a plain jersey swatch, the price on these Momentous Material cards is actually somewhat reasonable.