$24K: 1st Bid on Griffey Ball

Ken Griffey Jr.’s 600th home run ball has a bid while the PR effort cranks up on local TV for Friday night’s big live auction in Chicago.

Ken Griffey Jr.’s 600th home run ball will be sold Friday night as part of Mastro Auctions’ 2nd annual live sale. Pre-sale bidding is already underway, though, with one collector placing a $24,000 opening bid on the ball.

The PSA 5 T206 Honus Wagner card is holding at $250,000, but is expected to go much higher once the lights go on at the ESPN Sports Zone.

Rare sports memorabilia doesn’t come much better than a game-worn Lou Gehrig jersey, but as of Thursday morning, the $100,000 opening bid had not been placed on the high grade road shirt worn by Gehrig in 1938.

A 1933 Goudey Sport Kings uncut sheet of 24 including Babe Ruth stood at $26,000 as did a fully-graded 1960 Topps baseball set, listed #2 on the PSA set registry.

Mastro is using the live auction as a fundraiser for Cubs 1st baseman Derek Lee’s First Touch Foundation. The company landed a guest spot on WMAQ-TV where we got a close-up look at some of the items.