Less than a year after it was originally sold, the ball Barry Bonds hit to pass Babe Ruth on the career home run list is for sale again.
Giants’ fan Andrew Morbitzer was in a concession line on May 28 of last year at San Francisco’s PacBell Park when Barry Bonds hit the home run that pushed him past Babe Ruth into second place on the all-time list. The ball literally dropped into Morbitzer’s hands.
After an eBay-sponsored tour that included the National Sports Collectors Convention in Anaheim last summer, the ball was sold to Symbolic Collection, an exotic automotive and collectibles business based in La Jolla, CA. The winning bid was $220,000. Now, in anticipation of Bonds passing Hank Aaron, the 715 ball is back on eBay with a starting bid of $375,000. Symbolic Collection Vice President Rovert Rios doesn’t believe the lingering resentment toward Bonds will matter.
"With no indictments, no suspensions, and seemingly no movement by Major League Baseball against Barry Bonds, I believe this ball is one of the penultimate sports collectibles available today for market appreciation," Rios said in a news release.
"Last year, there was a swirl of allegations that had kept many bidders from jumping into the competition for the ball. I believe when the dust settles, Bonds will rightfully be judged as the greatest home run hitter of all time."
The auction launched Saturday night, in a listing being managed by Gazin Auctions, an auction management agency for high profile eBay items. The $375,000 asking price has no hidden reserve, meaning the ball can be had for that price.
Meanwhile, we have more talk about the value of the record-breaking ball with some comments from those in the industry, courtesy of the Aspen Times.