eBay kicks off Bonds 715th HR ball auction

eBay and Andrew Morbitzer are hoping a charity tie-in will kick start the auction for Barry Bonds’ 715th home run ball

No indictment, so no problem for the owner of the ball Barry Bonds hit for his 715th career home run. Andrew Morbitzer is hoping the eBay auction that began Monday and runs for ten days will get a boost from the fact that Bonds remains free of the government’s noose.

Morbitzer, who caught the ball while waiting in line at an outfield concession stand, consigned it to eBay with the hopes of a big pay-off. Monday, the Bay Area Giants’ fan and his wife announced they will donate 10% of the proceeds to the Boys and Girls Club. They showed off the ball at a Monday news conference, together with a special web site with tales of how the ball was caught and the actual video of the home run.

The ball’s final selling price should provide an interesting comparison to the once-esteemed record-setting balls hit by Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa in the late-1990s now that many of baseball’s home run records appear tainted by the use of performance-enhancing steroids.

Only pre-approved bidders will be allowed to participate in the auction.