The baseballs hit by Barry Bonds to tie and break Hank Aaron’s home run record received their first bids Wednesday.
A national protest? Probably not. Apathy toward baseball’s new home run king? Maybe a little.
Bidding opened Tuesday for Barry Bonds’ 755th and 756th home run balls but as it took a day before a registered bidder had placed an offer. SCP Auctions is selling both balls on consignment for the fans who grabbed them. Bonds’ 755th had a minimum bid of $60,000 while the record-breaking 756 ball obtained by New York college student Matt Murphy, carried an opening price of $100,000. Both balls received the minimum bid on Wednesday. Pre-sale estimates have pegged the final price of the record-breaking ball at somewhere around $500,000.
It’s not likely the balls won’t generate additional interest. Even with the public’s overall negative opinion toward the San Francisco Giants’ outfielder, the historic nature of the items will bring bidders to the table. It’s possible much of the bidding will be done in the minutes before the auction closes on September 15th.
Both balls will be sold with letters of provenance from Major League Baseball, PSA/DNA and the fans who retrieved them.
“These balls are some of the most historic baseballs to come up publicly for auction,” said David Kohler, president of SCP Auctions.
The Mission Viejo, California auction house also handled the $102,000 sale of Bonds’ 700th home run ball, and the $220,000 sale of his 715th, which put him ahead of Babe Ruth on the home run list.
Follow the current auction here.