Jeter’s 3,000th Hit Ball: What’s it Worth?

Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig didn’t do it.  Joe DiMaggio fell short.  So did Mickey Mantle.  As hard as it may be to believe, Derek Jeter will become the first member of the New York Yankees to accumulate 3,000 hits.

He’ll just have to be a little more patient.

A calf injury suffered this week has Jeter on the disabled list, but with just six hits to go before he reaches the milestone that fewer than 30 other players have reached, it’s not a matter of if, but when he gets there.

Jeter collectibles have always been popular, but interest has picked up as fans realize what a special moment it will be.

Jeter isn’t a home run hitter.  Chances are that number 3,000 will come on a single.  Still, it’s not completely out of the question that the ball will wind up in the hands of a fan, either via a home run, a ground rule double or an errant throw.

Bloomberg News surveyed several auction houses to see what they think the ball might fetch and why.