Heritage Auctions is ready to pay seven figures to the person who can snare the ball..and survive.
What is the home run ball that breaks Hank Aaron’s record worth? If you don’t like Barry Bonds, not much. The truth is, the ball Bonds belts for career home run #756 will likely be worth plenty. In fact, Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries is offering to pay $1 million to purchase the baseball that Bonds is expected to hit sometime in the coming weeks to establish a new career record.
"We invite the lucky owner who delivers this historic baseball, as verified by Major League Baseball, to redeem it for a $1 million bounty at a Dallas news conference within 15 days of the record-breaking homer," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions.
"The career home run record is one of the most significant milestones in American sport," explained Ivy.
"It’s an individual achievement that illustrates consummate skill, power and durability in our national pastime. The baseball that sets the mark could truly be considered ‘priceless,’ but we expect that one million dollars will be very tempting to the fan who catches that ball."
If the owner decides to let the market determine the price tag on the baseball, Heritage will waive its standard seller’s fee and offer the baseball in a public auction.
Bonds’ 715th home run ball, the one that placed him past Babe Ruth and into second on the all-time list sold for $220,100 in an eBay auction. The Sacramento Bee reports that local resident Ovi Bush caught Bonds’ 745th home run ball Tuesday night. It’s currently at over $2600 on eBay right now (of course, with eBay now hiding bidders, it’s impossible to say if the bid is legitimate).
Last summer, Babe Ruth’s 1933 All Star game home run ball sold for $800,000.
Meanwhile, the man who retrieved what turned out to be Aaron’s last home run is wondering what will happen to the value of his treasure.