One eBay seller sold a fairly non-descript, but well-documented home run ball from Barry Bonds’ chase.
They may be one of the most overpriced sports memorabilia items but collectors continue to fork over big jack for home run baseballs. Among the hundreds of thousands of items on eBay is a Barry Bonds home run ball from the 2005 season.
#670 is just a plain white spheroid, devoid of any special hologram from MLB and it didn’t move Bonds past anyone. But Barry hit it. And that apparently makes it worth a couple grand. The seller offers excellent and even entertaining provenance in his lengthy and passionate listing. But those of us who don’t understand the fuss are yawning again.
Home run balls from the modern era look pretty much like any other baseballs. You’ve got to have it well chronicled to even convince a buyer what you have is a piece of history. But the balls aren’t colorful. There aren’t any pictures. They’re not unique. Pass through the Hall of Fame and you’ll see at least dozens. Even those from 30 or 40 years ago don’t look a whole lot different than the ones from last night’s game.
I’ve never quite understood the fascination with balls–especially those from fairly mundane moments like a player’s 300th home run. Buy them and the story you tell about them better damn well be entertaining because otherwise I’m off to the jersey on the wall or the program on the shelf.