No one has signed Barry Bonds. That’s good news for the auction company –and potential bidders for what could be his final home run ball.
The auction for Barry Bonds’ 762nd home run ball began Monday morning with a $100,000 minimum bid. By Wednesday evening, the ball had six bids and stood at $177,156 with ten days of bidding remaining.
Bonds hit the homer September 5, four weeks before the end of the season. Jameson Sutton, 24, of Boulder, Colo. retrieved the ball during a scramble in the Coors Field seats. He placed 762 in a safety deposit box until coming forward on March 13 and consigning the ball to SCP Auctions.
Sutton did not believe he had Bonds’ final home run ball, expecting Bonds to hit another home run in the last three weeks of the 2007 season and thinking Bonds might play in 2008.
“Owning this ball seems like a fairy tale,” Sutton said in a statement. “Given SCP Auctions’ track record with their previous sales I’m just hoping for the best and honored to be a part of baseball history. This ball particularly means a lot to my family, especially in aiding the costs of my father’s battle with cancer.”
In September of last year, SCP Auctions sold Bonds’ home run balls No. 755 and 756 for $186,750 and $752,467, respectively. Both home run balls were sold to bidders who attempted to let fans decide their fates. #756 was sold to Marc Ecko, a hip-hop fashion mogul who has said he will turn the ball over to the Hall of Fame marked with an asterisk after fan voting. Thus far, the ball has not been presented to the Cooperstown shrine.
In August 2006, Bonds’ 715th home run ball, making him second on the all-time home run list surpassing Ruth, sold for $220,100 at auction.
The auction for #762 closes April 12. As of early Tuesday morning, only one bid had been placed but that isn’t unusual. Most of the major action on high value sports memorabilia happens late in the game. SCP has boldly predicted the ball could sell for $1 million or more.
“This ball represents one of the most hallowed records in all of sports,” said David Kohler, president of SCP Auctions. “We’ve sold such valuable sports collectibles as the Honus Wagner T206 card and the Babe Ruth bat used to hit the first home run in Yankee Stadium. SCP Auctions is very proud to add Barry Bonds’ 762 record-setting home run ball to that list.”
The story of how Jameson Sutton wound up with the ball: