We know who bought Barry Bonds’ 756th home run ball. What becomes of it is up to you.
Entrepreneur, fashion designer and philanthropist Marc Ecko announced today his acquisition of Barry Bonds’ 756th home run ball and plans to allow the public to determine its fate.
The ball was purchased for $752,467 at Sotheby’s/SCP Auctions this past Saturday.
Beginning now, the public can go to vote756.com and choose to (a) give the ball to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown; (b) permanently brand the ball with an asterisk (*) before sending it to Cooperstown; or (c) put the ball on a rocket ship and launch it into space.
"We all have opinions about this ball. Some feel it is a piece of history that belongs in the Hall of Fame. Others believe it is the embodiment of a cheating culture – not just in baseball, but in professional sports generally," Ecko said.
“I wanted the ball to democratize the ball and to give the ball to the people, to give the ball to America,” Ecko told TODAY co-host Matt Lauer during an exclusive interview Monday.
Marc Ecko Enterprises produces a number of popular fashion lines, including the *ecko unltd and red brands, as well as, G-Unit Clothing, Zoo York and Avirex.
Ecko also owns and publishes Complex magazine as well as a graffiti video game titled Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure.
SCP Auctions President David Kohler called Ecko’s decision "brilliant" and said he had already visited the Web site and voted to send the ball to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Matt Murphy, a 21-year-old student and construction supervisor from New York, came away with the ball in the stands at AT&T Park on Aug. 7. He decided to consign the ball because of the tax implications. Murphy was intrigued by Ecko’s decision.
"This either makes him a lunatic or a genius, one of those two," Murphy said when told of Ecko’s stunt. "I’m leaning toward genius." Topps has already approached Murphy about including him on one of its upcoming baseball cards.
Murphy said he planned to vote to send the ball to Cooperstown.
Ecko himself said he voted to brand the ball with an asterisk.
The record-tying 755 home run ball was also sold for $186,750 to a buyer who has so far remained anonymous.
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Below: Marc Ecko talks with ESPN aboutwhy he bought #756: