The winning bidder for Barry Bonds’ last home run ball will now have the option to add something to it: Bonds’ autograph.
Bonds has agreed to sign and inscribe the ball that’s being offered as lot #61 in the current Goldin Auctions’ catalog. The high bid as of Monday afternoon was $160,000 with the auction scheduled to run through Saturday.
In August 2007, the controversial Bonds had passed Hank Aaron on the all-time list, thus setting a new career record with each home run. He hit his 762nd on September 5 against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field and while most fans thought he’d add to the total before the end of the year, it turned out to be his last.
Jameson Sutton, 24 at the time, was in the stands that day and managed to grab the ball. Bonds did not homer again in 2007 and announced his retirement before the 2008 season, making the ball Sutton owned an important piece of baseball history. He consigned it to SCP Auctions the following spring where it sold for $376,612.
“The ball remains the piece that set the all-time record, and its value is certain to have increased dramatically,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions.
Bonds will be in the company’s New Jersey office later this month and if the winning bidder asks, he’ll sign and inscribe “HR 762 Ball Hit on 7/2/07” before it changes hands. There won’t be a cost to add the autograph and Bonds’ signature and inscription will be done in the presence of a third-party authenticator.
The ball comes includes three affidavits, a report from the Behavior Testing & Forensics Private Investigations and Polygraph Services, and a DVD showing the ball being caught by Sutton in the stands.
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