It will come as no surprise to sports collectors, but Aaron Judge’s 62nd home run ball will likely be coming to auction by the end of the fall.
Dave Baron, a lawyer from Palm Springs, CA, is representing the man who caught the ball at Globe Life Field in Texas October 4. Corey Youmans was in the right place at the right time and snared what amounted to a lottery ticket.
Baron is a friend of Youmans’ father-in-law, according to Larry Bohannan of the Desert Sun.
Youmans and his father-in-law got in touch with Baron almost immediately, realizing they might need help while filtering through the numerous inquiries from potential buyers.
Memory Lane Auctions’ JP Cohen had already offered a $2 million bounty before Judge broke Roger Maris’ 60-year-old American League record with his rocket to the left field seats against the Rangers.
According to KRLD Radio in Dallas, the ball is currently secured in a Texas bank vault.
Youmans seems to be heeding the advice of memorabilia dealers who believe it’s in his best interests to put it on the market while Judge and the Yankees are still in the news.
“They don’t like to say a price, but the auction houses have told me they would expect that it would sell for well over $3 million,” Baron said.
Contrary to what at least one national media outlet speculated right after the homer, Youmans isn’t fabulously wealthy.
“He’s a young guy, 31, and he works in this small office of an investment firm,” Baron told the paper. “So the money would mean something to them.”
He says Youmans wouldn’t mind selling it outright to a buyer who’d put it on display for the public to see. The Yankees have an in-house museum but Baron told Newsday over the weekend that the Yankees haven’t asked for the ball and he hasn’t been contacted by Judge’s representatives either. They would, however, entertain an offer from the slugger himself.
“He’s going to get in excess of $300 million, isn’t he?” Baron told the paper. “We would certainly entertain discussions with his people, for sure.”
Baron Newsday they may wait until the World Series to make a final decision.
While Judge might have to pay up if he wants the ball, he didn’t have to do anything to get his record tying 61st back. That ball bounced away from a couple of fans who tried to reach over the fence in Toronto and snare it. It bounced into the Jays’ bullpen and after the game, Judge handed it over to his mom.
Here’s #AaronJudge giving the historic No. 61 HR baseball to his mom, Mrs. Patty Judge. #Yankees pic.twitter.com/pw1mVEyBHY
— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) September 29, 2022