A couple of St. Louis baseball fans bought Barry Bonds’ 670th home run ball for $1500 hoping to turn a profit. But it’s become "a headache".
Investing in sports memorabilia can be a dicey business. Especially when it comes to Barry Bonds.
Steven DeRossett and James Plemmons,both 20-somethings, bought the ball Bonds hit for his 670th home run after seeing it advertised on craigslist.com . They say they have a signed letter from SBC Park as well as a legal document from the person who caught it, ballhawk Alex Patino.
They put it up for auction at eBay, expecting to make some decent money but their title invoked a reference to #715, violating an eBay rule. They tried again and had the same problem.
A couple of other auction houses turned them down. Now, they’ve gone to some on-line message boards, trying to trade it for something worth they believe the ball should go for.
The two even asked BALCO founder Victor Conte to sign the ball, which he agreed to do before his lawyer told him it might not be a good idea. Conte nonetheless gave them an autograph.
The home run was hit May 26, 2004 off Arizona’s Casey Daigle. It has no historical significance, really, other than being hit in the immediate wake of the BALCO issue and the fact that it was hit some 460 feet, one of the longer Bonds blasts at the Giants’ home ballpark (whatever they’re calling it these days).
DeRossett wrote on-line that the two now just want to "move" ball somehow because it’s become a bit of a headache and they don’t want to wind up losing money on the deal.
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