Adam Hughes has chosen Sotheby’s/SCP Auctions to sell the ball he caught last weekend when Barry Bonds tied Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record.
Being located in southern California may not have hurt SCP Auctions when it came to the record-tying baseball. The Mission Viejo-based company got a visit from Adam Hughes, the suburban San Diego plumber who grabbed Barry Bonds home run #755. After weighing his options for a week, Hughes decided to part with the ball. Sotheby’s/SCP will sell the ball via an auction beginning August 28.
“We feel this ball is worth a few hundred thousand,” SCP Auctions President David Kohler said. “756 probably is a more valuable ball, but 755 is certainly a very historic baseball.”
"He made a lifetime achievement and I feel very fortunate that I caught this ball," Hughes said in a statement released by the auction house. "Never in a million years did I expect it."
The ball will be the marquee piece in an auction that’s expected to include about 1,300 lots of sports memorabilia. The buyer must pay a 20 percent buyer’s premium on top of the sales price.
Hughes said he expected to share the money with a cousin who attended the game with him last weekend. He also plans to pay off some debts, donate to charity and then "sock away" whatever is left.