Take a trip back in time–not far, really. Just to a place in baseball’s timeline when Eddie Murray’s 500th home run ball was worth a small fortune.
The 500-home run club was a special place ten seasons ago. Before steroid speculation threw a once-sacred milestone out of whack, the rarity of a player reaching that level was enough to cause a Baltimore backer to trade a $500,000 annuity for such a rare piece of baseball memorabilia.
He’s bankrupt, but the ball is safe at home–resting quietly in the birthplace of the original home run king–even if it’s not quite as valuable these days.