Aaron Judge’s record-setting 62nd home run ball will be auctioned off
In late summer, when Aaron Judge was slinging the ball over the fence and hitting his historic 62nd home run of the season, a parallel fascination centered on the potential value of the record-setting ball.
That value will soon be known because the Texas fan who caught the ball is putting it up for auction, and he also wants to set a record. Ken Goldin, the auctioneer in charge of selling the ball on behalf of lucky spectator Corey Youmans, thinks the ball will sell for more than $3 million. Depending on how much more, the sale could set a new benchmark for a game-used baseball.
“The ball has the potential to be the most expensive baseball,” Goldin said in a telephone interview. “Three million plus would be my guess.”
The current record was set by Mark McGuire’s 70th home run in the 1998 season. That went for $3.05 million In 1999. McGuire, who played for the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League, later admitted to using steroids.
Judge, the Yankees outfielder, is currently testing free agency for the first time in his career and Won the American League Most Valuable Player award Thursday. He set the AL single-season record with his 62nd homer of the year against Jesus Tinoco of the Texas Rangers on October 4 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, passing Roger Maris, who hit 61 for the Yankees. In 1961.
The ball flew over the left-field wall and was caught by Youmans, who is said to be a Dallas resident and works for Fisher Investments. Youmans, standing in the first row, scooped the ball into his baseball glove and was then escorted by security into the bowels of the stadium, where the ball was tested for him. Secret signs and authentication By MLB officials.
Youmans later contacted Goldin Co. to handle the sale. The ball, resting in a safe deposit box, was escorted by armed guards to Goldin’s headquarters outside Philadelphia this week and Online preauction process It started on Thursday.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if the winning bidder either bought it for Aaron Judge or maybe donated it to the Hall of Fame,” Goldin said. “I definitely think it’s one of those items that will garner that kind of interest.”
The auction house will be paid a 20 percent buyer’s premium, which will be added to the highest bid. Bidding is scheduled to end on December 17. According to Goldin, Yeoman’s contract with his employer prohibits him from speaking publicly.
of the judge 60th home run ball Rescued at Yankee Stadium by Michael Kessler, 20, a Yankees fan from New York. He gave it to Judge after that game, on September 20, in exchange for a signed bat and ball and pictures with friends of Judge and fans. A ball that enters the stands becomes the property of whoever catches it, and Kessler said he picked it up in a frantic pileup.
Eight days later, Judge hit No. 61 Tim Mayza of the Blue Jays at the Rogers Center in Toronto. The ball was almost caught by a fan, who identified himself to reporters as Frankie Lasagna. But the ball bounced off Lasagna’s glove and into the home team’s bullpen, where Blue Jays coach Matt Bushman recovered it. Bushman gave it to Jack Britton, a Yankees relief pitcher, who presented it to the judge in a clean sweep.
So No. 62 would be the only sale of Judge’s three home run balls after No. 59.
Before Judge turned 62, some auctioneers and memorabilia experts predicted the ball could sell for $2 million. Goldin was initially more cautious, estimating it would earn around $500,000, later raising that figure. A little over $1 million as the chase progressed And interest grew. He also offered $250,000 to whoever caught it.
After canvassing collectors when the season ends, Goldin now believes he’s neglected the general inflationary pressures of a growing memorabilia market over the past few years, with the Yankees as an iconic franchise and umpire magnet.
Additionally, some consider Judge’s AL record to be more valid than the so-called steroid era peak hit total because he is the only player to surpass Maris without any known blemish on his performance. Barry Bonds hit 73 home runs for the NL’s San Francisco Giants in 2001 (as The auction was closed for $450,000), McGuire followed his 70-homer season with 65 in 1999, and Sammy Sosa hit 63 or more home runs three times for the Chicago Cubs. But all three tarnished their mark, for potential collectors, because of their association with performance-enhancers.
“Obviously there are some people who will make that argument and some people who will say it’s an all-time record,” Goldin said. “If that’s what they want to believe and it makes them bid more, I’m all for it.”
To illustrate how the market has improved in recent years, Goldin pointed to a uniform jersey worn by Michael Jordan for the Chicago Bulls in the 1998 NBA Finals that sold for $50,000 two decades ago and recently sold for $10 million. A bat used by Babe Ruth would have fetched less than $100,000 if sold around the same time, Goldin said, and is now worth more than $1 million.
“There are a significantly larger number of collectors now, and the value of sports collectibles is significantly higher than in 1998,” he said.
As of Thursday afternoon, people will see more photos of the ball Company website. Within a week to 10 days after interested buyers pass the credit check, pre-bidding will begin. In the coming weeks, Goldin will display the ball to a select group of interested buyers.
“This type of item is like baseball’s version of Powerball,” he said. “We don’t know when it will hit. But we know when it hits, whoever gets it is going to be rich.”
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