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Barry Bonds’ 756th Homerun Ball

Posted August. 09, 2007 05:58,   


There was another reason that Major League fans awaited Barry Bonds’ 756th homerun. It was the expectation that they may get more than the $100,000 the 755th sold for by picking up the ball.

When Barry Bonds hit his 756th homerun, a stampede broke out at the right side of the outfield at AT&T Park. After a fierce struggle among spectators attempting to catch the ball, the ball ended up in the hands of Matt Murphy, a 22-year-old in a New York Mets uniform.

Major League officials and the local media estimate the price of the ball at $400,000 to one million.

The most expensive item in the history of Major League auctions is Mark McGwire’s 70th homerun ball of season in 1998. The historic ball, which set the single-season record back then, sold for $3.5 million.

In comparison, Bonds’ 73rd homerun ball of season 2001 ($517,500) and his 715th homerun ball ($220,100) which broke Babe Ruth’s record were relatively cheap. Moreover, his 70th homerun ball in 2001 was undervalued at $14,400 and sold only recently.