That’s a lot of money for some baseballs.
Aaron Judge is about to make history as he is one home run away from tying Roger Maris’ American League and Yankees record of 61 homers. With 13 games to play, the slugger is on course to end the season with 65 homers.
According to SCP Auctions President David Kohler, a lucky fan who catches Judge’s 62nd home run could land a handsome paycheck worth at least $500,000.
Kohler added that Judge’s final home run of the season after passing Maris’ milestone, which would be the new record, could be worth more than $1 million.
“It’s based on other sales we’ve made in the past,” Kohler said when asked how his company made estimates for Judge’s home run balls. “We’ve dealt with a lot of home runs over the years.”
The California-based auction house, which has been in business for more than 40 years, sold Barry Bond’s record 756th home run for $752,467 in 2007. Additionally, the auction house sold Alex Rodriguez’s 600th home run for $97,710.
Kohler, who founded the company, said Judge’s own history adds value to the circuits.
“The Yankees are loved,” Kohler said. “Aaron Judge is beloved. There’s no negativity here like in the days of steroids in the past.”
None of the balls from the judge’s home run made it to the SCP auction.
The 60th home run caught by a Yankees fan was sent to the judge on Tuesday night. Yankee Stadium security personnel approached the fan and agreed to return the ball after the win. The fan received signed baseballs from the judge and a signed bat. The All-Star also took a photo with the fan and his friends.
Roger Maris’ record 61st ball was sold for $5,000 after Maris told the lucky fan to sell the ball.
“Someone will pay you a lot of money for the ball,” Maris told the fan six decades ago. He will keep it for a few days and then return it to me.