The historic baseball that Aaron Judge hit for his record 62nd home run has landed at Goldin Co., where it will soon be up for bid.
Judge hit his 62nd home run on Oct. 4 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas to break Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League home run record.
The ball will highlight Goldin’s December Elite Auction, which opens Nov. 29 and runs through Dec. 17. It has an opening bid of $1 million and experts believe it will challenge the all-time record of $3.1 million for Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball. A preview of the ball is live at goldin.co.
The ball was caught by Cory Youmans, a vice president of Fisher Investments in Dallas. Youmans has kept it locked in a safety deposit box. After he selected Goldin to handle the sale, company founder Ken Goldin sent an armed, professional security team to retrieve the ball and transport it to a secure location.
The ball has been carefully photographed and recorded, providing potential buyers with an up-close look at the once-in-a-lifetime item.
“Home run balls have a unique place in the collectible industry for a few reasons,” Ken Goldin said. “Unlike bats or jerseys which players and teams technically own, a home run ball is the immediate property of whatever fan catches it. In this case, this particular ball was basically a winning Powerball ticket.
“Aaron Judge is an absolutely monumental and beloved figure in New York and across sports and this will almost certainly be the highest price paid for any baseball ever.”