Ticket prices for Yankee Stadium bleacher seats have skyrocketed as fans hope to witness history and attempt to catch an Aaron Judge home run ball — which could be worth millions of dollars.
In aggregate, the baseballs that Judge launches to tie — and pass — Roger Maris’ single-season AL home run record (61) could be worth well over $1 million, according to SCP Auctions President David Kohler.
Home run ball No. 61 could command $250,000 at an auction. Home run ball No. 62 could be worth more than $500,000. The final home run ball in the campaign could garner more than $1 million.
Kohler’s predictions are based on previous home run baseball auctions — just ask Barry Bonds, who has sold at least four home run balls well into six figures.
Bonds’ 756th home run ball, which passed Hank Aaron’s all-time record, sold for more than $750,000. His 755th, which tied Aaron, went for just $186,750, while his 762nd and final home run sold for just $362,000.
The fate of Judge’s home run ball No. 60 — which tied Babe Ruth’s 1927 campaign — is potentially irrelevant, however.
The ball was caught by a 20-year-old fan who turned it over to the Yankees … shortly before he told reporters he simply hoped the slugger would be back in the Bronx next season.
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