When Aaron Judge hit his record 62nd home run, one fan hit the jackpot.
New York Yankees slugger eclipsed Roger Maris’ single-season American League record with his 62nd home run on Tuesday, and Cory Youmans — sitting in left field with a front-row seat — was lucky enough to catch the historic memorabilia at the Globe. Life Area
A Dallas resident and Texas Rangers fan, Youmans said he still doesn’t know if he’ll keep the ball, and after he made the catch — an event that prompted euphoric celebrations — he was escorted from the seating area by security.
If Youmans were to sell the ball, he would be set a handsome fee.
“In the last week or so, our colleagues at the Memory Lane auction house have confirmed that whoever catches the ball will pay $2 million,” Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of RR Auction, told CNN.
“With all the hype and excitement, including Aaron Judge of the Yankees, I wouldn’t be surprised if another auction house or sports investment group bought the ball for $5 million in the current environment of the sports memorabilia market.
“Assuming the referee doesn’t play tonight [against the Rangers]this ball will live forever in New York Yankee lore”.
However, Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions, calls the $2 million price tag “a whopping overpayment” and “more publicity stunts,” instead valuing the ball at $1.25 million.
“It’s a historic achievement because he’s a beloved player and he plays for the New York Yankees,” Goldin told CNN, adding that $1.25 million would make it the second most expensive baseball ever sold.
In 1999, Mark McGwire’s 70th home run baseball fetched $3 million at auction, including commission, making it the most money ever paid for a sports artifact at the time.
David Hunt, president of Hunt Auctions, agrees that higher valuations are used as a tool to create “branding and media exposure” for auction houses, and that Judge’s 62nd home run ball is “estimated to be a $500,000-plus $1 million item.” point of view.”
“But to be clear,” Hunt told CNN, “I would certainly see a path that would bring in a million or maybe two if the right bidders are involved. That’s not impossible.”
In a statement sent to CNN, Lelands auction house called Judge’s 62nd home run ball “the most valuable baseball hit in recent years … will fetch more than seven figures.”
“It’s unbelievable how a $20 baseball can turn into a seven-figure ball with one crack of the bat,” the statement added.
When Judge tied Maris’ record 61st home run last week, the fans weren’t able to catch the ball as it fell into the bullpen and ended up being passed to Judge, who gave it to his mother.
Michael Kessler, the 20-year-old fan who hit Judge’s 60th home run, traded the ball with the Yankees slugger for four signed baseballs and a signed game as a clubhouse greeting, according to MLB.com.
“I don’t know where it is,” Judge told reporters when asked about the fate of his 62nd home run.
“We’ll see what happens with that. It would be great to come back but that’s just a souvenir for the fans. They made a great catch there and they have every right.”
Since breaking Maris’ 61-year-old record with a 391-foot drive in the first season against the Rangers on Tuesday, Judge has received widespread praise, including from President Joe Biden.
“Congratulations @TheJudge44 home run 62. History made, more history to be made,” Biden he wrote on Twitter
Barry Bonds holds the major league single-season record of 73 home runs, but many have questioned that milestone as he, along with other players at the time, was embroiled in performance-enhancing drug scandals and allegedly used steroids. Bonds has denied the allegations.
While it remains to be seen whether Judge will play in the final regular season game on Wednesday, he has a chance to win the American League triple in batting average, runs batted in and home runs.
He is first in home runs and RBIs, but trails Minnesota Twins star Luis Arráez in batting average.
If Judge plays Wednesday and hits another home run, that might change the value of Tuesday night’s ball.
“It’s not his last home run, it’s not a record-setting one, so it’s not as viable,” Hunt explained.
But there’s also a scenario where Youmans’ catch increases value.
“If we go another 15, 20, 30 years and no one breaks that record, it could be a very, very special and historic piece that would push it into a higher value range,” Hunt said.