The owner of the ball, Adam Hughes, is a 33-year-old plumber from La Jolla, Calif. Immediately after catching the ball security brought Hughes to a secure location within the stadium so MLB officials could authenticate and tag the ball.
“I’m really happy for Bonds,” said Hughes. “He made a lifetime achievement and I feel very fortunate that I caught this ball. Never in a million years did I expect it. I think Sotheby’s and SCP Auctions have a great track record and believe them to be a good fit and ideal avenue for selling the historic home run baseball.”
David Kohler president of SCP Auctions said, “The 755 home run ball will garner a lot of attention as it is part of baseball history. The ball is in the same arena of some of the most significant and valuable sports collectibles sold at auction such as the Honus Wagner T206 card and Babe Ruth bat used to hit the first home run at Yankee Stadium. We are very excited to be part of history.”
Sotheby’s and SCP Auctions are no strangers to Bonds’ memorabilia, having sold home run ball No. 700 for $102,000 on June 10, 2005, a feat only two other players in the history of Major League Baseball have accomplished: Babe Ruth and Aaron. Last August Bonds’ 715th home run ball, making him second on the all-time home run list surpassing Ruth, sold for $220,100 at auction.
Previous record-setting balls sold by way of auction include Bonds 73rd home run ball, surpassing Mark McGwire for the single season record, sold in 2001 for $517,500 and Hank Aaron’s 755th ball that garnered $650,000 in 1999.
Internet Auction - Bidding begins on August 28-September 14
Other items up for auction during the August 28-September 14 Internet auction include the second offering of material from the estate of Casey Stengel and the Del Crandall memorabilia collection including Del’s Milwaukee Braves warm up jacket, game used bats, Pacific Coast League and World Series rings. Additional memorabilia highlights include a fantastic horde of early hand written Ted Williams letters, a beautiful PSA/DNA graded 7.5 Babe Ruth single signed baseball and full sized World Series trophy’s from the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates
Card collectors will enjoy the second offering from the New York City find
of high grade T206 tobacco cards and more from the collections of Allan Schwartz
(1951 Bowman Willie Mays PSA 9 MINT, 1909-11 T206 Eddie Plank PSA 2, 1912 T215
Pirate Cigarettes Joe Lake PSA 6 EX-MT – the highest PSA graded T215)
and Robert Feinberg including 1910-11 M116 Ty Cobb PSA 8 NM-MT and 1910-11 M116
Honus Wagner PSA 8 NM-MT, T206 Ty Cobb Green Portrait PSA 7 and complete Baseball,
Football and Hockey sets from the 1950’s and 1960’s.
For more information, please visit www.sothebys.com or www.scpauctions.com.