Oct 4, 2022 - Sports

How much Aaron Judge's 62nd home run could sell for — if he hits it

Illustration of a baseball with the stitching coming apart revealing a dollar bill inside

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If Aaron Judge's 62nd home run (assuming he hits it!) finds the seats instead of landing in the bullpen, it could make history beyond setting the AL single-season record.

By the numbers: No. 62 could sell for upwards of $1.25 million, per Goldin Auctions founder Ken Goldin. That would trail only Mark McGwire's 70th HR from 1998 ($3 million) as the most expensive HR ball ever sold.

The top 10:

  1. McGwire, No. 70: $3 million
  2. Babe Ruth, 1933 ASG*: $805,000
  3. Barry Bonds, No. 756: $752,000
  4. Hank Aaron, No. 755: $650,000
  5. Bonds, No. 73: $518,000
  6. Bonds, No. 762: $377,000
  7. Bonds, No. 500: $303,000
  8. Eddie Murray, No. 500: $280,000
  9. Bonds, No. 715: $220,000
  10. Sammy Sosa, No. 66: $150,000

What they're saying: "I'll probably be sniffing around the edges," said Todd McFarlane, who owns No. 1, No. 5 and No. 10 on the list above, when asked if he's interested in Judge's historic blast.

  • As for the McGwire ball he paid $3 million to acquire: "That was a complete outlier," McFarlane told The Athletic.
  • "That was two guys that got caught up in an auction. I sort of let my inner 12-year-old get ahold of me."

What to watch: If the fan who caught Albert Pujols' 700th HR ever decides to sell, it will likely land near the top of this list. For now, he intends to keep it.

*The first home run ever hit in the All-Star Game.

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