Bonds' 762nd ball could fetch $1 million

March 13, 2008 11:07:38 AM PDT
An auction house says a Colorado man has decided to sell the baseball Barry Bonds hit for career homer No. 762, and it could fetch $1 million. SCP Auctions said Thursday that 24-year-old Jameson Sutton of Boulder snared Bonds' final homer of last season on Sept. 5 at Coors Field.

SCP said Sutton has decided to sell the ball in an online auction starting March 31. The auction house also handled the sale of Bond's record-breaking home run ball No. 756, which went for $752,467.

Bonds' return to baseball looks uncertain. The Giants didn't re-sign the 43-year-old, and the home run king faces perjury and obstruction charges stemming from a steroids investigation. He pleaded not guilty.

If Bonds doesn't return, No. 762 would remain the major league record for career homers for the foreseeable future. Among active players, Sammy Sosa is second with 609.

"Baseball's all-time home run record is, arguably, the most prominent individual record in all of sports," said Dan Imler, managing director of SCP Auctions.

Bonds hit No. 762 over the left-field fence - the opposite field for the lefty-batting slugger - on a 99-mph fastball by Ubaldo Jimenez.

"I ended up being in the right place at the right time," Sutton said.

SCP sold Bonds' 755th - which tied Hank Aaron's mark - for $186,750.

Bonds' 715th home run ball, which moved him ahead of Babe Ruth and into second place on the career list, sold for $220,100 in a 2006 auction.

SCP said it authenticated Sutton's ball by studying game films and interviewing fans, including Robert Harmon, who was scrambling with Sutton for the ball.

SCP said Harmon signed an affidavit saying he doesn't have the ball, and that Sutton submitted to a polygraph test.

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