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Collectors speculate on price of Bonds #714 ball
2006-05-16 13:45
by Bob Timmermann

In case you want to buy futures contracts on the value of the ball that Barry Bonds will hit for home run #714, collectors are guessing that it will fetch between $100,000 and $1 million, at auction.

I don't believe souvenir home run balls are traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange however.

2006-05-16 14:57:00
1.   Xeifrank
If I caught the ball I would give it back to Mr Bonds for no charge. Of course I would unstitch the seems and unwind all inards, and run it through a shredder first. Unless I could get $100k, then I'd sell it. :)
vr, Xei
2006-05-16 15:35:57
2.   Berkeley Doug
If the ball lands in McCovey's Cove beyond the right field wall, what someone with a peverse sense of humor may do is throw a bunch of cheap baseballs into the water in the general vicinity of where the ball landeed and watch the madness begin. Of course I think the real ball had a MLB authentication mark, but how would the kayakers know which ball to go after? :)
2006-05-16 15:40:48
3.   Bob Timmermann
That would be an interesting economic experiment to see how everyone would try to find the baseball.
2006-05-16 15:46:04
4.   Berkeley Doug
As tempted as I would be sell the baseball for the money, in the end I would probably give it back to the player. In Bonds' case, though, I would be tempted to give it the Giants with the strict provision that Bonds couldn't have it and it would be displayed for the fans's enjoyment; or give it to the Hall.
2006-05-16 19:04:50
5.   Vishal
[3] everyone would simply try to collect as many of the balls as possbile, obviously.

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