A few weeks ago we wrote an article about the anticipation for the then-upcoming auction of Albert Pujols’ 700th home run ball. Fans and collectors were waiting to find out how much it would sell for and now we know - the ball was sold via Goldin Auctions on November 6 for $360,000.
This ball was expected to sell somewhere in the six figures as this was Pujols’ final season in the MLB, which he ended with a record 703 home runs. This puts Pujols on the all time MLB home run list, coming in behind only Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth in career home runs. We expect that balls 701, 702 & 703 will eventually be sold for high prices.
Goldin Auctions received thirty-three bids in total from October 25, the opening date for accepting bids for the 700th ball. Marlowe Leal is the fan that caught the ball at Dodger Stadium on September 23, and had it authenticated by MLB before consigning it to Goldin Auctions. Pujols publicly stated that he doesn’t mind having the ball and supports fans keeping the balls.
The amount of $360,000 is a high price and it’s interesting to compare with Barry Bonds’ 700th home run ball, which sold for $804,129 in 2004. We look forward to seeing what happens with balls 701, 702 & 703, as well as other Pujols’ memorabilia, particularly as he is now retiring. We have seen his trading cards going up in price with 6 of his rookie cards selling for $15,000 or more. Pujols going into retirement means there won’t be any more of his memorabilia produced, which makes it one of the best times for investors, collectors and fans to start looking into Pujols’ collectibles.