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Aaron Judge Record Home Run Ball’s Current Auction Bid is $1.2M

  • The ball's seller reportedly turned down a $3 million offer for it.
  • Mark McGwire's record-setter sold for $3.1 million in 1999.
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The auction for Aaron Judge’s American League record-breaking home run ball is now open — but it’s going to need a push in its final days to break another record and be a good value to its seller.

The ball from Judge’s 62nd home run of the 2022 MLB season is part of Goldin’s December Elite auction that is currently accepting bids — and also features high-profile items such as two LeBron James rookie cards, a Tom Brady rookie card, a Heisman trophy, and a Super Bowl ring.

The Judge ball started with an opening bid of $1 million on Nov. 29 and quickly rose to $1.15 million in the first couple days. It did not receive another bid until Dec. 7, when it attracted $1.2 million — where it currently stands. The actual price is $1.44 million with buyer’s premium.

As such, the item has a long way to go before the auction ends on Dec. 17 if it’s going to be the most expensive baseball ever sold.

That honor belongs to Mark McGwire’s record-setting 70th home run ball from the 1998 season, which sold at auction for $3.1 million in 1999.

Cory Youmans — a Texas Rangers fan who caught the record-setter in Arlington when the Yankees were in town — opted to put the ball up for auction instead of accepting one of the offers he received to purchase it, which went as high as $3 million.

He’ll need a wealthy buyer to swoop in gunning for the record in the last few days for that to prove to be the wise decision.

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For his part, Judge himself won’t have to worry about money. The 30-year-old just signed an enormous nine-year, $360 million contract with New York; the deal’s $40 million AAV is the most ever given to a position player.

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