Consign or Sell with One Click
Consign or Sell with one click

Bonds 500th Home Run Ball Splashes into SCP Auctions’ 2021 Fall Premier

A milestone ball from one of the most feared hitters in baseball history just blasted into SCP Auctions’ 2021 Fall Premier. Barry Bonds’ 500th home run ball will hit the hobby for the first time when it appears in our upcoming sale, courtesy of the man who rescued the splash hit from the turbulent waters of the San Francisco Bay.

In a year where he would also break the single-season record for most homers with 73, Bonds’ biggest bomb of the campaign came on April 17, 2001. In the bottom of the eighth inning on that night, Bonds took Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Terry Adams deep to right field, so deep that the ball splashed into the depths of the San Francisco Bay next to the stadium then known as Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco.

As the fans went wild inside the confines of Pac Bell, an even crazier scene unfolded in those waters known as McCovey Cove just beyond the right field fence. At least a dozen boaters scrambled to try to snatch the piece of baseball history as it headed through the night sky toward the cove. Joseph Figone, a former Candlestick Park groundskeeper, was one of those boaters and saw the ball heading in his direction.

Figone had already grabbed Bonds’ first splash hit on May 1, 2000, during the ninth game at the park. That shot was hit off New York Mets pitcher Rich Rodriguez. It was also the first splash hit in the park’s history.

Typically, Figone would go in with a fishing net in his right hand to scoop up the ball. To have a shot at scoring the 500th homer, he realized he would have to switch his fishing net from his right hand to his left hand.

Figone revved the engine of his small motorboat and managed to save the historic big fly from the murky waters after dodging a wetsuit-clad man also pursuing the homer. Once on shore, two representatives from Major League Baseball began placing hologram stickers on everything Figone had with him but the kitchen sink. They stickered the ball, boat, motor, life jacket, fishing net, jersey he was wearing, and even the champagne bottle he popped to celebrate the moment.

The next morning, Figone took the ball straight to the bank and deposited it into his safe deposit box. The 500th home run ball, along with Bonds’ first splash hit, briefly left the bank to be exhibited at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. in 2002. Otherwise, they have been stored and secured until now. Both balls will be on the auction block for the first time ever in SCP Auctions’ 2021 Fall Premier from Oct. 13-30. Don’t miss your chance to bid on the two splashy parts of baseball lore.
For more information about SCP Auctions, visit www.scpauctions.com.

ESTIMATE: $250,000+

News by Company & Category

Featured Auctions

(*) Indicates Auction in Progress
(*) Heritage Auctions: April 19 - May 13-14
(*) Down to Wire the Auctions: April 22 - May 15
(*) Sirius Coins: May 2 - May 15
(*) Dutch Auction Shop: May 12 - May 16
(*) CertifiedLink.com: April 14 - May 16-18
(*) JG Autographs: May 11 - May 17
(*) Steve Novella: May 9 - May 18
(*) Bagger's Auctions: May 13 - May 19
(*) MeiGray Auctions: May 4 - May 19
(*) NBA Auctions: May 13 - May 19
(*) Pristine Auction: May 13 - May 19
(*) PWCC: May 5 - May 19
(*) RR Auction: May 12 - May 19
(*) Sirius Sports Auctions: May 9 - May 19
(*) Detroit City Sports: May 13 - May 21
(*) Goldin: May 4 - May 21
(*) Memory Lane: April 29 - May 21
(*) The Collector Connection: May 4 - May 22
(*) REA: May 12 - May 22
(*) Auction of Champions: May 11 - May 23
JG Autographs: May 18 - May 24
(*) Fanatics Auctions: May 12 - May 25
Mile High Card Co: May 16 - May 25
(*) MeiGray Auctions: May 4 - May 25-26
NBA Auctions: May 20 - May 26
Pristine Auction: May 20 - May 26
Iconic Auctions: May 19 - May 28
(*) Pristine Auction: May 1 - May 29
Dutch Auction Shop: May 25 - May 30
(*) Classic Auctions: May 6 - May 31
JG Autographs: May 25 - May 31
(*) MeiGray Auctions: May 12 - June 1
Heritage Auctions: May 15 - June 2
NBA Auctions: May 27 - June 2
Pristine Auction: May 27 - June 2
Sirius Sports Auctions: May 23 - June 2
MEARS Auctions: May 27 - June 4
SCP Auctions: May 18 - June 4
Grey Flannel Auctions: May 16 - June 5
(*) Wheatland Auction: May 12 - June 5
(*) Hindman: May 12 - June 6-7
(*) Clean Sweep Auctions: May 12 - June 8
2022 Full Auction Schedule