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Owner of Barry Bonds’ Record-Setting Baseball Announces Plans for Ball

Denver, Colo. (March 13, 2008) – The owner of the baseball Barry Bonds hit for his last home run to set the all-time Major League record announced at a Thursday news conference that he has enlisted the services of SCP Auctions to present the ball in an online auction March 31-April 12. SCP Auctions officials have predicted that the selling price of the 762 ball could approach $1 million. Jameson Sutton, 24, of Boulder, Colo. said the online auction of the Bonds’ Home Run Ball No. 762 will take place at Sutton’s family has been Colorado Rockies season ticket holders since the team’s inception in 1993.

Jameson Sutton, 24, of Boulder, Colo. said the online auction of the Bonds’ Home Run Ball No. 762 will take place at Sutton’s family has been Colorado Rockies season ticket holders since the team’s inception in 1993.

Bonds’ record-setting 762nd home run occurred Sept. 5 at Coors Field in Denver off a 99-mph fast ball thrown by Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez. The ball, captured by Sutton, barely cleared the outfield barrier and Colorado outfielder Matt Holliday contended fan interference but lost the argument because he had pulled up short of the barrier.

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David Kohler, president of SCP Auctions, said of the upcoming auction: “We are proud that Mr. Sutton has selected SCP Auctions to conduct the sale of this monumental piece of baseball history. We congratulate him on being able to capture one of the most historically significant baseballs in existence.”

Commenting on the feat the ball represents, Dan Imler, SCP Auctions’ managing director, said: “Baseball’s all-time home run record is, arguably, the most prominent individual record in all of sports. Barry Bonds’ career home run number 762 baseball is the ultimate embodiment of that record and, as such, is one of the most important pieces of baseball memorabilia in the world.”

Speaking about No. 762, Sutton said: “I was hoping that Bonds might hit one to the opposite field. Given how hard (Ubaldo) Jimenez was throwing, I knew the chances were pretty good. I ended up being in the right place at the right time.”

Major League Baseball stopped authenticating Bonds home run balls after Bonds passed Hank Aaron for the record earlier in the 2007 season. SCP Auctions undertook an extensive process through several independent sources to authenticate that Sutton had the final home run ball. SCP Auctions studied the game film and interviewed those present, including Robert Harmon, who attempted to snare No. 762 in the ensuing scramble after the catch and who signed an affidavit that he did not have possession of the ball. As a final step in the exhaustive investigation, Sutton submitted to an independent polygraph test that confirmed the other findings. SCP Auctions thus was satisfied that Sutton had the Bond’s 762 home run ball.

Sutton did not come forward until now with No. 762 for three reasons: his belief that Bonds might hit another home run in the last three weeks of the 2007 season; because he thought Bonds would play in 2008; and due to a serious illness in the family.

SCP Auctions is no stranger to Bonds’ memorabilia, having sold home run balls No. 755 and 756 for $186,750 and $752,467, respectively, on Sept. 15, 2007. In August 2006, Bonds’ 715th home run ball, making him second on the all-time home run list surpassing Ruth, sold for $220,100 at auction.

Previous record-setting balls sold by way of auction include Bonds’ 73rd home run ball — surpassing Mark McGwire for the single-season record — in 2001 for $517,500; Aaron’s 755th ball that garnered $650,000 in 1999; and McGwire’s 70th home run ball in 1999 for a then single-season record that sold for $3 million.

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SCP Auctions, Inc. has been a leader in auctions and private sales of important sports memorabilia and cards since 1979. The Southern California-based firm conducts regular auctions in partnership with Sotheby’s. The Sotheby’s/SCP Auctions partnership has handled some of the most significant individual items and prominent collections in their field, such as the record-setting sale of Babe Ruth’s bat used to hit the first home run in Yankee Stadium (sold for $1.265 million), The original 1919 Contract of Sale of Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees (sold for $996,000), and the private collections of Hall of Famers such as Honus Wagner, Tony Lazzeri, Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Cousy, Casey Stengel, Pee Wee Reese, and Ernie Banks. For more information, please visit

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