The bidding for Alex Rodriguez’s 500th home run baseball is expected to heat up over the next three days, as collectors scramble to secure a piece of baseball history before SCP Auctions’ January/February auction comes to a close. The high bid for the baseball has reached $48,721, and typically bids come in at a fast and furious pace in the last three days of an auction. Collectors can bid through Thursday (Feb. 4) by logging on to www.scpauctions.com. The initial bidding period ends at 6 p.m. PT, with each lot closing after 30 minutes has elapsed without a counter-bid on that lot.
“This baseball is a monumental piece of baseball history and one that any true collector would consider a dream addition to his collection,” said David Kohler, president of SCP Auctions. “Alex Rodriguez is one of the greatest sluggers of the modern era, and this baseball represents the most notable milestone of his career so far.”
Rodriguez’s historic home run, hit on Aug. 4, 2007 off Kyle Davies of the Kansas City Royals, made Rodriguez the youngest player in major league history to hit 500 home runs and the 22nd player to reach one of baseball’s most revered milestones.
The All-Star third baseman became the third player to hit his 500th home run as a member of the Yankees and the second to do it in Yankee Stadium. Babe Ruth did it at Cleveland on Aug. 11, 1929, and Mickey Mantle reached the mark at home against Baltimore on May 14, 1967.
The fan who caught this piece of history off the bat of Rodriguez recently chose SCP Auctions to sell the ball at auction on his behalf. SCP Auctions has a successful history of selling significant home run balls, including Barry Bonds’ record-breaking No. 756 home run ball for $752,467, and Bonds’ record-tying No. 755 home run ball for $186,750 in 2007.
About SCP Auctions
SCP Auctions, Inc. has been a leader in auctions and private sales of important sports memorabilia and cards since 1979. SCP Auctions has handled some of the most significant individual items and prominent collections in its 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 www.scpauctions.com.