Aaron Judge and Albert Pujols are both chasing elite home run milestones.
The judge is vying to overtake Roger Maris (61) as the new American League record holder for most homers in a season, while Pujols is two home runs from becoming the fourth player in baseball history to reach altitude. 700 in a career.
However, the estimated value for each historical baseball is very different.
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Earlier this week, Brandon Steiner, founder and CEO of CollectibleXchange and The Steiner Agency, told ESPN New York that he thinks Judge’s 62nd home run will be worth at least $ 2.5 million.
He thinks Pujols’ 700th will barely reach six figures.
“I think it’s a solid ball. Someone in St. Louis might be more excited about this than not necessarily nationally … I think it’s a $ 100,000 ball, probably my guess,” the founder told FOX Business. and former CEO of Steiner Sports Memorabilia.
Many factors determine the differences, Steiner noted.
Pujols plays in the small St. Louis market, which “doesn’t have the same pizzazz”. Also, despite the fact that he will likely enter the Hall of Fame as a cardinal, he has “rebounded” and spent 10 seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. He also spent part of last year with the Dodgers.
“If he’s been in St. Louis his entire career and has the momentum to have this great career, but his later years haven’t been great for him, and he’s lost some of his swagger,” said Steiner. “Except in St. Louis, he’s a god. He won the World Series, but he lost some bravado nationwide. It’s going to take a little bit of something to power it up. St. Louis in the playoffs, something takes him in the ‘amp and it’s another ball game. I just don’t see that ball going for a ton. “
As for the judge, he will likely win the New York Yankees uniformed MVP award, automatically increasing the value of the ball hitting for the homer record.
“Everyone here in New York is excited. The national news has arrived and that always attracts people,” said Steiner. “What increases the price of a judge ball is not just the insanity and depth of a Yankee (fan) base, but the fact that the publicity you get from a great Yankee moment is huge, given the dollar amount. “, Steiner said. “So whoever gets that ball will be in every newspaper, every news station and radio station asking him, ‘Who is this guy and why did he buy it?’
“And that’s why people, a lot of times, get into it. For a couple of million dollars, now all of a sudden, you become someone everyone knows your name for. And I’m not even talking about ‘Cheers’. It’s like ‘everyone knows your name, everyone knows who you are.’ This is what makes Yankee balls and these moments so much bigger than balls like these that happen in other parts of the country. “
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Judge is expected to become a free agent this off-season and there is a real possibility that his tenure in the Yankees is coming to an end. But Steiner says it’s hard to say that a new team for Judge will affect the value of the ball.
“It’s hard to say now, but it will definitely be an important part of his legacy,” he told FOX Business. “We’ve seen it happen with a couple of other players who have gone over the years. Get off the list by Bobby Murcer, Roy White. Get on the list of guys who should have much bigger legacies and haven’t. . The Yankees are not a team you want to leave if you are worried about the legacy. But I think the 61 thing is going to be hyped, all of this will be put to bed before he decides which team he is going to play for. “
Steiner also believes that Pujols’ last home run of his career, assuming it goes beyond 700, could be worth more. But regardless of how many Judge hits, unless he breaks Barry Bonds’ 73 in 2001, 62 is the magic number, especially since many baseball fans would consider it the true record in light of the steroid era.
“That’s just how it works … Technically, the last (Pujols) home run should be selling for a good amount of money, and people should still try to keep catching it. Just like when the judge scores 62, I’d be interested in taking his last home run, if it ends up being 67, since it’s now the record, and you’ll get some money for that, but the 62 is the one that’s going to get all the hype and attention, ”Steiner said.
Oddly, that wasn’t the case when Mark McGwire overtook Maris in 1998, even with the help of steroids.
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The fan who caught McGwire’s 62nd home run returned it to McGwire at no cost, losing about $ 1 million. However, his 70th home run that season sold for over $ 3 million. Steiner noted that due to McGwire’s use of PED, his estimated value is now around $ 200,000.
“It was also a different time, man … That was just a moment where, ‘Damn, that situation was so out of control,'” he said of the McGwire saga.
The college student who caught Judge’s 60th home run on Tuesday night returned it to the judge in exchange for a court-signed bat and ball, and his three friends all have balls signed by the Yankees sluggers. They also had a meeting and a photo with him.
But Steiner is urging anyone who catches 61, 62 and beyond not to do what he feels is the same mistake.
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“I just hope the person receiving it calls Brandon Steiner. I hope someone is smart enough to take that ball, get out of that stadium and call me.
“It’s a lot of pressure. It’s a shame, because it’s a big monetary game, and you have to stay calm, hold that ball and get out of the stadium.”
The judge will try to equalize – and break – the record Thursday night against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.