Todd McFarlane has accomplished a lot in his professional career, but for many in the sports memorabilia business, he’ll be best remembered for spending $3 million on Mark McGwire’s 70th home run baseball from the 1998 season. It remains a record for the most money ever paid for a piece of sports memorabilia.
Later this week, SCP Auctions will be selling another record-setting home run baseball – Barry Bonds’ 756th home run ball. McFarlane admits he’s considering buying the ball, if the price is right. “I’ll probably be on the phone and I’ll be listening,” McFarlane said. “If the price stays low, I’ll probably be very active. But if it gets beyond my comfort zone, then I’ll save my money for what I think will be a better ball, which would be his last home run ball. That becomes the true record ball. It’s weird to call the 756 ball the ‘record ball.’ It’s the one that got him past Hank Aaron. But the record ball right now is going to be the last home run he hits. Tomorrow when he hits another one, that will be the new record ball. It’s still a living process right now.”
As for how much the 756th home run ball will sell for, McFarlane has some ideas. “I keep saying it’s in the $200,000 to $400,000 range,” he said. “It’s possible it could go for more than that, but I’m guessing that would be a resturant or a big corporation that wants something fancy in their lobby to draw attention, so they might overspend a little bit. Other than that, I would put it in that $200,000 to $400,000 ballpark.”
The SCP Auctions event concluded Sept. 8. The sale also features Bonds’ 755th career home run baseball.