756 Could Be Worth $1M

But experts say to sell it soon
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2007 10:23 AM CDT
San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds hits his 756th career home run off Washington Nationals' pitcher Mike Bacsik during the fifth inning of their baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday August 7, 2007....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The ball from Barry Bonds' record 756th home run could fetch a cool million at auction, some experts say—though they warn Queens native Matt Murphy to sell now or risk striking out. "In today's memorabilia world, proximity to the event is important," one auction-house president says.

Mark McGwire's single-season homer record ball sold for $3 million, although it may be worth significantly less now. And controversies over Bonds' alleged steroids use may cut into the value of his missile over time: the BBC points out that Bonds is earning millions less in endorsements than he would if his achievements were controversy-free.