Bonds Ball Hits Internet Auction Block

No. 756 could score at least $500K for fan
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2007 1:55 AM CDT
Bonds Ball Hits Internet Auction Block
Matt Murphy, 21, smiles as he is photographed with Barry Bonds' record breaking 756th home run ball at a news conference in San Francisco, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007. The ball will be sold online, and Murphy figures to be a half-million dollars richer.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)   (Associated Press)

New home run king Barry Bonds has driven No. 756 all the way to the Internet auction block. Mets fan Matt Murphy, who caught the record-busting ball, will sell it in an online auction running from Tuesday through Sept. 15, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The ball could fetch at least $500,000, according to organizer SCP Auctions.

Murphy, 21, said he is selling the ball because of concerns he might have to pay hefty taxes simply for owning it. “I’m upset," he said. "I wanted to keep it.” SCP, which also sold home run balls Nos. 700 and 715, will put it on the block simultaneously with No. 755, the ball that tied Hank Aaron's record. (More Barry Bonds stories.)

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