July 20, 2006

Bonds 715th home run ball up for auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Barry Bonds on Thursday escaped
indictment on possible perjury charges from grand jury
testimony in a steroids-related investigation but the court of
public opinion might weigh in when his 715th home run ball goes
on auction next Monday.

Andrew Morbitzer, who snagged the San Francisco Giants
outfielder's home run ball on May 28 that put him past Babe
Ruth into second place behind Hank Aaron on the home run list,
is auctioning the ball on eBay.

Bidding will start at $10,000, with the 10-day auction
ending at 3 p.m. (EDT) August 3. Dealers expect the ball to
fetch six figures but to fall far below the $577,000 paid
online for Joe Jackson's bat, Black Betsy, in 2001.

The most expensive sports memorabilia ever sold on eBay was
a 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card that fetched $1.27 million,
also in 2001.