Saturday, August 04, 2007

Staying Classy Pays Off

From "Bonds' No. 70 ball fetches just $14,400 at auction" at

CLEVELAND -- Barry Bonds' 70th home run ball from his record-breaking 2001 season sold for just $14,400 at auction after previously selling for $60,000 and valued at about half that.

Doug Allen, president of Mastro Auctions, said Hank Aaron's memorabilia attracted much higher bids in the Friday night auction.

An autographed Aaron jersey sold for $40,000 and his signed rookie contract with the Milwaukee Braves went for $31,200. Aaron's 1954 Topps rookie card sold for $19,200.

The ball was one of only a handful of items that didn't meet its estimated selling price, while all the Aaron memorabilia met or exceeded expectations, Allen said.