I guess I spoke too soon. A few days ago, it looked like Bonds' 756th would fetch well below the $500,000 experts initially estimated. Alas, yesterday the ball unofficially sold for a hefty $752,467. If that price holds, it would make the top 10 list of most expensive sports collectibles (all of which, incidentally, are baseball items). Although I don't claim any expertise in the field of tainted sports memorabilia valuation, I do know it would take me almost six months to save that kind of cash.
So it looks like 752,467 will join 73 and 762+ on the list of bloated Bonds figures. And I guess Matt Murphy made the right decision to decline the $500k "sell it now" offer that was made before the auction. The buyer is as of yet unidentified. Hey buyer, if you're reading this, grab a username (now required to comment!) and please explain your reasoning.Update 9/17/07: The buyer has revealed himself to be fashion designer and Yankee fan Marc Ecko, who is looking to you to help him decide what to do with it.