Bonds' No. 756 ball estimated to garner $500,000

Updated: August 28, 2007, 5:20 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- Electronic bidding began Tuesday for Barry Bonds' 755th and 756th home run balls, with the price for the record-breaker starting at $100,000.

Sotheby's/SCP Auctions is handling sales of the balls Bonds hit to tie and break Hank Aaron's home run record. Bidding closes Sept. 15, when the winning offer is to be announced.

"These balls are some of the most historic baseballs to come up publicly for auction," said David Kohler, president of SCP Auctions.

The Mission Viejo-based auction house also handled the $102,000 sale of Bonds' 700th home run ball, and the $220,000 sale of his 715th, which put him ahead of Babe Ruth on the home run list.

Bonds broke Aaron's record of 755 with a shot into the right-field seats on Aug. 7 against the Washington Nationals in San Francisco.

Auction officials estimate the ball will fetch at least $500,000.

Matt Murphy, the 21-year-old New Yorker who emerged from a scuffle with the record-breaking ball, said he still hasn't decided what he'll do with the money but vows not to waste it.

"I'm not going to blow it on a Lamborghini, quit my job and have no money left in three weeks," said Murphy, who supervises contractors at a residential building in Manhattan and intends to return to school. "I'll plan out what I'm going to do with it and make the best investment possible."

Murphy, who paid $100 for a $12 ticket to the Aug. 7 game during a layover on his way to Australia, said no matter how much he gets for the ball he has no complaints.

"Either way, I'm in the plus," Murphy said. "I can't really be upset with anything."

Adam Hughes, a 34-year-old plumber from La Jolla, came up with No. 755 in the left-center field seats in San Diego on Aug. 4. Bidding started at $60,000, and auction officials estimate it will sell for around $200,000.

Hughes hopes he'll get enough money to pay off some debts and perhaps save something. He also plans to share some of the money with the cousin who attended the game with him.

"I kind of thought of keeping it for a little while, but just holding onto something like this doesn't make sense," Hughes said. "I'm pretty excited about what the future holds."

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