Aaron Judge’s 62nd Home Run Ball Sells for $1.5 Million

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Pictured: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees hits his 62nd home run of the season, breaking the American League home run record against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by New York Yankees/Getty Images)

Aaron Judge's American League record breaking 62nd home run ball sold for $1.5 million on Saturday night.

Goldin auctioned off the ball, which was consigned by Cory Youman, the man who caught it.

The man who bought it agreed to an interview with The Action Network, referring to himself as Joe from Wisconsin.

"Obviously this is American baseball history," said Joe, who is not a Yankees fan. "The most storied franchise in baseball. Babe Ruth, Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle and Aaron Judge."

Joe said that, as of now, he has no plans for the ball, even though most of his Green Bay Packers collection is on consignment at the team's Hall of Fame.

There was a $2 million bounty on the ball when Youmans caught it, and at least $3 million presented itself later. But Youmans said he wasn't comfortable.

"While a private sale is certainly appealing, and there's nothing wrong with $3 million, people may not appreciate that this is not Hal Steinbrenner calling and say, 'Hey, I'll write you a check for $3 million or Aaron Judge saying, 'I'll write you a check," Youmans said. "This comes through art dealers and law firms and there's not a lot of transparency. And I have concerns about selling the ball that way."

Youmans, before the sale, said he was at peace with his choice.

"You have to own your decision," Youmans said. "The money is important, but there are other factors other than to squeak out another dollar."

Youmans said he would spend some of the money to build his grandfather a shop to work on his cars in his upcoming move from Missouri to Oregon.

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