Jorge Soler’s World Series Home Run Ball Could Be Worth $250K, Sat On Sidewalk For 8 Minutes
Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Getty Images. Pictured: Jorge Soler #12 of the Atlanta Braves.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Jorge Soler’s mammoth, 446-foot home run that helped Atlanta clinch its first World Series title since 1995 sat on a sidewalk outside of Minute Maid Park for about eight minutes.
That’s according to the Houston Chronicle, who reported on Wednesday that patrons from a party at an adjacent apartment complex picked the ball up after they heard it smack an awning outside the stadium.
The members of the party then crawled the streets in pursuit of the ball before Manuel Ramos found it inside a chain-link fence that separates Crawford Street from the inside of the park.
The host of the party at the 500 Crawford Downtown Apartments was Manuel’s brother Richard.
Richard Ramos jokingly demanded a million dollars for the piece of World Series memorabilia in an interview with the newspaper.
From the Houston Chronicle:
Manuel kind of winced at the joke, but did say, “Hey, I’m poor and have a newborn baby at home. And, it’s not cheap for my brother to live here.”
While the ball won’t net $1 million, it could be worth up to a quarter of that figure.
That’s according to David Kohler, whose firm SCP Auctions has sold Barry Bonds’ 756th home run ball ($752,467.20) and Honus Wagner’s T206 card ($1.1 million), among other pieces of historic sports memorabilia.
Kohler said if the ball is properly authenticated and sold in an auction within the next 30 to 60 days, it could be worth up to $250,000.
For reference, the average home price in Houston is about $235,000.
Not bad for something off the sidewalk.