Barry Bonds’ final home run ball is about to net its owner a small fortune

Bonds hit No. 762 in Denver off Rockies rookie Ubaldo Jimenez in September 2007

Barry Bonds rounds the bases in the bottom of the fifth inning as the centerfield score board recognizes his 756th career home run. Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants, Aug. 7, 2007, AT&T Park, San Francisco. (Gary Reyes/Mercury News)
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You have a choice. Make an all-cash offer for a 917 square-foot condo in Sunnyvale, or scoop up the final home run ball of Barry Bonds’ career.

Either way, the freight is about the same: In the neighborhood of $750,000 scoots.

TMZ is reporting that the home run ball — career No. 762 for Bonds — will be up for auction Monday at Goldin Auctions. If the auction house realizes its greatest hopes, the ball will have doubled in value since its first sale in 2008.

But before you go raiding your kid’s piggy bank, know this about the ball: It has a sketchy history.

Bonds was in his final month as a major leaguer when he swatted what is now regarded as his final career long ball off Colorado Rockies rookie Ubaldo Jimenez. But dig this — the ball didn’t clear the fence on its own. Three fans charged to the left-field wall, slammed into each other and fell in a heap. Goldin Auctions characterized it as a “mild scrum.” In the chaos, the ball got a helping hand into the stands. Then-24-year-old Jameson Sutton wound up with the ball. Rockies left fielder Matt Holliday put up a fuss, to no avail.

Thus, the three fans added their names to the barrier-busting lineage of Jeffrey Maier…

…and the since redeemed Steve Bartman.

Want to know something funny? Sutton had snagged a batting practice ball earlier that evening. Per Goldin Auctions: “When Bonds’ 762 ball was heading toward Sutton, he had the BP ball in his bare hand and dropped that ball while getting a glove on the actual home run ball. Both baseballs went to the ground and Sutton was able to retrieve the actual home run ball, while the BP ball was picked up by Robert Harmon, who initially thought he had (the) Bonds HR ball, but realized shortly after that the ball he had was not a game ball.”

Stinks for him.

The auction house said that the initial sale price, $376,612, was depressed because it was unknown if Bonds would play again and hit more home runs (he did not). The $750,000 figure compares with the $752,000 bounty fetched for Bonds’ home run ball that broke Henry Aaron’s long-standing major league record of 755 homers. A query to Goldin, requesting the estimated value of a Carney Lansford foul ball that came whizzing into the Oakland Coliseum press box during a 1985 game against the Milwaukee Brewers was not immediately answered.

Asking for a friend.

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