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The true value of Jose Bautista's home run ball

Owner of prized ball should consider selling it now, appraiser says.

Jose Bautista acknowledges the crowd after hitting a three-run home run against the Texas Rangers.

The Canadian Press

Jose Bautista acknowledges the crowd after hitting a three-run home run against the Texas Rangers.

Jose Bautista’s historic ALDS game five home-run baseball bounced off the 300-level stands into the 200s, where it nearly hit a man in a peach shirt.

If you look closely at the broadcast video, you can see the man search for it as the crowd around him cheers.

Good thing he found it. It’s worth $7,000 to $10,000, SCP Auction told Metro, and is the second most important baseball in Jays’ history, after only the Joe Carter walk-off home run in 1993.

Dan Imler, vice-president of the sports memorabilia auction company, estimated the Bautista ball’s worth by comparing it to other historically important home runs.

His nearest point of comparison is Shane Victorino’s grand-slam ball from Game 6 of the ALCS series in 2013. It earned the Red Sox a spot in the World Series, who went on to win it.

Whether the Blue Jays go on to win the World Series matters when it comes to the long-term value of Bautista’s ball, Imler said.

And, the man in the peach shirt — assuming he’s still holding onto the ball — might do well to consider selling it now, while interest is hot, Imler said.

“The final chapter has yet to be written on the importance of that home run and how it holds up, and how it’s remembered historically,” he said.

Value added  

$3.05 million: Amount paid for Mark McGuire’s recording-breaking 70th home-run ball, hit in 1998. The ball was sold at auction in 1999 auction, before McGuire admitted to using steroids.

$19,000: Price drawn at auction for the grand slam ball from the ALCS in 1993, clinching a World Series spot for the Red Sox.

$7,000 to $10,000: Ballpark estimate of how much Jose Bautista’s three-run home-run ball from Wednesday is worth, according to SCP Auction’s Dan Imler.

$1,400 to $2,500: An estimate on the worth of Edwin Encarnacion’s game-tying solo home run ball from Wednesday, according to Imler.

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