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Aaron Judge is most likely going to become the new American League home run king, and he has a very good chance to do it this week.
He is three homers away from breaking Roger Maris’ record of 61 hit in a season 61 years ago — Judge has been averaging about a home run every other game and has 16 games to be at the top of the record books.
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Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees is congratulated by teammates after hitting a walk-off home run against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in New York on July 28, 2022. (Adam Hunger/Getty Images / Getty Images)
Judge’s next three home runs will all be historic. His next home run will make him the sixth player in MLB history to hit 60 home runs in a season, his 61st will obviously tie Maris, and his 62nd will surpass him.
Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa surpassed Maris more than 20 years ago, but their links to performance-enhancing drugs have tarnished their legacies to many fans who believe that Judge would become the true record holder.
Because of that, experts think Judge’s next three home run balls, especially his 62nd, can go for hefty prices.
“His 62nd home run would be a new all-time American League record and whatever the final home run of the season is will be the new American League standard,” Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions told Action Network. “Add to the fact that he is a very popular Yankee and there is no controversy surrounding him. I’d say the 60th is worth $150,000, the 61st is worth $250,000, and the 62nd and the all-time final home run ball are each worth $500,000.”
Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees rounds the bases after his fourth-inning home run against the Minnesota Twins during game one of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium in New York on Sept. 7, 2022. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images / Getty Images)
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However, some other auctioneers think $500,000 is a steal.
Brandon Steiner, owner of Steiner Sports Memorabilia, told ESPN New York the ball could be worth $2.5 million, but the owner of Brigandi Coins & Collectibles thinks 62 can set an all-time record because he’d be doing so cleanly.
“Perhaps some collectors believe that Bonds, McGwire and Sosa are the real home run champions. But we discredit that notion for obvious reasons,” Chris Brigandi said. “With that said, we can expect …….