Aaron Judge’s 62nd home run will be worth more than Albert Pujols’ 700th, memorabilia expert says

Aaron Judge and Albert Pujols are both pursuing elite circuit milestones.

Judge is vying to pass Roger Maris (61) as the new American League record holder for most home runs in a season, while Pujols is two home runs away from becoming the fourth player in baseball history. to reach 700 in career.

However, the estimated value of each historical baseball is very different.

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Aaron Judge (99) of the New York Yankees gestures as he runs the bases after his fourth inning home run against the Minnesota Twins in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on September 7, 2022, in the borough of the Bronx in New York City. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, Brandon Steiner, founder and CEO of CollectibleXchange and The Steiner Agency, told ESPN New York that he believed Judge’s 62nd home run would be worth at least $2.5 million.

He thinks Pujols’ 700th will barely hit six figures.

“I think it’s a solid ball. Someone in St. Louis might be more excited about it than necessarily nationally…I think it’s a $100,000 ball, probably at my opinion,” the founder and former CEO of Steiner Sports Memorabilia told FOX Business.

Many factors go into the differences, Steiner noted.

Pujols plays in the small market of Saint-Louis, which “does not have the same spice”. Also, despite likely entering the Hall of Fame as a Cardinal, he “bounced back” and spent 10 seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. He also spent part of last year with the Dodgers.

“If he’s been in St. Louis his whole career and he has the momentum to have this great career, but his last few years haven’t been great for him and he’s lost some of his swagger” , Steiner said. “Except in St. Louis, he’s a god. He won the World Series, but he lost a bit of swagger nationally. It’s going to take a bit of something to amp it up. St. Louis in the playoffs something gets it in the amp and it’s another ball game I just don’t see that ball going for a ton.

Albert Pujols celebrates 698

Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after hitting a two-run homer against the Cincinnati Reds in the sixth inning at Busch Stadium on September 16, 2022 in St Louis. (Joe Puetz/Getty Images)

As for Judge, he’ll likely win the MVP award in a New York Yankees uniform, automatically boosting the value of the ball he hits to the home run record.

“Everyone is hyped here in New York. There’s national news, and it always gets people going,” Steiner said. “What raises the price of a Judge ball is not just the craziness and depth of a Yankee (fan) base, but the fact that the publicity that comes from a great Yankee moment is enormous, matters given the dollar amount,” Steiner said. “So whoever gets that ball will be on every newspaper, every news station and every radio station asking, ‘Who is this guy and why did he buy it?

“And that’s why people, a lot of times, jump in. For a few million dollars, all of a sudden, you become someone everyone knows your name. And I’m not talking about ‘Cheers,’ either. It’s like ‘everyone knows your name, everyone knows who you are.’ That’s what makes Yankee balls and those moments so much bigger than maybe balls like this that happen in other parts of the country.”

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Judge is expected to become a free agent this offseason, and chances are his tenure with the Yankees is coming to an end. But Steiner says it’s hard to say a new team for Judge will affect the value of the ball.

“It’s hard to say now, but it’s definitely going to be a big part of his legacy,” he told FOX Business. “We’ve seen that happen with a few other players who have gone over the years. You go down the list of Bobby Murcer, Roy White. You go down the list of guys who should have much bigger legacies and who don’t The Yankees aren’t a team you want to leave if you’re concerned about legacy. which team he is going to play.

Aaron Judge watches the home run

Aaron Judge (99) of the New York Yankees hits a home run against the Minnesota Twins on September 2, 2022 at Yankee Stadium in New York City. (Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Steiner also believes Pujols’ last home run of his career — assuming it tops 700 — may be worth more. But, whatever number Judge hits, short of breaking Barry Bonds’ 2001 hit 73, 62 is the magic number, especially since many baseball fans would consider that the true record to the light of the steroid era.

“That’s just how it works…Technically, the last home run (from Pujols) should sell for a good amount of money, and people should always try to keep catching it. Just like when Judge hits 62, I’d be interested in catching his last home run, if it ends up being 67, since that’s now the record, and you’ll get money for it, but the 62 is the one that will get all the hype media and attention,” Steiner said.

Curiously, that wasn’t the case when Mark McGwire passed Maris in 1998, also with the help of steroids.

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The fan who caught McGwire’s 62nd home run returned it to McGwire at no cost, missing out on about $1 million. However, his 70th home run this season sold for over $3 million. Steiner noted that due to McGwire’s use of the PED, its estimated value is now around $200,000.

“It was also a different time, man. … It was just a time when, ‘Damn, this situation was so out of control,'” he said of the McGwire saga.

The student who caught the judge’s 60th home run of the season on Tuesday night returned it to the judge in exchange for a bat and a ball signed by the judge, and his three friends all received signed balls by the Yankees slugger. They also had a meeting and a photo with him.

But Steiner urges anyone who catches 61, 62 and beyond not to make what they think is the same mistake.

Aaron Judge mobbed after leaving

Aaron Judge, center, of the New York Yankees is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run against the Kansas City Royals in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium on July 28, 2022, in New York City. (Adam Hunger/Getty Images/Getty Images)

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“I just hope whoever gets it calls Brandon Steiner. I hope someone is smart enough to take that ball, get the hell out of this stadium and call me.

“It’s a lot of pressure. It’s a shame because it’s a big money game, and you have to keep your cool, keep that ball and get the hell out of the stadium.”

Judge will look to tie — and break — the record Thursday night against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

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