As America's pastime, baseball is popular among people of all ages. Being such, baseball memorabilia often sells for huge amounts of money. Everything from contracts to jerseys and bats are sold to fans, commonly at auction. Some of the most important baseballs in baseball history have also been sold. While not all famous balls are super valuable, some have sold for hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars.
The single most expensive baseball ever sold, Mark McGwire's 70th home run ball, sold for a staggering $3 million at auction. Comic book creator Todd McFarlane purchased the ball. He then spent additional money to round out his collection with home run balls 67, 68 and 69.
Leave it to Babe Ruth to bring in the second most valuable baseball in history. In 2006, an auction brought over $800,000 for Babe Ruth's All-Star Game home run ball. This ball was from the 1933 Midsummer Classic, and Babe himself signed the ball after the game.
Fashion designer Mark Ecko purchased the third most expensive baseball, Barry Bonds' 756th home run ball. He purchased this ball for over $750,000, but his intentions were not to display this ball in a display case in its pristine used condition. Rather, to make a point about steroid use in Major League Baseball, he had an asterisk laser-engraved into the side of the ball before donating it to the Hall of Fame.
Few are lucky enough to own some of the most valuable baseballs in history. For those that are, it is important to keep the balls safe from harm. Baseball display cases offer the perfect solution. Keep your famous baseballs clean and away from the dangers of every day life while still having them visible for viewing. Whether you own one of the most valuable baseballs in history or the ball is just valuable to you, display it with pride.