Aaron Judge's 62nd Home Run Baseball Sells for 1.5 million Dollars

Fan that caught the ball turned down THREE million dollars before the auction
  • December 21, 2022

The baseball that the newest Captain of the New York Yankees, Aaron Judge, hit for his American-League record 62nd home run has been sold at auction for 1.5 million dollars. While that is a hefty sum, the lucky fan that caught the ball turned own a three-million dollar offer before the sale!

When Aaron Judge launched a baseball into the stands on October 4th, 2022, history was made. That was Judge's 62nd home run of the season, eclipsing the American League record held by Roger Maris. Cory Youmans at the game and caught the historic ball. After reviewing his options, Youmans turned down an offer of three million dollars and opted to send the ball to auction.

Goldin Auctions offered home run #62 and when the hammer hit, the price was 1.5 million dollars.

Record home run balls have been valued or sold for very steep prices previously. Mark McGwire's then record 70th home run ball was sold for 3 million dollars in 1999. Barry Bonds' 73rd home run ball sold for $450,000 in 2003. Youmans may have "lost out" on an additional 1.5 million dollars but he still profits nicely from being in the right spot at the right time! 

If you have a historic baseball or piece of memorabilia, we are always buying! We recently purchased a baseball signed by Babe Ruth that belonged to his Yankees teammate.


We purchased the ball directly from the family of a New York Yankee. You can read about this rare baseball HERE.


Just Collect is always buying vintage sports and non-sports cards from 1879 to 1979 as well as select modern cards. If you have a collection that you are considering selling, contact us today to discuss or get our industry-leading purchase offer. If you have a collection that you want to be appraised, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss your collection and help you understand the real cash value of your collection in the current marketplace. Check out the Just Collect Buy List.

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We've run into a wide range of people and collections over the last 25 years. Although Just Collect is known for buying vintage sports cards and especially vintage baseball cards, we are also extremely interested in buying non-sports cards, too!  

Every collection and every collector is different and we treat EVERY collection with the respect and attention that we show for our own collections. We understand that many have put their heart and souls into building their collections. So when you're ready to sell, we understand the feelings that you're going through and will work with you to help you reach a decision that is a WIN/WIN, because if you're not happy, we're not happy.

Whether you have vintage cards or modern wax you want to sell, you can reach out to us any time! 


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