In October, Cory Youmans caught New York Yankees Star Aaron Judge’s record-setting 62nd home run ball at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.
Now, the Dallas 35-year-old is either teaching a masterclass in knowing when to hold ‘em and fold ‘em, or spinning a cautionary tale for the ages.
It’s likely the former. His attorney, Dave Baron, told ESPN that they have already declined a $3 million offer for the keepsake. It will go to auction starting Nov. 29, through New Jersey based collectibles marketplace, Goldin, the company announced Thursday.
ALL RISE! The Aaron Judge 6️⃣2️⃣nd Home Run Ball is coming to Goldin!
The baseball will be a part of our December Elite auction starting on November 29th. ⚾️🙌
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— Goldin (@GoldinCo) November 17, 2022
The most expensive baseball ever auctioned was Mark McGwire's then-record 70th home run in the 1998 season. It sold for $3.05 million to comic book artist Todd McFarlane, though it reportedly is worth far less now. That ball’s selling price will likely be topped substantially in November.
Regardless of the outcome, Youmans' story is truly the stuff of cinema. After making the improbable catch, he was seen to receive cheers from fans, and then escorted out of the stadium by security.
Aaron Judge, Cory Youmans.
Roger Maris, Sal Durante.
Catch a historic homer and you’re linked with that player for the rest of time. (Here’s a good look at what happens when you do land a piece of baseball history.) https://t.co/5CCJqIkDjQ pic.twitter.com/LnAEGyVZGG
— Michael Dixon (@mdixonair) October 5, 2022
After he declined offers to meet Judge and receive other perks in exchange for the ball, someone released his address on social media after the game, Youmans told ESPN. He said he waited at the stadium to have the ball authenticated and then stayed with a friend for a few nights.
"It'd be great to get it back, but that's a souvenir for a fan. They made a great catch out there, and they've got every right to it,” Judge, who won the AL MVP award, told reporters the night he hit the record-setting home run.
Youmans told ESPN that he came to the decision to auction the ball "after weeks of a lot of deep conversations" with his wife, Bri Amaranthus, who just so happens to be a sports reporter and former contestant on the ABC show “The Bachelor.”
— Bri Amaranthus (@BriAmaranthus) November 17, 2022
Youmans says he hopes that Judge, the Yankees, or National Baseball Hall of Fame purchase the ball through the auction, which he feels is the most diplomatic path.
"It seems fair in the sense it gives anyone that is interested and has the means the opportunity to own it," Youmans said of the choice. "As a fan, I'm curious to see what it's worth, who buys it and what they do with it."