Thursday, May 11, 2006

Barry Bonds’ Bad Behavior Hitting Collectors Market

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Barry Bonds is expected to hit homers No. 714 and 715 any inning now but the value of his collectibles are also taking a hit.

According to Mike Heffner, the president of the Lelands sports memorabilia company, the combined worth of both balls is only $350,000.

By comparison, when Bonds set a record in 2001 by hitting the 73 homers in a season, the home run ball eventually sold for $450,000.

Heffner says the reason for the drop in value rests squarely on Bonds’ shoulders; he figures the slugger’s churlish behavior with fans and his alleged steroids are both factors.

As he puts it, “Character counts and if, say, Albert Pujols was close to the record, it would be worth more.”

Although Bonds’ newest home run balls won’t have the value of other baseball artifacts, Heffner still says it will have value, but probably only enough to put one kid through college, not three.

He recommends that whoever catches the ball “put it up for auction quickly because it won’t be worth as much if Bonds breaks Hank Aaron’s record.”

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