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The Bill Buckner ball: Now 90 percent off!

Kevin Kaduk
Big League Stew

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(Heritage Auctions)

The baseball that dribbled through Bill Buckner's legs during Game 6 of the 1986 World Series is currently listed on an online auction and some say the ball could ultimately sell for $100,000 or more.

Wow, talk about a lot of clam chowder.

But wait! Doesn't this story sound just a little too familiar to us? Wasn't it just last fall that we were being deluged with stories about Mookie Wilson's grounder being listed on eBay for much, much more?

Our memories do not deceive us, dear Stewies, because the same ball — which has been part of the Seth Swirsky Collection since it was purchased from Charlie Sheen — was posted on eBay with a buy-it-now price of one meeeeelion dollars last October. Swirsky was obviously trolling for a sentimental New Yorker or a vengeful Bostonian to get caught up in the 25th anniversary of the Mets' triumph over the Red Sox, but soon found out that no one was interested in paying $1 million for a baseball. It apparently received no bids.

Was it the two Boston World Series titles that prevented a bidding frenzy among Red Sox fans? Was it Bernie Madoff clearing out the accounts of rich Mets fans? We can't say for certain, but the ball that was ultimately scooped by Mets traveling secretary Arthur Richman and signed by Wilson is back on the block.

Bidding ends on May 3 and the high bid is currently $55,000.

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