The ball used for the strikeout, which sealed his team’s first World Series win since 1988, is worth about $250,000, said Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions in New Jersey.
While it isn’t the Dodgers’ first title, this World Series capped a most unusual season shortened by a pandemic and completed in a so-called bubble.
“Some will see it as a novelty from—hopefully—a once-in-a-lifetime era and occurrence,’’ Goldin said in an email after the final out.
Players are becoming increasingly aware of the value of in-game memorabilia, particularly items used when championships are clinched.
Major League Baseball authenticates game-used memorabilia, including final-out balls. Historically, for marquee events like the World Series, MLB owns game-used balls and decides what to do with them.
Last season’s final-out baseball from the Washington Nationals’ title was worth about $500,000 because it was the franchise’s first championship.
“It’s surreal,” Barnes said after the game.
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