On the cusp of baseball history, New York Yankees All-Star Aaron Judge sits at 60 home runs on the season, just one away from tying Yankees legend Roger Maris for the single-season American League record.
While Judge has yet to hit home run No. 61, it hasn't stopped one company from offering a hefty price for the slugger's final home run ball of 2022.
Public.com, an investment platform, has offered $1 million to the fan who catches the priceless ball. However, it doesn't plan to re-sell the ball, at least not in the traditional sense.
"We're making a play for Judge's record-setting home run ball and are offering the lucky fan who catches it $1 million for the asset," a statement from Public.com read. "Should we succeed, the Judge ball will join other iconic sports assets launching on Public.com — and all sports fans and investors will have the opportunity to participate in their ownership."
The investing platform, which deals in stocks, ETFs, crypto, art, NFTs and collectibles, boasts an impressive group of investors, including Maria Sharapova, Tony Hawk and Arizona Cardinals star J.J. Watt from the sports world.
According to Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions, Judge's No. 61 home run ball could sell for anywhere between $250,000 and $350,000, with No. 62 holding a price tag ranging from $750,000 to $1.25 million.
With the regular season nearing its end, Judge has 13 games left to tie Maris' record, and there's a good chance he'll do so.
This season, Judge has averaged a home run once every 8.9 at-bats, which would put him well over the pace to surpass the historic record.