It's safe to say that the fan who gave up Aaron Judge's 60th home run ball for an autographed bat and ball -- along with some items for his friends -- didn't make a great business decision.
According to SCP Auctions -- via Bob Nightengale of USA Today -- Judge's 60th home run ball carries a value of $100,000-$150,000. Certainly, the autographed merchandise isn't worth a fraction of that. Given the kindness that 20-year-old Michael Kessler showed in not holding a hard bargain to give the ball up, perhaps the Yankees could do right by him and guarantee him something like season tickets for life.
If Judge passes Roger Maris' New York Yankees record of 61 home runs, it's estimated that the 62nd home run would be worth a minimum of $500,000, per Nightengale. 62 would also be a new American League record.
Whatever the last home run that Judge hits in his historic 2022 season will be worth at least $1 million, according to the estimate.
Of course, it will depend what number his final home run is. Tying or breaking Barry Bonds' single-season home run record of 73 seems out of the question, but clearly home run No. 73 or No. 74 would have more value than No. 64.