BARRY BONDS CAREER HOME RUN #716 BAT & UNIFORM HEADLINES 2017 GOLDIN AUCTIONS SPRING AUCTION
2,000+ lot auction open for bidding on May 1, at www.GoldinAuctions.com
RUNNEMEDE, NJ – MAY 1, 2017 – Baseball and sports memorabilia are all about the numbers as collectors crave artifacts from the most iconic moments in which legendary players reached lofty plateaus. Although many have been lost to history, one such item that has not headlines the 2017 Goldin Auctions Spring Auction. The historic #716 is up for bids as Barry Bonds has consigned his full uniform and the bat he used to join Hank Aaron as the only player to hit 716 career home runs. Seventy-five (70) premium lots, including the Bonds #716 collection will be sold at a live auction on May 20 at the NYY Steakhouse in New York City. The corresponding online auction at www.GoldinAuctions.com,, opens on May 1 with 2,000+ additional lots and closes on June 3.
The lot includes the complete jersey, pants, socks, bat, cleats, wrist bands and batting gloves worn by Bonds on June 5, 2006, when he hit career home run 716 off Marlins pitcher Brian Moehler in a 14-2 Giants win.
This collection represents the highest “home run total” uniform and bat ever offered for public sale by any baseball player. In fact, it is the only certified game used bat attributed to a home run 700 or higher has ever been offered for sale. The lot comes with personally signed letters of authenticity from Barry Bonds as well as MLB Authenticated and Barry Bonds holograms to ensure its provenance.
“In more than 30 years I have never seen a finer and more complete collection of memorabilia representing an historic moment,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “As a student of the game, and arguably the greatest player ever, Barry was keenly aware of the history he was making and took great pride in chronicling it and saving historic mementos from his journey. This rare museum-quality collection will make a great centerpiece to a collection.”
The key item in the lot is the bat Bonds used to hit his historic 716th home run. The model 25BONDS2K1 Sam Bat shows great game use with several distinct ball marks with visible white leather ball scuffs. Bonds signed the barrel in silver pen adding “6-5-06 #716”.
Bonds also set aside everything he wore that night including his home cream Giants uniform with his name signed in silver pen with the inscription “6-5-06 #716” in the number 5. The jersey shows light wear with several small pine tar stains and scuffing. The matching cream color pants have the Majestic label sewn inside the waistband with “25 37-48 37 OB” in black chain stitching on a white strip tag. A Bonds number “25” patch is affixed to the left of the label. “6-5-06 #716” is hand written in black marker on the waist band. The pants have some light wear with a few pine tar stains and light scuffing.
Also included are Bonds’ Fila game-worn orange and black cleats featuring a special “BONDS 25 2006” logo on their tongues and the Bonds 25 logo on the back of each shoe where each has been marked in silver marker “6-5-06 #716” to identify them as the shoes he wore that night. The cleats show moderate wear with the expected scuffs and turf stains from game use, and even some San Francisco turf clinging to the cleats. The lot also includes the two Franklin batting gloves and Fila wristbands he wore in the game. The gloves are each marked in silver marker “6-5-06 #716” and the wrist bands have the Bonds 25 patches affixed. A lot of three Rawlings Official Major League baseballs which were used in the game are included with each marked in blue ballpoint “6-5-06 #716”.
Barry Bonds is undeniably one of the greatest players in baseball history. During a 22-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants he earned a record seven N.L. MVP Awards. The 14-time All-Star and 8-time Gold Glove winner is baseball’s all-time home run leader with 762 and the single-season home run record holder with 73 in 2001. He was a 4-time member of the 30-30 club and one of just four players in the 40-40 club. His 1,996 career RBI’s are fifth all-time and his 2,558 walks and 688 intentional walks are first all-time.