February 4, 2023

The fan who caught Aaron Judge’s record-breaking 62nd home run ball appears to have been unlucky, having picked up significantly less than expected for his prized possession in an online auction.

Cory Youmans, a 35-year-old from Dallas, Texas raced to catch Judge’s home run ball against the Texas Rangers on Oct. 4, but surprisingly turned down a $3 million bid for the prize to auction it off.

Youmans made the decision to sell the Goldin Auctions home ball “after weeks of many in-depth discussions” with his wife and lawyer, but it ended Saturday night with a final offer of just $1.25 million – with fees rising to exactly half of what he could have earned before.

Yankees star Aaron Judge's historic 62nd home run ball was sold at an online auction on Saturday

It brought in a disappointing $1.5 million, just half of what had previously been offered for the ball

Yankees star Aaron Judge’s historic 62nd home run ball was sold at an online auction on Saturday

Cory Youmans (pictured at the game, left) caught Aaron Judge's 62nd home run ball

Cory Youmans (pictured at the game, left) caught Aaron Judge’s 62nd home run ball

The bidding closed at 10:30 p.m. Saturday and the ball raised just $1.5 million in buyer's premium

The bidding closed at 10:30 p.m. Saturday and the ball raised just $1.5 million in buyer’s premium

In fact, the ball received no significant bids in the last four days of the auction, and Youmans may now regret his decision to hold on to the ball after the initial $3 million bid he received in the aftermath of the game.

The auction started with an opening bid of $1 million on November 29 and quickly rose to $1.15 million in its first few days, but did not get a new bid until December 7, when it raised $1.2 million.

With less than half an hour left in the auction, a bidder added $50,000 to the price, but the regular auction ended at just $1.25 million.

From there, previous bidders were given an extra 30 minutes to increase their bids, but no one chose to do so and the auction ended with a disappointing result.

Overall, the as-yet-unknown winning bidder will actually pay $1.5 million in buyer’s premium, but that will still be seen as a disappointing sale for Youmans.

Judge broke the single-season AL home run record on October 4 with his 62nd of 2022

Youmans is married to Dallas sportscaster and Bachelor Nation alum Bri Amaranthus (right)

Youmans is married to Dallas sportscaster and Bachelor Nation alum Bri Amaranthus (right)

The Judge ball fell far short of the record for the most expensive ball ever sold – Mark McGwire’s record-breaking 70th home run ball from the 1998 season currently holds that title after raising $3.05 million in 1999.

Not long after acquiring the historic memento, Youmans had already received — and turned down — $2 million offers and turned down another $3 million offer just before putting it up for auction.

While Youmans may currently regret that decision, it was expected to be a smart move at the time.

Perhaps some collectors believe that Bonds, McGwire and Sosa are the true home run champions. But we discredit that idea for obvious reasons,” Chris Brigandi, owner of Brigandi Coins & Collectibles, told Action Network in October.

“That said, we can expect Judge’s 60th to be valued at $500,000-plus, 61st at $2 million-plus, 62nd and record-setting at $5 to $10 million.”

Judge hit the record-breaking home run off the Rangers' Jesus Tinoco away from home

Judge hit the record-breaking home run off the Rangers’ Jesus Tinoco away from home

The Yankees dugout walked onto the field to celebrate with Judge as he hit the bases

The Yankees dugout walked onto the field to celebrate with Judge as he hit the bases

When the ball cleared the infield, Youmans realized he was moving into left field

When the ball cleared the infield, Youmans realized he was moving into left field

Youmans revealed to ESPN that he had wanted to loan the ball to the Yankees to show during the postseason, “unfortunately that didn’t happen.”

He said ideally the ball would end up with Judge, the Yankees or the National Baseball Hall of Fame, but the lead will have to go through the auction.

Judge, who was named MVP of the American League after his historic season, finally hit his 62nd home run on October 4 against the Texas Rangers, surpassing Roger Maris’ AL record with just one game left of the regular season .

After hitting his iconic home run, Judge said, “It would be great to get him back, but that’s a souvenir for a fan.” They made a great catch there and they have every right to do so.’

After tying Maris with his 61st in Toronto on September 28, Judge had kind of stalled and was running out of games to break the record.

Almost as soon as Judge made a 1-1 slider of Texas right-hander Jesus Tinoco, it was clear he was going long and his Yankees teammates poured out of the dugout to celebrate with him.

Amaranthus covers the Dallas Mavericks and Cowboys for Sports Illustrated.  She competed on the 22nd season of 'The Bachelor' in 2018

Amaranthus covers the Dallas Mavericks and Cowboys for Sports Illustrated. She competed on the 22nd season of ‘The Bachelor’ in 2018

The pair are already living a glamorous life, judging by their Instagram photos

Youmans and Amaranthus shared photos from their wedding day

The pair are already living a glamorous life, judging by their Instagram photos

As the ball cleared the infield, Youmans realized it was coming his way and kept telling himself not to drop it.

“I have a fear of not getting into the top 10 on SportsCenter,” Youmans said, “so my first feeling was pure relief that I wasn’t the guy who dropped No. 62 or ended up carrying my beer.”

Much to his relief, he avoided any embarrassment as he shot his glove for a Grand Prairie, Texas man named Todd Smith and caught the coveted ball.

After being led away by security and verifying the ball, he asked to leave the stadium.

Two security personnel took him to a golf cart and snaked through the interior of the stadium so Youmans could avoid any trouble. He stopped to meet Rangers owner Ray Davis and president Neil Leibman before leaving through the players entrance.

It had been reported on the night that Youmans was a millionaire banker, but he refuted this theory, telling ESPN, “We’re not millionaires and we enjoy Trader Joe’s $3 red blend just as much.”

They are often seen on yachts in Mexico, on a boat in Lake Travis, on the beaches of Hawaii or on a private jet

They are often seen on yachts in Mexico, on a boat in Lake Travis, on the beaches of Hawaii or on a private jet

He said he and wife Bri Amaranthus have saved up to buy their first home, and Youmans hopes to build a shop for his grandfather, a retired welder who works on classic cars, who recently celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary and was planning to move out .

He added that he moved in with his grandparents at age 13, he said, and that his grandfather delayed his retirement to send him to private school, after which Youmans became the first college graduate in his family.

After being diagnosed with melanoma earlier this year, Youmans said he and Amaranthus refocused their priorities and vowed to travel the world.

“Meeting people from different cultures is an important priority for us at this stage of life,” Youmans said, and selling the ball would make such adventures possible.

Amaranthus covers the Dallas Mavericks and Cowboys for Sports Illustrated. She was previously a host and reporter for NBC Sports Northwest and participated in the 22nd season of ‘The Bachelor’ in 2018.

After Amaranthus’ brief run in the reality TV show, she married Youmans in June 2021. The couple got married after more than a year of engagement when Youmans popped the question in February 2020 at a resort in Hawaii.

Amaranthus celebrated her husband's mega cash grab on Instagram and Twitter

Amaranthus celebrated her husband’s mega cash grab on Instagram and Twitter

The lovebirds now live in a luxury high-rise apartment in Dallas, Texas, where rents range from $2,300 to $8,250 a month, according to Apartment List.

Most units offer spectacular city views in the living room, bathroom and bedroom.

Residents can enjoy a fully equipped gym and a resort-style outdoor pool where Amaranthus seems to spend a lot of time.

The duo’s life of luxury seems to extend beyond their home as they are often seen on yachts in Mexico, on a boat in Lake Travis, on the beaches of Hawaii or on a private jet.

One of their recurring vacation destinations appears to be in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where they tied the knot.

Amaranthus celebrated her husband’s mega cash grab on social media when she tweeted a video of Youmans being taken away by security, writing, “THIS IS MY HUSBAND.”

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