Aaron Judge’s historic 2022 campaign came to a fitting conclusion when he hit his 62nd home run of the season in his final game of the season against the Texas Rangers. As was the case with every home run Judge hit as he neared the American League home run record, everybody wanted to catch the ball that became Judge’s 62nd home run.

Of course, only one person can come away with the ball, and the lucky guy ended up being Cory Youmans. Youmans ended up selling the ball on Saturday night via collectibles marketplace Goldin for $1.5 million, which seems like a pretty outstanding haul. The problem is that Youmans turned down a $3 million offer from the Yankees for the ball, but took it to auction because he thought he could drive a higher price for the ball.

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“Aaron Judge’s American League-record-breaking 62nd home run ball sold for $1.5 million with a buyer’s premium on Saturday night via collectibles marketplace Goldin…Seller Cory Youmans caught the ball at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, during an Oct. 4 game between the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. He turned down a $3 million offer for the ball and elected to put it up for auction.” – Dan Hajducky, ESPN

While many of us would obviously be happy to take home $1.5 million, losing out on the full $3 million from the Yankees turned out to be a huge loss here. Judge’s home run ball was thought to be able to potentially draw a price over the $3 million, but instead, Youmans is left wondering why he didn’t accept the Yankees initial offer for the ball.