If there is one iconic and magical record in baseball, it was Roger Maris' record of 61 home runs in 1961. For nearly 50 years the bombers of baseball had been unable to reach the pinnacle. Micky Mantle, Carl Yastremski, no one. Then came the 90's. The bash brothers, Sammy Sosa, Palmero, everyone starting hitting dingers. Long dingers, not barely clearing the fence but monster moon shots to the third deck and out of the stadium. Of course it was revealed that most of the calf crushers were on the juice.
The leader of the pack was Mark McGwire, who smoked his 70th home run of the season in 1998. Both McGwire and Soso destroyed Maris' record that year. Todd McFarlane. the comic book magnate shelled out an incredible $3,000,000 for the ball. He also owns at least 5 other baseballs from that season from McGwire and Sosa.
McFarlane admits he overpaid for the ball, but generously includes it in his touring museum that raises money for charities. Hopefully McGwire got some of the money so that he can build up his swelling hat collection for his swelling steroidal melon.
So, if money and brains are no object you too can collect extremely rare and valuable baseballs. Or, you can build a collection of beanie babies and buy a house to put them in, complete with their own swimming pool and private gym. Your choice.