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Barry Bonds Just Cost Himself 14 Baseballs
Scott Lucas | Photo: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons | December 2, 2013
The chemically-enhanced superstar paid a $4,100 court fine. How much swag would he have to sell to cover it?
After being convicted of obstruction of justice in 2011, it was reported today that former Giants slugger Barry Bonds paid a fine of $4,100. The charges stemmed from "criminally evasive" testimony he gave during his 2003 grand jury investigation of performance enhancing drugs in baseball. (The sentence also included thirty days of house arrest, two years of probation, and 250 hours of community service.)
So how many baseballs does Bonds have to sign to pay off the penalty?
13.67, according to sportsmemorabilia.com, where an autographed ball (complete with a hologram sticker attesting to its authenticity) goes for $299.99. He'd only have to sell 5.3 signed bats ($772.99) or an easy 2.7 autographed and mounted jerseys to cover it. That's probably the way to go. Forget the cards. A signed 1987 Donruss rookie only clears $211.51—meaning it would take almost twenty sold.
Of course, if Bonds is really hard up for cash, he might want to look into this stuff called "the cream" and "the clear." We hear this guy Victor Conte rakes it in selling that stuff. Not that Bonds would know about it, of course.