The Fan Who Caught Albert Pujols 703rd Home Run Ball Made A Major Mistake

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I don’t want to say I told you so, but I told you so.

OutKick carefully documented the story of Bryant Junco, the fan who has Aaron Judge’s 59th home run ball. One of the biggest takeaways from the piece:

MLB won’t authenticate memorabilia once it leaves the stadium.

We now find out that the St. Louis Cardinals fan who has Albert Pujol’s 703rd home run ball — the last of the slugger’s baseball career — is in a similar plight.


Junco bought the ball on site when the person who caught it, Brewers fan Peter Sierra, refused MLB’s offer of trading the ball for 4 autographed Aaron Judge hats and balls.

But because Junco didn’t get the ball authenticated on the spot, he has been stuck with a baseball that MLB won’t authenticate.

He shared photos with OutKick of Judge’s 59th home-run ball where one can see the black light numbers on it.

Aaron Judge’s alleged 59th home-run ball is seen here under a black light. OutKick digitally added black marks to stop counterfeits. The numbers “6” or “9” are visible under a black light. (Photo by Bryant Junco)


Fast forward to a colossal failure by a Cardinals fan who has Pujols’ 703rd home-run ball.

The ball is estimated to be worth $250K. But NOT if you leave the stadium without having MLB authenticate it.

This Cardinals fan now finds himself in the same spot as Junco. One can’t get a ball authenticated by MLB after leaving the stadium.

Junco’s journey shows us, the fan may now be stuck with a ball on the mantle, and not a nice paycheck.

Written by Mike Gunzelman

Mike “Gunz” Gunzelman has been involved in the sports and media industry for over a decade. He’s also a risk taker - the first time he ever had sushi was from a Duane Reade in Penn Station in NYC.

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