Derek Jeter's home run ball fetches nice price for Blue Jays

A home run ball by Derek Jeter literally paid off handsomely for the Blue Jays earlier this season....

A home run ball by Derek Jeter literally paid off handsomely for the Blue Jays earlier this season. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency/Files)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:57 AM ET

TORONTO - How much is a home run ball hit by Derek Jeter worth?

Well, the New York Yankees future Hall of Fame shortstop homered on a 1-1 pitch from Mark Buehrle leading off the sixth inning June 24 at Rogers Centre.

The ball landed in the Blue Jays bullpen.

Security guard Doug Kirkland was quick like a cat to pick up the ball ... and now as they say on Law and Order, let’s follow the chain of custody.

Kirkland radioed security supervisor usher Steve Brooks that he had the ball.

It was then taken down the hall to Sam Plastis, who maintains the Jays memorabilia base.

The ball was then authenticated by one of the four Major League Baseball appointed authenticators, all current or former members of the Toronto Police Force, who take turns watching from the third base camera bay. Stu Eley, previous winner of authenticator of the month, was on duty Friday night for the opener of the Blue Jays series against the Tampa Bay Rays.


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