Swirsky offered the ball up on eBay last October for $1 million but got no takers. He said though that the eBay offering — done on a whim after he realized he could close the bidding on Oct. 25, 2011, the 25th anniversary of Game 6 — made him realize he would be OK with selling his entire collection.
Other offerings from Swirsky included Reggie Jackson's third home run ball from Game 6 of the 1977 World Series, which earned him the title "Mr. October." That sold for $65,725.
Babe Ruth's 136th career home run baseball from 1921 sold for $25,095. A 1923 letter signed by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis denying reinstatement of "Shoeless Joe" Jackson brought in $53,775.
The Texas Rangers cap Jose Canseco was wearing in 1993 when a ball hit by Cleveland Indian Carlos Martinez bounced off Canseco's head and then over the outfield wall for an assisted homer brought in $11,950.
Also, a 1965 baseball signed by the Beatles from the Shea Stadium concert sold for $65,725.
Buckner was traded to the Red Sox by the Chicago Cubs in May 1984 and released in July 1987. He rejoined them in 1990 then retired after 22 games.
Swirsky, who while growing up on Long Island developed a love for the Mets and New York Yankees, said that he remembers watching the 1986 Game 6 with his father. He said that the person who bought the Buckner ball is in for a "great ride."
"Once somebody points out that they have the ball, people will surround them at every party, telling them their experiences of where they were," Swirsky said.
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