Report: Auctioneer says A-Rod 3,000-hit ball could net $500K

The Yankees are trying hard to get this A-Rod 3,000th hit ball from fan Zack Hample.

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Zack Hample still has a pretty big decision to make.

The man who caught Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit, a home run into the right-field seats at Yankee Stadium on Friday, could make up to $500,000 if he plays his cards right.

That’s the value auctioneer Arlan Ettinger gave for the ball.

"There’s meat on the bone," Ettinger said. "It’s a very sexy story and it has a lot going for it."

Ettinger added, though, that because of the volatile nature of collectibles, Hample may only cash out for $50,000.

The 37-year-old fan, who says he has caught more than 8,000 balls throughout his life, still hasn’t decided what he plans on doing with the piece of memorabilia.

Hample has met twice with Yankees brass about working out a deal, according to

"I could sell the ball at an auction for a lot of money and then turn over the money to the charity," Hample said. "I’ve certainly been hearing from a lot of auction houses. But the Yankees came to me, and I really like how they have handled everything and we’re trying to figure out a way that could work out."