Rawlings, Gold Sport Collectibles and Major League Baseball unveiled the official Gold Baseball for the 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby in Phoenix, Arizona. This special ball has one leather panel that is literally infused with 24K gold.
With an MSRP of $149,99 each, these balls will be especially valuable keepsakes for fans in the stands at Chase Field that night. State Farm, in conjunction with the MLB, will donate $18,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of America anytime a golden ball leaves the yard, and $3,000 for every homer that is hit with a regular baseball.
Although a gold ball has been used during the tenth out of the contest since 2005, this will mark the first time that the Home Run Derby baseball will actually be infused with 24K gold. One might assume this would add significant weight to the ball, but this isn’t the case. The process injects gold directly into the leather but the physical feel of the baseball does not change. The ball will still feel normal when hit, as well. The process for making the balls is considered 100 percent environmentally friendly.