Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Gold Sport Collectibles and Major League Baseball Properties have announced the special-edition "gold ball" will remain an integral component of the 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Monday, July 9. The derby will air at 8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT live on ESPN.
The 24-karat "money ball" made its debut during the 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby in Phoenix last July, marking the first time a league-standard baseball made with 24-karat leather was featured as the official gold ball for the competition. For each gold ball home run hit during the State Farm Home Run Derby, Major League Baseball and State Farm will combine to donate $18,000 to designated charities. Rawlings says Derby participants do not feel any difference hitting the gold-infused baseballs compared to the baseballs used during the season.
Gold Sport Collectibles is selling the special edition baseballs here