So it turns out that publicity seeker M*rk Eck* is not quite as free with his money as he'd like us to think:
"The owner's previous commitment to unconditionally donate the baseball has changed to a loan. As a result, the Hall of Fame will not be able to accept the baseball," the Hall said in a statement.
Eck* claimed that voters in his online poll voted to mark the ball with an asterisk and donate it to the Hall of Fame. Not surprisingly, this was the option that offered the best long-term publicity potential for Eck* himself. But he must have decided it wasn't $750K worth.
The final word on the subject belongs to Barry:
Bonds called Ecko an "idiot" when the designer announced plans to hold the vote.