If you are a Masters fan and know it, clap your hands – and hand over your cash. Officially licensed Masters Golf Tournament merchandise is available only one week every year – during the tournament held at the prestigious Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.
Just like tickets to the tournament, Masters merchandise is not widely available and doesn’t come cheap.
One reader of this blog wrote in yesterday after reviewing the three Web sites (mentioned in the blog) that sell Masters merchandise. Her comment: “$97.99 for a sweatshirt! Hrummmph!”
Well, she has a point. I guess the amount you will pay depends on how crazy you are about golf. Whether you’re a shopper or a buyer, here is a sample of Masters merchandise available this week only on three enterprising Web sites, which buy directly from Augusta National. Two of the sites order from the pro shop. The owner of the third site, Great Golf Memories, drives to Augusta on Monday of Masters week, stands in line, buys a selection of merchandise, drives back to North Carolina, photographs his purchases and puts them up for sale.
Affordable: Box of four Masters ball markers – $28.99
Cute: Masters bunny rabbit – $24.99
Expensive: Bobby Jones golf shirt – $222.99 (Yowza!)
Affordable: Masters screensaver – $21.99
Cute: 2007 Masters bear – $18.99
Expensive: Masters gray sweatshirt – $97.99
Great Golf Memories (all items shipped for free)
Affordable: Masters logo golf ball – $8
Cute: Masters golf clock – $55
Expensive: Masters green golf shirt – $110
So there you have it. What’s expensive to one person may be considered a treasure to another. What would I pay for an Atlanta Braves shirt if they were to win the World Series? A Georgia Tech shirt if the Yellow Jackets were to win the Final Four? A Mizzou sweatshirt if my alma mater won a major bowl? Quite a lot, I think.