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From eBay to antique shops, demand for Masters gear is high

News 12 at six o'clock -- April 9, 2010

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- It's one of the busiest stores in Augusta for one week out of the year, but Masters merchandise is still in high demand, even when it's not tournament time. And that means more people are looking to buy and sell those items online.

It's the hottest ticket in town, and a lot of people who come to the Masters want to walk away with more than just memories.

"I bought three sleeves of balls and four hats," says James Dallas, who comes to Masters from Minneapolis. "I have to come back not empty handed!"

But there are plenty of people who can't make it inside the gates of Augusta National who are still itching to grab some of the action.

You can only officially buy and sell Masters merchandise inside the golf course. So a lot of people use Masters Week to stock up and resell items online, using popular sites like eBay, craigslist and even Facebook.

Stan Fink has been collecting and selling masters antiques for more than thirty years.

"Why not? It's a great market!" he says.

You want it? He's got it. Everything from old newspapers and clothes to flags signed by some of the greats.

"They want anything pertaining to who wins the tournament," he says.

If you're looking for something a little newer, eBay has hundreds of items for sale, with some of them going for less than ten dollars.

But if you really want to shell out some cash, you could always bid on a green jacket -- the seller claims it's one worn by Tiger Woods. His asking price? $150,000.

The jacket is, of course, not the real thing (after one year, the green jackets awarded at Masters don't leave Augusta National), but the item has already received two bids.

Patrons are split on the booming resell market.

"To be here is a privilege, so yeah, it probably cheapens it a bit," says Len Crossen, a patron from Philadelphia.

But James says while he wouldn't do it himself, selling online is fair game.

"As long as it's legal, that's capitalism at its finest. Buy low and sell high!" he says.

And Stan has just three words for all you golf fans out there:

"Buy it now!" he says.

Stan says Masters Week usually brings heavier traffic for his store, mostly from out of town customers. He says he's acquired a lot of his antiques from people who sell them to him over the years.


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