Inflated ticket prices, flood of merchandise make this one expensive World Series for fans

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TiqIQ: $1,400 Avg. World Series Ticket


Fans of the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals are excited for the World Series to start Tuesday night -- and some people were lucky enough to score tickets for the upcoming games.

That said, their wallets are a lot lighter.

The Mets last won the pennant in 2000, meaning the Fall Classic was played in a pre-Stub Hub era of scalped paper tickets. Back then, $8 bleacher seats were selling for up to $1,000 on the street.

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Prices have naturally inflated with time. With Games 3, 4 and 5 scheduled for Citi Field, ticket resale services say the average asking price for seats was sitting on $1,667.82 as of late last week. That already makes them the most expensive tickets in baseball history.

In case you missed it, there are seats actually going for $1,000,000. Have you ever heard of tickets to a sporting event consisting of TWO commas in the price? Think about that for a second ...


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Anyway, the previous record price, according to TiqIQ.com, was held by the 2010 San Francisco Giants at $1,661. The Boston Red Sox were close behind with a $1,660.96 average during the 2013 World Series.



Even for fans that don't plan on being in attendance, whether it be for location or financial reasons, many supporters still took a financial hit once the Mets clinched a spot in the Fall Classic after an NLCS sweep of the Chicago Cubs.

Within an hour of the team clinching, fans flocked to local Modell's sporting good stores in the New York City suburbs and sales skyrocketed online.

Sales of Mets apparel accounted for nearly 32 percent of all Major League Baseball apparel sales for the week ending Oct. 17, by far the most of any team, according to Louisville, Ky.-based SportScanInfo.com, which tracks sales of sports apparel.

"I don't compete with stores like Modell's, Sports Authority, Dick's," said Buddy Kurzweil, owner of Buddy's Sports Corner in Paramus Park (N.J.) mall, told the Bergen Record. "We go much deeper and sell items like autographs, plaques."

Kurzweil, who has been running his sports memorabilia business since 1973 according to the report, said he remembers when the Mets won their last World Series in 1986. "I had lines around the block," he said, adding that if you didn't go to his store, chances are you weren't going to have an official World Series T-shirt.

Things certainly have changed.

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Inflated ticket prices, flood of merchandise make this one expensive World Series for fans
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Edwin 'Cowbell Man' Boison (L) and Karl 'Sign Man' Ehrhardt stand outside Citi Field prior to game one of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series between Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets on October 17, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
Nick Giampietro, also known as Pin Man, takes a photo of CitiField while wandering outside the stadium before the start of baseball's Game 3 of the National League Division Series between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) New York Mets fans cheer after game two of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field on October 18, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Cubs 4-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Toronto Blue Jay fans celebrates during the third inning in Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 20: A Toronto Blue Jays fan holds up a J before the game against the Kansas City Royals during game four of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 20, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 17: A Kansas City Royals fan waves a towel during game two of the American League Championship Series between the Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays at Kauffman Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 20: A Kansas City Royals fan before the game agianst the Toronto Blue Jays during game four of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 20, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 21: Laurie Fors of Orillia shows off her original Blue Jays 1992 World Series t-shirt before the Toronto Blue Jays played the Kansas City Royals in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series in MLB action at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Toronto Star/Todd Korol (Todd Korol/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: Chicago Cubs fans dressed as 'Star Wars's' Boba Fett and 'Back to the Future's' Marty McFly pose outside the stadium prior to game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Bundled up fans sit outside of Citi Field prior to game one of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series between Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets on October 17, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 20: A fan waits outside the stadium before the game between the Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays during game four of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 20, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON- OCTOBER 19: Fans were happy as the Jays pulled out ahead. The Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals play game three of the MLB American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre in Toronto. October 19, 2015. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 17: A Kansas City Royals fan holds antlers during game two of the American League Championship Series between the Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays at Kauffman Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Fans arrive for Game 4 of the NLCS as the Chicago Cubs play host to the New York Mets on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 21: Bradey Emond (L-R), Josh Reason and Hilary Tufts show off their 1992 Blue Jays World Series banner before the Toronto Blue Jays played the Kansas City Royals in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series in MLB action at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Toronto Star/Todd Korol (Todd Korol/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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