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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Candlestick Park Seats for $649: How Crazy Is That?

Posted By on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 2:30 PM

You're sitting on a gold mine!
  • You're sitting on a gold mine!

If you've got more money than sense -- or, arguably, taste -- the San Francisco 49ers have a deal for you. For the low, low price of just $649, you can be the proud owner of a pair of Candlestick Park stadium seats -- a far more tangible memory of The 'Stick than frostbite, gout, or the lingering sense of dread that the drunk one row over may yet sock you in the eye.

The auctioning off of paraphernalia prior to a stadium's demise is a tried and true method of extracting surplus dollars from nostalgic fans. Both a cost-of-living adjustment and an analysis of supply and demand may be necessary to square the discrepancy of two seats from the Houston Astrodome running $200, while a pair from Yankee Stadium could go for 10 times that.

If nothing else, it makes the Candlestick asking price seem downright approachable.

But how much would these much-worn plastic seats, done up in a Caltrans orange specially designed to match nothing, be worth without the nostalgia factor?

Less. Lots less.

These familiarly Cheetos-hued stadium seats run a mere $10 a pop -- though, yes, the minimum order is 50 (like oats, you rarely see a stadium seat by itself). But if seats you want, seats you can have -- up to 800,000 a month can be sent steaming your way from either Shanghai or Ningbo.

Granted, those don't fold like the seats at the 'Stick you used to stand atop to boo Alex Smith (thereby risking your life, or at least the cleanliness of your jersey, if you fell). But, it turns out, variants of Candlestick-like folding seats are even cheaper. These go for $3 to $6 a unit. Yeah, you've got to order at least 3,000 to get that price -- but the good people of Jiangsu gotta pay the bills, too.

In the end, it's up to the individual if a 5,000-percent markup is worth the sense of authenticity. Because, truth be told, the chairs ain't all that comfy.

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About The Author

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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