There are a lot of ways for fans to immortalize a team’s championship win, and the Cubs have devised the best hustle in sports. On Wednesday the team announced that they are selling leaves from the Wrigley Field ivy from the 2016 World Series season for the low, low price of $200 each.
The team emailed season ticket holders on Wednesday night and presented them with the unique opportunity. Instead of throwing away the ivy’s leaves at the end of the season, the Cubs collected them for sale. A special hologram has been affixed to each leaf by the team to prove its providence and a total of 2,016 are being sold, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN.
This isn’t the first time a team has sold organic material to fans at a premium price. In 2014 Notre Dame decided to move from grass to turf — and sold 2-foot-by-5-foot chunks of the field for $150 each. That grass didn’t commemorate a championship, but it’s still a big hunk of grass vs. a leaf like the Cubs are selling.
Fans are being allowed to purchase a maximum of 10 leaves from the Wrigley Field ivy, and have to pay a $15 shipping fee. If you’re the kind of person who would ever contemplate buying leaves of ivy for $200 here’s a few suggestions on better memorabilia you could get for the money.
- A crystal baseball full of dirt from the NLCS - Cost: $50, 0.25 ivy leaves.
- A framed Kris Bryant photo collage with a piece of baseball - Cost: $150, 0.75 ivy leaves.
- Signed Kris Bryant card with piece of base - Cost: $630, 3.15 ivy leaves
- Game-worn Anthony Rizzo cleats - Cost: $1,999, 10 ivy leaves
Or you could just buy leaves. Who are we to tell you how to spend your money?