AUGUSTA, Ga. – Those traveling down Washington Road might notice several, colorful vendors selling and buying Masters Badges.
Seargent Shane McDaniel of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office says, “If you’re going to conduct these kind of transactions, abide by the law. Do it 2700 feet from the national. That’s from Washington Road Eastbound to the Calhoun Expressway and Washington Road Westbound to the Taco Bell.”
McDaniel says the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office had problems with those sellers in the past, but no longer. “Years ago we’ve had several big rings of stolen National tickets, Counterfeited National Tickets, stuff like that. So things like that have happened like that in the past but times have changed.”
Those selling tickets come from all over. Butch Phenicie from Maryland has bought and sold badges for more than 30 years. “No different than the stock market. Supply and demand, buy when they’re selling and selling when they’re buying.It’s as simple as that,” says Phenicie.
He says he does this for major sporting events around the country. As for why he does it, his answer is simple: “I have children and grand-children and I always say it beats real work.”
He says practice round tickets have sold faster this year than recent years and he expects the rush to continue through the start of the tournament.