As many San Francisco 49ers fans are left scrounging for Super Bowl tickets, it creates the ultimate limited supply and demand ideology. With only 13,000 49ers season ticket holders were fortunate enough to buy Super Bowl tickets at face value, the rest of us were left fending for ourselves on the black market. Unfortunately, being at the mercy of the black market, does have it’s downfalls, and a Hayward family was no exception.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, a Hayward family was scammed by an ad they found on Craigslist what they thought was a fair price for four Super Bowl tickets: $5,900, about double face value from a “Baltimore Ravens season ticket holder.” After numerous talks via texting, emails, and phone calls, the family decided to wire the full amount to his credit union. On Monday, the highly anticipated dream package arrived by FedEx. However, little did they know, the dream package they were about to open would quickly become their worst nightmare. Instead of Super Bowl tickets, inside was a picture of quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Colin Kaepernick with a message underneath reading: “Enjoy the game!!!! Go Ravens!!! LOL.”
Sharon, a 49-year-old Hayward resident and 49ers season ticket holder since 2009 was beside herself, saying:
I’m just sick, like physically sick. All over the envelope it says, ‘Go Ravens’-even on the FedEx label.
The fact that someone could stoop so low, is an embarrassment to himself and the Baltimore Ravens fan base. However, the story does provide a happy ending, as Sharon was awarded four Super Bowl tickets courtesy of Ticketmaster’s CEO Nathan Hubbard after hearing the news. Before word got out, the 49ers also offered their condolences with complimentary Super Bowl tickets of their own. In all, the Osgood family now has five Super Bowl tickets in their possession.
In an unlucky set of circumstance, Sharon and her family struck gold, the 49ers way!