The Houstons Astros’ payroll for 2013 sits at $20,766,220, according to Baseball Prospectus.
Considering that there are 12 MLB players, including Alex Rodriguez, making more money than the entire Astros team, we wanted to look at 5 items that are more expensive than the team itself.
The Apple iPad Clock Design
The technology giant agreed with a Swiss railroad company, SBB, on a 20 million Swiss Franc ($21 million USD) deal to use their clock design on Apple’s iPad.
This design has been used by Apple since September of 2012.
So yes, the design for the clock on your iPad is worth more than the Houston Astros payroll.
Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan’s Carved Name
Owning an island in itself is a symbol of status regardless of culture, but the United Arab Emirates’ Sheikh took things to a whole other level when he had his named carved on his private island.
He is among the richest men in the world, with a net worth of $22.5 billion dollars, so carving his name for an estimated $22 million was relatively cheap.
This isn’t just a stick in the sand rendition either; the carving is a three kilometers (1 mile) wide, and one kilometer tall. This ultimate ego-boost can even be seen from space.
I’m sure there is a joke between the two here, but I can’t find it. Nevertheless, this too is worth more than the Astros payroll.
Peter Lawrence’s The Making of a Fly
Thanks to an algorithm in the book retailer Amazon’s system, the biology textbook was at one point listed at $23,698,655 dollars.
This would later be fixed by the retailer to a more reasonable $106.23 dollars, but the records show that at one time, this book was worth more than the AL West team.
Chopard’s $25 Million Dollar Watch
Astros owner Jeff Luthrow most likely won’t be buying World Series rings for his players this year, but he can buy this 201-Karat watch from the Switzerland based company to ease the pain of a looming rough season.
The watch was released in 2007 and is the world’s most expensive.
A 900-year-old Chinese Bowl
Sotheby’s auctioned off a ceramic bowl dating back to the Song dynasty for $26.7 million dollars in 2012.
A Sotheby’s official named it “the most fabled Chinese ceramic ever to come at auction.”
To put it in perspective, the highest paid player on the Astros roster, pitcher Bud Norris, only makes 10% of this item’s worth.