I don't know about pay through the nose. Sticks were the same cost no matter which player.
I thought last year when I went that they had different prices? I could have forgotten so I might be wrong on that and you may be right. Still though, it is to me just a lot of money to spend on something that is either going to be encased or sit someplace and never be touched for years. But I know a lot of people like this stuff, so this is just my opinion and I do like collecting things, I guess just not used sports equipment.
However, anything from either Dr. Murray Seltzer, Vin Godleski, or Tom Piesla is gold to me. If any of you see their used stuff (notebooks, pens, whatever) please buy me some and I will pay you for it:)