You have to consider that it supports our great sport and not the time it takes to break even. I think of this a lot, and I never even buy green Bananas! Yet I renewed my membership to my trap club for 2 years this time around instead of one. It's all for a good cause in the end.
Paid $50 in 1968. As for breaking even, most expensive financial investment I ever made. I was told "It costs a dollar everytime they pull the trigger, I should know, I paid for every target Paul has shot." by my dear friend Paul Graf's wife in the late "70s. For what I have gained I would gladly pay $500.
1946 I bought my ATA life for $25. The certificate stated the money was to be used to help payoff the mortgage on the building at Vandalia and I would have a vote on any disposition of the property. We know how that went. If you are interested I refer you to an old thread : Life Memberships and their intended purpose
They think I've disappeared and I have to call the ATA office to get my Grand program.
I got mine in 1999 for $275.00. That was just before they went up to $500.00. Best money I ever spent. I also bought one for my brother, brother in law, daughter and son in law for christmas that year. At the time I had a small construction company and ran it thru like a club membership. Please don't tell the feds.