They are tangible witnesses to history. A sometimes colorful reminder of a game or a moment. Tickets and ticket stubs have always been considered collectible. Many were pasted in scrapbooks or folded in half to fit in a wallet, but if you wanted to remember that time and place, they were hard to throw away.
Ironically, just as the market for sports memorabilia has boomed like never before, the physical ticket has all but disappeared. Electronic passes are easier, I suppose, and they don’t usually get lost or misplaced. Scan a code, walk in. To long-time fans and collectors, though, it’s disappointing. Many of the tickets of old were works of art, painstakingly designed by creative people whose work was cherished, even if we didn’t know who most of them were.
Modern ticketing methods were more straightforward with simply a printed note of the event, the date, the seat location and whatever else was deemed necessary to print on the front. Less exciting, but still worthy of collecting.
The number of ticket collectors has certainly increased in recent years and prices for tickets representing a player’s debut, a big event or special achievement have become more than respectable. Authentication and grading has added another layer to the passion for these little gems.
The auction market is strong and many tickets and stubs are bought and sold through eBay auctions. The listings below represent the ‘most watched’ listings right up to the moment. The list automatically refreshes multiple times per day so you can always see which items are attracting the most interest from bidders. While the title states “vintage,” you’ll likely see 21st century tickets and stubs on the list, too.
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