One major eastern university has an archives assistant who preserves the school’s long football history while longing for the days when tickets and program covers were works of art.
Geoff Zonder, the archives assistant for the Yale Athletic Department, has a lot of history under his care. Once a major football power, the Ivy League school traces it’s history back to the beginning of the game itself.
Zonder estimates Yale has 1,500 to 2,000 vintage tickets in its collection and potentially the same number of programs, many commissioned works from area artists. He says that tickets were once a way for graphic artists to express their creativity.
Those old stubs and programs for major sporting events, when carefully preserved, have value–monetarily and in the great memories they hold.