If a big league pitcher throws a no-hitter or perfect game in the coming years, the chances of anyone owning a ticket or ticket stub from the game are getting smaller.
Add the Chicago White Sox to the list of teams that are all but doing away with traditional ticket stubs and forcing fans to print their own or download them to their phone. If you’re not a collector, it’s probably more convenient to have your entry to the stadium attached to the email on your cell phone. If you are a collector, it’s discouraging.
Part of it has to do with marketing. Teams can learn more about fans when they can capture information through digital codes. It also costs less money to create paperless tickets.
“Besides opening day or a playoff game, you never know when history is going to be made,” said Brian Schwartz of Schwartz Sports Memorabilia.
Dealers, collectors, authenticators and the teams themselves weighed in for this story in the Hamilton Spectator.