Tickets are …In The News!
By Joe Hunt ... ChicagoTix.com
have been in the news of late and "the buzz" is
positive and growing!
How often do Tuff
Stuff magazine, Sports Market Report,
the major auction houses and top hobby reference books
like Collecting Sports Legends all agree on
anything? Well, all recently highlighted Tickets as important
collectibles that are both significant and attractively priced.
To quote Tuff Stuff, “Ever since PSA started slabbing
tickets (eight years ago) these cardboard relics have been gaining
popularity at a tremendous rate.” Better yet, as Tuff Stuff notes, “You
can still pick up stubs from significant sporting events at fairly
Collecting Sports Legends, a hefty 376 page
hardcover released in 2009 puts it this way, "During the past few years,
collectors have become increasingly exposed to and interested in sports
tickets." The book, which includes an illustrated Top Sports Tickets
In the Hobby List, goes on to note, " As a collectible, tickets are not
just for the hardcore ticket collector. Tickets...make great
complimentary pieces to an existing collection."
And one of the big boys in the Auction biz recently called Tickets, along with vintage sports photos,
"...two undervalued areas of memorabilia that have until recently
been largely overlooked by collectors."
You'll be able to locate
Tickets from a wide range
of pro and amateur sports going back over 100 years, so here's a hobby
offers something for everyone. Plus, participation gives the
collector an opportunity to own a true "piece of the game."
Think of each Ticket as a Time
Machine that can transport you back to the excitement of being in the
stadium or ballpark at the event itself.
As you begin to collect or continue to acquire Tickets keep in mind the
value depends largely on four factors: 1.) Significance of the event
associated the the Ticket; 2.) Condition or grade; 3.) Scarcity, and; 4.)
Demand. Of course the first and last points, "Event Significance" and
"Demand" are closely related. -- Perhaps, best of all, you as
fan and collector are the final judge on these issues! How do
rate the milestone or record
achieved, or other key factors present on the day of the event that
make a given Ticket noteworthy? It's
answer to this question, along with how other collectors answers it,
that ultimately determines the value of each Ticket.
The best place to start collecting is likely in the areas
of sports that most interest you. Are you most interested in Pro or NCAA
sports? Current players and teams or vintage? Pick whatever interests you most! Once you decide on
a theme or
era or team or a given player that you want to collect, you'll locate not just
tickets but friends with similar interests. You'll also likely be
surprised and pleased to discover that a
wide array of Tickets of interest to you
are still very affordable.
offer an exciting avenue for collectors
whose primary focus has been collecting Cards, Bats or Autographs. Who wouldn't enjoy adding
a "Key Game Ticket"
or a "Team Accomplishment" Ticket that relates to a sports collection
presently underway? Think of the possibilities with Tickets that relate
particular players or teams or eras
that interest you. Own a Bat from a favorite player?
Wouldn't it be great to have Tickets from games where that player had a
hit or home run? How about matching Tickets to the Autographs in your
Most pre-21st century Tickets of course were torn by
the gatekeeper on admission. With the advent
of bar codes many gate attendants
simply scan a Ticket upon admittance to sporting events, rather
than tearing off the Audit
Stub as was customary before. What this
means for the novice Ticket collector is: more full
Tickets, often in better
condition, at more affordable prices. So again, you
decide what fits your collecting interests and budget, and go forward
With a little looking you'll find that plenty of great older Tickets and
Stubs are available for you to discover too. Tickets, depending on the event and the desirability of the particular
ticket, will range in price
from a dollar, to thousands, so there is an
opportunity for all sports enthusiasts to participate.
Do you have
questions about getting started in Ticket collecting,
or finding Tickets from your favorite players or teams or related to a
particular theme? Great! -- At ChicagoTIX.com
we’re always happy to “talk tickets” most any
You can contact us at 314-960-6595
in Chicago days, eves or weekends or email us at
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already a Ticket collector we invite you to join the 1,200 repeat
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