Thursday, May 26, 2011

I miss you, ticket stubs

I miss ticket stubs. Nowadays, most tickets are emailed and you print them off, or you scan a bar code on your smart phone and never actually have a ticket in hand. In the last few years, my ticket stub collection had slowed down immensely. Well, I wouldn’t call it a collection and I don’t actively collect them, but if I go to a game and have a ticket, I keep the stub.

A friend of mine actually has a ticket scrapbook and he mounts the ticket and does a short write-up on each game. I guess I could check baseball-reference, but unfortunately I can’t look at a single ticket and recalled what happened unless it’s really of note…like I was at ARod’s 500th homer, so that’s easy…same with Damon’s 6 for 6 game and the 2009 ALCS and World Series Game 6 – both series clinchers. Plus, there are all the side moments of the game to account for…funny quotes, annoying fans, etc that would be fun to document.

Anyways, a while back I had an empty frame laying around, so I took a few random Yankee tickets and arranged them as a wall hanging. There is no rhyme or reason to the tickets that I chose. It’s probably about 25% of the Yankee stubs that I have. It looks pretty cool, and when my friends are over they always look at it, so I know it’s a good conversation piece. If one thing is evident, it’s that actual stubs are cooler than paper printouts of tickets. However, sadly stubs are getting rarer and rarer.


  1. I agree - that's a great idea. I've seen that done with other things before, and I might do that with some baseball cards. I format and print out a one-page sheet with the full box score with room at the bottom to glue/tape on the ticket stub. If I have an emailed ticket I just put the sheet on the back side (and do my best to remember printing a second copy).

    I do my best to get the traditional tickets, either by buying soon enough in advance that they can be mailed to me, or buying them at the game. And I end up saving at least $10 in service fees if I just get the tickets at the park.

  2. Back in '76 and '77 when we went to many Angels games, I used to keep score sometimes, and I'd write up something, and paste the ticket in the scorebook. There was this one game where a lady behind us was screaming at the Rangers, saying go home you stinking cattle rustlers, all the while hitting a bell with a stick! It was great. I used to get signatures on the tickets, if it was a rookie or a recent trade and I didn't have his baseball card.