Ticket stubs cut across a wide variety of collecting interests. They are sought by everyone from sports fans to people who attend rock concerts. While tickets used to be torn upon entering an event, leaving the attendee with only a stub, since 2003 most tickets have been scanned, which means these days you can collect “fulls,” which are untorn tickets.
For sports fans, two of the biggest areas in ticket collecting are Super Bowl tickets and World Series tickets. Football memorabilia collectors look for tickets from Super Bowls II (the Green Bay Packers versus the Oakland Raiders), III (the New York Jets versus the Baltimore Colts), and XII (the Dallas Cowboys versus the Denver Broncos). Baseball memorabilia buffs go for tickets to Don Larsen’s perfect game, thrown in game five of the 1956 World Series between Larsen’s New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Concert tickets have their own following. Tickets to Beatles concerts at Shea Stadium in 1965 and Candlestick Park in 1966 (the band’s last live paid performance) are especially prized. Other seminal stubs from the 1960s include the Globe tickets for Woodstock in 1969 and tickets to the Fillmore in San Francisco, which from 1967 to 1971 printed ticket-sized, single-color versions of the posters that were also produced for those concerts. Because these tickets were collected at the door to be counted later, concert-goers attending shows by everyone from the Grateful Dead to Led Zeppelin have largely had to acquire them after the fact.
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