Old Major League Baseball game full tickets, proofs and stubs can be worth big dollars. They include Don Larsen's 1956 perfect game, Roger Maris' 61st home run, Jackie Robinson's 1947 MLB debut, the 1919 Black Sox World Series and the first 1958 MLB West Coast game.
Old baseball game tickets, proofs and stubs are very collectible. Some premium examples can sell for thousands of dollars in the highly lucrative sports memorabilia marketplace. Here are ten valuable vintage baseball game full tickets, proofs and stubs that are sure to interest collectors...
Don Larsen 1956 World Series Perfect Game Ticket Proof
In the annals of baseball history they don't come any bigger than Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series. On October 8, 1956, in Game 5 of the Fall Classic, the New York Yankee hurler threw just 97 pitches to successfully retire all 27 Brooklyn Dodger batters for a 2-0 victory and his place in baseball immortality. A full game ticket proof in graded PSA mint 9 condition sold at auction for $1,434.
Don Larsen 1956 perfect game ticket proof $1,434
Roger Maris 1961 61st Home Run Ticket Stub
On October 1, 1961, New York Yankee slugger Roger Maris connected off Boston Red Sox pitcher Tracy Stallard for his 61st home run of the season, breaking Babe Ruth's record. Interestingly, only 23,154 fans were in attendance at Yankee stadium to witness the feat. "Holy Cow, he did it! Sixty-one for Maris!" crowed broadcaster Phil Rizzuto that day. A ticket stub from that game – the final one of the 1961 season – brought $2,868 at auction.
Babe Ruth 1932 Called Shot Home Run Ticket Stub
On October 1, 1932, in Game Three of the World Series pitting the New York Yankees vs. the Chicago Cubs George Herman "Babe" Ruth allegedly called a home run shot at Wrigley Field. Although the Bambino's "called shot" remains mired in controversy today, collectors are enamored of the game and are willing to pay big bucks for any items associated with it. A ticket stub in graded PSA very good 3 condition sold at auction for $1,195.
Babe Ruth 1932 called shot World Series ticket stub $1,195
1911 World Series Game One Full Ticket
On October 14, 1911, the Philadelphia Athletics Chief Bender and the New York Giants Christy Mathewson faced each other in Game One of the World Series at the Polo Grounds. It proved to be a pitcher's duel, with Mathewson and the Giants winning 2-1. A full ticket encapsulated and authenticated by PSA brought $2,629 at auction.
Jackie Robinson's 1947 First Major League Game Ticket Stub
Jackie Robinson made history on April 15, 1947, when he became the first black man to play in Major League Baseball. It was Opening Day at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, where the Dodgers beat the Boston Braves 5-3 with Robinson going hitless in three at-bats. A ticket stub from Robby's MLB debut sold at auction for $11,352.50.
Jackie Robinson's 1947 first MLB game ticket stub $11,352.50
1955 All-Star Game Full Ticket
The 1955 All-Star Game was held at Milwaukee County Stadium, home of the Braves. Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals hit a 12th-inning walk-off homer to give the National League a 6-5 victory. A full ticket in graded PSA very good-excellent 4 condition brought $1,195 at auction.
1957 World Series Game Three Full Ticket
The 1957 World Series pitted the Milwaukee Braves vs. the New York Yankees, with the Braves winning in seven games. Game Three, held in Milwaukee on October 5, 1957, witnessed a 12-3 Yankee victory with Tony Kubek leading the way with two home runs and four RBIs. A full ticket in graded PSA mint 9 condition sold at auction for $896.25.
1942 Brooklyn vs. New York Navy Relief Game Full Ticket
The Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants met on May 8, 1942, at Ebbets Field in Flatbush for a World War II Navy Relief Game. A full ticket brought $131.45 at auction.
1919 World Series Game Five Ticket Stub
The infamous 1919 "Black Sox" World Series pitted the Chicago White Sox vs. the Cincinnati Reds. Game Five, held at Chicago's Comiskey Park on October 6, 1919, was won by the Reds 5-0. A ticket stub in graded PSA very good 3 condition sold at auction for $3,585.
1958 First West Coast Major League Game Full Ticket
On April 15, 1958, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants – both recently relocated from Brooklyn and New York, respectively – met in the first ever Major League Baseball game staged on the West Coast. The historic meeting took place at Seals Stadium in San Francisco. A full unused ticket brought $985.88 at auction.
Dodgers vs. Giants 1958 first MLB West Coast game ticket $985.88
Old Baseball Ticket Credits & Top Image
- All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
- 1955 World Series Game Five ticket stub Brooklyn Dodgers vs. New York Yankees $167.30
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