Once you enter the bedroom in my house, you don’t see something. When you turn your back after you enter my bedroom, you see a flashback into sports history and the evolution of ticket stubs. You see, like Todd Cook, I have saved all my tickets from the games I have went to. I put them up on a bulletin board, which is why many of the tickets you see below have holes in them. Scroll down to the bottom of this entry to see the bulletin board. If I tried to show you all of my tickets and describe each game, it would take 5 years, so here are some different tickets from different years.
The oldest baseball ticket on that wall is from a doubleheader in 2002 when the Mets hosted the Diamondbacks. That is NOT my first game ever attended. That is for another story. Also, this ticket does not have a stub, unlike all of the newer ones.
Back in 2003, the ticket was the same. This was from when I used to write the score on the ticket. Apparently the Mets lost 6-3. It was fun when they had 12:30 starts. I would go with my day camp and sit in the nosebleed seats. Still, no stub on the ticket.
So, if you are keeping track. The tickets from 2002 and 2003 are the same.
For some unknown reason, I could not find a ticket from 2004. So, I had to look one up on Google images, and I came up with this. It is unknown if it has a stub.
This ticket is different than the tickets listed above, and it is different than the ones you will see below.
I am making the conclusion that this is the year the Mets changed the ticket design.
The tickets in 2005, 2006, and 2007 are all the same. The one on the top is from my birthday in 2005. The one in the middle is from Lastings Milledge’s first MLB home run. Finally, the one on the bottom is from John Maine’s almost no hitter in 2007, the day before the Mets first collapse, which was 2 years after the first ticket.
The tickets from 2004-2007 are pretty much the same.
The 2006 ticket has seen more light, and has faded more than the other ones.
Since 2008 was the final year at old Shea Stadium, the Mets commemorated it with their tickets for that year. This is a ticket from a ticket plan. The one underneath it is a typical box office ticket that I got from Zack Hample’s blog because I don’t have one.
I personally think the Shea Stadium final year logo is one of the better logos in recent memory. Especially compared to the Citi Field inaugural year logo, which can be seen below. This is your typical box office ticket..
I have not found a 2010 regular generic ticket yet, but when I do, I will let you guys in on what it looks like. So, from 2003-2009 at least, generic box office tickets are the same with the blue and white stripes, although the logos inside change. I will leave you with a final picture of my bulletin board, which contains tickets from almost every professional sporting event that I have every gone to, with some exceptions.
The picture of K-Rod is part of my 2010 Mets calendar. Most of the tickets are not from baseball, but some are. Hopefully I will add to this board soon.
Thanks for Reading- Howie