Concert ticket stubs are wonderful collectibles. Like show flyers, handbills, posters, programs
and other rock memorabilia, old tickets are colorful, fun and mark musical moments in our
culture. Some people pasted them into scrapbooks as a memento after a favorite concert.
Others discarded them as soon as the show was over. Of course these two acts help
determine how hard the ticket is to find today.
How much will a 25 year old ticket stub from your favorite band set you back? There are many
factors that effect the price/value of a ticket stub:
Like many collectibles, popularity and scarcity impact price. Who is the artist, how often did
they tour and how large were their audiences? Hall of Famers (The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The
Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin)
are highly sought after (Elvis is still the King!) but many modern and even lesser-known
bands, especially notorious or influential short-lived acts (Nick Drake, Nirvana, The Sex
Pistols, The Smiths, Iggy Pop, Elliott Smith) are also very attractive to collectors.
How old is the ticket? The earlier in the artist's career the more desirable the ticket is.
What kind of condition is the ticket in? Is it faded, soiled or wrinkled? Are the corners sharp or
rounded? Does the back of the ticket have glue or paper residue from being removed from a
scrapbook? Has the ticket been written on? It's not unusual for the original owner to have
jotted down information about the concert on the back or even front of the ticket, especially if
the name of the act or the date is missing.
Sometimes the venue can impact the price of the ticket. Tickets from shows at CBGBs, The
Fillmore or The Whisky A Go Go may bring more than shows by the same artist in the same
year at less prominent locations.
"Picture Tickets" are highly sought after. These are tickets that display a likeness of the artist
on the front of the ticket. These are more common in Europe.
Is the ticket authentic? Be cautious when buying unused tickets. Current technology makes
reproducing vintage tickets very easy and the quality is generally amazing. Of course not all
unused tickets are replicas or reproductions. A venue may have had leftover unused "comp"
or complimentary tickets or perhaps tickets from a canceled show. Also, some people buy
tickets to shows that for some reason they are unable to attend.
How much information is shown on the ticket? Can you see all of the artist's name, the name
of the venue and the date? A full ticket is always more desirable than a stub but again, watch
out for reproductions.
You can find used tickets on sales sites, auction sites and of course in your own community at
auctions and estate sales.
This article is posted with the permission of The Big Red Toy Box. To learn more about them
and their extensive inventory of ticket images and stubs for sale visit tickets.oldkc.com