I’m a pack rat when it comes to keeping things sports related. My room is filled with stuff I don’t want to get rid of
For example, one shelf of my bookcase is stuffed with old Pirate programs.
Minus a few holes, I can say I have just about every monthly installment from 1997 to 2010, and I for sure have every one from April 2002 on.
I also keep a ticket stub from every event I go to. Being a huge fan of live sports like I am, it’s a pretty big stack.
I don’t know why I keep them, I guess it’s just a free memento from your trip to the ballpark, arena, or stadium where you’ll have a nice remembrance of what happened. Plus in recent history there have been some pretty cool designs. Here are my favorites.
University of Pittsburgh Panthers Season Tickets 2008
The Panthers always do a good job with a mosaic picture for the whole seasons worth of tickets. This one here features a classy picture of the team coming out of the tunnel with a panorama of the Pittsburgh skyline along the bottom. I felt bad ripping these apart as the season went on so I was sure to put them back together after it was over.
Pittsburgh Pirates 2001 Season Ticket
I got this stub when I sat in my uncles company’s seats back when PNC first opened. A beautiful picture of the new ballpark with Inaugural Season in gold made this one a keeper. Can’t figure out how I’ve kept it so nice since being in the 3rd grade.
Pittsburgh Penguins 2009 Playoff Ticket
This thing is awesome plain and simple. The Penguins always do a good job with their stubs and this one is no different.
Pittsburgh Penguins 2009 Season Tickets
I found these often times on the ground leaving the Mellon Arena after games. Why would people want to get rid of these? Each game features a completely different picture for all 41 games depicting action against the Penguins’ opponent that game.
Three Rivers Stadium Final Weekend 2000
Besides the awesome $3 kids general admission price tag, this stub features a nice picture of old pirates memorabilia. Since Three Rivers didn’t have those fancy scanners like we see today, instead ticket takers had a puncher that engraved “I Was There” on each ticket rather than ripping them. Definitely unique.
Florida Marlins 2004
First the fact that I payed $3 to see a defending World Series champion is awesome. Next the tickets, which we bought from the window, featured Dontrelle Willis and Juan Pierre doing their thing. Good stuff
Pittsburgh Pirates 2008 season tickets
Topps baseball card design + ticket stub = win
Pittsburgh Pirates 1996/1997 single game stubs
If there is one thing I hate about exchanging my games as a season ticket holder (and yes this sounds stupid) is getting one of those bland box office tickets instead of my cool ones from my book. If the Pirates still had these, I wouldn’t mind so much. Lots of color and the little baseballs for the section row and seat location add a nice touch.
Recently, teams are moving away from printing tickets as we used to know them. Now most people print them at home or have the barcode on their cell phones. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL had season tickets stored on what is like a credit card that is swiped when you enter. This kind of makes me sad because there is nothing like a nice collection of old fashioned ticket stubs.