Complete Guide to Collecting Super Bowl Tickets, Gallery
Usually when we go to a special event, the tickets and stubs get shoved in pockets, tossed on the ground or used as a bookmark. If you're lucky enough to go to a Super Bowl, you'd be highly advised not to do any of those. In fact, bringing an appropriate toploader or something else to protect it the moment it's scanned is strongly advised. Super Bowl tickets and stubs have become highly collectible, fetching hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.
The popularity of Super Bowl tickets can be tracked back to the huge following of the game itself. It has become a global spectacle that generates some of the highest television ratings every year. Tickets are limited edition pieces connected directly to the game itself. It's perhaps the closest the average person can come to having a piece of the Super Bowl without something used in the game itself.
When it comes to starting a collection of Super Bowl tickets, there are several options. For high-end collectors with a big budget, full tickets are certainly the way to go. Although still pricey, torn stubs can be somewhat more affordable for the average collector even if they are not fully-intact examples.
Despite drawing crowds numbering in the tens of thousand each year, authentic Super Bowl tickets and stubs are somewhat difficult to come by. That's because so many were simply tossed aside or thrown out. While sports cards are generally undesirable with a crease going through the middle, when it comes to early Super Bowl tickets, collectors should be willing to take what they can get, whether they're torn, folded or crumpled. Simply put, vintage tickets are extremely rare. Collectors can also go after ticket variations. Most years have different colored tickets and price levels.
Given the huge amounts these tickets can sell for on the secondary market, collectors may want to consider going after tickets and stubs that have been authenticated and graded by a service like PSA. Just like sports cards, graded Super Bowl tickets command premiums over their ungraded counterparts and there are a few things to be aware of when comparing tickets.
Main Factors that Impact Value of Collectible Super Bowl Tickets:
- Game they came from.
- Grading and authentication.
- Full ticket or stub?
Collectors looking for more options beyond the variations for each ticket can look into Super Bowl programs, which largely match the yearly design, or Super Bowl championship rings. There is also a large market for replicas of each ticket, including gold or framed versions. While they don't have the same collectible value, the reprints can be an inexpensive way to obtain and display the full run of tickets. Team collectors can also celebrate specific appearances for their favorite franchise. Although they are not authentic tickets, many of these reprints have limited edition runs.
Below is a gallery highlighting all Super Bowl tickets from 1967 through 2016. There is only one example for each. As mentioned, variations do exist.
Complete Super Bowl Tickets Gallery
Click on the images or listings to shop for tickets on eBay.
Original article by Ryan Cracknell.