Last Friday night, Johan Santana threw the 1st no hitter in the 50 year history of the New York Mets. While fans in attendance will never forget the history they witnessed, fans that didn’t make it to Citi are now paying up for piece of history, even if it comes second-hand.
With any historic sporting event, used (or unused) ticket stubs are always a popular piece of memorabilia. The ticket after-after market begins trading within moments of the final out, buzzer, or whistle. For actively traded stubs, we believe Santana’s no hitter is the most expensive after-after market in history. This obviously excludes one-off gems like the first ever baseball ticket from 1869, which you can have own for a cool $25,000 or a stub to Hank Aaron’s 715th homerun, which lists for $5,000.
As far as modern history goes, The Mets 1st no hitter is going for 146% more then stubs for Halladay’s 2nd ever post season no-hitter. Currently, there are over 50 stubs for Johan’s no-hitter on eBay, some with a buy-it-now price of well over $200. Our average of $182 is 119% higher than the average price for Mets tickets in 2012. Currently, the top priced game of the year are June 23rd vs. Yankees, which is selling for $166, or 8% below a Johan stub. As a point of comparison, Halladay’s postseason no-hitter sold for 42% less than the average game ticket, and just 20% higher than the Phillies $62 2010 regular season average.
If you’d like to own your own piece of Mets history, check out all the remaining ebay auctions here, however, keep in mind that the Mets are still sitting on a stack of 10,000 tickets that didn’t sell. If they decide to release their supply as the Marlins did after a Halladay no-no in 2010, the after-after market will crater. For proud Mets fans who now own an unprecedented piece of their teams history, though, we expect they’d hardly notice.
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