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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Marlins to sell no-hitter tickets

Marlins Pitcher Henderson Alvarez made history on Sunday by tossing the fifth no-hitter in franchise history and the first no-hitter at Marlins Park. The Marlins are offering fans who were unable to attend the game the opportunity to purchase the remaining unsold tickets from yesterday’s game.

According to this article, you only get a PDF of the ticket, not an actual ticket. Oh, and also they seem to have sent out some PDF’s with the wrong date.

Class organization all the way around.

Greg Pope Posted: October 02, 2013 at 08:11 AM | 33 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: marlins, no hitters

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   1. Tripon Posted: October 02, 2013 at 09:37 AM (#4556959)
How garish.
   2. flournoy Posted: October 02, 2013 at 09:42 AM (#4556963)
$15 for a PDF of an expired baseball ticket. Who would buy this? Granted, this would take about 30 seconds of work to create, so the Marlins come out ahead if they sell just one.

That being said, if anyone is interested in one, I can send you one (with the correct date!) for $14.95.
   3. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: October 02, 2013 at 09:48 AM (#4556969)
For $20, they'll send you Henderson Alvarez.
   4. Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 02, 2013 at 10:00 AM (#4556983)
The Marlins are offering fans who were unable to attend the game the opportunity to purchase the remaining unsold tickets from yesterday’s game.


"Unable." Right. Heh-heh.
   5. PS is probably something something Posted: October 02, 2013 at 10:22 AM (#4557006)
So what is the lowest attendance for a no hitter, give or take?
   6. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: October 02, 2013 at 10:30 AM (#4557017)
So what is the lowest attendance for a no hitter, give or take?


I'm guessing there wasn't a very big crowd at the Worcester Agricultural Fairgrounds on June 12, 1880...

   7. The District Attorney Posted: October 02, 2013 at 10:30 AM (#4557018)
if anyone is interested in one, I can send you one (with the correct date!) for $14.95.
Deadspin provided one.
   8. Greg Pope Posted: October 02, 2013 at 10:37 AM (#4557027)
While I certainly appreciate the convenience of printing my ticket at home, it's just not the same as having the older style physical ticket. I have a shot glass from each stadium I've been to, and I've got the thin cardboard tickets placed inside the shot glass. Except for the last 5 or 6, which are 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper awkwardly posed behind the glass. Ugh.

As for selling the "unused" tickets, this is ridiculous. I mean, anyone who actually had a PDF ticket could sell it as many times as they wanted for a couple of bucks. E-mail the PDF to 1,000 people and let them print it, who cares?
   9. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: October 02, 2013 at 10:39 AM (#4557033)
There is a sucker born every minute.
   10. sanny manguillen Posted: October 02, 2013 at 10:44 AM (#4557039)
The press release says, "The 9,100 remaining tickets are being sold starting at $15 with the majority of tickets available at the Vista Level." I take it that means you'd pay more for a better seat that you didn't occupy?
   11. KronicFatigue Posted: October 02, 2013 at 11:26 AM (#4557078)
[8]. I'm similar. I have about 6 years worth of ticket stubs framed, but it's getting harder and harder to get actual tickets. I can tell you it's very awkward after a playoff game standing in the parking lot asking people if they have real ticket stubs they are willing to give away.
   12. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 02, 2013 at 11:48 AM (#4557097)
[8]. I'm similar. I have about 6 years worth of ticket stubs framed, but it's getting harder and harder to get actual tickets. I can tell you it's very awkward after a playoff game standing in the parking lot asking people if they have real ticket stubs they are willing to give away.

Serious question: Is there any such thing in 2013 as a pre-printed, not on demand, old fashioned cardboard ticket? Or is everything just print-on-demand on paper?

I still have the stub of the Orioles-Brewers finale of 1982. No big deal, but still a nice souvenir of one of the better closing finishes in the era of two division leagues.
   13. BrianBrianson Posted: October 02, 2013 at 11:53 AM (#4557106)
Incidentally, I'll sell you customised PDFs of whatever you'd like, starting at only $13.
   14. Random Transaction Generator Posted: October 02, 2013 at 11:53 AM (#4557108)
Serious question: Is there any such thing in 2013 as a pre-printed, not on demand, old fashioned cardboard ticket? Or is everything just print-on-demand on paper?


My set of NCAA March Madness tickets (Rounds "2" and "3") from last year arrived as actual tickets, but they were the crummy looking Ticketmaster standard tickets.
I did see that people were getting into the same stadium as me with some nice full-colour (logos, MM symbology, big printed dates/time) tickets that they had laminated/encased and dangling around their necks on lanyards.

I think those were for people who purchased the March Madness "package", which was tickets, hotel rooms, and access to "fan fest" things.
   15. Brian C Posted: October 02, 2013 at 11:54 AM (#4557109)
Serious question: Is there any such thing in 2013 as a pre-printed, not on demand, old fashioned cardboard ticket? Or is everything just print-on-demand on paper?

I have real tickets for every MLB game I've been to for the last 6 years. They still sell them to walk-up customers at the stadium and I've always been able to get them when I buy tickets will-call.

Unlike most people, though, I would never use any of the various ticket broker services. I'm guessing that probably makes a big difference.
   16. BDC Posted: October 02, 2013 at 11:57 AM (#4557112)
I've got a very nice-looking cardstock Cowboys ticket for a game later this year. The Rangers use lower-quality stock, though, and their tickets look cheap without looking retro-awesome.
   17. Jeltzandini Posted: October 02, 2013 at 12:06 PM (#4557117)
They're going to sell ones of these.
   18. Len Lansford, Carney Barker Posted: October 02, 2013 at 12:12 PM (#4557129)
#5: Official attendance for Len Barker's perfect game was 7,290: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CLE/CLE198105150.shtml
   19. Greg Pope Posted: October 02, 2013 at 12:14 PM (#4557130)
Serious question: Is there any such thing in 2013 as a pre-printed, not on demand, old fashioned cardboard ticket? Or is everything just print-on-demand on paper?

Agree with RTG and Brian C that they do exist. Pretty much for will call and mail-delivered tickets, I think. Certainly at the past couple of minor league games I went to. I do will call a reasonable amount because they often want to charge me for printing out the tickets at home. For some reason the team wants to charge me to print the tickets at home. But they will pay someone to either mail them to me or stand in a will call booth, and not charge me.

Also, I bought some football tickets on StubHub a few weeks ago and they mailed "real" tickets to me for that one.
   20. villageidiom Posted: October 02, 2013 at 12:26 PM (#4557140)
Serious question: Is there any such thing in 2013 as a pre-printed, not on demand, old fashioned cardboard ticket? Or is everything just print-on-demand on paper?
Yes. I'm on a season-ticket plan at Fenway, and I get all the tickets in the old-fashioned form.

For the Red Sox playoffs starting this year, if you pay for tickets online you also receive your tickets online and have to print them out on your own. On the plus side they take the same form as the cardboard tickets (except with both faces of the ticket printed on one side of the paper), so I've taken to putting card stock in the printer before printing off the tickets.

They also have the option of allowing you to use a smartphone to display the barcode of your tickets. I'm not at the point yet where I'm comfortable going without a physical ticket.
   21. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: October 02, 2013 at 12:44 PM (#4557160)
Alas I lost my ticket stub to David cones perfect game.

I do feel like I've seen franchises dot his lots of times before for milestone games.
   22. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 02, 2013 at 12:48 PM (#4557165)
Serious question: Is there any such thing in 2013 as a pre-printed, not on demand, old fashioned cardboard ticket? Or is everything just print-on-demand on paper?

Thanks for all the info, and glad to see that it's not all been reduced to print-on-demand. But what I was really meant by "pre-printed" was the sort of tickets that are printed at an actual printer on old fashioned thick cardboard, with the seat locations pre-stamped sequentially, like this, and not spewed out by a computer. I kind of doubt that any such tickets still exist, but maybe for the World Series. Although I doubt if we'll ever again see anything as cool as this.
   23. Jim Wisinski Posted: October 02, 2013 at 01:00 PM (#4557181)
The Rays did this with the unsold tickets from Garza's no-hitter but I'm pretty sure the proceeds went to their charitable foundation
   24. Brian C Posted: October 02, 2013 at 01:00 PM (#4557182)
But what I was really meant by "pre-printed" was the sort of tickets that are printed at an actual printer on old fashioned thick cardboard, with the seat locations pre-stamped sequentially, like this, and not spewed out by a computer.

I think season ticket holders still get special tickets like this. A quick Google search turned this up for the 2013 Cubs tickets, featuring baseball card designs.
   25. Nasty Nate Posted: October 02, 2013 at 01:15 PM (#4557204)
Thanks for all the info, and glad to see that it's not all been reduced to print-on-demand. But what I was really meant by "pre-printed" was the sort of tickets that are printed at an actual printer on old fashioned thick cardboard,


I think for the Red Sox, the season-ticket holders get that. When you buy individual game tickets via mail or the will call/box office window, they print it at that time, although it is ticket-sized, on paper that is thicker than office paper, and the template includes a player picture and the Sox logo so it looks pretty good.

A few years ago, when I bought tickets to the old Yankee stadium they were generic ticketmaster printout tickets, no different than a ticket to the Doobie Brothers at Palookaville Municipal Arena.
   26. Brian C Posted: October 02, 2013 at 01:22 PM (#4557214)
A few years ago, when I bought tickets to the old Yankee stadium they were generic ticketmaster printout tickets, no different than a ticket to the Doobie Brothers at Palookaville Municipal Arena.

Depending on how long ago you meant by "a few years", that's pretty sad, since even most minor league teams have their own customized ticket stock these days and have for years.
   27. Nasty Nate Posted: October 02, 2013 at 01:25 PM (#4557219)
Depending on how long ago you meant by "a few years", that's pretty sad, since even most minor league teams have their own ticket stock these days and have for years.


2002/2003 (Including bleacher seats to the aught-three ALCS).

I will have to check my stub envelope to make sure I'm not wrongfully besmirching the ticketing system.
   28. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 02, 2013 at 01:31 PM (#4557230)

I went to the Yankees game last Wednesday and received old-fashioned cardboard tickets. I assume they originated as someone's season tickets (I won them at a charity event).
   29. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 02, 2013 at 01:59 PM (#4557259)
Love those Cubs season tickets, Brian C, and it's too bad that the peasants who can only afford individual games can't get something similar.
   30. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 02, 2013 at 06:33 PM (#4557538)
Will the awesomeness ever stop!
   31. Bote Man Posted: October 02, 2013 at 07:57 PM (#4557621)
I have a shot glass from each stadium I've been to, and I've got the thin cardboard tickets placed inside the shot glass.

I bet your grandchildren will have shot glasses containing smartphones displaying the ticket barcode on them. Warm fuzzies abound.
   32. bobm Posted: October 02, 2013 at 08:50 PM (#4557713)
NY Magazine: A Recent History of Selling No-Hitter Tickets After the Fact (2012)

2010: Two years ago, the Marlins sold tickets to visiting pitcher Roy Halladay's perfect game after the fact. Like the White Sox, they offered the unsold tickets for face value. Price ranged from $12 to over $300. The AP reported at the time that the Marlins would even count those who bought tickets in the official paid attendance. (The tickets the White Sox sold to Buehrle's perfect game didn't count toward the attendance figure.)

   33. SouthSideRyan Posted: October 02, 2013 at 08:57 PM (#4557730)
The Cubs ticket designs were pretty cool, and the card designs for each card were included as separate baseball cards in the season ticket packageh. And I really wish I decided to be a peasant and pass when my number came up this season. Lost quite a bit, and only jumped on it this season because I was afraid of going to the end of the line and them being too good before I got another chance. (Had moved up ~20,000 spots from '04-'12, moved up 20,000 more spots from '12-'13) Little did I know Tom Ricketts has a net worth of 8 bucks.

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