Collecting Vintage Concert Tickets & Stubs
Bob Dylan Concert Ticket July 1978
Did You Know - Music Memorabilia Includes Concert Tickets & Stubs?
Want to add to your rock 'n roll memorabilia collection? Start searching out concert tickets and stubs. It's one of the more affordable and fun ways to grow a collection when you start accumulating favorite bands or performances. Keeping rock concert tickets or the stubs preserves memories of good times, great music and a little piece of Rock N Roll History!
Reminisce with friends about all those great concert nights - and what you did or didn't do! You can also build a concert ticket collection and design a scrapbook with photos, memorabilia or "swag" - as some call it. I've also made custom displays that include a setlist, guitar pick or backstage pass - whatever I can grab.
It's fun to remember the good times "had by all," whether it was a celebration of a personal occasion, sentimental reasons or just a plain ol' BLOW OUT of hearing your favorite music and band live. And like other music memorabilia, many of these vintage concert tickets and/or stubs increase in value over time.
Jimi Hendrix Ticket Stub
The Value of Vintage Concert Tickets
If you've already been having fun keeping your old ticket stubs, then you're probably aware that vintage concert tickets have also become a commodity. Some of those old bands have become legends or certain concerts have become memorable or marked by a particular event and these tickets are considered music memorabilia and increase in value.
Unused tickets are usually more valuable than stubs; but if the stub shows the band's name, venue and date, then they're just as collectible. Condition is an important factor as well. However, it is expected that vintage tickets, especially from the 60s and 70s will show signs of wear.
Older tickets that date back to when original band members played are more valuable, such as The Who with Keith Moon (pre-1978), Led Zeppelin with John Bonham (pre-1980) or Rolling Stones with Brian Jones (pre-1969). Festivals such as Woodstock ('69), Monterey Pop Festival ('67), Isle of Wight Festival ('70), concerts at Knebworth House or the well-known Bill Graham's Fillmore shows.
Tickets don't have to be from the 60s or 70s to hold value; Nirvana tickets from the 90s are appreciated as well. And, who knows, the ticket you're now holding for an upcoming concert may someday be in demand - so, hold on to it and hold on to the memory.
The Beatles Ticket
Woodstock Music Festival 69 Vintage Tickets are a Valuable Collectible
A favorite among collectors is the Woodstock Ticket - one of the best scores when acquiring memorabilia. History tells us that Woodstock was a free concert. But it didn't start off that way. Tickets were actually printed for each day of the event, and a three-day ticket for the whole concert. Many were pre-sold with the intent of also buying them at the gate. But when the tens of thousands of fans started to show up - down went the fence - and in came the crowds.
Woodstock Festival 1969 was the epitome of what the culture was all about. Not just protesting for peace against the Vietnam War, but becoming an example of a like-minded, peace and love generation. Although attempts have been made to recreate such an event - it just didn't happen. Woodstock was the original and only event of its kind.
Woodstock 3-Day Ticket
Popular Bands to Collect
Vintage concert tickets that have an image of the artist or band on the front are highly collectible. Also, a band's logo or a specific graphic referring to that particular tour will add to its value. The more information on a ticket stub, the more valuable.
Special dates or one-time performances can be a rare find, and because of the limited printing of tickets be quite coveted. Think of the Woodstock Festival, or charity fundraising events, even specific venues such as The Fillmore in San Franciso and Bill Graham productions.
Valuable Tickets - Just to Name a Few
Organize Your Tickets & Stubs to Protect & Display Them - Looks Great on a Coffee Table
While At The Concert...
You can also acquire other rock concert memorabilia sold at the vendor stands. Not only is it a memento of the concert, but may also become a collectible someday...and always keep your eyes open for flying guitar picks and drumsticks from the stage.
Elvis used to throw his scarves out into the audience. Sometimes finding the back door exit or hanging by the tour bus will result in your ticket being signed by the artist(s).
But more important than anything is to HAVE FUN!!