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Collecting Vintage Concert Tickets

Updated on March 7, 2018
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Toni has been an avid collector of rock n roll memorabilia for 20+ years - from The Beatles and Woodstock up to contemporary artists.

Bob Dylan Concert Ticket July 1978

Although this is a ticket stub and not a complete ticket, it still has value - especially with hit being Bob Dylan.
Although this is a ticket stub and not a complete ticket, it still has value - especially with hit being Bob Dylan.

Did You Know - Music Memorabilia Includes Rock Concert Tickets & Stubs?

I enjoy collecting concert tickets and stubs as an affordable and fun hobby for my music memorabilia collection. Keeping rock concert tickets or the stubs preserves memories of good times, great music and a little piece of Rock N Roll History!

You can 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 set list or 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.

Photo credit: From my own collection

Jimi Hendrix Ticket Stub

Tips On Building A Vintage Ticket Collection

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.

Just The Ticket - Ticket Stub Organizer

Just the Ticket: Ticket Stub Organizer
Just the Ticket: Ticket Stub Organizer

Time to gather all those concert ticket stubs together in one place. Enjoy putting them together in this Ticket Stub Organizer and relive the music while doing it. Better yet, put the music on while you enjoy finally organizing your tickets - something you've been wanting to do for years.

Photos and Concert pictures are also a great idea to add to your ticket collection. Friends and Family members who also enjoyed the concert with you will share the memories for years to come.

 

The Beatles Ticket

The Value of Concert Tickets

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.

Popular Bands to Collect

Create Your Own Cover Ticket Album - Customize with Your Own Rock N Roll Concert Photo

Create-Your-Own-Cover Ticket Album
Create-Your-Own-Cover Ticket Album

No matter what band or what show, you can create your own concert memorabilia album - and it makes a wonderful rock and roll music gift.

The great thing about creating your own customized photo album is being able to add pictures of you and your friends that enjoyed the concert. There are also programs or other swag you may have accumulated over the years from each concert you attended.

It's not just the ticket stub, which is a direct relation to that concert, but many other items of swag or memorabilia you may have picked up.

 

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!!

(Photo Credit: James Hetfield of Metallica guitar pick that's in my collection.)

Metallica James Hatfield Guitar Pick

From my collection - concert swag is great fun to collect, and includes anything from the actual concert itself. I once caught a drumstick thrown by John Stamos when he was playing with the Beach Boys - among other collectibles.
From my collection - concert swag is great fun to collect, and includes anything from the actual concert itself. I once caught a drumstick thrown by John Stamos when he was playing with the Beach Boys - among other collectibles.

Concert Ticket Album - Organize & Preserve Concert Memories

Concert Ticket Album
Concert Ticket Album

Time to take your vintage concert tickets that you stashed in drawers, jewelry boxes or wherever and arrange them in a concert ticket album for preservation. It'll be more fun than you think.

You can also sort them by date or name of artist. Quite a collection will build up over time.

 

Woodstock 69 Vintage Tickets are a valuable collectible

Woodstock 69 Memorabilia
Woodstock Tickets are the greatest to collect. Learn all about them. This site is full of information. 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 ...

Do You Keep Your Ticket Stubs? What's Your Favorite One?

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      jason 

      2 years ago

      I have a ticket stub from the Nirvana show on Jan3 1994

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 

      5 years ago from Texas

      I have many ticket stubs that I have saved from all sorts of events. I'm glad to see the albums you listed for organizing tickets. I've never seen those before. Thanks.

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      weheartjunk 

      5 years ago

      This is cool! I keep all my concert stubs. I don't think any are worth anything yet but maybe someday!

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      Diane Cass 

      5 years ago from New York

      I don't have concert ticket stubs, but I have saved the programs and posters for a few concerts. One was for the farewell performance (retirement) of a one of the most adored opera singers of all time, Beverly Sills. It was an amazing concert that I will never forget. Thanks for giving such good information about collecting these mementos as a hobby. It is important for collectors to be informed.

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      Pat Moire 

      6 years ago from West Village, New York City

      These are excellent! My favorite ticket stub is from Pink Floyd's Animals Concert. One of my friends even collects song lists from concerts that the band tapes to the monitors.

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      flycatcherrr 

      6 years ago

      I may possibly have saved a few ticket stubs :-)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I have most of my concert tickets from the last 20 years. Sadly I never kept the ones before that including Rod Stewart and Led Zeppelin. My favorite concert stub ticket is "Cher".

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      Susan Deppner 

      6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I've never been much of a concert goer. but there are a few stubs I wish I would have kept along the way. Ticket stubs would be something really fun to collect!

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