Toni has been an avid collector of rock n roll memorabilia for 20+ years—from the Beatles and Woodstock up to contemporary artists.
Did You Know That Music Memorabilia Includes Concert Tickets & Stubs?
Want to add to your rock 'n roll memorabilia collection? Start looking for 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.
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.
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 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.
The unused Woodstock tickets were stored away and became concert souvenirs. Beware of reproductions, usually printed in green or orange.
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
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 it 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!
Do You Keep Your Ticket Stubs? What's Your Favorite One?
jason on April 05, 2016:
I have a ticket stub from the Nirvana show on Jan3 1994
Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on May 14, 2013:
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.
weheartjunk on April 18, 2013:
This is cool! I keep all my concert stubs. I don't think any are worth anything yet but maybe someday!
Diane Cass from New York on February 16, 2013:
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.
Pat Moire from West Village, New York City on August 05, 2012:
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.
flycatcherrr on June 18, 2012:
I may possibly have saved a few ticket stubs :-)
anonymous on June 03, 2012:
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".
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on June 01, 2012:
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!