All-Star Game Tickets Through The Years

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I have personally attended six All-Star Games: 1975, 1983, 1984, 1990, 1991 and 2003.

And through those years, the tickets from the games (not to mention the ticket prices) have changed quite a bit.

Here's a visual history of All-Star tickets from past decades.

1975, Milwaukee County Stadium

That batter looks... inordinately happy. Plus, he's lefthanded. Which means if he were a 1975 Milwaukee Brewer, he'd probably be Bill Sharp, who hit .255/.289/.351 for the Brewers after being acquired May 8 from the White Sox. The Brewers' only All-Star that year was the righthanded-hitting George Scott; Boomer had the best year of his career in '75, leading the AL with 36 HR and 109 RBI and finishing eighth in MVP voting. It didn't help the Brewers much; they lost 94 games.

Check out the ticket price, too: $10. A comparable seat at Chase Field Tuesday night costs $210 (before fees).

1983, Comiskey Park I

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This was the 50th anniversary of the first All-Star Game and MLB and the White Sox wanted to do it up right. There's a nod to the name of the park when it was built: "Base Ball Palace Of The World", as well as the Chicago city skyline and the then-current White Sox logo.

The price is double what it was eight years earlier for a comparable seat -- at least I think it's comparable, because with the arcane seat-numbering system that was in use then, I can't figure out where this seat was. This seating chart seems to indicate that it was in the right-field corner, but I don't recall sitting there. Anyway, this is one of the classiest of All-Star tickets.

1984, Candlestick Park

The Giants' All-Star logo for 1984 is actually quite attractive; it brings in the then-current team name font along with the city name and a local landmark, the cable car, as well as the MLB logo... come to think of it, that logo's actually kind of busy.

The price went up quite a bit in nine years, and for a worse seat: that was about halfway up section 37, which was in the outfield in right field at the Stick.

A better souvenir from that game was the button all fans got. For many years at Candlestick, you received an orange "Croix de Candlestick" button if you stayed till the end of an extra-inning night game -- because it was so cold there. Giants fans used to fill their caps with these as badges of honor. Fans at the '84 ASG got an honorary Croix, silver in color, which commemorated an event that happened at the previous ASG there (1961) -- pitcher Stu Miller being blown off the mound by a gust of wind:

1990, Wrigley Field

You can't tell by this scan, but this ticket has a lovely glossy finish to it. Note also that the commissioner's name, prominent on the other two tickets, has vanished from the front of the ticket (although it does appear on the back -- FRANCIS T. VINCENT, all in capital letters).

That logo is... well, what is it? There are nine stars. For the number of starting players? For something Chicago-related? Cubs-related? Wrigley Field-related? No one seemed to know, or ever did know. It kind of looks like candles on a birthday cake, but that doesn't make sense, either.

The ticket was in the eighth row of the left-center field bleachers; $40 wasn't a bad price for an event like that, 21 years ago. The most surprising thing is that this ticket survived in pristine condition; there was an enormous thunderstorm that blew through and delayed the game two hours. It didn't end until after midnight.

1991: Toronto Skydome

In just one year, MLB made sigificant changes to the ticket. Not only was it quite a bit bigger, but it had, for the first time, a hologram to prevent counterfeiting (remember, this was in pre-barcode days). You can't tell from the scan, but it's pretty and shiny, like any hologram. The '91 ASG logo is quite attractive -- it has the team logo and a Canadian maple leaf prominently featured, as well as the city name. Unlike the 1990 Cubs logo, in which "CUBS" was the largest item featured, this one low-keys the Blue Jays logo. That original Jays logo is one the team ought to go back to, in my opinion -- far better than the current one.

The seat was possibly the worst seat I have ever had for a baseball game. It was in the second-to-last row in the top deck in Skydome (now Rogers Centre) in the right-field corner. I felt as if I were in orbit around the Earth in a spaceship watching the game. Also, the price isn't on this ticket and, 20 years later, I can't remember what it was... possibly around $50 (Canadian), but that's just a guess.

You might notice that I said I had been to six All-Star Games, but there are only five tickets shown here. I have torn my house apart looking for the 2003 ticket from the game at US Cellular Field. Don't read anything into me being a Cubs fan and that game being hosted by the White Sox -- I know I kept the tickets to significant events like that, I just can't find this one right now. Instead, enjoy this photo of a woman holding a giant replica of a 2003 All-Star ticket:

The price shown on that ticket is $175. Mine was in the left-field bleachers, section 164, and to the best of my recollection was $125. And that was one of the better games in recent years, won by a two-run, eighth-inning home run by Hank Blalock off Eric Gagne.

Enjoy the game tonight. Even with really bad seats, going to an All-Star game is an experience everyone should have at least once.

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