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Markets in Everything: The Perfect Game Edition

2010 June 3
by Phil Miller

The Florida Marlins are still selling tickets to a game that has already ended:  Roy Halladay’s perfecto from this past Saturday.  From Steve Walentik of the Columbia Daily Tribune:

The Marlins, as hard up for cash as ever in their 18 seasons, decided to put unused tickets to the game on sale, thereby giving people like yourself the chance to say you were there and have the ticket stub to prove it.

“There have only been 20 perfect games in history,” Marlins President David Samson told MLB.com. “To the extent that there is any demand for tickets for that game, and there is an availability of tickets, this just made sense.”

The team put the tickets on sale at full price beginning at 3 p.m. EDT Tuesday, and the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reported that more than 3,500 were sold in the first five hours. MLB.com reported that a majority went to fans in the Philadelphia area.

USA Today reports the Marlins are being raked over the coals for these sales.  So what?  People are buying them for whatever reason suits them.  If people want them, why shouldn’t the Marlins sell them?  Give it a rest.

If perfect games and no-hitters, official or not, keep happening at the rate they’ve been happening this season, the value of these tickets might fall quicker than car sales after the cash for clunkers program ended.  So get ‘em while they’re hot!

3 Responses
  1. Dan permalink
    June 3, 2010

    So people freely and knowingly give the Marlins their money for these tickets and people have a problem with it?

    I wonder if they were complaining when people were selling pet rocks.

  2. June 3, 2010

    So that’s why Jim Joyce robbed Galarraga of his perfect game last night!

  3. June 4, 2010

    Hmmm…I haven’t been much of a sports memorabilia collector (except for baseball cards as a small child)…I just wonder what effect this will have on that market long term. If you start selling the unused tickets, then you start selling more tickets than actually existed, then you start selling replica tickets etc. Oh well…their money, not mine.

    Steve

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