The Florida Marlins are putting unused tickets to Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay’s perfect game against the Marlins on Saturday up for sale. So, yes, for the face value of the ticket, you can say you were there – even if you weren’t among the 25,086 listed as attending the game.
Major League Baseball counts attendance as tickets sold and has agreed to amend the attendance for Saturday’s game, if the team sells any of the unused tickets. Baseball seating capacity at Sun Life Stadium is listed as 38,560.
Isn’t the point of having the ticket, though, that you were actually there?
Chris Amoroso, vice president of Steiner Sports Memorabilia, said he expects the market for the unused tickets to include fans of the Phillies and Halladay, as well as collectors of perfect game memorabilia. In addition, companies like Steiner could buy some of the tickets to package with other items such as photos.
He called the Marlins’ decision to sell the unused tickets “very unique,” but he said the tickets are more about having a keepsake rather than a priceless piece of memorabilia.
“It’s very unique for someone who collects those types of things. If you’re a fan of him, it’s a nice add on,” Amoroso said. “The value I think it comes when and if Halladay will sign them. Then there will be value. Perhaps a few hundred dollars with a signature depending on how many will be out there, how many he’ll sign.”