Last Friday night, Johan Santana threw the first no hitter in the 50 year history of the New York Mets. While fans in attendance will never forget the history they witnessed, fans who didn't make it to Citi are now paying up for piece of history, even if it comes second-hand.
With any historic sporting event, used (or unused) ticket stubs are always a popular piece of memorabilia. The ticket after-after market begins trading within moments of the final out, buzzer, or whistle. As far as actively traded ticket stubs, we believe Santana's no hitter is proving to be the most expensive after-after market in history. This obviously excludes one-off gems like the first ever baseball ticket from 1869,
, which lists for $5,000.
As far as modern history goes, The Mets first no-hitter is going for 146 percent more then stubs for Halladay's second ever post season no-hitter. Currently, there are over 50 stubs for Johan's no-hitter on eBay, some with a buy-it-now price of well over $200. Our average of $182 is 119 percent higher than the average price for Mets tickets in 2012. Currently, the top priced game of the year are June 23rd vs. Yankees, which is selling for $166, or 8 percent below a Johan stub. As a point of comparison, Halladay's post-season no-hitter sold for 42 percent less than the average game ticket, and just 20 percent higher than the Phillies $62 2010 regular season average.
If you'd like to own your own piece of Mets history, check out all the remaining eBay auctions here, however, keep in mind that the Mets are still sitting on a stack of 10,000 tickets that didn't sell. If they decide to release their supply as the Marlins did after a Halladay no-no in 2010, the after-after market will crater. For proud Mets fans who now own an unprecedented piece of their teams history, though, we expect they'd hardly notice.
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