This weekend, we received some awesome images and thoughts from Loge13 reader Bob. We posted pics of the 1969 yearbook and ticket stubs from game 3 of that year’s World series last night.
Here are some more fantastic memories from Bob. First up, box seat ticket stube from the July 4th 1968 double header:
The Mr. Met rain check image is a classic. Here was there through the 1970’s. Anyone recall when he was removed from the tickets? Before or after Mrs. Met suddenly disappeared?
“The inflation of ticket prices is astounding! Back in 1968, box seats at Shea was $3.50, reserved $2.50. I saw a July 4 doubleheader (remember scheduled doubleheaders?) for $3.50 in a field level box! Today that same seat would set me back $45. The best deal was the grandstand admission, the top rows of the upper deck. Those seats weren't reserved then, and only cost $1.30. Today's price starts at $9 for most games and can cost as much as $25! Unlike today, these 1968 prices were for the full 81-game schedule. This was before free agency, of course, when superstars aspired to earn $100,000 in a season and an average player usually was happy to earn $30,000.”
Scheduled double-headers were great. Unfortunately, they are no more. This Friday, the Mets are hosting a day/night doubleheader against the Phils but you gotta pay twice to see both games.
Next, check out the list of official souvenirs from the 1968 yearbook. These are pretty reasonable prices, even for 1968. What I wouldn’t give for a set of Met beer mugs…
Finally, here’s a photo of Shea from the same yearbook. Nice to see no construction site beyond the outfield:
Thanks for the pics, Bob! Loge13 is happy to post any and all Shea memories. Drop a line to kingmanATblogsbyfans.com.