Saturday, June 16, 2012

eBay: 1962 Dodgers Admission Tokens

I've always been intrigued about this token set.  I knew they were given out to season ticket holders, but I was unsure when.  On top of that, I knew very little about its background. Fortunately, those questions have been answered.

First, check out the above and below pics from a eBay auction item featuring the 1962 Admission Tokens.  It comes with a blue cloth bag (not shown) and a helpful card explaining a little bit about the origin of the tokens (see it above).  Then, the official Dodgers Historian, Mark Langill, provides more background about the tokens on his blog a few days ago.
When Dodger Stadium opened in 1962, general admission patrons in the Left and Right Field Pavilions were supposed to use a “coin” system, similar to a subway token. The concept made sense in terms of saving costs of printing tickets. But the pennant race in 1962 produced “coin horders,” which meant enterprising fans would purchase extra coins to ensure seating for a Dodgers-Giants game in late July. When overflow crowds appeared around the Pavilion box offices, the coin concept was scrapped in favor of the paper tickets
Remaining coins were stored away and eventually given out to season ticket holders in the below presentation case in 1992- 30 years after their initial use.
(eBay Auction Link)

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