Sunday, October 19, 2008

2003 Fleer Authentix Ticket Studs

In the years leading up to their bankruptcy and eventual take over by Upper Deck, Fleer/Skybox was a fountainhead of new card brands. It seemed that every year, they would bring out several new sets, while dropping sets which had anly been around 2-3 years. Fleer Authentix was one of these. This set was issued from 2002 through 2005. The cards looked something like baseball game tickets, hence the name Authentix. Tix for Tickets, get it?

They looked like tickets in that they had sections, rows and seat number on them. I don't know about the earlier years but 2005 all have the same section, row and seat number on them. Pretty authentic, wouldn't you say? Also, some years the cards were sort of perforated so you could tear the end off if you wanted to play make-believe go to a baseball game.

This object to the left is from the 2003 set. It was supposedly inserted at a rate of 1 in 6 packs. It looks like I bought about 20 packs of this and this is the only Ticket Studs insert I got. The 'card' is more shaped like an actual ticket. I don't know what an actual ticket for Candlestick Park used to look like so I can't vouch for its authenticity. It is 7 inches long and 1.5 inches wide. It came folded over in the pack. I've got it in a binder sleeve opened up. I figure the longer it's folded in half, the more likely it will tear. Beckett says it's worth $6.00.


Anonymous said...

The Giants played at PacBell Park in 2003, not Candlestick and no, the tickets did not look like that.

capewood said...

Thanks, I was making a guess about the stadium. I didn't realize PacBell has been around that long.