Collecting ticket stubs is easy at first, but maintaining a ticket collection is harder than it looks.
Ticket stub collecting is more popular now than ever. After all, when you consider how extravagant tickets to events like the World Series are nowadays, it’s easy to see why people just want to keep them at the end of the day. However, if you think saving that ticket to John Cena’s first WrestleMania is as easy as tossing it in a drawer for safe keeping, then you have another think coming. Ticket collections aren’t impossible to maintain, but knowing the basics can save you heartache and disappointment in the long run.
Below are 5 tips to keep your ticket stub collection looking good for years to come.
1: Get protective sleeves
Trading card collectors spare no expense in buying protective sleeves for their collectibles, and ticket stub collectors should be no different.
In fact, even if you can’t find sleeves specifically made for ticket stubs, trading card sleeves work just fine in most cases. What’s more, with these sleeves and cases costing only a few dollars for packs of 100 or more, you’ll only be paying pennies per ticket to keep them fresh and fabulous!
2: Keep them away from sunlight
The sun may aid your skin’s production of Vitamin D, but there is no such beneficial effect for keeping tickets in brightly lit areas.
Because light and heat can cause damage to the ink on a ticket, seasoned collectors recommend keeping ticket collections in a dim and dry environment.
3: Consider using Archival Spray
Even in the best of circumstances, paper products are not made to last forever. Fortunately, you can counter-intuitively spray your paper products to help them retain their quality!
Archival Sprays and Archival Mists are specifically designed to retain the purity of paper products and paintings, so naturally they’re a great fit for ticket stubs. Generally speaking, as long as an Archival Spray specifies that it’s for use on paper or scrapbooks, you should be good to go with using it.
4: If your collection gets large, develop a filing system
A small collection of ticket stubs may be easy to handle, but a large collection can quickly become unwieldy. Before your collectibles drive you into disarray, we recommend you develop a way to organize your tickets.
If you take our advice in step one, then perhaps you could stick descriptive pieces of paper in each sleeve that makes the content and date of the tickets easy to see at a glance. If your collection is particularly ambitious, then you could consider arranging your tickets in alphabetical order. Do whatever works best for you, just remember that any organization is better than no organization!
5: Make sure to check in on your collection
Even if you have your collection of ticket stubs proudly on display, it may be tempting to leave your tickets unattended for months at a time. To keep your collectibles in the best condition possible, you do not want to fall into this trap.
Even when properly protected, ticket stubs run the risk of sticking to any adjacent surfaces and incurring damage. If not that, you may find your tickets are being kept in sub-optimal conditions since you last organized them. Taking a few minutes every once in a while to check on your collection is a good way to ensure that they are properly preserved.
Remember, at the end of the day, the most important part of maintaining a collection is making it make sense for you. No matter what it is you’re collecting, your collection should be a personal reflection of your unique tastes and experiences in life. We hope our tips will help you keep your collection in the best shape possible!