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I went to a historic ball game, and all I got was this lousy ticket

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Lawrence Davis, the vice president of Steiner Sports, holds a bland Ticketmaster ticket from an Oct. 14, 2006 hockey game between the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders. (Nicholas Hirshon/CNS)


Stephen Dickler of Huggins & Scott Auctions holds a ticket from Game 6 of the 1925 World's Championship Games, as the World Series was then known, between the Washington Senators and Pittsburgh Pirates. Dickler predicts the ticket will sell for $100 at auction. ***Please note small file size: 1280 pixels by 960 pixels*** (Nicholas Hirshon/CNS)


A ticket from Game 4 of the 1976 World Series between the Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees has an intricate design that includes the World Championship Trophy. ***Please note small file size: 852 pixels by 1280 pixels*** (Nicholas Hirshon/CNS)


The bland design of Ticketmaster tickets, such as these from events at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., decrease their value. (Nicholas Hirshon/CNS)


The bland design decreases the value of recent tickets from games, clockwise from top, at New York's Shea Stadium, New York's Yankee Stadium, Baltimore's Camden Yards and Milwaukee's Miller Park. (Nicholas Hirshon/CNS)

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If Giants slugger Barry Bonds breaks the all-time home run record this season, his bat will go to the Hall of Fame and the ball he hits could sell for millions, but a ticket for that game will be nearly worthless to collectors because of changes in ticket design and how tickets are purchased.