Complete Collection of Unused Super Bowl Tickets Sold at Auction for $47,263.20

. January 31, 2008

Mission Viejo, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2008) – One of only a few known complete runs of unused tickets from Super Bowls I-XLI was sold Tuesday in an online auction at SCPauctions.com to a buyer who elected to remain anonymous.

The winning bid for the extremely rare unused tickets was $47,263.20. The bidding opened at $5,000 on Jan. 15.

This football fan’s and collector’s dream was assembled over a period of many years by an ambitious and diligent collector. It recalls unforgettable Super Bowl memories provided by the likes of Joe Namath, Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, Larry Csonka, Lynn Swann, Joe Montana and Tom Brady.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to offer this unique piece of Super Bowl history to a collector who is obviously very passionate about sports collectibles, football and the Super Bowl,” said David Kohler, President and CEO of SCP Auctions. “This is the kind of opportunity we try to provide at SCP Auctions, and I feel we have achieved that with this piece.”

Unused Super Bowl tickets are extremely scarce, with early tickets being close to extinct. Thus, this series of unused ticket stubs from all 41 Super Bowls is a true rarity.

The Super Bowl was first played on Jan. 15, 1967 as part of an agreement between the NFL and its younger rival the American Football League, in which the leagues’ championship teams would play each other in an “AFL-NFL World Championship Game.” After the leagues merged in 1970, the Super Bowl became the NFL’s championship game, and by any standard, has been the highest viewed television program in history.

Other highlights from the first closing session of SCP Auctions’ January auction include a Ty Cobb game-used bat, which he used from 1917 to 1921, that sold for $87,114 and a 1921 game used bat from Babe Ruth, which sold for $79,015. The 1915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb Baseball Card also sold for $10,015.

Session two of the SCP Auction closes today at 7:00 p.m. EST. Bidders can join the auction online at www.SCPauctions.com.

SCP Auctions, Inc. has been a leader in auctions and private sales of important sports memorabilia and cards since 1979. The Southern California-based firm conducts regular auctions in partnership with Sotheby’s. The Sotheby’s/SCP Auctions partnership has handled some of the most significant individual items and prominent collections in their field, such as the record-setting sale of Babe Ruth’s bat used to hit the first home run in Yankee Stadium (sold for $1.265 million), the original 1919 Contract of Sale of Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees (sold for $996,000), and the private collections of Hall of Famers such as Honus Wagner, Tony Lazzeri, Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Cousy, Casey Stengel, Pee Wee Reese and Ernie Banks. For more information, please visit www.SCPauctions.com.

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