For those that are interested in this sort of thing, in preparation of getting tickets to this year's All Star Game at the K, I very unnofficially tracked prices of the CHEAPEST tickets to the All Star game by monitoring Stub Hub and a couple other secondary ticket markets over the last three years. So now, after three years of data collection and some intro level excel charting, here are the results:
But wait, there's more! The Home Run Derby too.....
So now, to answer the obvious the questions:
My prices mostly came from Stub Hub and a couple local Kansas City ticket brokers. My criteria were that the prices I quoted were from a group of seats that had at least two together (no single tickets) and no standing room only tickets.
These were the LOWEST available prices...that typically meant the worst seats. In Kaufman Stadium terms, that would be like sections 401 and 402 in the upper deck.
Yes, I have actually been compiling this data since 2009...I am not aware of a way to find historical prices today to do this trending.
Yes, I realize there is a gap in 2010 at the beginning of the year...I forgot about this project until April of that year, so I don't have the data for the first few months.
Conclusions....if you think the KC market is more like Anaheim and Phoenix, wait until as late as possible to scalp. If you think our market is more like St. Louis, then waiting may not pay off as much. FYI, ticket prices so far in KC have been a lot closer to St. Louis than the other two.
Oh, and as for me, after compiling this info, I got nervous and afraid the prices would still be unreasonable in July, so I split a 40 game ticket plan with my friend. So I've already bought my ASG tickets and I won't be scalping. Three years of work for nothing.
But hopefully some of you will find this interesting or useful.