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World Series ticket prices on the secondary market are down slightly in Kansas City from World Series ticket prices last year, but still remain a hot item, according to online ticket broker TiqIQ. The average Royals World Series ticket is going for $1,234, down 16% from last year when the average ticket went for $1,473.

While those prices may seem high, they are overshadowed by unprecedented demand in New York, where the Mets have not played in a World Series since 2000. The average ticket price for a World Series game at CitiField in New York is running at $1,644, the highest ever on the secondary market since TiqIQ began tracking prices in 2010.

Here is a game-by-game breakdown of prices on the secondary market.

Game Location Average Price Cheapest Ticket
Game 1 Kansas City $858 $358
Game 2 Kansas City $927 $374
Game 3 New York $1,654 $713
Game 4 New York $1,590 $720
Game 5 New York $1,671 $757
Game 6 Kansas City $1,404 $473
Game 7 Kansas City $1,708 $615

According to Jesse Lawrence at TiqIQ, the best deal would be attending one of the first two games of the series in Kansas City.

"As you can see in the data, the average price for both of those game is under $1,000, and dropping. With 10,000 tickets still available for sale to Game One, we think "get-in" could get under $300 with lower levels dropping below $500."

Already the average price has fallen 22% in the last 24 hours with the "get-in" price, or cheapest price, falling 12% over that time. TiqIQ expects prices to continue to fall throughout the day. They offer an app that can help monitor prices and also track World Series ticket prices on their website. They're also giving away $1,000 in ticket credit to one lucky fan who downloads the app.

You can also monitor other online ticket brokers like StubhubSeatgeek, or Vivid Seats, but be wary of listings on places like Craigslist, says Royals director of sales Steve Shiffman:

"Major events bring out the criminal element, which takes advantage of people," he said in an email. Most online and storefront ticket resellers guarantee the tickets they sell are genuine. Be wary, Shiffman said, of buying tickets through Craigslist or from scalpers in parking lots and street corners. "I just want to empathize that the Royals are not responsible for third-party transactions," he said, "and I always unfortunately hear very sad stories how people spent a lot of money and get turned away from the gates for bad tickets."

Are you planning on attending any games? How much are you willing to spend?