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Happy Columbus Day for me! 1893 Columbian Exposition Tickets

 
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 Posted 10/10/2018  08:54 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dave700x to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Stunning work of art Steve!
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 Posted 10/10/2018  10:16 am  Show Profile   Check TNG's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add TNG to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow Steve that is amazing and in such fantastic condition! Thanks for posting it.
Just beautiful!
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 Posted 10/10/2018  9:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mfhorn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I picked up George and Abe when I was a kid of 12-13. Since then, I have all the Main ones; still missing a couple of the Special tickets.
Looks like you have the whole series TNG.

Some of these can be kinda pricey.
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 Posted 10/10/2018  9:48 pm  Show Profile   Check TNG's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add TNG to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Looks like you have the whole series TNG.

Nope, still need the Handel Music Admission Ticket. I'll get it eventually.
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 Posted 10/11/2018  5:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
These are wonderful tickets, thanks for posting. I have the full set of six engraved tickets that were printed by the American Bank Note Company. It took me many years to find the Handel ticket at a price I considered reasonable. You used to be able to buy any of the four common tickets for about $15 or less. All have gone up considerably since the third party grading companies began slabbing them as they do coins and paper money.


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Notice there are "A" on some printings. My Franklin has the "A". So even with the main 6 tickets, one could collect 12. Those with A and those without.


The A indicates that these were "group tickets" originally sold for package tours and the like. Individual tickets sold at the gate didn't have this letter. Only the Music tickets (Handel) were not sold in bulk, which is why they became harder to find.

There were a large number of A tickets remaining after the fair, so they were sold as complete sets for anyone who wanted to them as souvenirs. The original envelopes the set came in are now quite rare.

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 Posted 10/11/2018  6:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks!

Incidentally, American Bank Note reprinted the fronts of these tickets from the original plates on a series of six souvenir cards, issued at the 1992 World Columbian Stamp Expo in Chicago. I think 1500 sets were printed, which probably makes them scarcer than the original tickets. You can find all the images on the SCCS website, catalog numbers SO-91 to 96. http://www.souvenircards.org/galler...SO.html#so80 br /

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We are getting quite the information thread going here. Thank you very much!
I have seen the empty envelopes but they don't do much for me.
I can't get into the fair with an empty envelope!
Is the souvenir card uniface? I would be leery of a cut ticket being sold as an error or missing serial number.
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Is the souvenir card uniface? I would be leery of a cut ticket being sold as an error or missing serial number.


American Bank Note typically printed a "certification statement" on the back of their souvenir cards. These have it and even though the ticket isn't centered, it does catch the logo and a bit of the lettering. But I'd be surprised if anyone tried that. The set runs about $125 retail, so there's enough value in them to deter someone from chopping them up.

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Thanks GregAlex, Now we know what the back looks like. Nice item!
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Fantastic!
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