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Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians World Series ticket, 2016. Reproduction. Courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (020.02.00)

The Hottest Ticket

Rising ticket prices for major league regular season and World Series games have long outpaced inflation. The $255 face value of a 2016 World Series ticket for Game 7 between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians represents an increase of nearly 51,000 percent since the first modern World Series games in 1903. The 2016 series went the distance, and the average price paid for a Game 7 ticket on the resale market was $2,919.