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1954 Came No. F Stub
1954 Yankees Game No. F Grandstand Ticket Stub

1951 Ticket Stub front
1951 Yankees Grandstand ticket stub

1951 Ticket Stub Back
1951 Ticket Stub back

1952 Ticket Stub back
1952 Grandstand ticket stub back

1952 Ticket Stub Front
1952 Ticket Stub Front

1954 Ticket Stub back
Games 1-20
1954 ticket stub back
Over-stamp Tax adjustment

1954 Billboard Tax Cut article
1954 Billboard Tax Cut article


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  Properly Dating a New York Yankees April 17, 1951 Opening Day Grandstand Ticket Stub "Mickey Mantle Debut"  
     
   BUYER BEWARE! A Yankees Grandstand ticket mistakenly dated by SGC and attributed to Home Game No. 1, opening day, April 17, 1951, Mickey Mantle Debut, has surfaced in the market. This article will show without dispute that the "Game No. F" ticket stub was absolutely printed in 1954, and cannot be from 1951. The unique pricing on the ticket because of a newly-enacted admissions tax cut alone, is conclusive proof that the "Game No. F" ticket cannot be mistaken for any year, other than 1954. We can stop here and keep it short, but for argument sake lets do the homework. Here is the long side of the story.  
   
    First lets address the Letter "F" used for the game number.

 Fact I: Tickets for games that were rained out were voided. If the "Make Up Game" for the rain out was added to another scheduled game to create a double header, the ticket number of that scheduled game was used for admission to both games. IF THE RAIN OUT GAME WAS MADE UP ON AN OFF DAY, THE TICKET ISSUED FOR ADMISSION TO THAT GAME FEATURED A LETTER FOR THE GAME NO.

Lettered tickets were printed before the start of the season and held in reserve for; 1. Unscheduled make up games played on an off day, and 2. games that the attendance exceeded the seating capacity of the stadium. The tickets were used to satisfy the overflow in attendance.

Fact II - Mickey Mantle's debut game was played on opening day, April 17, 1951. The ticket used for admission would have been Game No. 1. A scheduled home game and with a paid attendance 44,860 it is comfortably below the Stadium's capacity of 67,337. There would be no reason to use a Lettered Ticket, for the April 17th game. (Game No. "F")

FACT III - There were three unscheduled make up games played on an off day in 1951. May 22, Sept 19, and Sept 26. This can be verified by simply checking the Yankees 1951 Schedule, and cross referencing dates of games played. The letters used for these games were randomly chosen, with no "rhyme or reason." Three tickets with lettered game numbers have surfaced for 1951 games. Game No. A, Game No. D, and Game No. Z. None of the lettered tickets can be attributed to a specific game. Further research would be needed to attribute any ticket with a letter for a Game No. to any one of the three specific unscheduled make up games.

Conclusion: This information confirms that there would be no reason for a ticket with a Game No. letter "F," to be used for the first game of the season, and with a paid attendance of 44,860 there would be no reason to sell overflow tickets.

 Attributions dating a NY Yankees Grandstand ticket stub to 1951

 Fact I: The header that reads "New York Yankees, Inc. Yankee Stadium" replaces "American League Baseball Club of New York" at the top of the stub, in 1948, the year Daniel R. Topping took over as team president. The Yankees team President's signature, "Larry MacPhail" at the bottom of the stub in 1947 (his last year) is replaced with "NEW YORK YANKEES INC." the following year, 1948. This line was used until 1951, when in 1952, the ticket design was changed.

 The two lines, first and top line reads "New York Yankees, Inc." and the second bottom line reads "Yankee Stadium" was used from 1948-1951 as the header until 1952 when the design of the ticket was changed forcing the header to three lines. Top line reads "New York Yankees" second line "INC." and third line "Yankee Stadium" This three line header would be used in 1952 & 1953 only. In 1954 the header is changed and features two lines that reads "NEW YORK YANKEES" at the top and "Yankee Stadium" below. This header wording would be used for the following 26 years, even after the size of the ticket was enlarged in 1973. In 1974 & 1975 "Shea Stadium" was used for the bottom line below "NEW YORK YANKEES"

 Fact II: The ornate "Rain Check" logo design at the top of the ticket stub was used on Yankee Stadium ticket stubs from 1923-1951. In 1952 the design of the ticket stub was changed and features a simple "Rain Check" logo enclosed in a narrow black rectangle, with the words  "RAIN CHECK" in block, upper case letters, in the color of the ticket stock used. This style logo was until 1972, when in 1973 the size was changed.

 Fact III: Series letters were used on tickets to help the ticket taker at the gate distinguish it from the tickets used the year before, if the color of the ticket stock, price, and design, was the same. The Series Letter "D" was used in 1951. Ticket stubs attributed to 1948 used Series Letter "A" 1949 used Series Letter "B" 1950 used Series Letter "C" and 1951 Series Letter "D" In 1952 the ticket design was changed and the series number was again reset to "A." In 1953 Series "B" was used, but in 1954, with the change to the header wording, mentioned above, the Series Letter was reset to "A" In 1955 and 1956 Series letter "A" was also used but the change in color stock in both years was used for the ticket taker to distinguish the difference from the year before.

 Fact IV: The 1951 stub features changes in ticket design and the Printing company used to print the tickets. The pricing information dominates the Yankees Logo watermark. The word "Admission" is added below "Grandstand." On the back "Terms and Conditions" Replaces " Important Notice" and "New York Yankees INC." is added below the text separated by a line. This "Line" was only used on the back in 1951 and 1952. In 1953 and thereafter it is not used.

 The printing company credit line "The Brown Ticket Corp, New York City." was used from 1948-1950. In 1951 the Yankees used a different printing company, and the printing company credit line now reads "Ansell-Simplex Ticket Co" The changing of the printing company is the reason for the change in ticket design.

 The Ansell-Simplex Ticket Co. was used to print Yankee Grandstand tickets from 1951 until 1969, when in 1970 the printing of Grandstand tickets was done by the National Ticket Co. the tickets printed in 1951 marks a transition from the old design Yankee tickets, to the New design that was used from 1952-1969. The design was again changed in 1970 with the change of printing companies.

 Fact V: The 1951 ticket is the last year the tax line reads "TAX PAID." With the exception of the last 45 games in 1928, through to 1932, when tickets up to $1. were exempt from admission tax, "TAX PAID" was used since 1923, on all Yankee Stadium Grandstand tickets. The following year in 1952 the Tax line was changed to read: "FED TAX" until 1954, when in 1955 a city tax was adopted. City tax was added to the tax line  to read "Fed Tax.11 City Tax .06"

 Conclusion: This information, Header, Rain Check logo, Series letter, and the transitional ticket design unique to this single year due to the change in the printing company, confirms without a doubt that this ticket was printed in 1951. It cannot be confused with any other year. The pricing on the ticket is also consistent with tickets sold from 1946-1954. The price being changed to $1.30 in 1955.

Attributions dating a NY Yankees Grandstand ticket stub to 1954

 Fact I: In 1954 the The word "INC." that appeared after "NEW YORK YANKEES" in the header, the past 6 years is removed. (The last 2 years, 1952, and 1953 after the modern ticket design with the three line header) This header without the "INC" abbreviation would be used on undated tickets until 1979.

Fact II: On April 1, 1954 the newly-enacted admissions tax cuts went into effect. Baseball teams typically printed tickets well in advanced of the season opener. The IRS issued Guidelines for baseball clubs that sold tickets prior to April 1 for games played after that date. The Yankees chose the option to over-stamp the new price on the back, with the tax applicable after April 1. The IRS said it's up to the patron either to accept the ticket or to receive a full refund for it. You can read more details here.

 All tickets regardless of the seating plan, for games 1-20 featured the tax adjustment on the back. The original grandstand tickets printed for games 1-20 had an "Estimated Price $1.04" "Fed Tax .21" for a total price of $1.25. The same pricing used since 1946. The corrected over-stamp on the back had the adjusted tax at "Estimated Price $1.14" "Fed Tax .11" for a total price of $1.25. Tickets sold for Games 21-77 were printed with the correct pricing  "Estimated Price $1.14" "Fed Tax .11" for a total price of $1.25. This pricing on the front is unique to 1954 Games 21-77 only.

 
Fact III: The 1954 Grandstand tickets were Series "A" printed on red ticket stock. In 1955 Series "A" was reset, and the ticket takers used the blue ticket stock, and price change to $1.30 to differentiate the tickets from the year before.

 Conclusion: This information; the change in the header, and more important the newly-enacted admissions tax cuts absolutely dates these Grandstand ticket stubs to 1954. The "Estimated Price $1.14" "Fed Tax .11" for a total price of $1.25, over-stamped on the back for games 1-20, and used for tickets printed for games 21-77 is unique to 1951, and cannot be mistaken for any other year.

 Overview: The attributes dating the Game No. F ticket stub is strong, and the unique Pricing with the newly-enacted admissions tax cuts, leaves no doubt that the ticket was printed in 1954. Not 1951, as dated by SGC. Regardless of the year the "emergency" ticket with the letter F as the game no. cannot be attributed to a specific game. Ticket Game No. 1, would have been used for admittance to Mickey Mantle's debut on April 17, 1951. There was a modest crowd of 44,860, comfortably below the Stadium's capacity of 67,337. There would be no reason to use a Lettered Ticket for an over-flow.

 The Game No. F ticket stub without a doubt is not from opening day April 17, 1951. It is an "emergency" reserve 1954 ticket stub, printed after the newly-enacted admissions tax cut, and used for one of the make up games played on an unscheduled off day between games 21-77, as evident by the pricing on the front. (See 1954 Billboard article bottom left column)

 
 
 
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