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World Series tickets = priceless

For serious baseball fans, there are few thrills greater than being at the ballpark when their team competes in the World Series.

N4N was selected in a drawing organized by the Red Sox, and given the possibility of getting two tickets for one game, I shot the moon, landing two SROs for Game Seven. If my prediction is correct -- Sox in six -- this game won't even happen. (The track record: I predicted the Sox over the Indians in seven, as well as Whitehouse over Chafee, "No" on the casino, and Chafee over Laffey.)

The Boston Globe's Bruce Mohl yesterday offered a look at ticket prices for this Fall Classic. The typical tab is far beyond what most diehards, including myself, would pay:

Ticket resellers say demand for this year's Fall Classic at Fenway Park is not as high as it was in 2004 when the Red Sox made an improbable comeback against the New York Yankees to clinch the pennant, went to the World Series for the first time in nearly two decades, and won it - something the team had not done in 86 years. With no history being made this time around, resellers say their prices are down 20 to 40 percent compared with 2004.

Jim Holzman, the owner of Boston-based AceTicket.com, said he lowered his prices yesterday when it became clear that tickets would not sell at 2004 levels. Holzman said a bleacher seat that the Red Sox sold for $75 is now priced at $850 on his website. In 2004, he said, the same seat typically sold for $1,200.

"I'm not sure what's going on," Holzman said. "The market right now is trying to find itself."

A spokesman for StubHub Inc. said the online ticket marketplace owned by eBay Inc. has almost twice the number of seats for sale to this week's two games in Boston as it did for the first two World Series games in Boston in 2004. But the average price of the tickets being sold is down about $300 to $1,465.

People are still paying small fortunes for tickets, though. Sean Pate, the StubHub spokesman, said one Boston man yesterday paid $21,766 for two dugout box seats behind home plate.

Prices on StubHub for tickets to World Series games at Coors Field in Denver are significantly lower. Pate said the average resale price for the Denver games is $781.

Don Vaccaro, chief executive of TicketNetwork.com, a Connecticut company that markets the tickets of brokers across the country, said bleacher seats for games at Fenway Park this week are selling on his website for $700 to $750, ten times face value but well below the 2004 level of $1,200 to $1,400.

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