Attempting to become the first National League team since the 1921-1922 New York Giants to repeat as World Series champions, the 1968 St. Louis Cardinals got off to a promising start as Bob Gibson fanned a Fall Classic record 17 en route to his sixth of seven straight complete game triumphs in World Series play. Encapsulated and assessed “Authentic” by PSA, this full ticket was issued at Busch Stadium for that ’68 series opener. The scarce October keepsake presents nicely. More on our website.
The obverse features a black-and-white photograph of the newly erected Gateway City venue, as well as printed seating/event details and the facsimile signature of short-tenured Commissioner William D. Eckert. While adhesive remnants on the reverse account for the technical assessment, the obverse is crease-free with brilliant colors, sharp edges/corners and strong perforations.
Of note is that despite the dominating Game 1 performance and an eventual three games-to-one series lead, the Cardinals were not able to close the deal and extended the streak to 66 consecutive seasons without a Senior Circuit team to repeat as world champions. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1975-1976 Cincinnati Reds turned the trick that an N.L. team duplicated the 1921-1922 Giants’ feat. And it hasn’t been done since.