With history at stake, World Series tickets more expensive to come by

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - If anyone understands the buying and selling of tickets for major sporting events, it’s Stephen Gray. He’s operated Cahokia-based SPORTIX USA for 32 years.

Gray compares the outrageous prices for World Series tickets this year to a Super Bowl. Gray has sold some World Series tickets for more than $15,000 this year. He helps find buyers for anyone wanting to sell. Gray said skyrocketing World Series prices are the result of a limited supply this year.

“People who have them want to go to the games and if they don’t want to go, they want a king’s ransom for them,” said Gray.

One longtime Chicago Cubs fan had a tough decision over what to do with her World Series ticket. She’s 75-years-old and wanted to see her team in the playoffs. Gray said she decided to sell the ticket for an amount that paid off her mortgage.

“Fortunately, I was able to help her,” Gray said.

He said people should not be completely shocked over the cost of this year’s tickets. The long World Series drought for the Cubs resulted in many fans refusing to sell their tickets this year. Gray also says in many cases high end purchases are made by companies trying to close a big business deal.

“It’s a drop in the bucket if they’re working on a $10-$15 million contract,” Gray said.

Unfortunately, the short supply of tickets means many fans will be left out in the cold.

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