Deep inside an old Crown Royal bag lies some of my most precious sports memorabilia. I’ve kept ticket stubs and playbooks from most of the sporting events I attended over the years.

  • A stub from the night Michael Jordan hit the game-winning shot versus the Hawks, fresh outta retirement.
  • My free stubs to several Braves games that were the setting for my wife and I on our first few dates.
  • A stub from game 6 of the 1999 NBA Eastern Conference Finals, Knicks vs Pacers – the last time the Knicks had any true relevancy and respect.  Oh the good ol’ days.

I could go on and on. But you get the picture. And I bet you have some ticket stubs or playbooks stashed away if you’re over the age of 18.

Those precious little slips of paper are reminders of sporting events that lit up our lives for a moment in time.

But now in the 21st century, we face a big problem. Paper stubs and really paper anything, are almost extinct. Instead, we now enter stadiums with our mobile devices or printed ticket bar codes from our own printers. Not exactly collectibles.

I’ve no idea where my paper prints are from last year’s historic Atlanta Falcons’ run.

So how can we collect physical tickets in a digital sports world?

Here are some options….

  • You know you took some video selfies at the game. You and your friends acting a fool and you trying to play cameraman to catch a sideline squabble. Head over to Fiverr and let a video editor create a custom video using your amateur footage. Then, go ahead and post it to YouTube, an Instagram Story, or your Facebook Newsfeed.  And if you wanted, burn it to a DVD so you can keep it handy for the future.
  • Remember that awesome play you witnessed with your nine-year-old daughter? Have it memorialized forever by a talented artist on Etsy like this.
  • If you don’t want to spend the extra money for an artist to create your print, you can always head over to Canva. Create your own printable event design that you can keep forever. Just print it on some nice paper stock.
  • And for good old times, take a screen shot of your digital ticket stub and use some of the ideas above – get it printed by an artist or digitally print it on nice paper stock that you can hang on your wall.

Let’s admit it; the old days are long gone. Digital is here to stay, even in the sports ticket world.

That doesn’t mean we stop collecting physical memories though. Just mix in some creativity and you too can fill up a room (or a Crown Royal bag) with daily reminders of your all-time favorite sporting moments.