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Old 09-30-2022, 03:08 PM
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Default RIP Dan Busby Ticket Collecting Pioneer

I'm very sad to report that a good friend of mine Dan Busby passed away on Wednesday.

I've known Dan personally for about 30 years.
Dan was truly a passionate baseball ticket collector.
His major ticket collecting focuses included Opening Day tickets, post-season tickets and early vintage baseball tickets for all teams.

Even though I never had a chance to see his collection in its entirety, it was massive and one of a kind.
The team that he favored the most was the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Dan was also an author of two ticket collecting hardback books that really are outstanding.
His first book, largely focused on Yankees tickets was entitled Before and After Babe Ruth.

He literally just released his second book which is entitled Before and After Jackie Robinson.
This book is a large hardback tabletop edition and is focused on the tickets and history of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
For those of you that are interested, it is now available on Amazon.

Dan passed in his 80's, so he had a full and rich life. He was an excellent religious lobbyist in Washington DC until only a few years ago.

Knowing him for many years and realizing that the ticket collecting world would benefit from his expertise, I encouraged him to write about ticket collecting. Perhaps 10-12 years ago, he flew into DET and I had dinner with him in Ann Arbor to discuss the possibility of collaborating on a book on vintage ticket collecting.
When I learned that he was a published author on other unrelated topics, I assumed the role of providing photos of some rare tickets that were featured in some of his book concepts and agreed to help review early drafts.

One time I asked him how he got started collecting tickets as a hobby.
He told me that he actually started collecting programs. In the 1960's he visited hobby pioneer Goldy Goldfaden's shop on Ventura Blvd. in the Valley (Los Angeles).
Dan bought an early All Star program that had a ticket stuck inside the pages.
It dawned on him that tickets were an interesting thing to collect and the rest is history...

Here is a picture of Dan at the 2018 Ticket Collector dinner at The National in CLE. Dan is the guy standing to my left in the photo and I am wearing the Ryan Angels T-Shirt and red hat.

RIP Dan, you will be missed, my friend!
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Old 09-30-2022, 04:33 PM
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Sorry about your friend Scott... As we all age some of us have been thinking what to do with our collections... May your friend RIP
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Old 09-30-2022, 05:37 PM
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Sorry to hear this news Scott. Dan was incredibly knowledgeable and his book on Yankee tickets is really superb.
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Old 09-30-2022, 05:58 PM
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Dan was a lovely man, one of the most friendly and helpful guys I've had the pleasure to meet in the hobby.

According to his daughter he was the author of many different books, but his most recent, "Before and After Jackie Robinson," is one of the most beautiful books about the hobby I have ever seen. Dan completed the book during his illness, and I'm not exaggerating when I say it's second only to Richard, Jay and Joe's Old Judge book in terms of how beautiful it is.

You can get it here:

Dan was kind enough to send me a signed copy, which I received while I was away recently. I wrote him to tell him how much I loved the book, and I was pleased to know that he did receive my message.

Just a nice, gentlemanly hobbyist, the kind of guy it was a pleasure to have met.

Condolences to his many friends.


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Old 09-30-2022, 06:16 PM
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Scott, sorry to hear of your friends passing. He sounds like he was a great guy and important to the hobby. Thanks for passing along the info on his books...I now have them bookmarked on my list and look forward to getting them.
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Old 09-30-2022, 06:37 PM
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Sorry for the families loss

Thanks all

Jeff Kuhr

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It is always sad to hear about someone who is important to us passing, but we must take solace in that thwy lived a good and full life that had meaning. From your description it seems like he certainly did that.
You and his family have my condolences on your loss.

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