Because to the limited number of tickets made available to the general public, inaugural ceremony tickets are most prized pieces of presidential inauguration memorabilia. Up until the 1981 inauguration, the ceremonies were held on the east side of the capitol building. With Ronald Reagan's inauguration, the ceremonies were moved to the west side of capitol and seating and standing room was sectioned off for various attendees. The number of seats in the seating area was severly limited and the number of tickets allocted to Congressmen and Senators were also parceled out. George W Bush's inauguration saw the Mall opened up to standing room attendees and when Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009, it was said that a quarter of million people were able to attend. The amount of commemorative tickets was greatly increased. While the commemorative tickets (large sized) are nice to collect, the prize tickets (designated by Section letters) for the last few inaugurations were the ones distributed by Congressmen.
The listing numbers are referenced from the only catalog and price guide available for these collectibles--Presidential Inauguration Collectibles Catalog. The catalog is available in our Book section of the website as well as Amazon.com.
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