Indianapolis 500 Memorabilia

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The information contained in the following pages is to the best of our knowledge. If you have any corrections or updates, don't hesitate to email ni500cc@ni500cc.com

 

Programs

One of the most popular areas of Indy 500 collecting are programs. It is believed there is a program for every event* held at the Speedway (excluding special events such as the 1971 Sesquicentennial Celebration, match races, economy runs, test sessions etc.) from the very first balloon race held in June of 1909 through today. The following pages will cover IMS official programs, reprint and bootleg programs from 1909 through the present day.

 

Tickets

Another popular and colorful area of Indy 500 collecting are tickets. It is believed there is a ticket for every event* held at the Speedway (excluding, match races, economy runs, test sessions etc.) from the very first balloon race held in June of 1909 through today. The following pages will cover IMS tickets from 1909 through the present day.

 

Yearbooks

The following pages will cover the the four main and miscellaneous publishers of yearbooks about the Indianapolis 500 since 1946.

 

Pit Badges

Metal pit badges have been issued by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway every year since 1938. The following pages will cover badges, back up cards and fake and reproduction badges.

 
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Credentials

Since the Speedways opening in 1909, credentials have been issued by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The following pages will cover the different types of credentials issued by IMS from 1909-1946.

 

Armbands

Since the Speedway opened in 1909 through the late 1980's, armbands were issued by the Speedway or by the sanctioning bodies the American Automobile Association (AAA) (1909-1955) and the United States Auto Club (USAC) (1956-1972). The following pages will cover all known IMS armbands along with AAA & USAC armbands

 

Panoramic photos

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Since the balloon race of June 1909 through 1957 and later on in various years since then, panoramic photos have been produced. The following page will cover the various photographers, and the different types and sizes produced.

 

Hulman/George Gifts & Glassware

The following page will cover Hulman/George gifts from 1946-1949 and glassware gifts beginning in 1950.

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Wilbur Shaw Cars

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Another popular area of Indianapolis 500 Memorabilia collecting are the Wilbur Shaw aluminum toy race cars which were reproductions of Shaw's 1939 & 1940 winning Maserati. The following page will cover the different varieties of Wilbur Shaw cars.