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For die-hard baseball fans, money is no object for World Series tickets

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For some, money is apparently no object when it involves seeing your favorite team compete in one of sports' biggest events. Even if they don't really have it.

A ticket to see the battle between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals—who are set to square off in a pivotal Game 4 on Saturday —in the World Series is setting record asking prices. Yet that is no barrier to a clutch of die-hard fans, some of whom are doing anything they can to secure a ticket to the big game.

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According to ticket search engine TiqIQ, the average asking price for a World Series ticket is running at $1,437.19 — the highest level the company has ever tracked. It's also the highest price for a ticket to baseball's Fall Classic since the 2010 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers, when the average price of admission was $1,317.80.

In keeping with its reputation for being a place where everything comes at a premium, World Series games in New York cost more than $1,600 — at least $400 more than games taking place in Kansas City.

Yet for lifelong Mets fans like Anthony Bozzella, the sky-high price is worth it.

"My mindset is that I don't know when this will ever happen again," Bozzella told CNBC.

"My team is in the World Series for the first time" in at least a decade, so "you just never know," he said. "This may not happen again" for years, he added. "I may not be alive when that happens. I'm not missing out on this."

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Two hungry fan bases have been willing to dish out the money for their franchises, and it's resulted in sky-high asking prices, partly explained by the rarity of both clubs advancing deep into the postseason.

In fact, both the Mets and the Royals have not won a World Series since the mid-1980s. Kansas City took home its only World Series title in 1985, while the Mets won their second championship the following season. For comparison, the face value of a ticket to see the Mets square off against the Red Sox in 1986 cost a mere $30.

'I'll figure it out later'

The price inflation hasn't scared off Los Angeles resident and Mets die-hard Will Knox. The 21-year-old Georgetown University graduate dropped $850 out of his own funds on nosebleed tickets — even before he knew the "Amazins" were heading to the World Series.

Once he knew the Mets were on the way to the Fall Classic last week, he booked his round-trip flight from coast to coast. The numerous financial obligations of a recent college graduate were the furthest thing from his mind, he told CNBC.

"When your team is in the World Series for the first time" in more than a decade "in my eyes, you do anything to get to a game," Knox said.

"Yeah, the money I spent was going to go to rent and other things. That doesn't matter," he added. "A championship does. I'll figure out how to make up for that money later."