Phantom World Series tickets are tickets that are printed in advance for teams that could make the World Series but ultimately don’t. I have two sets of postseason tickets I bought on eBay.
In 1980, the Orioles won 100 games but finished three games behind the Yankees in the AL East. The Orioles started 28-30 and then went 72-32.
In 1982, the Orioles finished one game behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the AL East when they lost on the last day of the season. The Orioles still went 94-68 and won the World Series in 1983.