There’s a new unopened baseball pack product making its way to the hobby, but this one has nothing to do with cards. A new company called Baseball Treasure has created MLB-licensed collectible baseball coins that feature some of the game’s top players. They’re nothing like the 1964 and ’71 Topps issues, the 1960s Salada or Armour plastic coins.
One star from every Major League team has been minted in a one-ounce copper coin presented in a full color cardboard mount. Each coin displays the player’s name, position, and etched portrait on the front (or heads), and an action image with a 2017 highlight on the back (or tails). Blind packs retail at $6.99 each.
In addition to the 30-coin copper base set for 2018 Baseball Treasure MLB Coins, collectors can also hope for the rare chase coins. The odds of obtaining a .999 fine Silver version (a $50 retail value) is one in 432, while the chances of getting a gold coin (a $2,000 retail value) is one in 21,600.
The logo and packaging are designed by Todd Radom, an independent graphic designer specializing in branding for professional sports franchises and events. His work includes the official logos for Super Bowl XXXVIII and the 2009 NBA All Star Game, as well as the graphic identity for Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Angels.
“Baseball Treasure offers the thrill of the chase’,” explained co-founder Rick Canale. “With Baseball Treasure, we have added the excitement of including the gold and silver coins. You never know who or what coin you might get.”
Officially licensed by MLB and the MLB Players Association, the coins will retail at $6.99 (less in quantity) and are available at Fanatics.com, among other online outlets. The coins will also be sold at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum gift shop in Cooperstown.
“What MLB liked about our product is the “blind pack” nature of it,” Canale stated. “It’s the ‘thrill of the chase.’ You don’t know which player you are going to get. If you are in New York and opened a pack and got Mookie Betts, you might buy another one or try to trade it to get Aaron Judge.”
The 2018 Baseball Treasure Coin checklist is below.
|Adam Jones||Baltimore Orioles||Paul Goldschmidt||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Mookie Betts||Boston Red Sox||Freddie Freeman||Atlanta Braves|
|Francisco Lindor||Cleveland Indians||Anthony Rizzo||Chicago Cubs|
|Miguel Cabrera||Detroit Tigers||Yoan Moncada||Chicago White Sox|
|José Altuve||Houston Astros||Joey Votto||Cincinnati Reds|
|Salvador Pérez||Kansas City Royals||Nolan Arenado||Colorado Rockies|
|Mike Trout||Los Angeles Angels||Clayton Kershaw||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Travis Shaw||Milwaukee Brewers||Justin Bour||Miami Marlins|
|Joe Mauer||Minnesota Twins||Michael Conforto||New York Mets|
|Aaron Judge||New York Yankees||Rhys Hoskins||Philadelphia Phillies|
|Khris Davis||Oakland Athletics||Josh Bell||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Robinson Canó||Seattle Mariners||Wil Myers||San Diego Padres|
|Corey Dickerson||Tampa Bay Rays||Buster Posey||San Francisco Giants|
|Adrián Beltré||Texas Rangers||Yadier Molina||St. Louis Cardinals|
|Marcus Stroman||Toronto Blue Jays||Bryce Harper||Washington Nationals|