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 … [Read more...] about Sold in Packs, Baseball Treasure Coins Make Debut
In 1965, a unique baseball collectible made it into packages of Old London snacks. Today, the blue-rimmed 1965 Old London coins are still a hit with vintage collectors in search of something different than cards. 1965 Old London Coins Overview The 1965 Old London Coins featured a total of 40 baseball players. Most teams in the set are represented by two players, but a couple … [Read more...] about 1965 Old London Coins A Reasonable Vintage Food Issue
Upper Deck is launching a set of legal tender hockey player coins this week, the first collector coins to be distributed in pack form. The company was scheduled to unveil the Grandeur Hockey Coin Collection at a special event inside the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Tuesday night. The first series of limited-edition coins are minted in one of four … [Read more...] about Upper Deck Grandeur Hockey Coin Collection Launches
The summer of 1960 brought with it the third and last series of Armour Coins. The 1960 MLB season was the final year of 16 clubs and the end of the 154-game schedule. In the American League, Mickey Mantle was in the process of hitting 40 homers while Roger Maris driving in 112 runs and becoming MVP. In the NL, Ernie Banks would hit 41 dingers and Hank Aaron would drive in 126. … [Read more...] about 1960 Armour Coins Knowledge Buoyed by ‘Popcorn Bucket’ Auction
After kicking off a three-part series with the 1955 Armour set last month, Armour expert Dr. Phil Garrou is back with a look at the meat company's second issue, one which came four years later. The summer of 1959 brought with it the second series of Armour Coins. By 1959 the Dodgers and Giants had moved to California and the Armour coins had only Ford and Turley , both … [Read more...] about 1959 Armour Coins Set Checklist a Bit of a Mystery
Armour coins were inserted into the Armour hot dog products in the summers of 1955, 1959 and 1960. The fronts consist of a raised profile of the player along with his name and team and the backs contains the previous years stats. The 1 ½ inch plastic coins are unnumbered and came in a large variety of colors. The presence of variations and the multitude of colors make these … [Read more...] about 1955 Armour Baseball Coins: Launch of a Hot Dog Trilogy
I've been a hobbyist for the better part of two decades. Although I’m mainly motivated by my love of sports, I also enjoy history, and have a sensibility for art and eye appeal. Collecting sports memorabilia (mostly baseball and basketball cards) marries all three of these interests, giving me a lifelong hobby and newfound community that shares my penchant for … [Read more...] about Do U.S. Mint Baseball Coins Belong in Your Collection?
Baseball and business have gone hand-in-hand in the United States for a very long time. Recently baseball's official historian, John Thorn, wrote a great piece on the beginnings of this relationship ("The Dawn of Athlete Endorsements"). Indeed, for many years in America if a business wanted to attract extra notice at the cash register it found a way to attach its presence to … [Read more...] about Beyond the “Normal” Cardboard: 1969 CITGO Coins