Wednesday, April 3, 2013

no. 161 - baseball coins checklist

Who is the man: Hmmm, another mystery man at the top of a checklist. I'm going to say it's Carl Yastrzemski. It looks only vaguely like Yastrzemski, but he's got a coin right there at No. 58, so that's good enough for me.

Can ya dig it: This is one of the most interesting cards in the set to me, and it's been that way for a long time. This is a card checklist for a coin set. It's a cross-promotional checklist! I don't know if there have been other examples of this, but this fascinated me when I first saw it.

Right on: Clarence Gaston is the first coin the set. No Rose. No Robinson. Clarence Gaston. Tremendous.

You see this checklist is a bad mother: This set seems like a mother to complete. From what I've read, one coin was included in 10-card packs. I don't know if this was for all the series in the set or just later series. But with 153 coins to collect, that's asking you to buy a lot of packs.

Shut your mouth: I've never seen one of these coins live. I own 1964 Topps coins and 1987 coins, but nothing from '71. (Here's a look at bunch of them together).

No one understands him but his woman: Maybe my opinion would be different if I was a kid collecting in 1971, but I really don't care for collector coins.

(A word about the back): Coins of Duane Josephson, Joe Hague and Jerry McNertney. That's quite an inclusive coin set.


  1. Topps cross promoted in their 1966 Topps set when they featured a checklist for their funny rings.

    1. Wow. That's pretty interesting. I didn't know any of that existed.

    2. I should note that it was in their 1966 Topps Football Set. Not surprisingly, the card is pretty expensive as kids threw the card away.

  2. I'm confused. #15 in 1966 was Vern Law.

  3. The 153-coin set was divided into 3 "series" of 51 each. (The first 51 had gold backs, the second had silver, the third blue.) I don't remember which coin series went with which card series but it was probably 1 or 2 card series for each coin series. Which like you said, made it really difficult to "collect 'em all"

    As for Gaston being coin #1, maybe they knew something about his future managerial greatness!