I collect anything baseball related the size of a 1989 Bowman card or smaller. I do not actively collect anything larger such as oversize cards, tins or memorabilia. Nor do I collect other sports. I decided early on that there would still be plenty of cards to collect if I limited myself to that criteria and so I have. However, as you've seen by my postage stamps, pocket schedules and phone cards, I do
collect other small baseball related items. Today's post is along those lines.
I never really was a coin collector although I do have a penny, nickel, dime and quarter from each year stashed away and I have a can that I throw all my wheat cents into but I don't actively search and collect coins. Unless they are baseball coins. Here are a few from my collection.
1990 Sports Stars Collector Coins #NNO Ryne Sandberg
(These coins were sculpted in bronze and issued by the Japanese toy maker, Bandai.)
1991 Kenner Starting Lineup Coins #19 Ken Griffey Jr.
(This coin came packaged with a collector card and figurine of Junior. I believe some of the coins released are bronze in color although this one happens to be silver in color.)
1992 Sports Stars Collector Coins #20 Ken Griffey Jr.
(Also produced by Bandai.)
1992-S Proof Olympic Silver Dollar
(This 1992 United States Mint Olympic 90% Fine Silver Dollar Proof was minted in San Francisco. When it was released, a hot controversy exploded. It is against an 1866 Act of Congress to depict a living person on a U.S. coin, and the design on this silver dollar is a near exact copy of the image of Nolan Ryan from his 1991 Fleer baseball card. The mint denies that it is Ryan, but these silver dollars became an instant collectible and they are rather hard to find today. My best friend, who collected coins, found this and gave it to me many years ago.)
1994 Highland Mint Mint-Coins #42 Ken Griffey Jr. B/25000
(These coins or medallions were produced by the Highland Mint in Melbourne, Florida. Each coin contains an ounce of silver with a bronze or gold plate, is individually numbered and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.)
1997 Pinnacle Mint Coins Brass #18 Barry Bonds
(In 1997 Pinnacle debuted packs of Pinnacle Mint. Each pack contained two coins, either brass, nickel or gold plated and were made to be matched with the die-cut card version of the same player.)
1998 Pinnacle Mint Coins Brass #18 Cal Ripken
(For the second year in a row, Pinnacle released the Pinnacle Mint line, two in every hobby pack and one in every retail pack.)
1998 Pinnacle Mint Coins Gold Plated #12 Greg Maddux
(This is the gold plated version of Pinnacle's 1998 coin. It looks similar to the color of the Ripken coin in this scan but in person it does appear shinier.)
1998 Pinnacle Mint Gems Coins #3 Roger Clemens
(These coins were randomly inserted in hobby packs only at the rate of one in every 31 packs and were meant to be matched up with the Gems insert set cards.)
2005 Merrick Mint Quarters #CH11 Greg Maddux
(This is an actual U.S. quarter that has been colorized using a technique created by the Merrick Mint. These coins, were issued exclusively at Walgreen's stores. I have a Clemens and an ARod as well as this Maddux.)
2018 Blackbeards Family Fun Park Tokens
(This is actually a batting cage token from my local family fun park, Blackbeards. I get six of them for $5 and each token is good for 12 swings in the batting cage. My health has prevented me from taking any swings since the summer of 2018 but I am proud to say that even then, at the age of 59, I could still make contact with about half of the 90 mph pitches and even drove a couple into what were sure to be base hits.)