1965 Old London Coins Uncut Metal Sheet - Representing Five Complete Sets!

Sold For: $840

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1336

Item Year: 1965

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Offered is an extremely rare uncut proof sheet (31.75 x 25.25 inches) with fully printed backs of 255 1965 Old London Coins, representing five forty-coin sets, plus fifty-five duplicates, presented in their original format before being cut into round coins. These metal coins were issued one coin per box in Old London snack food packages. The 1965 Old London Coins set is one of the most overlooked of all baseball inserts. At the time the Old London set was issued, coins of various types were the rage: The Salada coin sets were issued in 1962 and 1963, and Topps issued metal coins in 1964. Old London jumped on the bandwagon with this set in 1965 and apparently, it didn't go over too well. The fad was over, and the world did not see another baseball coin set until Topps came out with an insert coin set in 1971. Because cards naturally get most of the attention among baseball inserts, Old London coins are often overlooked, but are one of the most interesting and attractive baseball issues of the 1960s. Each set on this sheet is highlighted by thirteen Hall of Famers, including Aaron, Banks, Bunning, Cepeda, Kaline, Killebrew, Mantle, Mays, B. Robinson, F. Robinson, Mazeroski, B. Williams, and Yastrzemski. The fifty-one double-printed coins are composed of five examples of each of the following eleven players: Boyer, Bunning, Cepeda, Davis, Fregosi, Hunt, Mantle, Maris, Mays, Powell, and Ward. Printer's marking "CD-5 Blue Set A, CD-5 Black Set A, and CD-5 Red Set A" is noted along the left side and "CD-5 Blue Set B, CD-5 Black Set B, and CD-5 Red Set B" is noted along the right side. The sheet has several areas of rust and scratches on the front and back. We have had 1964 and 1971 Topps coin sheets over the years, but have never before offered a 1965 Old London coin sheet. This is a very unusual and rare (possibly unique) proof sheet printed on metal stock and highlighted by ten Mickey Mantles. The substantial size/weight of this item requires that there will be a shipping charge for this lot (which will vary depending upon where it is being shipped). The shipping charge will be billed separately from the auction invoice. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++.


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