Sunday, January 14, 2018

35 Set Break Sale on EBay

As readers of this post know, I have not used this blog for advertising, but I am in the midst of selling off my 1955 Armour set "55 Armour Auction set" of extras on Ebay

Wanted to give my readers / collectors an opportunity to acquire the following coins that are left from the set. Check out the link to see which coins are still available and let me know which ones you are interested in for your sets...

When the sale is over I will come back and list the prices that I got for these coins to give readers a perspective on real auction prices for these coins. Note their is still a Mantle correct L-R available !

Sunday, December 31, 2017

34: 1960 Mantles


As we close out 2017 I thought I would add a near complete glimpse of the Mantle colors from 1960. The 60 coins come both as translucent ( if you hold it up to the light you can see some light coming through) and what I call trans or transparent (when you hold it up to the light you can read the back of the coin)

This shows 13 different colors and is missing medium green and sfla blue (which I know exist and I am searching for) and bright orange which I have with a chip in the rim and never graded.

In addition 5 of the colors in trans. Remember my theory on trans coins is that they do not have filler in them. Filler is a cheaper material like sand that is blended with plastic to lower the cost. The cooling rate of the plastic may also be involved as to whether the resultant coin is transparent or opaque. Are these really variations? PSA thinks NOT, but then again they don't even recognize the different colors or the bust tilts.

 I have never seen a trans red or royal blue....I have several trans red/oj and Dk green in 1960 but not Mantle.

Before the year ends I wanted to mention that one of our fellow Armour collectors, ChiSox Tony, who owns the #21 1959 set and the #7 1960 set took the initiative to contact Bud Daley and inquire whether he knew why his 1960 Armour coin is so rare. The letter and the response are shown below.

So it does not look like we will be getting any answers from Mr Daley and the scarcity remains a mystery !

SO until next year may I wish you


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

33. SFLA Yank 55 MAntles

Continuing our "show me yours and I'll show you mine game, SFLAYank has offered up pics of  his 1955 Mantle Armour coins. These are coins where he has both the miss-spelled variation "Mantel" (the common coin) and at least one of the correct spelling (Mantle) i.e. either (L or R) or (L-R). You may recall from earlier blogs that he also has the extremely rare colors of tan and sky blue and dk green  in the incorrect spelling version. So, here they are. Dare I say, maybe no one else on the planet has 22/24 as Larry does.

The correct orange and red corrects are the only ones I have ever seen. The yellows are nearly as rare.

Maybe, if we are nice we can get the Doug Stultz to show us his from his raw collection !

Saturday, December 9, 2017

32. Looks Like Lime Greens Produced for ALL 1960 Armour Coins

Just when I thought there was nothing left to write about in Armour coins, SFLA Yank informs me that he has just bought a lime green Rocky Colovito coin (see below)  Even the casual Armour collector knows that while Aaron, Banks, Crandall, Fox, Malzone, Mantle and Triandos are available in many rich colors, the rest of the players in the set are only available in red/orange and  3 shades of yellow (rare pale yellow, yellow and rare mustard yellow)

Well that can no longer be said. Colovito  joins the Early Wynn that "Armour Godfather" Doug Stultz found many years ago and a Mays that SFLA Yank sold several years ago. The three are shown below and lead us to believe the entire run must have been produced in lime green. How rare ? Maybe only one of each ? who knows.

The Stultz Wynn coin shows rim cracks that offer proof that the coins are lime green through and through.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

31. Key Mantle Coins from Auctionfvr

George R, aka Auctionfvr has passed along this photo of his favorite Mantle coins along with a challenge to other Armour Coins collectors to send in their photos so we can aall see what they have.
So I guess what we have here is an old mans game of "Show me yours and I'll show you mine " !

We have seen the silver L-R with a gold swirl before and crowned it "Cappo-de-tuti-cappo"
George adds a PSA 10 aqua  L-R and a navy PSA 9 L-R . Since PSA currently lists only (1) 10 and (1) 9 in the population friends we are looking at them.

In addition George is the proud owner of what we think is the only PSA 10 black MANTEL (inc) coin.

Congrats on some seriously great Mantle coins........

If we were playing cards this might be a royal flush....but I'm sure SFLAYank will be up for this challenge...............

Thursday, December 8, 2016

30. 1955 Armour Coin Ad found


My EBay search on Armour coins this week turned up a 1955 Armour ad for their 1955 coin promotion. It is shown below. I confirms a lot of things about the 1955 set and offers some humerous comments about the coins and how Armour was trying to get kids to collect them.
It may be a little hard to read so I will repeat some of the content.
"Made of genuine plastic" (remember this was the early days of plastics in consumer products)
 "...the size of a silver dollar"
 "24 different coins" no surprises here, obviously no variations are listed cause back then this was not being done on purpose like it was in the 1980s.
" six different colors including "deep red, dark blue, light blue, bright yellow, orange and green"
So this would be our common 6 or red orange, yellow, navy, aqua and pale green. Why all the other colors came up is still a mystery.
- "Don't miss out on this chance to own and trade these picture-coins" that's a unique description !
- "These aren't flimsy cards. They are big, solid lasting coins"
- "They don't tear or wrinkle"
- "...jingle them in your pocket (That's where the edge chips came from - damn you Armour advertising man), use them as play money or paste the complete set on a board and hang them on your wall" (Oh God please don't ! )
- "Offer to go to the store for mom today and bring home a pack of Armour franks" (Yes they really said to do this ...Maybe Soupy Sales was their ad man !...only old timers will understand that reference...look it up on google)
Any of you actually remember this ad ?...I was only 6 and don't recall to much that far back.....

 For those of you following the selling prices on rare color coins, A black Mantle correct in PSA 9 just went for over $2800. One of the two black coins I need, but too rich for my blood...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

29 Welcome to the Dark Side

As we have noted several times what the 1959 Armours lack in super rare players or variations is made up for in rare colors.

In blog 26 we focused in on the confetti and pale green opaque subsets. This blog we will focus on "the dark side"

Specifically lets look at red, blue and green. I have compiled this data with the help of fellow collector Armour Al.

When it comes to the Dk reds we have 6 diff players between us and all of them come from the Aaron subgroup (the 10 coins that do not exist in pink) . This is still a work in progress till all 10 players show up, but for now we are pretty sure that the dk reds are an Aaron 10 coin subset like the pale blues and the grey/greens. They are compared to a regular red Aaron in the pic below. The pic does not show the striking diff between colors. The dk red is much, much darker than the regular red.

The dark grey blues are shown below compared to the 1959 navy blue (left)  and royal blue (right). All 10 coins of the Aaron group are known to exist and so far we have 3 of the Antonelli group (Antonelli, Banks and Thomas) between us. So we are once again predicting and extrapolating that all 20 coins exist in this color variation.

I showed you one of the Dark Greens in blog 26 comparing it to he pale green opaques. The dk greens also exist in the full 20 coin color variation subset. They are shown below compared to the regular 1959 green and the pale green opaque.

 So the natural question is "What about orange and yellow ??

One of the self imposed rules I have been following in term of color variations is that I need to see at least 3 of them for them to be an official color variation. Otherwise we might be looking at a swirl  that has been completely mixed to give a new color. 

Anyway there is a so called "burnt orange" or much darker orange  but so far only the Aaron has shown up. Also there may be a darker yellow (like the regular 1960 yellow) I have the Ford and Al has the Thomas , but I need to see one more before I will talk about it as an official color variation.
In the pic below the regular pale yellow 1959 is on the left and the ultra rare darker yellow is on the right.