Baseball season is right around the corner!
Collectors are familiar with the 2014 Baseball HOF coins. The clad half dollar, silver dollar, and $5 gold commemorate the Baseball Hall of Fame, and feature a glove on one side and a baseball on the other. These coins look ore like medals, with their innovative design and curved feature. They are better looking in person. It takes an up-close view to really appreciate these coins.
Fans have a vast array of medals to collect. Medals honoring players and winning teams have been struck for years. You can pick your favorite team, or just try to find as many medals as you can. I'm not aware of a guidebook to baseball issues, although some of the old Franklin Mint guides may be helpful.
The Franklin Mint struck a silver medal to commemorate the 1972 World Series, housed in an envelope postmarked in Oakland, home of the World Series champion A's. The Medallic Yearbook 1974 featured a large silver medal showing Henry Aaron hitting his record-breaking home run.
In 1980, the Chicago White Sox celebrated the 70th anniversary of Comiskey Park. Small base metal tokens were minted and given away at a game on July 1, the anniversary date. The obverse bore a White Sox logo and the reverse, text about the ballpark.
There are many more baseball medals awaiting the fan and researcher. Play ball!