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“Has Anything Escaped Me” – Sherlockian News

“Has Anything Escaped Me” – Sherlockian News

“In my profession all sorts of odd knowledge comes useful…”

– The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR)

A few quick items for consideration:

The folks at Yes.Fit, who brought you the Baker Street Bound virtual race medal last year, are doing a new virtual race called The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Pictured to the left is the medal they are issuing for the race, which features a fingerprint and a magnifying glass. There is no mention of Sherlock Holmes nor are there any other design elements such as the deerstalker or pipe.

Both of the two design elements of the medal are fairly common in other mystery and detective stories. Your editor can easily add at least two dozen other numismatic items that feature either a finger print or magnifying glass.

If we were to produce our catalog of Sherlock Holmes numismatic items today, we would not list this medal since it is so generic. If you disagree, please drop your editor a note and offer up your rationale for including this medal in the listings.

For those interested in purchasing this medal, click HERE. They are currently offering a sale until 12 Noon on Monday, April 17th.

Our friends at Watson’s Tin Box will be holding Scintillation of Scions X this June 9-10 in Linthicum, Maryland (near BWI airport). Back in 2014, this event was the first Sherlockian event your editor ever attended. It is one of the best Sherlockian events on the east coast according to many attendees and some would argue for the entire country.  Further details and registration information can be found HERE.

The Rosenbach in Philadelphia is current showing the exhibtion “Clever Criminals and Daring Detectives” until September 1st. We have a large number of Garridebs in the mid-Atlantic region that can make a quick trip to see this display. One of the highights being shown is the original manuscript of The Adventure of the Empty House. HERE Click for more information.

     

This is a nice wooden puzzle, called Sherlock’s Seven Cent Solution,that was custom designed by a magician named Diamond Jim Tyler . It measures 3.75 x 3.75 inches and fits into the palm of your hand. The seven pennies are included. Begin with an empty board. The object is to start on a vacant circle and to move it once along a connecting line to another empty circle. This must be done with all seven pennies leaving the eighth hole vacant. Most people can do four or five pennies, but doing all seven takes a knack. You can find more information at purchase these games by clicking HERE.

The upcoming week of April 16 – 22, 2017 has been designated National Coin Week by the American Numismatic Association. This year’s theme is Conflict & Courage – Money & The Military in recognition of the centennial of United States entering World War I. National Coin Week is intended to promote coin collecting and we encourage our members and readers to take a few minutes to introduce the joys of coin collecting to others.

The 2003 Sherlock Mickey Elongated Quarter

The 2003 Sherlock Mickey Elongated Quarter

“… play with me like a cat with a mouse.” – The Adventure of the Abbey Grange (ABBE) The Walt Disney Company launched a huge celebration in 2003 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Mickey Mouse. At Walt Disney World, in Orlando, Florida, they had the 75 Years with Mickey celebration that launched on March 1st… Continue Reading

The 1992 Sherlock Holmes Lives On Medal

The 1992 Sherlock Holmes Lives On Medal

“Here is an advertisement which will interest you.” – The Advenyture of the Engineer’s Thumb (ENGR) Peter E. Blau, the 13th Garrideb, was kind to respond to last week’s HolmeWork assignment, and has provided us with a scan of Classic Specialities’ advertisement for the Sherlock Holmes Lives On medal. This ad appeared on page 36… Continue Reading

The Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society Challenge Coin

The Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society Challenge Coin

“… the detective police force …” – The Sign of the Four (SIGN)       The Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society, the group that represents detectives of the Boston police in collective bargaining negotiations, issued this challenge coin in 2015. It is unique among the challenge coins we have discussed to date on our site with… Continue Reading

HolmeWork Assignment: The 1992 Sherlock Holmes Lives Medal

HolmeWork Assignment: The 1992 Sherlock Holmes Lives Medal

“He lives as in a strange dream.” – The Adventure of the Creeping Man (CREE) The Universal Sherlock Holmes by Ronald Burt De Waal and 14th Garrideb, George A. Vanderburgh has been a tremendous reference tool to your Mycroft as we first attempted to discover what Sherlockian numismatic items existed. Every once in a while,… Continue Reading

CBS Radio Mystery Theater: The Absent-Minded League (1978)

CBS Radio Mystery Theater: The Absent-Minded League (1978)

“… the counterfeiter stands in a class by himself as a public danger.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) From time to time, we will feature a post here regarding other fictional detectives, such as Gregory Hood. On July 18, 1978, the CBS Radio Mystery Theater aired The Absent-Minded League. This dramatization was written by… Continue Reading

Three Varieties of Benedict Cumberbatch Personality Dollars

Three Varieties of Benedict Cumberbatch Personality Dollars

“It might be his portrait.” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) Last month, we posted a Holmework Assignment regarding the Personality Dollar Bills of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce and were rewarded with examples in a follow-up post a week later. We now turn our attention to Personality Dollar Bills of Benedict Cumberbatch of… Continue Reading

The BBC Sherlock Challenge Coin by Commissioned Credentials

The BBC Sherlock Challenge Coin by Commissioned Credentials

“… missed me.” – The Adventure of the Dancing Men (DANC)         Commissioned Credentials, a company specializing in making faux credentials for popular movies and television shows, has issued a challenge coin featuring design elements from the BBC television series Sherlock. These challenge coins were first made in 2017. OBVERSE: 221B /… Continue Reading