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MATCA Honored Holmes With 1984 Token

MATCA Honored Holmes With 1984 Token

“…  a twinkle of amusement …”

– The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR)

The Maryland Amusement Token Collectors Association was founded in 1979 by Robert A. Johnson. Over the course of the next four to five years, they would issue over 100 plastic tokens or wooden nickels commemorating various themes. They would be available to interested collectors who would contact Johnson and included 25 cents and a self-addressed stamped envelope with their inquiry.

MATCA did a few tokens with the theme of Old Tyme Radio. You’ll notice that the Holmes token pictured below indicates that it is the fourth in the series. Other programs honored in this series were W.C. Field and The Shadow. According to my math, that doesn’t equal four…..

OBVERSE:  SHERLOCK HOLMES / (Holmes facing left, with deerstalker cap and pipe) / M.A.T.C.A.

REVERSE: OLD TYME RADIO / (a old radio set) / NO. 4

29mm, Round, White Plastic with black printing

Several years ago, the Maryland Token and Medal Society issued a pamphlet cataloging all of the tokens in the series. You can view the pamphlet HERE.

A Sherlockian Spinner Token from Cutco

A Sherlockian Spinner Token from Cutco

“… I have been sitting spinning theories with my friend.” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) Spinner tokens are a fascinating avenue of collecting exonumia. These tokens are made to be spun upon a flat service, with an arrow or pointing device. These advertising tokens were, more often than not, used to help determine who would buy… Continue Reading

1987 “The Legend Lives On” Overstruck Cents

1987 “The Legend Lives On” Overstruck Cents

“It mentions the legend in one of these references.” – The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire (SUSS) In 1987, Larry Hall, a machine shop operator in Morgan, Utah, issued a token in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes. What makes this token different from other tokens featuring Sherlock Holmes is the metal… Continue Reading

Faces of Mycroft: Hugh Laurie

Faces of Mycroft: Hugh Laurie

“If you have a fancy to see your name in the next honours list…” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC) Prince Charles presents Hugh Laurie with his CBE, November 21, 2018 We share the following report from the BBC: Hugh Laurie made a CBE by Prince Charles Actor Hugh Laurie has been made a… Continue Reading

Faces of Holmes: Clive Brook

Faces of Holmes: Clive Brook

“When an actor…” – The Man with the Twisted Lip (TWIS) Clifford “Clive” Hardman Brook was born in London on June 1, 1887 – 17 November 1974 and would portray Sherlock Holmes in three movies. From the Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors: Maybe because he was British, Clive Brook was one of the stars of the silent… Continue Reading

Sherlockian Themed Pathtag Geocoins

Sherlockian Themed Pathtag Geocoins

“… something precious, something which he could not bear to part with, had been left behind.” -The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge (WIST) Pathtags are a single-sided custom metal tag about the size and weight of a U.S. Quarter Dollar coin. These are generally considered to a signature item to be traded with others, often in geocaching or… Continue Reading