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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.

The Strange Case of the Delayed 1939 Radio Broadcast of The Three Garridebs

The Strange Case of the Delayed 1939 Radio Broadcast of The Three Garridebs

“Some delay was inevitable.” – The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax (LADY)  Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce began appearing as Holmes and Watson on The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on NBC Radio’s Blue Network in October, 1939. The 13th episode of the series was The Adventure of the Three Garridebs, which was broadcast on Christmas Day, Monday,… 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

Radio Broadcast of Secrets Of Scotland Yard – Bank Of England Robbery 10/5/1953

Radio Broadcast of Secrets Of Scotland Yard – Bank Of England Robbery 10/5/1953

“… which will certainly be a triumph for Scotland Yard.” – The Adventure of The Norwood Builder (NORW) From the late 1940’s through the 1950’s, there was an internationally syndicated radio program called Secrets of Scotland Yard. Approximately 110 different episodes were recorded. The following broadcast, entitled The Bank of England Robbery, was heard over the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation… Continue Reading

Faces of Lestrade: Frank Finlay

Faces of Lestrade: Frank Finlay

“… besides being an incomparable actor. “ – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) Frank Finlay, clockwise from upper left, as Lestrade in A Study in Terror (1966); as Lestrade in Murder by Decree (1979); as Professor Coram in The Golden Pince-Nez (1994); and as Arthur Conan Doyle in The Other Side (1992) Charles Prepolec, the 75th Garrideb, posted the following item… Continue Reading

The Haller Baking Company’s Sherlock Holmes Treasure Hunt Token

The Haller Baking Company’s Sherlock Holmes Treasure Hunt Token

“… when people bury treasure nowadays they do it in the Post Office bank.” – The Adventure of the Three Gables (3GAB)       Just before the Memorial Day holiday weekend, I received a letter from Gary Patterson, author of United States Swastika 1907-1936: Tokens, Medals, Watch Fobs & Good Luck Charms, asking if I was… Continue Reading

Inspector Thorne: The Nickel and Dimes Murder Case (September 6, 1951)

Inspector Thorne: The Nickel and Dimes Murder Case (September 6, 1951)

“What is all this mystery?” – The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier (BLAN) From time to time, we will feature a post here regarding other fictional detectives, most recently Eugène Valmont. In the summer of 1951, the National Broadcasting Company broadcast 11 episodes of Inspector Thorne. The eighth episode, which aired September 6, was The Nickel and Dimes Murder… Continue Reading