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1962 Salada-Junket Coins Complete Set of 221 Plus 37 Variations (258)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,666

Complete set of 1962 Salada-Junket Coins (221 players) plus 37 variations for a total of 258 different coins. Extremely sharp-looking high-grade set with 98% Ex-Mt to Mint (averaging Nr/Mt), and only 2% slightly lesser (most due to natural manufacturing flaws). This extremely attractive full-color coin set was issued one plastic-with-paper-insert coin per package with Salada Tea and Junket Pudding mix. The set features all the major stars of the era including Mantle, Mays, Clemente, Aaron, Koufax, Banks, Maris, Snider, and many more. The variations of this near master set include Minoso (White Sox), Wynn (pitching pose), Carey (White Sox), Lillis (Cardinals), Hodges (Dodgers and Mets), Cunningham (Cardinals), Banks (OF and SS), etc. The set is missing just seven variations (four of the seven missing are the rare variations of Williams, Brandt, Bailey, and Broussard) for a totally complete master set of 265 coins. Twenty coins are graded by PSA: One GEM MINT 10: #165 F. Robinson. Three MINT 9: #66 Sievers, 86 Carey (White Sox), and 171 Ashburn. Four NM-MT 8: #67 Kaline, 109 Koufax, 148 Cimoli, and 149 Mays. Five NM 7: #2 Pierce, 41 Mantle, 97 Wynn (Pitching), 177 Banks (OF), and 180 Aaron. Seven EX-MT 6: #18 Kubek, 23 Maris, 27 Yastrzemski, 40 B. Robinson, 89 Hansen, 121 Kuenn, and 146 Hodges (Dodgers). This is a very substantial, scarce, and attractive issue, loaded with rarities, stars, and Hall of Famers, which has been overlooked by collectors in recent years. Few collectors realize how difficult sets are to assemble, especially after acquiring the initial 180-coin production run. Salada coins are also one of the more interesting choices of premiums ever devised to help generate sales of a product. We understand the issuing of these coins with desserts, but when you get right down to it, it's just hard to imagine what Salada was thinking when they also issued these coins with tea. Even in the early 1960s, few youngsters were drinking tea, and even those that did have an occasional cup could not possibly be expected to drink enough to actually collect this set, issued one coin per box. But this is part of the charm of the set; and the unique designs, great players, and unmistakable early 1960s flavor of the set make this issue a classic of the era. Total: 258 coins (complete set of 221 plus 37 variations). Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $2,666

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