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Old 10-25-2020, 06:17 PM
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Default FUN OUTSIDE THE HOBBY FIND: Original Zeenut Collection w/ HOF & Stars WITH COUPONS!

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Recently a gentleman from outside the hobby reached out to me with a collection of Zeenut cards that he had inherited from his great uncle (I believe) whose parents had operated a corner grocery store in Northern California for many years in the early part of the 20th Century. His great uncle was a young boy and he imagined he would get these cards from his parents or possibly from classmates (like most young kids in the S.F.-Oakland area would). The collection consisted of (126) Zeenut cards from 1929 to 1932.



What makes the collection especially rare is the fact that the cards are not found in the typical condition that one finds Zeenut cards, they still retain the ever-elusive COUPON at the base of the cards. As many that collect these cards know only perhaps 0.1 to 1% of Zeenut cards found today retain the coupon as the company offered many pretty great items that could be exchanged for the coupons and the you children would normally rip them off as soon as they had them in hand as they were sometimes able to trade the coupons themselves for a card they didn’t have from the non-baseball card collectors, or as they were known in the Bay area as “KEWP COLLECTORS.” These people had no use for the ballplayers but were instead saving up for some item in the catalog that could be had for the coupons alone. Here is a photocopy of the 1938 prizes that could be had for the “Kewps." (You could get some pretty cool stuff for the coupons)



I made a video on my YouTube channel “Stars Of The Diamond” of me going through the cards as they arrived to me and then after I had sorted them out. It isn’t too long a of a video but I thought it would be fun to show them in situ before they are broke down and added to the collection Please check out the video, it is one of the more exciting collections I have been able to purchase in the past several years. It includes (2) different Ernie Lombardi cards, a Prince Oana, Harry Rosenberg, and MANY more. I would love some feedback on the video and would love to hear your thoughts as well, also check out the other videos I have on my channel (feel free to SUBSCRIBE to the channel as well as I try to do a few videos a week and if the response picks up possibly even more)…
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Here are a few more images of the cards, these are the kinds of things that make this hobby so much FUN!!!

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Old 10-25-2020, 06:44 PM
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Very impressive find.
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Congrats Rhett, I am thrilled for you. That collection found the right collector.
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There is a scrub named DeMaggio that was in the 1930s sets. I'll take them off your hands for $100 each.

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Frickin' awesome!!!!
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Incredible!!! Congrats.
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Awesome addition to your collection, Rhett! Congrats!
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There is a scrub named DeMaggio that was in the 1930s sets. I'll take them off your hands for $100 each.

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Unfortunately nothing from 1933-1936 cards so no "DeMaggio" cards!

I kind of wish there were some 1933-1936's just to help out that other thread where they are trying to map out the known years for the cards from that set as you can only do so with the coupons!
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Cool find and a nice video too!
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Congrats Rhett...These are the best type of finds. That should boost you to the #5 or #6 slot for Zeenuts with coupons as well
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Old 10-26-2020, 05:28 AM
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Congrats Rhett!

Amazing purchase.

Thanks for all your videos!

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Totally unreal to find all those! And, yes, they found the right collector to go to. Just awesome Rhett!
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Old 10-26-2020, 06:44 AM
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Congrats Rhett, phenomenal find !! Enjoyed the video and the history it chronicles. I realize that just about every card would represent an upgrade from perspective of coupon present. Did you need any of these players outright? Cool stuff!
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Great stuff!!
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Thank you so much for sharing!!
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Great find, Rhett! Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
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Awesome find thanks for sharing.
Also email if you plan on selling any of the duplicates
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Rhett - Very cool. I got sucked into some of your other videos as well (similar to my wife getting sucked into the vortex that is called "Facebook"). Well done. And congrats on the pick-ups!
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Congrats, Rhett! Amazing find.

And please keep up the great work with the videos. I'm really enjoying watching them!
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It was so refreshing just to see Rhett going through the cards just like when we were growing up, not worrying about what the card would grade at? Thanks for sharing.
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Congrats Rhett...it is fitting that someone who has extensively shared their knowledge of vintage cards would reap their just reward for doing so.

Zeenut on!

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Awesome Rhett. Coupons intact on HOF are tough!

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Great find, Rhett.

You have a very soothing presentation manner; I fell asleep.
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Hi Rhett,

I'm getting an error when I try to watch the video of the find. It's saying the video is not available. Is there anything wrong with it or is it on my end? Just checking in case nobody can see it anymore.

EDITED: Nevermind. I found I was signed in to YouTube on my daughter's account and the video was restricted to her. When I signed in using my account it works fine.

Thanks,

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Great find, Rhett.

You have a very soothing presentation manner; I fell asleep.
Adam, I’m pretty sure that is just a nice way of saying “you are boring”

Thanks for the kind words guys, it is a fun grouping for sure! I appreciate all the views.
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