Numismatic Guaranty Corp. and Professional Coin Grading Service will have special grading labels for the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins.
Among the special labels, both grading services will identify the coins sold by the Mint at its booth at the Whitman Baltimore Coin & Collectibles Expo. The NGC “Opening Day” and PCGS “Baltimore First Pitch” labels will pedigree the coins as having been sold by the Mint at the show March 27.
The coin show was the first opportunity for Mint customers to obtain the coins directly after purchase.
Sales for the Proof and Uncirculated concave obverse and convex reverse gold $5 half eagles, silver dollars and copper-nickel clad half dollars began March 27.
Paul A. DeFelice, vice president of marketing and client relations for ANACS, said March 25 that the grading service would not be certifying the baseball coins because the current ANACS holder will not accommodate the dimensions of the coins.
Both NGC and PCGS will have multiple grading label inserts available during program sales for the Baseball coins.
NGC and Baseball
Max Spiegel, vice president of sales and marketing for NGC’s parent firm, Certified Collectibles Group, said NGC is the only grading service authorized to use the National Baseball Hall of Fame logo.
Brad Horn, spokesman for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., confirmed March 25 that NGC has the licensing rights to use the logo on its products involving the Baseball coins.
An undisclosed portion of the NGC grading fees for those coins certified with labels bearing the National Baseball Hall of Fame logo will be paid to the Hall of Fame and Museum to benefit its operations.