Len Augsburger writes:
I wouldn't normally repost something from the PCGS US coin forum, but I
thought it was a really interesting question, perhaps Esylum readers can answer.
The author of the original post is John Baumgart.
So I'm looking at this Franklin Mint Collectors Society folio and it enumerates the
rights and privileges bestowed upon Society members. Two items intrigued me.
The first is that members are ex-officio advisors to The Franklin Mint. Has anyone
here (that would be willing to admit to having been a member of such an elite society)
acted in that capacity?
The other item of interest was "use of the private Collectors Society Club Room, which
will soon be established at The Franklin Mint." As yours truly has never gotten any
closer to a private club room than the Red Carpet Club at O'Hare or the Lufthansa lounges
in Frankfurt and Munich, what must have lain beyond the velvet ropes and heavy doors of
the exclusive private Collectors Society Club Room at the Franklin Mint remains but a
I can only imagine it being decorated with the finest orange and purple
velours, vinyls, and shag carpets, with rare photographs, documents, and perhaps even
galvanos not only of their modern, mid-'70s offerings, but also historic material dating
back to the early '70s. Vast arrays of plates would wrap around the upper part of the
wall in the bar area for your amazement while sipping sherry, listening to soothing
music with a lot of "ba-ba-ba-ba" in the lyrics, and rubbing elbows with other collectibles
elite, exchanging droll stories. In the vast landscape of 1970s collectibles, surely this
club room was Xanadu. Or maybe it was more like a dentist's waiting room.
Are there any
here who were so privileged so see this club room and are no longer sworn to secrecy as
to it trappings? Was Longacre taken here in the days of his youth to entice him with
visions of the high life afforded those in the circles of international tax code?
Hmmm. I've never heard of this either. Anyone?
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