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09 Sep 2021

I Have a Confession to Make...

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I have a confession to make…

This may be blasphemous.  It may spark debate.  Or I could simply be digging myself a hole with no end in sight.  Either way, I fell this should be said.  No.  It must be said.

My Confession: I prefer Littleton coin folders to Whitman coin folders.

While I am not entirely new to coin collecting, and this is certainly not the first coin folder I have bought (being only the second), I have drawn my line in the sand as to brand loyalty.

A little context may help.  I visited one of the only two coin shops within a two hour drive looking for a seated liberty half dime for my US Type Set.  Nothing outrageous.  If nothing else, it was a good reason to be able to make my first visit to the coin shop.  It wasn't a bad drive, being nestled in a downtown section of the area.  

I looked around the shop while the owner grabbed some inventory for me to peruse in my search for my half dime.  I looked through the coin folders and decided to purchase one as well.  I had a stack of rolled Lincoln Memorial Cents that I had been meaning to search through, and I figured if I bought a coin folder, then that would just be an extra incentive to actually get down to business and accomplish my task.  

So I placed the well recognized blue Whitman folder for the first volume of Lincoln Cents onto the counter, found the half dime I needed, paid, and returned home.  Some time later, I started searching through my little collection of wheat pennies to see what might go in the folder.  I put a few in the folder, and I just happen to start reading the text on the folder.  

My eyes scanned through and stopped at the bottom of the page.  And that's where I saw it.  The text read: "Made in China".

I almost couldn't believe it.  I thought, "what are the odds that a coin folder for US coins would be made outside the US?"  I closed the folder.  Put away my pennies.  And didn't return to them for a few days.  

In the mean time, my wife and I went to a local bookstore and I just happened to find the "Hobbies" section and found some books on coin collecting, numismatics, and antiques.  I also spied a set of green, almost leather looking, coin folders.  And there, emblazoned on the front of the folder, was a bright sticker that proudly stated: "Made in the USA".  I snatched the folder for the 50 state quarter series and off I dashed to the register.

Here was a folder comparable in price to the Whitman folder, yet made in the US.  And I felt an immediate sens of brand loyalty.  In part because I wanted my US coins in a folder made in the US.  By and large, though, I wanted to support jobs in the US.  I am a union tradesman, and I took an oath to protect the jobs of my fellow union workers, and to protect the jobs of US workers.  

In many ways I felt torn.  I enjoy the rich history that Whitman's folders offers.  On the other hand, I appreciate the aesthetics of the Littleton coin folders more.  But what it really came down to, was the "Made in ..." statement at the bottom of the page.

Comments

CentSearcher

Level 5

That's nothing to be ashamed of, everyone has a personal preference. I like the Intercept Shield type set album more than the Dansco 7070 type set album (not just because it's way cheaper, I like the sixth page). Now I'm curious if it's made in the US

Mike

Level 7

Yes Dansco is made in the United States!!

Never knew that!

Kepi

Level 6

Good blog! I never knew this... I like Dansco albums myself. "SUN" is right... Its hard to find something not made in China...sadly ; )

Longstrider

Level 6

I'm a Dansco man. If I can find any lately. China huh... Good choice to give them up. Never liked the company. Thanks.

It's Mokie

Level 6

I do have one of their folders I am using and the quality is certainly fine. But I think of the Sundman's as one small step above those late night coin hustlers and would certainly never buy coins from them. It always surprises me how they are kind of considered in the coin dealer elite when it comes to awards, etc. They definitely do high volume but their sales ultimately discourage the birth of new collectors. IMHO

Golfer

Level 5

Wow, never even looked ! I bought some wheat cent albums this year for our upcoming club coin show. Looks like we will be giving the YN made in china albums. Will definately check out the coin folder competition going forward. Thanks for the information.

Long Beard

Level 5

Alas, everything is made in China or else where. Looking at my Whitman I bought a few months back for Eisenhower's, Yike! I was never one for brand loyalty when buying coin albums, but like every thing else I purposely seek out American made first. Even if it cost more, that cost is still less in the long run when forced to by another of the cheap crap. So I guess Whitman lost another customer.

Haney

Level 4

Hey I am sure most of us are old enough to remember gold stickers made in Hong Kong. Anyway as to quality of course prior to the slab craze, which can we call it that now, I preferred Dansco so I could see both sides of the coin. Though where sides did not count like the state quarters, where I did not care to see Washington's shrunking head, I did get Littleton folders for myself, my kids, and a friend in Canada who sent me a set of their commemorative quarters some years back. So good to know I was buying a US product for my state quarters. Glad this is a coin site and not cars, because made in the US, well my jeep is more Italian than American.

"SUN"

Level 6

It is hard to find something nit made in China

Never knew Whitman was made in China...

I. R. Bama

Level 5

I don't buy Chinese products if I have a choice in the matter

Mike

Level 7

I use Dansco albums. Never had a coin go bad. Sealed on top and bottom so I see the reverse. I am not a fan of Litteton. Folders are made.so many different ways. Me I want protection . If they work for you that's fine it's not a crime. We buy what we like and what we think is best. You did nothing wrong. By the way here we call them cents.England there called pennys.

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