1939 Piel’s Beer Coasters Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Piel’s Beer Coasters
Year 1939
Size 4 1/4″
Images Black and White
Type Miscellaneous
Number in Set
3 (?)

1939 Piel’s Beer Coasters Overview

Piel Beer CoasterFounded in 1883, Piel’s Beer produced alcoholic beverages for more than 100 years. Throughout the year, the company produced many different types of collectible coasters. One celebrity series was known and it included one baseball player in Hall of Famer Bill Terry.

Each coaster has a slogan and a quote of sorts from the personality that fit with their profession. For example, as a baseball player, Terry’s reads:

“It sure makes a hit with me”

The coasters are circular and feature black and white images of the personality’s face over top of an orange star. The Piel’s Beer name is printed at the top in large black lettering and each athlete has a slogan.

To date, the only other athlete I’ve seen in the set is golfer Tommy Armour. The set also included a non-sports character as actress/singer Ethel Merman is in the release. I believe the checklist for this set is finished at three but others could exist.

Measuring 4 1/4″ in diameter, the coasters are a bit jumbo sized compared to some others. They are approximately 1/16″ thick, making them significantly thicker than a standard trading card.

Despite this being a later pre-war issue, these coasters are not abundantly easy to find. They are very occasionally on eBay but you don’t typically see them often. That makes sense given that they were coasters and discarded after use. Still, I am kind of surprised you don’t see more of them around these days. As I detailed here, they are pretty difficult to find.

1939 Piel’s Beer Coasters Checklist

Celebrities and their slogans on the coasters are listed below. Others may be in the set.

  1. Tommy Armour (Suits me to a tee)
  2. Ethel Merman (Something to sing about)
  3. Bill Terry (It sure makes a hit with me)

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