SPP Types 1, 2, and 3 Tokens

OVERVIEW

The Showbiz Pizza Place tokens are not nearly as varied as the Chuck E. Cheese tokens, but they do exist in three distinct types.

 

Type 1 says "Pizza Show Biz" in reference to Bob Brock's company that was to be used to develop Pizza Time Theatre locations. Before the tokens could be used, Brock separated from CEC and created Showbiz Pizza Place. These tokens were used in the first SPP location.

 

Type 2 says "Showbiz Pizza Place" and is the standard SPP token used in all U.S. locations until SPP was rebranded as CEC.

 

Type 3 says "Showbiz Pizza Fiesta" and was used in the SPP in Juarez, Mexico.

 

Although SPP absorbed Chuck E. Cheese's, it was decided to remodel all SPP locations into Chuck E. Cheese's restaurants. By 1994 there were no SPP locations left, and therefore no more SPP tokens being produced. One exception may be a SPP location in Dubai that may have produced tokens well after 1994. No SPP tokens include a date or specific location.

It is unclear at this time whether or not the earliest SPP nickel plated tokens (S01N and S08N) are standard issue or proofs similar to the CEC type 1 proofs.

 

 

OBVERSE DESIGN

The earliest SPP tokens (Type 1) say "Pizza Show Biz" in an incuse design. All later tokens say "Showbiz Pizza Place." All tokens have the motto "Come For The Pizza Stay For the Fun."

 

 

REVERSE DESIGN

The earliest SPP tokens (S01 and S08) say "Play 25¢ Value", while all later tokens have the same motto as the obverse, along with the motto "For Use In Showbiz Pizza Place Only" and "Play Value." There are three varieties of reverse for these tokens. Some use a small font for the "For Use in Showbiz" motto. These tokens have beveled edges with thicker lettering and devices on both sides of the token. Other tokens use a taller, skinnier font, and have squared edges. Some reverses say "Show Biz" instead of "Showbiz."

 

 

METAL COMPOSITION

Different compositions were used including brass, copper plated brass or zinc, nickel plated brass or zinc, and anodized (in a variety of colors) zinc or nickel plated zinc. The nickel plated, copper plated, and anodized tokens were deliberately ordered to be used as control tokens.

 

Some SPP tokens can be found spray-painted by individual restaurants for use as control tokens. These tokens are considered altered, and are discussed on the SPP Nonstandard Issue page.

 

 

TOKEN DIAMETERS

SPP tokens exist in .800, .880, .900, .915 and .984 diameters. While most sizes are consistent, the .900 tokens can measure anywhere from .895 to .901.

 

 

DIE ALIGNMENT

All SPP tokens with the "small letters" were struck in coin orientation. The rest were struck with medal orientation.

 

 

ODDBALLS

Type 3 forgoes the standard SPP designs altogether. They feature a picture of a bear (Billy Bob?) and say "Showbiz Pizza Fiesta" on the obverse, and "Venga Por El Show Regrese Por La Pizza" on the reverse. These were produced for use in the Juarez, Mexico location.

There exists a SPP token with the the "No Cash Value" reverse. It was made by the Roger Williams Mint in a bid to obtain the SPP token contract, but was never put into regular production. It is listed on the SPP Experimental Tokens page.

 

SHOWBIZ PIZZA PLACE RARITIES

 

Extremely Rare

  1. nickel plated "Pizza Show Biz" token – S01N

  2. nickel plated "Showbiz Pizza Place" with "Play 25¢ Value" reverse token – S08N

  3. .900 "Showbiz Pizza Fiesta" token – S14N

  4. .984 "Showbiz Pizza Fiesta" with "Sin Valor" around edge – S16N

 

Rare

  1. .984 "Showbiz Pizza Fiesta" with "Sin Valor" under head – S15N

  2. all non-pink anodized tokens – S09aZ[Black, Light Blue, Blue, Dark Blue, and Olive], S13aN[Red], and S17aZ[Blue]

  3. copper plated <OC> token – S10C

  4. 0.915 token – S07B

  5. Dubai token – S12B

 

Scarce

  1. .800, .880, and .900 tokens, – S02, S03, S04, S05, S06

SPP Types 1, 2, and 3 Tokens

Date: - - - - |  Catalog #s: S01B, S01N

Diameter: 0.984 |  Name: Pizza Show Biz

Obverse Text: Pizza Show Biz, Come For The Pizza,

Obverse Text: Stay For The Fun

Reverse Text: Play 25¢ Value

Variety: N/A

S01B.JPG

Date: - - - - |  Catalog #s: S02B, S02N, S02aN[Pink]

Diameter: 0.800 |  Name: Showbiz Pizza Place

Obverse Text: Showbiz Pizza Place, Come For The Pizza,

Obverse Text: Stay For The Fun

Reverse Text: Come For The Pizza, Stay For The Fun,

Reverse Text: Play Value, For Use In Showbiz Pizza Place

Reverse Text: Only

Variety: Large Letters

S02B.JPG

Date: - - - - |  Catalog #s: S03B, S03N, S03aN[Pink]

Diameter: 0.880 |  Name: Showbiz Pizza Place

Obverse Text: Showbiz Pizza Place, Come For The Pizza,

Obverse Text: Stay For The Fun

Reverse Text: Come For The Pizza, Stay For The Fun,

Reverse Text: Play Value, For Use In Showbiz Pizza Place

Reverse Text: Only

Variety: Large Letters

S03B.JPG

Date: - - - - |  Catalog #s: S04B, S04N

Diameter: 0.880 |  Name: Showbiz Pizza Place

Obverse Text: Showbiz Pizza Place, Come For The Pizza,

Obverse Text: Stay For The Fun

Reverse Text: Come For The Pizza, Stay For The Fun,

Reverse Text: Play Value, For Use In Showbiz Pizza Place

Reverse Text: Only

Variety: Small Letters

S04B.JPG

Date: - - - - |  Catalog #s: S05B, S05N, S05aN[Pink]

Diameter: 0.900 |  Name: Showbiz Pizza Place

Obverse Text: Showbiz Pizza Place, Come For The Fun,

Obverse Text: Stay For The Pizza

Reverse Text: Come For The Fun, Stay For The Pizza,

Reverse Text: Play Value, For Use In Showbiz Pizza Place

Reverse Text: Only

Variety: Large Letters

S05aN.jpg

Date: - - - - |  Catalog #s: S06B, S06N

Diameter: 0.900 |  Name: Showbiz Pizza Place

Obverse Text: Showbiz Pizza Place, Come For The Fun,

Obverse Text: Stay For The Pizza

Reverse Text: Come For The Fun, Stay For The Pizza,

Reverse Text: Play Value, For Use In Showbiz Pizza Place

Reverse Text: Only

Variety: Small Letters

S06B.JPG

Date: - - - - |  Catalog #s: S07B

Diameter: 0.915 |  Name: Showbiz Pizza Place

Obverse Text: Showbiz Pizza Place, Come For The Pizza,

Obverse Text: Stay For The Fun

Reverse Text: Come For The Pizza, Stay For The Fun,

Reverse Text: Play Value, For Use In Showbiz Pizza Place

Reverse Text: Only

Variety: Large Letters

S07B.JPG

Date: - - - - |  Catalog #s: S08B, S08N

Diameter: 0.984 |  Name: Showbiz Pizza Place

Obverse Text: Showbiz Pizza Place, Come For The Pizza,

Obverse Text: Stay For The Fun

Reverse Text: Play 25¢ Value

Variety: N/A

S08B.JPG

Date: - - - - |  Catalog #s: S09B, S09N, S09aZ[Pink, Black,

Date: - - - - |  Catalog #s: Light Blue, Blue, Dark Blue,

Date: - - - - |  Catalog #s: Olive]

Diameter: 0.984 |  Name: Showbiz Pizza Place

Obverse Text: Showbiz Pizza Place, Come For The Pizza,

Obverse Text: Stay For The Fun

Reverse Text: Come For The Pizza, Stay For The Fun,

Reverse Text: Play Value, For Use In Showbiz Pizza Place

Reverse Text: Only

Variety: Large Letters

S09aZ.jpg

Date: - - - - |  Catalog #s: S17B, S17aZ[Blue]

Diameter: 0.984 |  Name: Showbiz Pizza Place

Obverse Text: Showbiz Pizza Place, Come For The Pizza,

Obverse Text: Stay For The Fun

Reverse Text: Come For The Pizza, Stay For The Fun,

Reverse Text: Play Value, For Use In Showbiz Pizza Place

Reverse Text: Only

Variety: Large Letters, Large Denticles, Small Logo

S17aZ.jpg

Date: - - - - |  Catalog #s: S10B, S10N, S10aZ[Pink]

Diameter: 0.984 |  Name: Showbiz Pizza Place

Obverse Text: Showbiz Pizza Place, Come For The Pizza,

Obverse Text: Stay For The Fun

Reverse Text: Come For The Pizza, Stay For The Fun,

Reverse Text: Play Value, For Use In Showbiz Pizza Place

Reverse Text: Only, OC mintmark

Variety: Large Letters

S10N.jpg

Date: - - - - |  Catalog #s: S11B, S11C, S11N

Diameter: 0.984 |  Name: Showbiz Pizza Place

Obverse Text: Showbiz Pizza Place, Come For The Pizza,

Obverse Text: Stay For The Fun

Reverse Text: Come For The Pizza, Stay For The Fun,

Reverse Text: Play Value, For Use In Showbiz Pizza Place

Reverse Text: Only

Variety: Small Letters

S11C.jpg

Date: - - - - |  Catalog #s: S12B

Diameter: 0.984 |  Name: Showbiz Pizza Place

Obverse Text: Showbiz Pizza Place, Come For The Pizza,

Obverse Text: Stay For The Fun

Reverse Text: Come For The Pizza, Stay For The Fun,

Reverse Text: Play Value, For Use In Showbiz Pizza Place

Reverse Text: Only

Variety: Small Letters, Rough, thick devices and lettering,

Variety: (this is the Dubai Showbiz token)

S12B.jpg

Date: - - - - |  Catalog #s: S13B, S13N, S13aN[Red]

Diameter: 0.984 |  Name: Showbiz Pizza Place

Obverse Text: Showbiz Pizza Place, Come For The Pizza,

Obverse Text: Stay For The Fun

Reverse Text: Come For The Pizza, Stay For The Fun,

Reverse Text: Play Value, For Use In Show Biz Pizza Place

Reverse Text: Only

Variety: Large Letters

S13aN.jpg

Date: - - - - |  Catalog #s: S18B

Diameter: 0.984 |  Name: Showbiz Pizza Place

Obverse Text: Showbiz Pizza Place, Come For The Pizza,

Obverse Text: Stay For The Fun, RWM mintmark

Reverse Text: No Cash Value

Variety: 

Need Photo Landscape.jpg

Date: - - - - |  Catalog #s: S14N

Diameter: 0.900 |  Name: Showbiz Pizza Fiesta

Obverse Text: Showbiz Pizza Fiesta, Unicamente Para

Obverse Text: Juegos, Sin Valor

Reverse Text: Showbiz Pizza Fiesta, Venga Por El Show,

Reverse Text: Regrese Por La Pizza

Variety: N/A

Need Photo Landscape.jpg

Date: - - - - |  Catalog #s: S15N

Diameter: 0.984 |  Name: Showbiz Pizza Fiesta

Obverse Text: Showbiz Pizza Fiesta, Unicamente Para

Obverse Text: Juegos, Sin Valor

Reverse Text: Showbiz Pizza Fiesta, Venga Por El Show,

Reverse Text: Regrese Por La Pizza

Variety: Sin Valor around edge

S15N.jpg

Date: - - - - |  Catalog #s: S16N

Diameter: 0.984 |  Name: Showbiz Pizza Fiesta

Obverse Text: Showbiz Pizza Fiesta, Unicamente Para

Obverse Text: Juegos, Sin Valor

Reverse Text: Showbiz Pizza Fiesta, Venga Por El Show,

Reverse Text: Regrese Por La Pizza

Variety: Sin Valor under head

S16N.jpg

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