UPDATED APRIL 01, 2018
VINTAGE G I JOE SALESMAN SAMPLE ACTION SOLDIER SALESMAN SAMPLE TENT WINDOW BOX INSERT
The full description is at the bottom of the page after all of the photos.
I have been collecting a lot of different things most of my life and Vintage G I Joe for 20 years. I have sold hundreds of vintage GIJoe items in that time. I have sold items on my website, on eBay and on other for sale sites. I have been buying and selling on eBay since the beginning of eBay. My dmckee63 screen name was originally registered in January of 1997 and I have had great success making people happy with what I sold to them.
The time has come for me to pare down my collection and this will be the main place I will do so. I will be working on several pages and groupings of items for sale and linking them all to the main front page. I will also be selling items on eBay to get rid of a few harder to sell items. Please come back regularly to see what I have available. Some of these items will be things you have never seen before and will probably never have a chance to buy again once they are gone. Thank you for your time!
A QUICK EXPLANATION ABOUT THE TERM SALESMAN SAMPLE.
A lot of people have misused the term salesman sample over the years. When I use the term, I mean this piece was originally used or intended to be used by a Hasbro Salesman, or an independent salesman representing Hasbro's products. This salesman was given the samples of the products coming to the market to take out and show toy buyers at toy or department stores so they could envision what the item would look like. Many of these salesman samples have shown up over the years but for the most part there has only been either one or two of any particular item ever found. I honestly believe that the items I have chased, the salesman sample small accessory cards and window boxes, there have probably been less than 3 dozen total found in the whole world, EVER! I have actually seen less than 20 of these pieces change hands over the 15 years of looking for them including all of the items I have in my collection.
Most of the known sample cards in are the hands of less than a half dozen collectors, including myself. They are the true definition of RARE. 3 or 4 pieces have shown up on eBay over the years and a few pieces showed up in the big Don Levine auction around 1999. I have actually helped identify 2 small batches of these salesman sample packages when they were unearthed. Both batches were found around the Pawtucket, RI area. One big find was literally found at the Salvation Army, a few miles away from the original Hasbro factory. Regardless of where they come from, they are truly unusual pieces and have very distinctive markings that only a few people in the world can identify. I am photographing and posting these items on my website to sell for the first time. I have owned many of these pieces for a long time and have always been reluctant to post photos of them for fear of people trying to duplicate them and fake out other unsuspecting collectors.
PLEASE note that after I have posted these items that most people will think I have faked them and that I am totally full of crap. Believe what you will but I do know a few honest collectors who have seen my whole collection in person and can verify my claims and where many of the items have come from. This first issue type of stuff has ALWAYS been my specialty in the vintage GIJoe hobby. Please also note that this stuff will never show up for sale again unless someone buys it from me and then tries to resell it.
ITEM #158 - VINTAGE GIJOE SOLDIER SEALED SALESMAN SAMPLE TENT WINDOW BOX INSERT
It is a subtle difference but this is definitely a salesman sample card of a normally rare package. It is unusual in that the film is sucked down by vacuum forming to the red backing card.
Here is a close up of the card and the tent peg and pole baggy; impossible to find any of these laying around right? Do you see what I see? Check out those tent poles; there are no metal pegs inside the bag because the original tent poles were made with an extension to assemble with the adjacent pole all by itself. These same poles were also used on the first issue Navy Attack Flags; they assembled two of these poles and broke off the bottom extension to make it look cleaner. This package is the only actual proof that these first issue poles were genuine Hasbro. I have a small supply of these poles loose and it is extremely rare to find the first issue Navy Attack flags. How rare is it that I found this sealed package?
Here is a close up of the cello near the bottom corner. You can see here and in the previous photo that the film is sucked down and melted to the backing card.
HERE IS A CLOSE UP OF THE BACK OF THE CARD
This shows that this is definitely a hand mocked up sample, vacuum formed like other sample packages. The people at Hasbro used whatever means they could to secure the items in place on the card for display and possibly photographic reasons. The pieces inside are all firmly in place, probably some glue and tape used between the layers to hold things together. That manual is probably a BLANK, NO PRINTING manual which all by itself is extremely rare. This package was found with my Boxes Salesman Sample Soldier and Sailor shown earlier in this for sale listing; a completely different lot of salesman sample items than the other packages lot found in Rhode Island. This window box insert came from Massachusettes but also near Pawtucket. Wait until you see all of the loose items that came with this window box insert; it is quite a collection! I think I will show them on the loose items for sale list including a cloth cartridge belt and a brass collar entrenching tool.
ITEM #159 - VINTAGE GIJOE ACTION SOLDIER SALESMAN SAMPLE TENT WINDOW BOX INSERT
This salesman sample window box insert is another piece of GIJoe history, especially given the fact that it holds the only known evidence of what tent pegs were originally supposed to look like. This window box (#7516) was only made in 1964 and it is really hard to find a normal package. This salesman sample window box insert is a true ONE OF A KIND piece, most likely never to be seen again. I have to price it accordingly at $700.
Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have. I stand behind everything I sell 100% and all of my descriptions are guaranteed to be extremely accurate.
There will be NO HIDDEN DAMAGE, NOTHING WRONG that is not described, there will be NO HIDDEN SURPRISES.
I promise that I will treat your transaction the same as if I were the one doing the buying and making sure that you are satisfied with your purchase.
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UPDATED APRIL 01, 2018