UPDATED NOVEMBER 25, 2022
#401 VINTAGE G I JOE SALESMAN SAMPLE SOLDIER PANTS CARD AND MOCKED UP SOLDIER SHIRT CARD
The full description is at the bottom of the page after all of the photos.
I have been collecting Vintage G I Joe since 1996. 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.
ITEM #401 - VINTAGE GIJOE SALESMAN SAMPLE SOLDIER PANTS CARD WITH MOCKED UP SALESMAN SAMPLE SOLDIER SHIRT CARD.
Here is a photo of the salesman sample Soldier Pants card. You can see it is in a poly bag and not cellophane like a production piece. It is perfectly sealed with a dead mint pair of pants with pockets.
Here is a close up of the staple which is holding the brochure in place on the back. You will only see staples used in salesman sample cards.
Here is the back of the pants card which shows the aged thread and amazing condition of the package.
Here is a close up of the writing on the back of the card. First issue printed materials always said "HONG KONG" and not British Crown Colony of Hong Kong". You can also see the poly bag close up.
Here is a close up of the gromment on the back to show it is original and not messed with.
Here is a photo of the backs of both cards to show they are a great match. The card on the right is the sealed pants card. The card on the left is my mock up shirt card.
Here is a close up of the wording printed on both cards.
Here is a close up of the genuine salesman sample helmet sticker originally stuck onto this cellophane on the mock up shirt card. I have had this cellophane for a very long time and finally found a good use for it.
Here is a photo of the front of my mock up shirt card. All of the components are genuine but I put them all together as they would have been at the birth of the GIJoe product line. That little pink sticker was also originally found on the cellophane. I have seen little round stickers on a couple of other salesman sample cards over the years.AGAIN, this is a hand made by me mock up. I sewed the shirt onto the card and stapled the brochure onto the back.
This shirt is EXTREMELY RARE and almost dead mint other than the Hasbro modifications. It is indeed a salesman sample, no country of origin tagged first issue carded Soldier shirt.
Here is a close up showing that both pieces are a perfect match in color. I call this color of olice drab a NO COUNTRY olive drab as it is very different from any other two pocket shirt and pants.
Here is a close up of the tag in the shirt, exactly as it was found. At some point early on Hasbro found out that items made overseas had to be labeled with the country the item was made in. Obviously this little paper tag had to suffice until they could remake the cloth tags with Japan or Hong Kong under GIJoe. Thus, NO COUNTRY OF ORIGIN tags which are OBVIOUSLY the first ones issued, regardless of what Vincent Santelmo wrote in his stupid books.
Here is a close up of the double coated tape under the cuff. Both cuffs have this tape. It was obviously put there to hold the sleeves in place for a salesman to carry around to show buyers EXACTLY HOW IT WOULD LOOK in a production package. This shirt came from a big pile of samples bought from an actual Hasbro salesman, no B.S.!.
This little hole is a burned hole. I have researched this with someone familiar with import/export laws and practices. When someone brings in samples of materials at the airport they have to go through customs just after getting off the plane and before they can leave the terminal. To avoid paying duties on cloth merchandise items that are considered samples, a customs agent would burn tiny holes in the fabric to keep them from being resold and therefore reinforcing the claim that they were sample materials. I envision that Don Levine actually carried this shirt off the plane from Hong Kong and through customs. This hold is in the shirt. There is a very small hole, barely visible in the pants material just above the pocket. Again, a perfect matched set.
ITEM #401 - VINTAGE GIJOE SALESMAN SAMPLE SOLDIER PANTS CARD AND MOCKED UP SALESMAN SAMPLE SOLDIER SHIRT CARD
I have owned these pieces for many, many years and they have a ton of history and provenance to back up my claims. I know my story may sound like B.S. to most people. I have specialized in collecting first issue and unusual GIJoe items since the beginning of my collecting. No collector has found as many different first issue and salesman sample items as I have. I guarantee you have not seen a mint matched set of first issue carded soldier fatigues like this, ever in any collection. I personally had another loose near mint pair that I sold over 30 years ago but only because I had already found this pair I am showing you now. I have never seen another set in all of that time.
It is nearly impossible to put a price on such rare items. When less than 6 of anything exist in the world to such an iconic item as a boxed GIJoe, the word priceless is thrown around. You can purchase this unique salesman sample and it's mocked up matching card for $900
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.
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UPDATED NOVEMBER 25, 2022