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  1. Somewhere I have a newsletter from an American Japanese internment camp from WWII that has news about a marble tournament held in the camp. Gotta track that down.
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    Rollem Boys Micky Marble Game.

    Wow cool box. Looks like a homemade game. I wonder if it was a prototype? I;ll bet there is a Lucky Boy label under the red box top cover. Great find!
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    big akro popeye patches

    Nice Chuck. Those are huge! Funny how patch marbles as rare as these are to find kinda of get overlooked in the collecting world.
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    bring back the past

    Spent many an hour talking to Art. Great guy, learned a lot from him. Boy did he help a lot of people out making inserts for our Akro tins? I owned a few of his 'custom' boxes as well. Always the life of the party. Miss him.
  5. Notice the boy in the negative below is not the same as the final cardboard cutout. The rest of it is the same. Maybe some test cutouts before the final product. What ever happened to these?
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    Marbles During World War One

    I have searched all of my paper archives and can't find anything other than the postcard of the soldier shooting marbles. That is a tough time period. Lot's of period pictures of children, but anything related to soldiers is a tough find.
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    Nice vintage foreign mibs

    This was the best box of them I've ever found. Oxblood and aventurine.
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    Nice vintage foreign mibs

    These are hard to find. Only found a handful in many years. The Ajax are 1", Bonux are 5/8". There are amazing European cats especially with oxblood. Edit: Sorry didn't see the post by Al.
  9. Here is the cardboard cutout made from the two pieces in the negative. See the cuts in the back piece where the boxes of marbles would slide into? Would love to know the history of this negative? He said he found it with a camera? Really cool.
  10. Awesome find. I have this original photo from 1929.
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    $868 ??

    Could be worse, you could have paid $542 for another fake Art Jones box. https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-AKRO-AGATE-FANTASY-GIFT-BOX-TRANSLUCENT-PATCH-BRICK-MARBLES-5-8-034-/173068698786?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=LiYdrk1vB9EN5wW5l9fjR3KywuA%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc There's a fake red Popeye box of his on right now also. No matter how many times you try and warn people, they never listen.
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    Just missing a friend...

    I still host his original website. I recreated it from various web resources years ago. His family gave me permission to keep it going. I just left it as it was. Alans Marble Connection
  13. Oops, guess I should login every once in awhile. Lol...
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    Rare Road & Tunnel Slag on Ebay

    John I saw the FB post and video of the event. Looks like everyone had a great time. The mibs were gone by the time I hit eBay. Really cool stuff. Will try again if I see the post sooner this time. PS. All this time I thought 'rare' was just the way I cooked my steaks. Learn something new everyday on these here marble forums.
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    Akro Agate Fire Opal Box

    The blue shows more than the green. Here is a copy of my ad showing different colors.