Mike Posted July 16, 2011 Report Share Posted July 16, 2011 In 1999, I had this idea to make some affordable Jabo marble boxes. The idea came because I was unemployed and had this dream to make money from my hobby. My first show to sell them was at Amana in 1999. I drove out there with a couple hundred boxes and sold out early as there were some early adopters who, like me, thought the boxes were a good idea. Solid "Tie Dye" boxes (80 in a box) were sold in quantity for $6.00 per box and I do not think that any individual box sold for more than $10.00. Many folks came into my room and would not stay or look because it was all Jabo. I still remember the snobs and they continue with thier predudice today. The plan was to do one Series of Jabo boxes every year starting with Series 1. I am now on Series IV but they are the special run 3/4" marbles. The only 5/8 boxes done were Series 1 (gold imprint), Series II (silver imprint) and Series III (brass). There are some unusual boxes that may be prototypes, signed, numbered, one-offs or gift boxes. Bob Block tested a few for me early on when they were first made in 1999 as I was afraid of computer stuff and really did not understand electronic sales of product. He sold one that had a small pencil notation under the see-thru lid where it was number 1 or 2 but I really do not remember. There are also one or two full boxes of Jabo Fluke Corks from the Psuedo Superboy run along with other boxes that may have rows of "Fluke Corks." I am the guy that pretty much purchased all of the available Jabo "Tie Dyes" that caused issues with higher volume purchasers of Jabo marbles that caused Joanne (owner President) at Jabo to say that nobody would be able to buy pre-mix marbles any longer. Some folks have some product that is very unusual that I do not even remember making. There are collectors of these boxes that may have over 100 boxes (probably Storesberg) and a few other collectors of them. Some Boxes may be all "Copperhead" or some other very rare (if there even is such a description) for very short production runs or transitional Jabos. Some have unusual designs or no dividers. There are also some 3/4" boxes of Series 1 when everything was an experiment. There are other Lost Your Marbles products that are even more limited production such as tubes, quarts and Jewel boxes. Some guy in Texas purchased 25-30 boxes of solid "Tie Dyes." I made some really nice boxes for Steve Suuer and Marlow and many others. There are many folks out there that may have 10-40 boxes if they have not sold them off. Here is the deal......I could go on and on about some of this and some might find a little bit of the news interesting. However, this is my invitation for those of you who have Jabo Lost Your Marbles boxes to show them off. There are probably !,500 Series I boxes out there, 1,000 Series II and less of Series III. Series IV has been a dog and about 100 have been sold even though I pretty much give them away. Some are very very one-of-a-kind. Thank you to all who purchased them for your interest and confidence in the product! Let me see them boxes. Thanks, Mike Warnelis - Lost Your Marbles Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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