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Some years ago Galen had a Akro No. 200 Liberty tin that had a non blue top. At the time he thought it might have been an error that it didnt get the blue on the top. Morphy's sold it in their Oct 2012 auction. Last week though another liberty tin appeared on the bay where the top didnt have the blue. Was this how the liberty tins were sold? Or was this another anamoly? The first pic was the bay. The 2nd and 3rd pic was Morphy's.

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I don't know anything about the variation, but historically blue has been a "fugitive" color -- in other words, fading severely over time, and sometimes disappearing altogether, depending on the colorant used and the conditions it's been in (direct sunlight, atmospheric pollutants, etc.). Maybe the case here?

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I think you may be onto something Ann. If you look closely at the two photos, You can see what look like little bits of the same "sky blue" color that appears on other tins. Maybe there was a batch of ink or paint with an incorrect formula that kept that particular color from remaining "fast".

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I would normally agree. Except I have only seen this on the liberty ones. Ones that I have seen faded has some blue in patches. These have no top blue. There is however a hint of blue under a few scratches. I wonder 2 things. 1. Maybe was deliberate. 2. Maybe they did error and paint blue as an undercoat instead of an overcoat.

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I am voting they were made this way... check the coat colors and the girls dress and trim color on the liberty tins, they are a blue. on the regular blue base tines, they are green. quite green. Maybe Akro had a few orders to fill with liberty tins, so they reshot the blues? that would be my thoughts on any that had blue underneath. just a thought...

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My opinion just a faded tin top. I have had a number of of these - they do have different shades of blue to blue green from manufacturing differences as they were probably made in different batches for several years . I wonder who made them for Akro? Be nice to have some more made for newer marbles although would be expensive..

Don

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