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i have a buyer interested in the snakeskin and mountain dew on another forum but thought i would see if anyone here has an interest

100 for the snakeskin  150 for the mountain dew both in excellent condition

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Some can double this price. The last nice Alley Chalkie on ebay was $350.00. A good mint Alley Calligraphy usually goes for $150.00- $200.00 .  A nice Lady Tater is $100.00- $150.00.  A mint Alley Carnival is $500.00 .    

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carnival and a greyish base chalkie. different base color chalkies also. looking for more pics. lost alot of pics with new laptop.  ...... ..... callig's dissapeared ... dews came from larry alley ... 1 dug .... ron's got some dandy callig's  ...... bill

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On 6/24/2020 at 6:19 PM, Nantucketdink said:

I am worried the Alley Mountain Dew is a Vacor with that white in it

................. yep ............................

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Wow! I've never heard about or seen any of these!  I'd better not sell marbles until I'm about to die. There's too much I don't know about. But, on the other hand, if I sell something that I didn't know was worth a lot, that just means that I didn't like it and it would be better off in the hands of someone who did appreciate it.🥴

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The Alley Calligraphy marble were produced at three WV Alley locations. A very few at Sistersville and St.Marys, the majority were produced at Pennsboro WV. There is a fine line what collectors class as Alley Calligraphy or a few Alley flames.

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One of the two only known Alley Salesman Sample Cases. A long history or story of this case. It was found in a desk drawer in the Vitro Agate Anacortes items when they closed. It had some marbles missing and some had been replaced. It had a few Akro corks and a few Vitro marbles in with mostly Alley marbles. A previous owner during the cases  journey also sold some of the Calligraphy marbles from it. When I got it, there were 54 marbles that needed replaced. Still not 100% completely correct. Larry Alley (grandson of Lawrence Alley) has his fathers Alley Salesman Sample case which his father worked from. This case below was probably Lawrence Alley's case. He was good friends with Art Fisher who started and owned Vitro Agate. Vitro was sold and moved the Anacortes Washington state, where this case was found several years ago. I followed this case and its travels since it was found at Anacortes until I was able to finally own it.  This case contains about ten rows of Alley Calligraphy marbles in it.  There are a few 5/8 and very few 3/4 size Calligraphy marbles. Most Alley Calligraphy marbles are 11/16 size. All the marbles in the two Alley Salesman Sample cases are 11/16 size. The interior lining in both cases are white silk. The two cases are identical except for the few marbles yet to be replaced in this case. The cases have a cover which snaps closed. The marbles in Larry Alleys case are all original. No name or marking of any kind on the cases. L.E. Alley did not think he was important enough to place his name on any item he produced. You will never find any marble package with the L.E. Alley name on it.

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This case was originally offered for sale from Washington State to me for $30,000.00. Larry Alley was offered this or more for his case.

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Just some Alleys. I have about 6000 pictures with some of my Alley marbles. Yes different marbles have different values with different people.

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Wow!  Beautiful collection! (And what an investment!)  Hard to believe that these are machine made!  I'm glad that one of the cases ended up in your hands.  Seems like it is one of your ongoing missions, to complete the case.  Also glad that Mr. Alley kept his grandpa's case intact. Obviously, there was a lot of pride felt in their product to have them put in such well-made cases.  I noticed that half the case was just covered with a black material.  Was that so the buyer could place the marbles on that side to examine them?  I love those snakeskins!  Had I found one before this thread, I might not have appreciated it as much!  It's amazing how a little education gives one a different outlook on things!  If I ever find any of those in the wild, I'll let you know! I could only hope, right?!  Thanks again for sharing! :jumping-1020:

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I know where there are about a total of five, with different collectors, like the one you are talking about.  I am sure there are more I don't know of. Plus there are more to be found, they made more than five. Making 200-300 per minute it is not easy to make just one or five.

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Every time we see something that we used to have on eBay or at an antique shop, we always make comments like, "Wow! We should have kept that!"  That is probably why people have so many beanie babies in storage, though I think it will take a century longer before those become valuable, if at all.  Can you imagine if marbles were like that, where parents said, "No, you can't play with those because you'll damage them!" But, on the flip side of the coin, there were probably kids who probably stashed some away because they were too special to beat up. 😆

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so...did you sell the Vacor as an Alley Mountain Dew to somebody?  Did somebody buy it for the price of an Alley Mountain Dew?  I doubt somebody would pony up without knowing what it is, but am interested.  What happenned with the sale?

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Nice snake skin,  and the box just leaves me speechless, all are nice marble's and well worth the wait at whatever price. I am an alley freak and let me tell ya them marble's got me freakin out. An alley lover's dream come true.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Regards,

                                                                                                                                                                                                               Chad G.

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On 6/24/2020 at 3:14 PM, Berryb said:

Do you have photos of any of those? The only one I've even heard of is the Calligraphy, and I'm not sure what it looks like. Thanks

Bruce

beat me to it

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