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This is a follow up to the Zippo questions you answered in the past several days. In checking on the stamping on the insert as you suggested, it appears there is a letter "J" followed by a single "\". This is right between the words "Zippo Mfg. Co. Bradford, Pa." and the words "Made in Zippo USA". After the word Zippo in the last line there is a circle with the small letter "R" inside. Does this help to date the lighter and possibly change it's value?

Thanks again.

Dick

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1981
No it does not change the value
Still $10

It would have to be 1950's to be worth anything $20 to $40
1940's $100 or more

Mike

And J is the month so October 1981

so anyway -
Sorry it does not have a design on it sometimes the crazier the better.
I have a collection of a thousand Zippos.
I pulled out some duplicates in 2011 to sell to pay some bills. They were weird Indian designs from the 1990's. Kind of like ancient American Indian cave drawings on a Zippo. Original price around $20 and they went for $80 on Ebay!
The plain designs do not have much value though as collectibles.

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Retailer of cigars and acc. since 1979. Cigars - I've smoked most including Cubans. Humidors- Testing humidors all the time. Selling humidors for 30 years. Pipes - I imported Briar and Meerschaum also repaired them in the 1980's. Lighters- Zippo distributor 30 years, expert in repair of old and new lighters although I haven't repaired an antique lighter in 15 years. Repaired thousands of butane lighters.

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