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    Posted 7 years ago

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    A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity came my way recently, which resulted in my most enjoyable acquisition to date. This one will be hard to better.

    I was contacted by a gentleman who was looking to sell a salesman sample cooler owned by his father, who sold and delivered Coca-Cola 1930's-1950's.

    So I packed up the van, Mrs. Nobucks rode shotgun. We drove 10 hours round trip, with a pleasant overnight stay in Lasalle County, Illinois. We met Bob and his wife on Father's Day morning, visited for an hour, and made the deal - which I financed almost completely by selling my entire beloved smalls collection...ouch! ;0( But it seemed right to sell the smalls to buy a small.

    The miniature cooler is near mint, includes carrying case, sales aids, and an insulation sample (one of two original to the piece, which are highly prized, almost never found).

    This is the crown jewel of my collection. It's all downhill from here! ;0)

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    1. SpiritBear, 7 years ago
      Cool. But is it identical to the big version down to that it works, or is it just for looks?
    2. cokehenry, 7 years ago
      If you ever want to give it away, please let me know Lol. I have never seen one, but only in pictures. Your right it is really nice, congratulations.
    3. officialfuel officialfuel, 7 years ago
      Congratulations Daddy_Nobucks!!
    4. jpsthesecond jpsthesecond, 7 years ago
      Congrarts Daddy!! Enjoy, she's a beauty!
    5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      I just drooled on my keyboard !
    6. DaveSierra DaveSierra, 7 years ago
      Wow Daddy!! "You da MAN!"
      Congratulations my friend!
    7. pickrknows pickrknows, 7 years ago
      Holy Smokes Dave,,Jackpot!!!
      That's the holy grail piece we'd all love to find! Nicely done my friend, and having the Mrs. along for the trip makes it even better!!
      Cheers buddy!
    8. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 7 years ago
      I need to show the pictures to my neighbor. He worked for coke for 21 years and has a few old machines in his garage. He will love this little jewel. Thanks for sharing.
    9. CokeKid-04 CokeKid-04, 7 years ago
      This solidifies your place on top of the Coke collectors world. I've seen only one in person in similar condition. Great job DN!
    10. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 7 years ago
      Thank you Spirit, Henry, Michael, JPS, bb2, FHR, David, Bernie, CK... such kind words appreciated.

      Spirit Bear, yes identical to the equivalent ice cooler (electric refrigeration hadn't completely replaced ice yet in 1939).

      CK, I flew too high to touch the sun, my wax wings melted, so I return to earth... where I belong! :0)

    11. CokeKid-04 CokeKid-04, 7 years ago
      I think many would agree, the trip was worth it.
    12. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 7 years ago
      It was fun. After we got home, Bob sent me one of his dad's shirts as a gift (50's I think). Nice people. I handed over a fat stack.
    13. Signaholic Signaholic, 7 years ago
      Yes it is the crowning jewel of your collection for sure, Dave! What a beauty, wait till you see what I post in the next week or so.
    14. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 7 years ago
      Thanks Mr. Perry! Looking forward to seeing. Knowing your collection, it's gotta be off the charts!
    15. eye4beauty eye4beauty, 7 years ago
      Wow ! How very nice. Cool story and addition. Congrats !
    16. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 7 years ago
      Thank you e4b!
    17. eye4beauty eye4beauty, 7 years ago
      You are very welcome.
    18. Coke1234 Coke1234, 7 years ago
      Holy COW that's one of the best examples I've EVER in my lifetime seen !!!!!Great find and that's the number one Coca Cola piece in any collection. The condition and it's all there just WOW. Love it for sure.
    19. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      We may assume that Coke1234 likes this, just a little.
    20. Coke1234 Coke1234, 7 years ago
      You betcha 1000%
    21. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 7 years ago
      Thanks Coke1234... me too.
    22. Trey Trey, 7 years ago
      Congrats !!! Awesome and rare to find with all the accessories :)
    23. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 7 years ago
      Thank you Trey, still enjoying it very much. Hope all is good with you.
    24. Gulf99 Gulf99, 7 years ago
      Every time I see one of these on ebay it's either $6500 for a excellent condition or $4500 for one that is in good condition. Looked @ one that had touch up in many places and the pictures on ebay don't show up a lot of flaws. I passed on bidding because of the touch up and it sold for $3800 with only 2 bidders.
      Your cooler looks really good and you bought it in person. That's the only way I'd buy one.

    25. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 7 years ago
      Thanks G99, I agree. I figured this was my one good shot at owning a salesman sample cooler so I took it. Like you, I've looked at a number of them before and felt squeamish. Got lucky. Keep up the good hunt.
    26. pminga, 7 years ago
      Just sent you an email regarding the salesman sample.
    27. Coke1234 Coke1234, 5 years ago
      Still my all time favorite Coca-Cola collectible.

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