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Found box for Kraft-Velveeta set No. 9

LusiferSamLusiferSam Member Posts: 574
I recently picked up a new Samsonite set.  I wasn't really sure what it was when I bought.  I had been hoping for one thing, but am delight to discovery it's something totally different.  The set is most certainly incomplete, so no help in identify it there.  And front of the box has very little on it beside Kraft-Lego Offer. 

But the side has four digit number.  I thought it read 5598 when I first looked at.  On a second look in better light I realized there is a crease across one of the number and what looked like a 9 was a 0.  So the number is 5508.

If we drop the last number, have 550.  I believe this would be the set number of these late era Samsonite promotional sets.  Kraft's promotional set No. 9 has 550 pieces.  The box is the same size as the #536, so 14 more pieces wouldn't be a squeeze.

The post mark is later than I would have thought.  But who knows how long these promos ran for.


  • SumoLegoSumoLego Member Posts: 15,241
    Interesting find!  @Istokg
  • LusiferSamLusiferSam Member Posts: 574
    Guess I'm glad I can be adding to the Lego Mayhem.  Clear up one area and you've muddy another.  I had fairly similar thoughts to yours on these on the post mark.  Kraft, Life, Del Monte, Oxydel, and anybody else we don't currently know about who ran Lego promotions in the early 70s, must had these already had these warehoused and continued to run their promos until they were out of stock.  If Samsonite had already sold these to a "retailer" there likely wasn't anything Lego could to withdraw them.

    This box definitely continues my belief that the 8 suffix means that it was a promotional set.   We've seen this a couple of times now and they're not all Kraft promo sets.  There is Del Monte promo.  And a couple of Kraft ones, 125 and 159.  And now this one.  I'd like to find a few more set to continue testing this theory.  It only holds for late Samsonite sets and all not. 

    The Del Monte 125 and Kraft 125 are clearly the same set.  I have a massive thread that I'm now preparing on the 72 Samsonite sets.  It will cover these 125 sets.  I'm hoping to have it ready by this weekend.
  • IstokgIstokg Member Posts: 2,366
    edited September 2019
    I'm still trying to figure out what this is all about.  A 6 pack of 1:87 autos in their plastic garages.  Mailed from the Samsonite plant in Loveland Colorado, but with a Newark New Jersey return address.

    Of course these cars originally had a banderole around each car when they were first sold, and this box of 6 was likely put together back in the 6 pack box after purchase...

    But I've seen a few of these, and wondered what they were for?  Sears sold these as individual mail-order cars in garages at 72 cents, but I've seen 3 of these 6 packs already.  Sears mail-order ads don't mention anything about them in a 6 pack.
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