Date codes on the bottom of each Zippo lighter have become an invaluable tool for collectors.
Another 10,000 or so will be made with high-polished Armor cases with gold engraving to mark the occasion.
The chrome replicas will sell for $50 and the Armor for $100.
Yet, here we are, some 83 years later, and the Zippo brand continues to thrive. Well, there are a number of reasons—a determined founder, some clever ad placements, war—but one that shouldn’t be overlooked is collectibility, which is something Zippo has catered to—both knowingly and unknowingly—since its earliest days.
About 30% of Zippo’s sales are to collectors, according to Patrick Grandy, the company’s Corporate Media and Communications Manager.
The story of Zippo Manufacturing Company is the story of its people, from the founder, George G.