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This just came in today's mail. It is MINT! It is supposedly from the 1950's. Looking at the printing I cannot believe that it is. It looks like modern printing to me.  It is neat and pretty elaborate. Even if new it would have cost something to make.

Does anybody know the story on this?

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Well Todd, that's a cool item.  I'd say it's old based on the "Los Angeles 15, California" on the back cover.  ZIP Codes became affective in 1963.  If new, the producers were pretty clever to do this.  - Jack J.
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Jack,
That's just it - is it old or just made to look old? I'm hoping someone might know. The other thing that makes me suspicious is the quantity of mint ones floating around.

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Okay! Enough of this.  I'll give you $10.00 plus $5.00 for S&H!  This offer is good for 10 minutes!!

(PS  That's really nice!!)

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Todd,

 I believe the Diplomatic Pouches are authentic. I have had a minty one for 15 or
more years. I do not know why it is fairly easy to find in excellent condition. One
possible explanation is that it was expensive to produce and was offered to the
public at a price that was to high and did not go over well. This could have resulted
in a lot that were unsold and were released later.
 I do know that they have been around for several years. They are listed in the 2006
edition of Ted Hake Toy Book, he dates them to the early 1950s. 

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Ken,
That pouch is authentic and brought back a memory from many, many, years ago.
I had one of those beauties and good to see it again. SPACE PATROL was one of my favorite collecting areas and at the time had a large collection but most gone now. Have a few things left.
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Thanks everyone! It was just too nice looking. I did examine it closer and there are some things that make me think you are right. The main thing is the staples. There is a touch of tarnish on them that newer staples don't have. 

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That is freakin' sweet!
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This is interesting.  I've had the stamps for a long time, but never knew what they were for -- just noted that some of the images match the Chex card set.

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That is a great companion piece.  I can't see any staples, so I guess there's more to see.  Could you post some more scans?
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Mark, Here you go...

The stationary...
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The Stamps...
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The Coins...
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The Albums (the stamp one has a staple)...
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The Currency (all the bills have the same art - there are 2 each of each denomination - 500, 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000)..
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So, I got this in today's mail. It shows the pouch for sale...
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It looks like it originally came with a rocket pen, anyone have one of these? Mine did not come with that.

I don't think Ken's idea of it being too expensive was the problem. It is the cheapest thing on here for a whole $1.00 (with the pen)!
As cool as it is, maybe the problem is it couldn't compete with all the cool expensive stuff - like that helmet or your own rocket you could
attach to your bike or that rifle! How cool!
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So, what would you have bought if you had $5 to spend?


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