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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Tommy's Cycle, Feb 8, 2012.

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  1. Tommy's Cycle
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    Sorry up front, I know this is a lame thread:) I have People asking me about or wanting my Vern Tardel "97" coffee cups but he hasn't made them in awhile..... but I see Jamco is making them and they look pretty close to the original. Cool collectable and I'm NOT affiliated with Jamco in anyway, this is just a heads up. I saw them on "that" auction site on a "pre-order" sale. Thanks
     

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  2. 5window
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    Definitely a cool cup. OTOH, there seems to be quite a bit of discussion about JAMCO as of late. I have no dog in the fight (perhaps a poor choice of metaphor from a veterinarian!), but think I'll drink my coffee from a 25 cent garage sale mug until if gets sorted out. Which I really hope it doers soon, because the Jamco stuff is pretty neat.
     
  3. belle
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    so you are saying my Tardel 97 mug is a collectable?
     
  4. pastlane
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    Anything from Tardel's is collectable.

    Nothing wrong with hedging your bets but an auction for things not available seems wrong to me.
     
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  5. demonsix
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    I believe Speedway sells those repos too
     
  6. unkledaddy
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    Somebody should reproduce them with the HAMB logo.
     
  7. unkledaddy
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    DISCONTINUED like some other places that used to sell them.
     
  8. demonsix
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    I just checked my catalogs are from 2010. I guess I should have ordered one then. :(
     
  9. Dale Fairfax
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    Had an old friend buy one of these years ago. I asked if he really drank coffe from it. He replied "No, it leaks."
     
  10. pasadenahotrod
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    Vern started making the 97 Cup in the mid-80s(?) or so but would never keep up with orders.
    Bill at Valley Ford Parts knocked them off with a much nicer and detailed piece (like the pictures above) than Vern's and sold, I'm guessing...1000s of them.
    We sold hundreds at our store.

    I still have one in the box and at least a Tardel and a Valley Ford used..
    And I have drunk gallons of coffee from one for years without a leak.
     
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  11. I bought one of those from Hot Rod and Custom Supply in Cape Coral, FL about 10 years ago. They moved the business to ?? up north.
     
  12. unkledaddy
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    Think outside the box!
    You can make a mold with the one you have.
     
  13. 49ratfink
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    I used to have 3 of those, but they all leaked. I replaced them with a single Holley 4bbl cup.:)
     
  14. gnichols
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    Exactly what I was thinking! lol. Gary
     
  15. Mnhotrodbuilder
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  16. The only problem with pulling a mold off the one he has is that he can't copyright it as his own. If he did an original model/sculpture he can then copyright it in his own name. Present day copyright law is good for a persons life, plus seventy years. It's only $65. to copyright a work of art. Although you do not have to register the copyright, but if you are taken to court, or your taking someone else to court over a copyright infringement it's best to have it registered.
    I have 97 copyrights. I just registered my T Bucket 3D flames as my 97th. Will I ever sell very many? Who the hell knows, but just in case. My copyrights are not car related, and cover a vast number of different venues.
    It could be the problem that's going on over the coffee cups is just that, a copyright issue. That may be why there not available anymore.
    Here is a good example of a new buisness for someone that understands molding and ceramics. How many other original items having to do with Hot Rods could be made into a drinking cup, or as a collectible. Anything with HAMB on it with Ryan's blessing would be a big seller. Possibly Ryan is missing out on a new product line, but what the hell do I know I've only been doing similar thing for over forty years.
    Entrepreneur's, anyone, anyone.
     
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  17. 1953girlracer
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    We got ours from Vern at Bonneville in the pit area


    Sent from chick's iPad using TJJ
     
  18. M.Edell
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    I have mine in the garage on my workbench
     
  19. scootermcrad
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    I got one for christmas from my wonderful wife. She bought it off Ebay from a name that looks very familiar and I THINK is a HAMBer. It is a VT. They all seem to be discontinued, but still listed at several sources. So maybe they are just temporarily not making them.
     
  20. Atwater Mike
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    I had one in 1975, came from Vintage Ford Parts in Santa Clara...I liked it, first '97' I ever had that wasn't a 'firepot'!

    How long have these been around???
     
  21. belle
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    i never drank coffee out of mine, so i just checked...... doesn't leak


    the bottom says VK Tardel. is it an original or knock off?
     
  22. 117harv
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    Mine leaks when i check my watch, i think it's a repop:(:)
     

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  23. mastergun1980
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    I just ordered 2. Thanks for the info.
     
  24. Ryan
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    The patent for the cup is owned by Vern and Keith Tardel. Making these without their permission is not a good idea folks.
     
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