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Marathon bar wrapper - M&M Mars - 1973-1974

This is a great treasure for me!


For the longest time, I'd wanted to get a Marathon bar wrapper for my collection. Early last year, I was fortunate and found a collector willing to part with a intact sample of one - yes, with the candy bar still inside. Tragically, my post office lost it, or delivered it to the wrong address, and I was never able to recover it.


Fortunes turned when later last year, Dan Goodsell found a wrapper for me and I finally was able to have one in my collection. A great piece, but in admittedly less-than-perfect shape.


Late last month, I happened upon another collector who had a near-flawless example, and he sold it to me. That is what you see here.


This is an early Marathon wrapper, from late 1973 or early 1974 -- it lacks a bar code, and has a 15 cent price printed on the wrapper. [Freshness date is June 1974].


The wrapper is in impressive condition, as the glue seals appear to have been meticulously detached allowing the wrapper to be flattened quite nicely.


This came to me from a collector named Ron, who believes he got it from my pal Dan Goodsell around six years ago. What a small collector-world.

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Taken on March 5, 2009