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Details about  1st Year 1971 WURSTFEST New Braunfels Texas BEER BAR MUG STEIN President Zeisig

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1st Year 1971 WURSTFEST New Braunfels Texas BEER BAR MUG STEIN President Zeisig
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Kingsbury, Texas, United States


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Very Rare ~ This is the very first WURSTFEST New Braunfels Texas MUG / STEIN from 1971

This one is the Zeisig Early Undated Mug (pictured on the right)

Here is the story, both steins noted below are pictured...

From the Book, 25 Years of Wurstfest Mugs: OHI version: "In response to customer requests received at its initial Wurstfest in 1970, Opa’s Haus in 1971 introduced a souvenir mug decorated simply with the Opa figure that was and is the symbol of Wurstfest. The Wurstfest Opa was the product of Bill Kneuper, a part time artist among other endeavors. A total of 500 of these were produced using German-made (Gerz) Bavarian-shape blanks in combination with U.S.-made ceramic decals. The last of the 500 mugs was sold during the latter part of Wurstfest 1972. The mugs originally sold for about $3.95 each. Most recent sales have been for 100 times that! It was designed as a souvenir item—not a collectible. Am I, therefore, surprised at the demand (and value) of this mug? Estimated value is between $300 - $500."

From the Book, 25 Years of Wurstfest Mugs: Zeisig version: "Few are even aware of the existence of this rare mug. Walter Zeisig, an early Wurstfest president, operated a Wurstfest concession called The Alpine Shop until he retired and sold it to Opa’s Haus about 1974. Among many items sold in his booth were a few steins, including a mug with the Wurstfest Opa decor which I am sure was produced by the German firm Werner Corzelius, with which Opa’s Haus also did business in the 1970s. I have no records indicating how many of these mugs were sold, but I suspect it was very few as Zeisig did not specialize in nor sell the volume of steins we did during this period. I would be surprised if there were ever more than 200 of these mugs in existence. I recall the Zeisig mug being more expensive than the Opa’s Haus mug, but I don’t recall the price. Estimated value is between $300 - $500."

The actual stein you will receive is pictured. Has no chips, nicks, cracks or scratches. It does have some discoloration streaks but not sure what they are. It could be crazing but does not really look like it and you cannot feel scratches/cracks with your fingernail.

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