• Red Nichols, Holstorian

Make mine rare, please

Updated: Nov 29, 2020

I suppose this one's about that one catalog, that a collector would need to complete a full series of catalogs from a single maker. It's the one of which there's a good chance you will never find a copy in good condition.

The rarest Bianchi catalog is . . . the 1969/70. It was the second of a series that had identical covers with only the date changed, so if you think you have one, look again! I've only ever seen one come up for sale and John Witty owns it. The cover began with the 1968 (they're all dated on their covers), then this one for 69/70, then the 1970, and the last of them was marked 1971 -- only the date was changed:

The first Alfonso catalog:

The first Andy Anderson, that I know of:

The 1895 Heiser catalog is the earliest we know of; a copy in a Midwest museum is only a very poor Xerox:

The 1965 Safari Ltd. catalog is actually the first of the Safariland catalogs; so a 'transition' catalog between the two names. The one that you've seen, for Safariland, is green:

A 1907 Myres 'Sweetwater' catalog:

This 1935ish Berns-Martin brochure in in Witty's collection:

If you ever locate a Roy Baker catalog from his earliest, Illinois years, you let me know, quick-smart. It's uncertain that it even exists.

This is a page from the only Seventrees catalog that was ever printed; it's not the catalog but the page that is rare because the catalog was a loose-leaf folder and in only one case do I know of one that is complete including one of his most famous products, his horizontal shoulder holster of which many holsters have survived but not the page itself:

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