Miscellaneous
Commemorative Lighters and Ashtrays

Pocket and Table

updated 08/17/2017

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1960s-70s Storm King Aluminum Lighter

      Great old lighter, which I am guessing comes from the 1960s or early 1970s by the style of the block "N" and the script writing on the other side.

Thanks to Dan Wagner for the pic!

 


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1960s Blue Bird Music Box Lighter

      This is an interesting lighter in that it has a wind up music box in the bottom that plays "There Is No Place Like Nebraska."  Inscribed on the bottom are "Lucy Lite" and "Blue Bird" which I assume to be the manufacturer. Patent #13719.

Thanks to Chad Maun for the photos and info.


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1960s Mascot Lighter

      This is a very nice mascot lighter from the 1960s featuring one of several images used over the decades as a Cornhusker mascot.  Similar versions of this fella were used as far back as the 1940s on pennants and other items.

Thanks to Arnold Remington for the photos and info.


1970-71 Champs

     This pocket lighter reads Nebraska 1970-1971 Big 8 Orange Bowl National #1. It's unique in that it does not say Champs or Champions. The other side has a large "N" on it. Bottom says Made in U.S.A.

 

Anonymous contributor, not in my collection.


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1970-71 Commemorative Table Lighter

      This gold beauty is 3" high. On one side says 1970-1971 National Champions w/a picture of Harry Husker. The other side says GO B1G RED. The two sides have the '70 & '71 opponents & scores. On the bottom it reads Bantam/Piezo Electric Table Gas Lighter/Japan. To the best of my knowledge these were given out to boosters.

Anonymous contributor, not in my collection.


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1970-71 Commemorative Table Lighter

      This is a red companion to the gold one above, and is also 3" high. Two sides says "1 NEBRASKA" with "2 Years in a Row" underneath. The other two sides have the '70 & '71 opponents & scores. On the bottom it reads Bantam/Piezo Electric Table Gas Lighter/Japan. To the best of my knowledge these were given out to boosters, but as you can see on the "1" side, there was a limited edition of 1000 made.

Thanks to Dan Wagner for the pics!


1970-71 "UN" Lighter

      Another very nice and hard to find lighter.  This is a Penguin lighter, made in Japan.  It is unique due to the "UN" on the helmet, instead of "NU" that used to be on the helmets from 1967 through 1969, until replaced by the single "N" in 1970, though a few with "NU" still appeared from time to time in games.

      

 

Anonymous contributor, not in my collection.

 


1971-72 Lighter Error

      A nice silver lighter sold in 1972.  The bottom is marked "Penguin", another lighter company that I as a non-smoker am not familiar with.  Not sure if it is stainless, buffed chrome or nickel.  It states "#1 71-72" which of course should have been 70-71.  Nice hard to find lighter.

 

Anonymous contributor, not in my collection.

 


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1971-72 National Champs

      Appears to be another red betal Storm King lighter celebrating the back to back 1970 and 1971 National Championships.  It states "#1 70-71" with the State "GO BIG RED" logo in the middle.  Nice hard to find lighter.

 

Thanks to J.C. Wickstrom, not in my collection.

 


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1970s Lighter

      This is likely from the 1970s judging from the state outline logo used on similar items from that decade.

 

Thanks to Arnold Remington for the photo

 


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1970s Herbie Husker Lighter

      This is a Gas Lite brand lighter, likely from the 1970s judging from the Herbie logo with outlined block letters used on similar items from that decade.  Looks very close in appearance to the cream colored lighter below, both may have been made by the same company.

 

Thanks to Cory Johnson for the photo

 


Various Undated Collector Lighters

      The one on the left is a disposable lighter that appears to be from the early 1970s.  The second is a refillable lighter, not sure of the manufacturer, but could also be from the 1970s or early 1980s.

Thanks to Dan Wagner for the pics!

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Ashtrays


MAshtray_64OrangeBowl.jpg (98313 bytes) 1964 Orange Bowl Ashtray

      Commemorating the 1964 Orange Bowl victory over Auburn.  Measures 6" in diameter, made of thick, heavy glass.

Anonymous contributor, not in my collection.

 


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      Beautiful ashtray from 1971 commemorating the 1970 National Championship. Measures 5-1/2" in diameter, made of thick, heavy glass.

Anonymous contributor, not in my collection.

 


Early 1970s Ashtray

      Beautiful ashtray from the very early 1970's, and I don't smoke!  Most likely from the 1970 season, my only clue being the red helmet with white "N".  The final decision for white helmets versus red was made after a lot of merchandisers produced a number of collectible items for the upcoming season.  This makes the ones with red helmets very collectible. Measures 6" by 6".

Anonymous contributor, not in my collection.

 


1970 Glass Ashtray

      Very simple, but very nice, glass ashtray from 1970.  This was the first year with the single "N" on the helmets instead of "NU" that had been on the helmet from 1967-1969, with a few of those helmets still seen here and there in games until 1971.  It is 8" square. 

Thanks to Bob Ihrig for the photo.

 


Omaha World Herald

Jan 2, 1972

      Another item distributed by the Omaha World Herald following the Jan 1, 1972 Orange Bowl in which the Huskers beat the Alabama Crimson Tide for their second straight National Championship.  Look for companion OWH items on the stein/mugs page.  About 7" in diameter.

Not in my collection.

 


Misty Lounge Ashtray

      Quite a rare find, this is a Misty Lounge original, featuring "Go Big Red" on the back along with the name of the owners, Grace and Bob Melton.  Misty Lounge, or "Misty's" as it was popularly known as, was a favorite restaurant of the Bob Devaney coaching staff.   Measures 3-1/2" by 3-1/2".

 Thanks to Dave Brown for the contribution.


Early 1970s Ashtray

      Another beautiful ashtray from the very early 1970's, most likely following the 1970 season.  Just over 9" long.

Anonymous contributor, not in my collection.


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1970s Ashtray

      Most likely from the early 1970s like the one above. Measures 3" wide by 1" deep.

 Thanks to Jeff Wiese for the contribution.


1970s Ashtray

      Not sure of the dimensions or date, but a nice gold leaf rimmed ashtray featuring Herbie Husker. Likely a promotional item from the 1970s promoting Herbie as the new mascot as of the 1974 season. Same size and overall design as the red helmet ashtray above. Measures 6" by 6".

 Thanks to Dave Brown for the contribution.


Early 1980s Ashtray

      A nice glass ashtray from the 1980's.  Nothing fancy, but a nice keepsake anyway.

 

 Not in my collection.

 


Early 1980s Ashtray

      Not sure of the date or manufacturer (no markings), but a nice ashtray in the shape of the State of Nebraska saluting the Huskers as #1 in the Nation!  Measures 3-3/8" by 5-1/4.

 Thanks to Jeff Wiese for the details.


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      Not sure of the dimensions or date, but a nice ashtray in the shape of the State of Nebraska saluting the Huskers as #1 in the Nation!

 Not in my collection.


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      Not sure of the dimensions or date, but a nice ashtray in the shape of the State of Nebraska saluting the Huskers as #1 in the Nation!

 Not in my collection.

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