Zippo Celebrates Apollo 11 50th With 'Collectible of the Year' Lighter

Space.com | 7/20/1969 | Robert Z. Pearlman
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An iconic U.S. brand is sparking collector interest with a tribute to the first moon landing.

Zippo has released its "2019 Collectible of the Year," a limited edition metal lighter commemorating the 1969 Apollo 11 lunar mission.

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"Zippo celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first time humans set foot on the surface of the moon, and the brave Apollo mission astronauts who proved that humanity could accomplish astronomical feats," the Zippo Manufacturing Company of Bradford, Pennsylvania, announced on its website.

Limited to 14,000 pieces, the "Moon Landing 50 Years" metal lighter features a raised front design depicting an Apollo astronaut cradling Earth as it rises above the lunar surface. The lighter's body is speckled with iridescent "sparkles" suspended inside a glossy deep black, a "Galaxy" finish that Zippo has used only twice in its history and which is employed here to "reflect brilliant flashes of light through the depths of the cosmos."

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The image of the spacesuited Apollo astronaut is carved into the lighter's body and then laser engraved. The blue, green and white Earth is formed using a color imaging process "to create a stunning replica on the Earth from the view of the moon," according to the website.

Zippo’s "Moon Landing: 50 Years" lighter features a laser-engraved design and a Galaxy finish.

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Zippo's artists rendered the moon's surface with the company's newest technique, called "Texture Print," which combines color imaging...
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