Elvis Presley Zippo: a complete history 1978-2008

This article is published in Russian for the first time. This original study my English friend and collector Gary Gilmore (Gary Gilmore), which was launched them a few years ago and was completed in 2009 specifically for ZippoCollector.ru.

Elvis the complete Zippos line 1978-2008 Worldwide

This directory is divided into several parts. First, go lighter, issued only for the U.S. market. Separately, you will learn about Zippo, issued for Germany, Japan, France and Spain. I will also show pictures that were used in the design of the lighter over the years dedicated to Elvis.

Dating lighters made in accordance with the official catalog and partially checked against lighters from my personal collection. Also used information from books about Zippo, as well as help other collectors, my friends and fans of Elvis.

Each lighter accompanies my personal rating of rarities from one sprocket to normal production model and 5 stars for the rarest of instances.


Zippo Elvis Presley, released for the U.S. market

First picture of Elvis Presley on the lighter Zippo appeared in 1978. However, the first official release was made only in 1987. All that was before - extremely rare prototypes.

1978, Elvis standing
Model: High Polish Chrome
Rarity: *****
Test prototype. This is the first existed Zippo featuring Elvis. Never been on sale.

1982, Elvis bust
Models: Brass, High Polish Chrome, Brushed Chrome, Gold Plated
Rarity: *****
There are also test the prototypes made in four cases.

The next limited release lighters held in 1986 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley.

1986, Elvis 10 years On
Model: Solid Brass
Rarity: *****

In late 1986 and early 1987 was released several different models of Zippo. The models sold very well and started the hobby collectible Zippo iobrazheniyami with Elvis.

1987, Elvis (full colour) bust slim
Models: High Polished Chrome, Brushed Chrome, Brass
Rarity: ***, **** (Brass)

1987, Elvis (full colour) bust
Models: High Polished Chrome, Brushed Chrome, Brass
Also known prototypes in processing Grey Matt finish.
Rarity: ***, ***** (Grey Matt), **** (Brass)

Then in 1987, issued a few lighters and a separate set of 8 pieces, which also sold well.

1987, Elvis 50 years with (unpainted engraving)
Models: Slim and Regular High Polished Chrome
Rarity: **

1987, Elvis 50 years with (gray and black engraving)
Models: Slim and Regular, Brushed Chrome and High Polished Chrome
Rarity: **

1987, Elvis with guitar
Model: Slim High Polished Chrome
Rarity: ***

1987, Elvis with guitar
Model: Regular High Polished Chrome
Rarity: ****

Some of these lighters were also part of a set, which consisted of eight lighters: 4 conventional models and four model slim. This set was issued in a wooden frame with stand. This set can be purchased only as a whole, with all lighters (frame itself is not sold separately.)
Rarity: ****

In 1988 only one vupuschena malotirazhaya model Zippo Elvis.

1988, Elvis 50 years with
Model: Solid Brass
Rarity: ****

In 1990, the test samples were produced new lighters that were not on sale. These Zippo were then officially released only in 1999 for the German market.

1990, Elvis singing (full colour)
Models: High Polished Chrome, Black Matte
Rarity: *****

Next model with Elvis was released just eight years later. In 1998, a concert tour titled "Elvis Presley In Concert", which was attended by members of Elvis Presley, and in live performances of the used videos of Elvis. This led to renewed interest in his work and the emergence of new fans.

1998, Elvis King of Rock n Roll
Model: Matt Chrome
Rarity: **

In 1999 he was released Lighter Elvis Aloha, which is sometimes found on sale in a tin box series "Hollywood Stars" (The Stars of Hollywood), but this model is not included in the stellar series. A series of "The Stars of Hollywood" was released only in 2000, and included three lighters with images of Elvis Presley, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe.

1999, Elvis Aloha
Model: High Polished Chrome
Rarity: ***

2000 was very productive for Zippo collectors to Elvis Presley, this year released the second in a set of stories lighter Elvis Presley.

2000, The Elvis Collection Boxed Set, 4 lighters
Includes:
Zippo Elvis 56, Model High Polished Chrome
Zippo Elvis with guitar, Model High Polished Chrome
Zippo Elvis Presley Gold Record, Model High Polished Brass
Zippo Elvis Face, Model High Polished Chrome
Rarity: ***

Also in 2000, were released following lighters:

2000, Elvis Artist of the Century
Model: Brushed Chrome
Rarity: **

2000, Elvis Face, a series of Stars of Hollywood
Model: Brushed Chrome
Rarity: **

2000, Elvis Face & Guitar
Model: Brushed Chrome
Rarity: **

2000, Elvis Sweater
Moedl: Brushed Chrome
Rarity: **

2000, Elvis Leather
Model: Street Chrome
Rarity: **

In 2002, marks 25 years since the death of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Zippo company this year released the first and only set of lighters and pens dedicated to Elvis.

2002 Elvis Jailhouse Rock
Model: Street Chrome
Rarity: **

2002 Elvis EP 25th Anniversary regular size
Model: High Polished Chrome
Packing: envelope marked 'EP 25'
Rarity: ***

2002 Elvis EP 25th Anniversary Zippo and Pen Set
Model: High Polished Chrome
Packing: special box
On the handle is engraved with the inscription autograph Elvis 'EP25'. The handle was also released separately, not in the set.
Rarity: *** (set) / ** (only pen)

2002 Elvis Heart Emblem (obyno and slim model)
Model: Street Chrome (it was also released in the history of the last model slim, dedicated to Elvis)
Rarity: * (normal) / *** (slim)

2002 Elvis Repeat Squares
Model: High Polished Chrome
Rarity: *

In 2003, was released a few new lighter dedicated to Elvis, including one of the most rare and valuable to collectors. It was a lighter, released exclusively for the members of the club of collectors Zippo Click. It was sold only on the club's website Zippo Click, as well as through the official collectors club Offical Elvis Collectors Club.

2003 Elvis in the Army.
The limited edition Zippo Click Club 500 copies, with special packaging and with a certificate of authenticity.
Rarity: *****

2003 Elvis Blue Anodized
Model: Brushed Chrome
Rarity: **

2003 Elvis Guitar
Model: High Polished Chrome
Rarity: *

2003 Elvis The King of Rock n Roll
Model: Street Chrome
Circulation: 5,000 copies
Packing: special box with a certificate of authenticity.
Rarity: **

2003 Elvis Silhouette Plate
Model: High Polished Chrome
Rarity: *

In 2004, the company began to cooperate Zippo new artist making lighter, dedicated to Elvis. This name - Joe Petruccio (JOE PETRUCCIO). This was the beginning of a very successful collaboration for the company and for collectors.

In 2004, the 50th anniversary of the historic Elvis "That's all Right", written in 1954.

2004 Elvis He dared to rock
A limited edition of 4000 copies in a special box.
Model: Sapphire Blue
Rarity: ***

2004 Elvis Gold Record Logo
A limited edition of 4000 copies in a special box.
Model: Golden Brass
Rarity: ***

2004 Elvis
Model: Black Matte
Rarity: *

In 2005, he published only one Zippo, dedicated to Elvis.

2005 Elvis Trouble
Model: Mood Indigo
Rarity: *

In 2006 it was released most limited editions dedicated to Elvis than in any previous year. In particular - the first two-way design Zippo dedicated to Elvis.

2006 Elvis First Album 50th.Anniversary
Two-way design.
Model: Solid Brass
A limited edition of 2000 copies in a special box.
Rarity: **

2006 Elvis Heartbreak Hotel. 50th.Anniversary
Model: High Polished Black Ice
A limited edition of 2000 copies in a special box.
Rarity: **

2006 Elvis Love Me Tender. 50th.Anniversary
Model: High Polished Chrome
A limited edition of 2000 copies in a box
Rarity: **

2006 Elvis Graceland 50th Anniversary
Model: Solid Brass
A limited edition of 5000 copies in a special box
Rarity: **

2006 Elvis Memories
Model: Street Chrome
Rarity: *

In 2007, the first published Lighter Zippo, dedicated to Elvis and decorated with crystals Swarovski.

2007 Elvis Bling.
Model: Brushed Chrome, decorated with Swarovski crystals
The limited edition of 10,000 copies, in a special box.
Rarity: **

2007 Elvis has left the building
Model: Satin Chrome
Rarity: *

2007 Elvis Lives
Model: Purple Shimmer
Rarity: *

2007 Elvis Monochrome
Model: Satin Chrome
Rarity: *

2007 Elvis Lives
Model: Satin Chrome
Rarity: *

In 2008 he published a lighter with the same picture on the box, which was on a collectible Zippo in 2003, the club issued Zippo Click.

2008 Elvis Military Induction
Model: Black Ice
The limited edition of 10,000 copies, in a special box.
Rarity: *

2008 Elvis Guitar
Model: High Polished Chrome
Rarity: *


Zippo Elvis Presley for the German market, 1999-2007

In Germany, subject to the movement of collectors of Elvis Presley, in part because Elvis was in military service in Germany. The first Zippo for the German market, dedicated to Elvis, was published in 1999. Since then produces very much "German" copies.

1999 Elvis singing
Model: High Polished Chrome
This design was first released in the U.S. in 1990 as a test sample, and in 1999 he went to Germany as early as the serial design.
Rarity: ****

1999 Elvis Face & signature
Model: High Polished Chrome
Rarity: ***

2000 Elvis Face & signature
Model: High Polished Chrome
Rarity: ***

2000 Elvis The King of Rock & Roll signature
Model: High polished Chrome
Rarity: ***

2007 Elvis Rocking
Model: High Polished Chrome
Rarity: **

2007 Elvis Lives
Model: Brushed Chrome
Rarity: *

2007 Elvis Has left the building
Model: Candy Apple Red
Rarity: *

2007 Elvis Blue Stance
Model: High Polished Chrome
Rarity: **

2007 Elvis Star
Model: Brushed Chrome
Rarity: **

2007 Elvis Is
Model: Rainbow Spectrum
Rarity: *

2007 Elvis Lives
Model: Black Ice
Rarity: *

2008 Elvis Has left the building
Model: Brushed Chrome
Rarity: *

2008 Elvis Black (by Joe Petruccio)
Model: Black Matt
Rarity: *

2008 Elvis Music (by Joe Petruccio)
Model: Brushed Chrome
Rarity: *

2008 Elvis Guitar (by Joe Petruccio)
Model: Brushed Chrome
Rarity: *


Zippo Elvis Presley for the Japanese market, 2004-2005

In Japan, 12% of people are fans of Elvis Presley (according to official statistics). It's more than 15 million people. One of the most famous of them - Junichiro Koizumi, the former Prime Minister of Japan.

Zippo first for the Japanese market, dedicated to Elvis, was released in 2004.

2004 Elvis
Model: Japanese Sterling Silver
Special packaging
Rarity: **

2004 Elvis Monochrome No.1
Model: Black Ice
Rarity: ****

2004 Elvis Monochrome No.2
Model: Black Ice
Rarity: ****

2005 Elvis Standard No.1
Model: Brushed Chrome
Rarity: ****
2005 Elvis Standard No.2
Model: High Polished Chrome
Rarity: ****
2005 Elvis Standard No.3
Model: High Polished Chrome
Rarity: ****

2005 Elvis Blue Hawaii
Model: Blue Ice
A limited edition of 250 copies in special packaging
Rarity: *****

2005 Elvis Blue Hawaii
Model: High Polished Chrome
A limited edition of 250 copies in special packaging
Rarity: ****

The last two models Zippo - very rare (250 copies) of all ever made and dedicated to Elvis Presley.


Zippo Elvis Presley for French and Spanish markets, 2005-2009

2005 Elvis Dancing (Spain)
Model: Brushed Chrome
Rarity: ****

2008 Elvis Blue Guitar (France)
Model: Blue Matte
Rarity: **

2009 Elvis Betty Harper (France)
Model: Street Chrome
Rarity: ***


Original photos of Elvis that were used on different Zippo

Gary Gilmore

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10 Comments

  1. long_boy (06.01.2010 09:31) ( Reply )

    Ofigitelnooooooooo!

  2. Qik (eleven seven 1.6.2010) ( Reply )

    Typo - "At the end of 1986 and beginning of 1897"

  3. Qik (1.6.2010 11:10) ( Reply )

    Judging by the picture in the same sentence is not true - "Some of these lighters were also part of a set, which consisted of eight conventional models and 8 models"

    1. kypexin (1.6.2010 fifty-eight past six p.m.) ( Reply )

      Thank you for your careful reading typos corrected :) :)

  4. yours_truly (06.01.2010 17:21) ( Reply )

    Cool, but probably not so easy to put together a story! Considerable work! Doubly commendable!

  5. Gary Gilmore (07.01.2010 04:46) ( Reply )

    Elvis Presley was the first music artist to have a license with Zippo. As from today their is over 60 Elvis Zippos (worldwide) that i know of, released by Zippo. It took me over two months to track down all the releases here. The early German and japanese releases was the hardest to find information on. I did get some great help from fellow Elvis fans and Zippo collectors worldwide. The Elvis Zippo which was released from spain in 2005, was also one which i got from a friend, and i knew nothing about it before hand. I also know of six other Elvis lighters, which i could not get proof of, as to if they was made by Zippo. So these wasn't put in.
    I do know of other releases since writing this, from French promos to American test samples. Elvis Zippos are one of the best sellers for the Zippo Company, and will continue too be so.
    I enjoyed doing it, as im a big Elvis fan also. I hope to update it soon. With many more Elvis released Zippos to show you. My thanks to Vlad, and all you Elvis fans out their.

    May all your Cadillacs be pink.

    Gary

  6. Qik (twelve forty-one 07/01/2010) ( Reply )

    Free translation:
    Elvis Presley was the first artist who had a license to Zippo. As of today, Zippo lighters models with symbols Presley 60 (worldwide), those that I know. It took me over two months to track all issues and to describe them here. By rannym German and Japanese release (series) it was difficult to find any information. I got a lot of help from other Elvis fans and collectors of Zippo lighters worldwide. Zippo Elvis released in Spain in 2005, was also the one that I got from a friend, and I knew nothing about it before. I also know of six other Zippo c Elvis, but I could not get the evidence that they were actually released by Zippo. That's why I did not put them in the article.

    I know about other issues (after writing), from the French to the American promo test samples.
    Lighters with Elvis very well marketed by Zippo, and it will continue.
    I like to write an article, because I am a big fan of Elvis.
    I hope to update the article soon. I'll try to show you all the lighters with Elvis, who released the company Zippo. I express my gratitude to Vladimir, and all fans of Elvis.

    May all your Cadillacs be pink.

    Gary

  7. Alyunya (16/01/2010 ten six) ( Reply )

    The author of the stupendous work done to prepare for this interesting material. Thank you! Much of the life of Elvis captured here on lighters ... I'm a big fan of Elvis, and Zippo lighters are among the highest quality in the world. I will look forward to the continuation of your article.

  8. Timothy (21.02.2010 01:40) ( Reply )

    To be honest, much lighter impression ... Fakes, or what?. No, I have no doubt that they are all true, but that the selection and execution of the images on them - it's something.
    2000, Elvis Face & Guitar - guitar head stuck?
    2000, Elvis Sweater - blue background =)
    A lot of small problems, but that's masterpieces:
    2006 Elvis Love Me Tender. 50th.Anniversary - Elvis kissing a corpse?
    2009 Elvis Betty Harper (France) - that in the face of a gray spot sticks out?
    Do not think anything, I am very well to Zippo and even better - to Elvis. The stranger to see what exactly Zippo, and it was with Elvis have tacos

  9. Timothy (21.02.2010 01:42) ( Reply )

    I apologize.
    I say have the ambiguous, to say the least, design. In general, a good laugh) No offense!

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