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Summary: (Jan/2007) Apache is one of the most popular of the rarer cones with around 7 (?) on-grade examples; and 80-90+ (?) outside examples. 1-2007
||1. In one survey of can labels in the 1980's, Apache ranked #1 for its design.
"Apache" in cans was filled by Arizona Brewing during the approximate 1936 time frame. It was distributed around Arizona and maybe in other states, as was the brand in bottles. Newspaper ads showing Apache cans have been found in Phoenix, and Ed Scoglietti found another newspaper ad from Yuma, AZ. Collectors like Ed Sipos and Marcia Butterbaugh have more information on the brewery; possible total number of Apache beer cans that were distributed, etc.
2. On-grade Apache cans that are known in collections: background on 7 examples that turned up in the 1970's, and how many more are around?
---Clay Tichelar BCCA #701 found a grade one example in his Bensonville "find", with a few nicks, and his #701 is on bottom. In July, 2006 Ted Larsen bought it with the Wally Gilbert collection. How did Wally get it? When Clay Tichelar sold his cones in Sept. 1975, he gave Bob Myers first choice. As Bob was glad to have the choice, he only took those needed for his collection, leaving the Apache as he already had an example traded by Rich Bentley. Roger Wolken of Moline, IL had second choice for Clay's cones and could have bought it (?) or somebody else did, but in any event, Clay's #701 Apache is understood to have ended up with Dave Stark BCCA #4254. Then around 1978, when also having the higher-grade Apache from the Mercier Collection, Dave passed the #701 Apache to Wally Gilbert who ended up keeping it for years.
---In around 1976, Jim Mercier of Wisconsin located one of the best cone collections of 55 beer and ale cones in "Lake Tahoe area", which included an Apache. Around 1978 (?), Dave Stark bought from Jim Mercier the beer cones from that "find", and the Apache is still held by Dave Stark.
---The other 5 examples were from one of the greatest single brand "finds" ever of a rare cone by the wife of Rich Bentley, BCCA #1642, of St. Louis area; updated information from Rich in 2006:
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