Apple mugs are very popular among collectors. These ceramic cups come in all different flavors and most sport Apple’s rainbow logo or name written in the large iconic Garamond typeface. Apple mugs can be relatively easy to find and some are still in new condition even after all these years. Many are pictured in the early The Apple Collection Catalogs. These catalogs also serve to help us narrow down the years the different mugs were produced.
I’ve been collecting these cool mugs for years and, while I can’t say I have the complete collection, there are a few that are my favorite, but there is one particular mug that ranks heads above the rest and this leads me to today’s post.
I’ve found my collecting fever ebbs and flows with time. Sometimes I’m constantly checking eBay for anything Apple that strikes my fancy, while I can go months without checking. But, I have a decent feel for what’s out there and what I’m still in the hunt for.
Well, last week I got super lucky. Not having checked eBay for several months I just happened to open the app while killing time in the airport on one of my trips. BINGO! I found the Apple of my eye. It was an early Macintosh mug I had been looking for over many years. This particular mug is, IMHO, the absolute hardest to find.
It’s the mug with Mac and his keyboard on one side and the rainbow logo on the other. This mug is different than all the rest too because of its shape. It’s 4 inches tall and almost 5 inches wide. While I’ve yet to find this mug pictured in any Apple catalogs it was all about Mac (1984). I found one on eBay years ago and bought it, but it had cracks. And while it was still structurally sound and highly collectible, I hoped one day I could find another without the cracks. Honestly, I didn’t think I ever would. It is just that rare, plus good grief the thing is ceramic and how many people can keep these mugs for over 30 years without them breaking.
And this is where the BINGO comes in. I have several different searches pre-set on eBay and in hopes one day I’d find another I pre-set an Apple mug search.
Yep, there he was and he didn’t have a single crack, plus he still had the rubber base intact. So, I grabbed it. And yes, I probably overpaid, but when you collect stuff sometimes it’s the price you have to pay and I did.
So, let me introduce my newest member to my Apple collection. Drum roll…
Ladies and gentlemen, please allow me to introduce the Macintosh mug.
And just in case you are interested, I listed my cracked one on eBay now and hope it will find a good home. It served me well all these years.