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Vacor de Mexico (1930-present)

COMPANY HISTORY

Vacor de Mexico originated in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1930. It began by producing clay marbles but by around 1934 was manufacturing glass marbles with two machines. Today it is the world's leading manufacturer of marbles (making over 12,000,000 marbles each day!) and exports its products to over 40 countries.

IDENTIFICATION TIPS

Little is known about the early marbles produced by Vacor de Mexico. It is though they began manufacturing catseye marbles in 1944 and if so these would predate those imported to the United States by Japan in the years following World War II.

In the 1990s, Vacor de Mexico marbles have become more familiar to collectors, as each year they release new styles, many of them comprised of bright colors. Each style has a name attributed to it by the company; such names include Agates, Black Panthers, Blue Macaws, Candies, Corals, Dalmatians, Destroyers, Diamonds, Fiestas, Flames, Galacticas, Galaxies, Glitters, Green Parrots, Jaspers, Jupiters, Mambas, Meteors, Milky Ways, Mirages, Oldies, Owls, Oxbloods, Pandas, Pearls, Picassos, Pirates, Red Devils, Ribbons, Saharas, Scorpions, Serpentinas, Silvers, Spaghettis, Spotties, Stardusts, Sunsets, Tapeworms, Thunderbolts, Tidal Waves, Tomatoes, Turtles, Wave Breakers, Yellow Jackets, Yellow Perils, and Zulus, to name a few.

The key to identifying modern Vacor marbles and differentiating them from older styles, which they often resemble, is in the glass. Vacor marbles often have an "oily" sheen that makes them shinier than most older marbles. Second, the glass surface often has an "orange peel" texture. This is especially apparent on larger marbles, but even the smaller ones, if inspected under magnification, will manifest tiny pits that really do make the surface look like the peel of an orange.

Most Vacor de Mexico marble can be categorized as either patches or swirls. These can be further subdivided by the base glass: transparent or opaque. Furthermore, either type of glass may be regular or iridescent. Overall, marbles from this company are rather dull, though some new styles, like the Michelangelo, are actually quite striking.

During the 1990s Vacor also produced a series of hand made marbles, which were distributed through Toys R Us. They were sold in net mesh bags, each containing three marbles. These marbles lack pontils and contain multicolored swirls that loop within a clear glass matrix. They measure around 1 1/16" and are sometimes mistaken for large Christensen "Cyclones" by inexperienced or wishful thinking collectors.

VACOR DE MEXICO MARBLE GALLERY

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Black Panther ("Pirata")

Opaque black base with two opposing banded patches of the same color, either red, yellow, green, or blue.

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Milky Way

Opaque metallic purple base with white swirls.

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Hurricane

Opaque white base with green, red, brown, and blue swirls.

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Michelangelo

Translucent blue base with white, yellow, and red or orange swirls.

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Red Baron

Opaque white base with red swirls.

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Snowflake

Transparent clear base with iridescent surface and six-vaned blue or white catseye core.

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Serpent ("Serpentina")

Opaque light blue base with yellow and red to orange swirls

WARNING: SOMETIMES MISREPRESENTED AS A PELTIER SUPERMAN

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Pearly ("Perla")

Opaque red, yellow, white, blue, green, or metallic base with iridescent surface.

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Neptune

Translucent cobalt blue base with white swirls.

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Patriot

Opaque white base with one blue patch opposing one smaller red patch.

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Picasso

Opaque white base with blue, yellow, and red to orange swirls.

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Soapstone

Transparent clear base with iridescent surface.

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Surfing

Translucent blue base with an iridescent surface and a white banded patch opposing a banded patch of another color, either red or yellow.

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Jupiter

Opaque metallic base with speckles of two different colors (combinations of yellow, blue, green, red, and white).

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Meteor ("Meteoro")

Opaque metallic base with iridescent surface.

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Steely Torpedo

Opaque metallic base.

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Rainbow ("Arcoiris Brillante")

Transparent clear base with two opposing banded patches of the same color, either red, blue, purple, yellow, white, or green.

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Super Crystal Cat Eye ("Trebol")

Transparent clear base with six-vane three color (any combination of red, orange, yellow, green, and blue) catseye core.

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Flame ("Flama")

Transparent clear base with an iridescent surface and a red, green, yellow, or blue "banana" core.

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Volcano

Opaque blue base with red swirls.

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Stardust

Transparent clear base with red, blue, yellow, or green raised speckles on the surface.

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Destroyer

Opaque black base with yellow, blue, and red raised speckles on the surface.

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Turtle ("Tortuga")

Opaque light to dark green base with two opposing banded patches of the same color, either red, orange, or yellow.

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Spaghetti

Transparent clear base with blue, orange, green, yellow, or white "wirepull" swirls.

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Starburst ("Stelaris")

Transparent clear base with an iridescent surface and blue, orange, green, yellow, or white "wirepull" swirls.

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Cotton Candy

Transparent pink base with white "wirepull" swirls.

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Atomic Fireball

Roughened translucent red base with one white banded patch opposing one yellow banded patch.

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Thunderbolt

Opaque black base with blue swirls.

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Wave Breaker ("Duende")

Opaque light blue base with an iridescent surface and yellow swirls.

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Cardinal

Transparent red base with one yellow banded patch opposing one white banded patch.

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Tidal Wave or Ocean ("Oceano")

Opaque pale blue base with white swirls.

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Agate ("Perico")

Opaque white base with two opposing banded patches, either red and green, red and yellow, blue and green, or blue and yellow.

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Blue Dolphin or Corsair

Opaque light blue base with two opposing banded patches, either red and yellow, green and red, green and yellow, red and white, or yellow and white.

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Oily

Transparent pink, red, blue, clear, brown, or yellow base with an iridescent surface.

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Orca

Opaque black base with two opposing white banded patches.

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Blue Macaw

Transparent blue base with one white banded patch opposing another banded patch of yellow or red.

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Green Parrot

Transparent green base with one white banded patch opposing another banded patch of yellow or red.

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Galaxy

Opaque black base with white, blue, red, green, or yellow speckles.

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Wicked Owl

Transparent teal blue base with an iridescent surface and white and purple to brown swirls.

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Jasper or Bumblebee

Opaque yellow base with purple to brown swirls.

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Van Gogh

Opaque blue base with yellow swirls.

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Old Fashioned

Opaque white base with yellow, red, orange, green, blue, or purple swirls.

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Scorpion ("Escorpion")

Opaque black base with orange to red swirls.

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Red Devil ("Diablo")

Opaque red base with two opposing yellow banded patches.

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Zulu or Twister

Opaque black base with orange to red and yellow swirls.

WARNING: SOMETIMES MISREPRESENTED AS A CHRISTENSEN TRICOLOR SWIRL.

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Candy

Opaque white base with an iridescent surface and two opposing banded patches, either orange and yellow, orange and green, green and yellow, or purple and green.

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Spumoni

Opaque yellow base with an iridescent surface and red and blue swirls.

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Panda

Opaque white base with an iridescent surface and two opposing brown to purple banded patches.

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Gumball

Transparent clear base with an iridescent surface and two opposing banded patches of the same color, either white, blue, yellow, green, red, or purple.

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Crystal ("Aguita")

Transparent clear, green, blue, or brown base.

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Banana Swirl

Transparent clear base with yellow and white swirls.

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Blueberry Freeze

Roughened translucent light blue base with white swirls.

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Mango Twist

Transparent clear base with an iridescent surface and red and white swirls.

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Tornado

Transparent cobalt blue base with an iridescent surface and red, yellow, and white swirls.

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Hand Made Swirl

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Hand Made Swirl

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Hand Made Swirl

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Hand Made Swirl

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Hand Made Swirl

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Hand Made Swirl

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Hand Made Swirl

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Hand Made Swirl

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Hand Made Swirl

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Hand Made Swirl

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Hand Made Swirl

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Hand Made Swirl

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