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    Vitro Elites

    Here some Vitro Elites from my collection. Definitely some of the coolest Vitro marbles, in my opinion. These are mostly around 3/4" with a couple of 5/8"s in there.



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    Re: Vitro Elites

    some of my favorites!

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    Re: Vitro Elites

    I"ll have to agree with you two on that!!!!VERY COOL!!!!!!!

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    Thanks That Girl and Fredt!

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    Re: Vitro Elites

    What makes a Vitro Elite? Bands of at least 3 different colors plus wispy white?

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    Re: Vitro Elites

    Susan, FWIW, I think one trait is red ribbons surrounding a yellow patch. -Ric

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    Re: Vitro Elites

    Lovely, and not terribly easy to find in wonderful condition! That is a very nice group.

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    Re: Vitro Elites

    Most of those are a type called superiors. They used to be called mystery marbles. Elites do not have to have red surrounding a yellow patch. Edna

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    Re: Vitro Elites

    Edna, are you saying Elites are the same as Mystery Marbles? Would they be the Mystery Marbles II described in the American Machine Made Marbles book? The book says:

    "These Vitro Agate marbles are 80 percent clear with colored patches that seem to float inside, just below the surface, but sometimes dive into the center. These beautiful marbles appear to be uncommon. The interior patches are in either one, two, or three color combinations. Blue/red, green/red, brown/red, blue/red/brown or green/red/brown seem to be most typical."

    (i.e., should I take my pen and cross out Mystery Marbles II and write in Elites?)

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    Re: Vitro Elites

    My superiors are in post #49 here'
    http://marbleconnection.invisionzone...pic=8597&st=40

    they are the top row of the box that has beach balls on the second row and then 3 rows of fancy tigereyes. See if you think they look like these.
    My superiors are a type of elite. I don't know about what AMMM says. When I bought them, they had just been renamed superior instead of mystery marbles. No one was sure before that they were even vitro. Edna

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    Re: Vitro Elites

    Learn something everyday!

    I found all of these in an old cloth bag, along with maybe 30 other great vitros, 5 large Popeyes including a hybrid, some oxbloods, some benningtons, and some beautiful Master made marbles at a little Junk store (imagine Sanford and Son) in Florida for 20 bucks! One of my better hauls!

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    Re: Vitro Elites

    They are Superiors, but I thought Superiors were a type of an Elite? I don't know Vitros too well though. I guess construction wise they are more similar to a bullseye or maybe a Conquerer type.

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    Re: Vitro Elites

    These are tri-lites.

    That's Vitro's name for what used to be called the mystery marbles.

    Some tri-lites are called elites. That's a collectors' name for "especially colorful" tri-lites, or some such entity. I've tried to get someone to explain what's especially colorful about some sort of simple ones which have been labelled elites. No go. It's a subjective name.


    Superior is also a collectors' name for a type of tri-lites. It is a better defined name. This is where the red ribbons around the yellow patch come in.



    Conquerors and bullseyes came after tri-lites.
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    Re: Vitro Elites

    Thanks for all the information on these, everybody! Does anybody have an idea of about when they would have been made? I was thinking maybe 1930's, but I'm not sure.

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    1930's is a good bet.

    Vitro started in Vienna in 1932. That is where they made tri-lites. Moved to Parkersburg in 1945.




    It was during the war that they started making the Victories and Conquerors, so some of those came from Vienna, but aren't what are thought of as Vienna Vitros like the tri-lites are.

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