Q. We have two Zippo cigarette lighters brought back by my son-in-law from a naval tour of duty in 1966-67. Engraved on the front is VIETNAM CRUISE 1966-1967 with an imprint of the ship's image U.S.S.F.D. Roosevelt CVA 42. I also have 2 Terri Lee dolls dating from the late '40s or early '50s. How can I find out the value of such items, and where can I contact collectors?
- Mrs. B. Havard, Biloxi, Miss.
A. A new book that pictures such lighters in color and describes them in great detail - and contains a "U.S. Ships on Viet Nam Zippos" chapter showing several Roosevelt ship examples - is "The Viet Nam Zippo, 1933-1975 - With Prices" by Jim Fiorella (Schiffer; 610-593-1777). It is available for $43.90 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, IL 60659.
WARNING: Many of the lighters show lewd scenes or are engraved with indecent language or gutter poetry.
To sell such lighters or any other Vietnam War-related items, write Randy Donley at his War Exhibitions Museum. 8512 S. Union Rd., Union, IL 60180; or phone him toll free at 1-800-923-8003.
To check out or sell Terri Lee dolls, send clear photos or detailed descriptions of them, including their size, condition and any marks on the torso, to Gigi Williams c/o Gigi's Dolls & Sherry's Teddy Bears, 6029 N. Northwest Highway, Chicago, IL 60631.
Terri Lee dolls were made of composition from 1946 to 1947, of painted hard plastic between 1947 and 1950, of hard plastic between 1951 and 1962, and of vinyl afterwards. Some are worth big bucks.
Q. I have some old chauffeur badges and license plates that I have no need for and want to sell. Can you put me in touch with a collector or buyer?
- George M., Stockton, Calif.
A. Write Russell Riberto (who buys and pays instant cash for early chauffeur and other types of old badges, medals and auto and motorcycle license plates) c/o Russells Antiques, 2404 W. 111th St., Chicago, IL 60655. Enclose a photocopy of the items and a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply, offer, or free evaluation. Or phone Russell at 773-233-3205 days or 708-422-0535 evenings.