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During the course of a year, we receive many phone calls, emails, and letters on Winchester non-factory special editions and limited editions which do not appear in this section. It should be noted that a factory commemorative issue is a gun that has been manufactured, marketed, factory cataloged, and sold through the auspices of the specific trademark. There have literally been hundreds of non-factory special and limited editions which, although mostly made by Winchester (some were subcontracted), were not marketed or retailed by Winchester. These guns are NOT considered Winchester factory commemoratives in this publication, and for the most part, do not have the desirability factor that the factory commemoratives have. Non-factory cataloged special/limited editions are not listed in this text, because there are literally hundreds of them and collector interest is not as great as for the factory commemoratives. Remember, the least your special/limited edition can be worth is a little more than the standard edition value. Do not concentrate on the rarity or you will be disappointed.
Typically, special and limited editions are made for distributors and typically manufactured by sub-contract for an organization, state, special event, personality, etc. and are typically sold and marketed through a distributor to dealers, or a company/individual to those people who want to purchase them. These special editions may or may not have a retail price and many times, the demand may be regional with values decreasing rapidly in other areas of the country. Also, most special/limited editions do not have alphabetical prefixes/suffixes within their serial ranges. Desirability is the key to determining values on these editions.
As a reminder on commemoratives, especially for the beginning collector, here are a few facts applicable to all manufacturers of commemoratives. Commemoratives were guns specifically designed as a reproduction of an historically famous gun model, or as a tie-in with historically famous persons or events. They are generally of very excellent quality and often embellished with select woods and finishes such as silver, nickel, or gold plating. Obviously, they are manufactured to be instant collectibles and to be pleasing to the eye. As with firearms in general, not all commemorative models have achieved collector status, although most enjoy an active market. Consecutive-numbered pairs as well as collections based on the same serial number will bring a premium. Remember that handguns usually are in some type of wood presentation case, and that rifles may be cased or in packaging with graphics styled to the particular theme of the collectible.
The original factory packaging and papers should always accompany the firearm as they are necessary to realize full value. All commemorative firearms should be absolutely new, unfired, and as issued since any obvious use or wear removes it from collector status and lowers its value significantly. Many owners have allowed their commemoratives to sit in their boxes and plastic bags (could be serious if there is moisture where storage occurs) for years without inspecting them for corrosion or oxidation damage. Periodic inspection should be implemented to ensure no damage occurs - this is important, since even light "freckling" created from touching the metal surfaces can reduce values significantly. A fired gun with obvious wear or without its original packaging can lose as much as 50% of its normal value - many used commemoratives get sold as "fancy shooters" with little, if any, premiums being asked.
The values listed reflect actual prices paid recently through dealer offerings, at gun shows, and both online and brick and mortar auctions. In some regions it may be possible to purchase a Winchester 94 commemorative made in substantial quantity for a slight premium over a standard production Winchester 94. Because of this, prices could fluctuate over 25% depending on the geographic location of purchase or sale.
A final note on factory commemoratives: One of the characteristics of commemoratives/special editions is that over the years of ownership, most of the original amount manufactured stays in the same NIB condition. Thus, if supply always is constant and in one condition, demand has to increase before price appreciation can occur. Many commemorative dealers have told me that recent changes in overseas currency rates have made domestic guns less expensive to own - for Europeans especially. For this reason, more commemoratives are being sold overseas resulting in less supply for the domestic market. After almost 50 years of factory commemoratives and non-factory commemorative/special editions, the performance of these older guns can now be accurately analyzed and the appreciation (or depreciation) can be compared against other purchases of equal vintage. A definitive series of articles has been written on Commemoratives and how they have performed as investments against other traditional economic items - please visit www.bluebookofgunvalues.com click on the Blogs tab - S.P. Fjestad's Lethal Blogging - Archived Articles - then click on Commemorative Firearms - Beauty or the Beast Parts 1-4. You be the judge.
U.S. Repeating Arms announced in 1990 that they would once again resume the production of factory commemorative firearms.
There are no factory records available on Winchester Commemoratives from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, and as a result, no factory letters are available.
1964 WYOMING DIAMOND JUBILEE 94 CARBINE
ser. no. range WJ1- WJ1500.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$1,200$1001,501
1966 CENTENNIAL '66 RIFLE
no ser. no. prefix or suffix.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$695$125N/A
1966 CENTENNIAL '66 CARBINE
total mfg. of both the rifle and carbine was 102,309, no ser. no. prefix or suffix.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$695$125102,309
Add $50-$75 over individual prices for consecutively serial numbered rifle and carbine set.
1966 NEBRASKA CENTENNIAL 94 RIFLE
ser. no. range NC1- NC2500.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$1,200$1002,500
1967 CANADIAN '67 CENTENNIAL RIFLE
no ser. no. prefix or suffix.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$650$125N/A
1967 CANADIAN '67 CENTENNIAL CARBINE
total mfg. of both the rifle and carbine was 90,301, no ser. no. prefix or suffix.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$650$12590,301
Add $50-$75 over individual prices for consecutively serial numbered rifle and carbine set.
1967 ALASKAN PURCHASE CENTENNIAL CARBINE
ser. no. range AP1- AP1500, w/rack.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$1,395$1251,501
1968 ILLINOIS SESQUICENTENNIAL 94 CARBINE
ser. no. range IS1- IS37468.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$595$11037,468
1968 BUFFALO BILL RIFLE "1 OF 300" PRES.
ser. no. range WCF1- WCF300.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$3,995$1,000300
1968 BUFFALO BILL RIFLE
ser. no. range WC1- WC112923.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$695$130N/A
1968 BUFFALO BILL CARBINE
total mfg. of both the rifle and carbine was 112,923, ser. no. range WC1- WC112923.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$695$130112,923
Add $50-$75 over individual prices for consecutively serial numbered rifle and carbine set.
1969 GOLDEN SPIKE CARBINE
ser. no. range GS1- GS69996.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$700$12069,996
1969 THEO. ROOSEVELT RIFLE
ser. no. range TR1- TR52386.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$695$135N/A
1969 THEO. ROOSEVELT CARBINE
total mfg. of both the rifle and carbine was 52,386, ser. no. range TR1- TR52386.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$695$13552,386
1970 COWBOY COMMEMORATIVE CARBINE
ser. no. range CB1- CB27549.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$750$12527,549
1970 COWBOY CARBINE "1 OF 300"
ser. no. range NCHF1- NCHF300.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$3,995$1,000300
1970 LONE STAR RIFLE
ser. no. range LS1- LS38385.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$695$140N/A
1970 LONE STAR CARBINE
total mfg. of both the rifle and carbine was 38,385, ser. no. range LS1- LS38385.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$695$14038,385
1971 NRA CENTENNIAL MUSKET
ser. no. range NRA1- NRA47380, not all shipped.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$695$15023,400
1971 NRA CENTENNIAL RIFLE
ser. no. range NRA1- NRA47380, not all shipped.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$695$15021,000
1974 TEXAS RANGER CARBINE
ser. no. range RA151- RA5000.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$795$1354,850
1974 TEXAS RANGER PRESENTATION
ser. no. range RA1- RA150.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$3,995$1,000150
1976 U.S. BICENTENNIAL CARBINE
ser. no. range USA1- USA19999.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$795$32519,999
1977 WELLS FARGO
ser. no. range WFC1- WFC19999.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$795$35019,999
1977 "LIMITED EDITION I"
ser. no. range 77L1- 77L1500.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$1,595$1,5001,500
1977 LEGENDARY LAWMEN
ser. no. range LL1- LL19999.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$895$37519,999
1978 ANTLERED GAME CARBINE
ser. no. range AG1- AG19999.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$895$37519,999
1979 LEGENDARY FRONTIERSMAN RIFLE
ser. no. range LF1- LF19999.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$895$42519,999
1979 "LIMITED EDITION II"
ser. no. range 78L1- 78L1500.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$1,595$1,7501,500
1979 MATCHED SET ONE OF ONE THOUSAND
ser. no. range MC1- MC1000 and MR1- MR1000.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$3,000$3,0001,000
1980 "OLIVER WINCHESTER"
ser. no. range OFW1- OFW1999.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$895$37519,999
1981 U.S. BORDER PATROL - MEMBERS MODEL
ser. no. range USBP1- USBP800.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$995$695800
1981 JOHN WAYNE
ser. no. range JW1- JW49000.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$1,595$60049,000
Optional accessories were also available for this model: the gun rack with leather insert is currently selling for approx. $395 and the leather scabbard is trading for $395.
1981 "DUKE"
ser. no. range DUKE1- DUKE1000.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$3,750$2,2501,000
1981 JOHN WAYNE "1 OF 300" SET
ser. no. range JWM1- JWM300 and JWMD1-JWMD300.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$7,500$10,000300
1982 ANNIE OAKLEY
ser. no. range AOK1- AOK6000.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$1,500$6996,000
1982 OKLAHOMA DIAMOND JUBILEE
ser. no. range ODJ-1 - ODJ-1001.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$1,750$2,2501,001
1982 AMERICAN BALD EAGLE - SILVER
ser. no. range ABE1984- ABE4784.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$795$8952,800
1982 AMERICAN BALD EAGLE - GOLD
ser. no. range ABE1782- ABE1983.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$4,000$2,950200
1983 CHIEF CRAZY HORSE
ser. no. range CCH1- CCH19999.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$895$60019,999
1984 WINCHESTER-COLT COMMEMORATIVE SET
1 each of the Model 1894 Carbine and Colt Peacemaker, serial numbered 1 WC-4440 WC., .44-40 WCF cal., elaborate gold etching, cased.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$3,000$3,9952,300
Approx. 2,300 sets were actually put together in this combination. Some sets were split up with individual prices being discounted. Colt SAAs have been selling individually in the $1,350-$1,495 range.
1985 BOY SCOUTS 75TH ANNIVERSARY
Model 9422 action, .22 cal., rifle configuration, 6 1/4 lbs.
   1985 Boy Scouts 75th Anniversary
15,000 mfg., serial numbered BSA 1 - BSA 15,000, roll engraved, antique pewter receiver, hooded front sight.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$1,350$49515,000
   1985 Eagle Scouts 75th Anniversary
1,000 mfg., serial numbered EAGLE 1 - EAGLE 1,000, receiver has triple level gold etching, select American walnut stock and forearm, gold-plated lever, hammer, and forearm cap.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$6,000$1,7101,000
1985 MODEL 94 TEXAS SESQUICENTENNIAL
.38-55 WCF cal., available in carbine or rifle.
   1985 Model 94 Texas Sesquicentennial Rifle
24 in. round barrel, elaborate gold etching, includes Bowie knife, oak cased, 586 mfg, ser. no. range TSR1- TSR586.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$2,995$2,995586
   1985 Model 94 Texas Sesquicentennial Carbine
18 1/2 in. round barrel, gold finished receiver and barrel bands, roll engraved receiver, 2,600 mfg., serial numbered TEX1 -TEX2600.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$995$6952,600
   1985 Model 94 Texas Sesquicentennial Rifle/Carbine Set
includes one each of the Model 94 rifle and carbine, Bowie knife, 150 mfg., ser. no. range Carbine: TEXM1- TEXM150 and Rifle: TSRM1- TSRM150.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$6,500$7,995150
1986 120TH ANNIVERSARY MODEL 94 CARBINE
.44-40 WCF cal. only, 20 in. barrel, large loop type finger lever, crescent buttplate, deluxe checkered walnut stock and forearm, extensive gold etching on barrel and framesides, 1,000 mfg. ser. no. WRA001-WRA1000.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$995$9951,000
1986 STATUE OF LIBERTY MODEL 94
Model 94 rifle in .30-30 Win. cal. with octagon barrel, extensive C. Giovanelli scroll engraving with multiple 22Kt. gold inlays, deluxe walnut with fine checkering, also includes 29 in. hand-carved wooden statue of the Statue of Liberty, serial numbers can range from SL001-SL100, while 100 were scheduled to be produced, only 62 were mfg. on a special order basis only, and the customer could pick out the serial number. This model is a USRAC factory commemorative.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$10,000$6,50062
Must have matching carved statue.
1987 U.S. CONSTITUTION 200th ANNIVERSARY
.44-40 WCF cal., 20 in. octagon barrel, deluxe checkered walnut, crescent buttplate, full coverage master engraving, No more than 50 guns were to be mfg., the serial number is the name of the state and is done in gold on the top of the tang, cased in a leather luggage style case.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$20,000$12,00019
This model was distributed exclusively by Cherry's, located in Greensboro, NC.
1990 WYOMING CENTENNIAL
.30-30 Win. cal., 20 in. round barrel, deluxe checkered walnut, engraved by Bottega C. Giovanelli, coin finished receiver. Originally advertised as an issue of 999 guns, the Winchester strike caused the edition to be reduced in size to only 500 pieces. Serial numbered WYC001-WYC500.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$1,750$895500
This model was distributed exclusively by Cherry's, located in Greensboro, NC.
1991 125th ANNIVERSARY
.44-40 WCF cal., 24 in. octagon barrel, deluxe checkered walnut, crescent style buttplate, engraving by Bottega C. Giovnaelli utilizing some of Winchester's most historic engraving patterns, includes walnut display case. Serial numbered from WRAC001-WRAC125. Serial numbers were made to order.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$6,500$4,99561
This model was distributed exclusively by Cherry's, located in Greensboro, NC.
1992 KENTUCKY BICENTENNIAL
.30-30 Win. cal., lever action, 20 in. round barrel, receiver, lever and hammer casehardened and lacquered by Doug Turnbull, semi-fancy checkered American walnut stock, optional display case. Serial numbered KY001-KY500.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$1,750$995500
This model was distributed exclusively by Cherry's, located in Greensboro, NC.
1992 ARAPAHO
.30-30 Win. cal., 20 in. round barrel, checkered walnut stock, lever, receiver and barrel bands gold plated, etched receiver scenes by Baron technology, optional display case. Originally advertised as uncheckered, Winchester made the mistake of checkering all the wood when it was on the production line. The advertisement showed the gun as uncheckered but all guns were delivered as checkered. Serial number ARAP001-ARAP500.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$1,750$895500
This model was distributed exclusively by Cherry's, located in Greensboro, NC.
1993 NEZ PERCE MODEL 94 CARBINE
.30-30 Win. cal., 20 in. round barrel, receiver, lever, and barrel bands nickel plated, etched receiver scenes done by Baron Technology, includes suede leather soft case with trim and a branded head and shoulders image of Chief Joseph. Serial numbered NEZ001-NEZ600.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$1,750$950600
This model was distributed exclusively by Cherry's, located in Greensboro, NC.
1995 FLORIDA SESQUICENTENNIAL 94 CARBINE
.30-30 Win. cal., 20 in. round barrel, brushed gold plate on the receiver, lever and barrel bands, scenes are roll dyed with hand touch up by Bottega C. Giovanelli. All 500 receivers were mfg., but not all of these receivers were used to make the Florida guns. Other special issue receivers were used that bear this serial number as the reception to this commemorative was poor, optional presentation case. Serial numbered FL001-FL500.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$1,750$1,195350
This model was distributed exclusively by Cherry's, located in Greensboro, NC.
1996 WILD BILL HICKOK RIFLE
.45 LC cal., 20 in. round barrel, "John Wayne" style lever loop, receiver, lever, and bands are brushed nickel, left side of the receiver features a full coverage engraving pattern, right side of the receiver has his famous engraved 1851 Navy Colts, surrounded by scrollwork, a banner with his birth and date of death along with his famous "Dead Man's Hand" (Aces & Eights), deluxe uncheckered walnut. Serial numbered WBH001-WBH350.
Grading100%Issue PriceQty. Made
$1,750$1,195350
This model was distributed exclusively by Cherry's, located in Greensboro, NC.
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