The sets are the 750 and 7100 Educational Sets of the mid 1960s. These were
Samsonite LEGO sets, and likely produced at the Stratford Ontario and Loveland
Colorado Samsonite plants.
The 7100 set is the largest volume LEGO box of all time (including any of the
mega-sets of today). It is an enormous 3,250 piece wooden box set, that sold
for $100 in the USA (less if you were an institution), likely about $110 in
I know of only 1 example of this very rare set. There are none of these in the
Vault in Billund Denmark. Infact TLG has no records of this set, which is not
really that unusual, since what Samsonite did in their USA and Canada subsidiaries
was often unknown to Billund.
Here is the very very rare 3,250 piece 7100 set....
And until recently, the 750 set was totally unknown, except being mentioned as a
$50 set in mid 1960s Samsonite LEGO retailer reorder catalogs. I finally found
an image from a Canadian 1960s LEGO Junior Designers Club brochure. And wouldn't
you know... it had the same look as the 7100 set, just smaller....
This 750 set is unknown in any collection, and would command a steep price (as
would another 7100 set). The 750 set likely contains about 1500-1600 parts, and
cost $50 in the USA, and likely $55 in Canada back in the mid 1960s.
Here is a copy of the fall 1965 Samsonite USA Retailer Order form (with the set
numbers as the black numbers within the "Stock Number" area:
These same sets were sold in Canada (at a little higher price), and for both
countries, this sheet shows the transition between the early 1960s Town Plan
sets and the later 1960s Samsonite LEGO sets where the set number equals the
parts count (as seen below the heavy black line in the left part of the order
form). I enjoy finding images of old order forms or retailer catalogs... they
provide a snapshot of LEGO at an exact moment in time.
And until I came across that Canadian brochure with that 750 set as a contest
prize... I had never even seen an image of one...
P.S. These very rare wooden box sets can be found (with 80+ other LEGO wooden
box sets) in Chapter 15 of my 2,800 page 73 chapter LEGO DVD download (found in
the Bazaar here). Only about 10 wooden box sets are found in any online
Edited by LEGO Historian, 03 December 2012 - 08:48 AM.