Promotional Items

By: Zombie

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MicroProse Items

MicroProse Pin5

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This tremendously rare pin originally acquired by Quentin Chaney and now owned by Zombie measures 1 3/8"×5/16" (3.6cm×0.8cm). It must be very rare as I've never seen one.

Bumper Sticker (Short)5

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This rare item originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse and now owned by Zombie measures 2½×9 inches (6.4×22.9cm). There is some very minor wear, but it's otherwise in original condition.

Bumper Sticker (Long)5

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This rare item originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse measures 2 1/8×12 1/16 inches (5.4×30.6cm). It's not quite as tall as the sticker above but it's much longer. Zombie ownes two of these which are in perfect condition.

Stationary Folder 15

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This rare item originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse and now owned by Zombie measures 12×9 inches (or 30.5×22.9cm). There is some minor wear and what appears to be pencil marks on the left edge, but it's otherwise in original condition.

Stationary Folder 25

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This rare item originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse measures 12×9 inches (or 30.5×22.9cm). Zombie owns two of these which are in perfect condition.

Letter Opener5

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This rare item originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse and now owned by Zombie measures the same size as a standard floppy disc at 3½×3½ inches (or 8.9×8.9cm). It's in completely unused condition, in fact, there is still plastic film covering the flap on the back.

MPS Labs Coffee Mug5

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This very rare mug originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse is now owned by Zombie. According to Quentin, MicroProse made several hundred of these mugs and they were given out to employees only.

MPS Labs Stationary Pad5

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This rare item originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse and now owned by Zombie measures 11×8½ inches (or 27.8×21.4cm). This pad has 25 pages left out of an estimated 30-32.

MicroProse T-Shirt5

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This T-Shirt was part of an in house idea by the HR manager to make some extra money from MicroProse employees. They eventually sold some online and thru a retailer but originally they were only offered to employees and at a very high cost. Quentin got the shirt to photo and put on the MPS website at the time and then kept it. In the end not many were sold in either place. Quentin Chaney currently owns this but claims I'm (Zombie) first on his list should he ever decide to get rid of it.

MicroProse Sweatshirt5

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This sweatshirt now owned by Zombie was part of an in house idea by the HR manager to make some extra money from MicroProse employees. They eventually sold some online and thru a retailer but originally they were only offered to employees and at a very high cost. Quentin got the sweatshirt to photo and put on the MPS website at the time and then kept it. In the end not many were sold in either place. This is in excellent shape overall and probably never worn. It's marked as a size large, but looks like it's closer to XL in today's measurements.

MicroProse Jean Jacket5

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This ultra rare jean jacket was made for MPS Germany Marketing. It was obtained in Germany and has been stored for the last 20 years. It's never been worn and is in new condition with no defects. German Marketing was attending trade shows and had created a few items to take along and giveaway. This is a DUKE Jean Jacket that had MicroProse embroidered above the pocket. Cool as there are very few German promotional items as they had a limited budget due to their answering to the UK Marketing Team. Nice with side pockets and four inside pockets. Acquired by Quentin Chaney and now owned by Zombie it is marked as a size Large.

1994 Holiday MPS Mug5

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This extremely rare mug was originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse and is now owned by Zombie. According to Quentin, MicroProse had these mugs made especially for their 1994 Holiday Party (the year they released their smash hit X-COM UFO Defense) and distributed them to employees who attended the party. The mug is enormous, measuring 6½ inches tall with a diameter of 4 inches at the base, and weighs 1½ pounds.

1995 Holiday MPS Mug5

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This extremely rare mug was originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse and now is owned by Zombie. According to Quentin, MicroProse had these mugs made especially for their 1995 Holiday Party (the year they released X-COM Terror From The Deep) and distributed them to employees who attended the party. The mug is enormous, measuring 6½ inches tall with a diameter of 4 inches at the base, and weighs 1½ pounds.

 

MicroProse (Other)

Spectrum HoloByte 1997 Annual Report5

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While technically not a promotional item, this fits the theme of page.

MPS Squadron Wings Pin5

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This is a tremendously rare pin originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse which was used to promote the flight simulation games produced by MPS Labs circa 1994. Zombie owns nine of these pins, and seven are in the original factory sealed poly bags. There are two clasps on the back - one on each wing, that attach to the pin posts. It measures 1½×½ inch (or 3.8×1.3cm).

MPS Squadron Wings Patch5

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This patch measures 3×¾ inch (or 7.6×1.9 cm) and unlike the X·COM patch it has a transfer coating on the back which can be used to affix this to fabric with a hot iron. This is most certainly a aftermarket creation to resemble the pin above. Zombie owns two of these patches, and both are in brand new condition.

MicroProse Wings Pin5

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This rare pin was probably used to promote the flight simulation games produced by MPS Labs in the '90s, just like the Squadron pin above, except it's much smaller at 1 1/8×3/8 inch (or 3×1cm). Zombie owns four of these, and all are like new. Most likely this has UK origins.

Pirates! Notepad5

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This notepad acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse and now owned by Zombie measures 5½×8½ inches (14×21.6cm). There are a few pages with scribbles on it, but it's otherwise like new. It currently has 70 pages, but probably had 75 when new.

F-117A Button5

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This very rare button used to promote MicroProse's F-117A Stealth Fighter 2.0 game measures 2 3/16 inches across (or 5.6 cm). Zombie owns two of these, and both have varying degrees of "staining" on the reverse (could be black rust or maybe an ink of some sort... can't tell).

Across The Rhine Team Jacket5

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This jacket (originally acquired by Quentin Chaney and now owned by Zombie) was made for MicroProse Germany Marketing as a promotional item with only a few being produced. Several were given to MPS Labs development personnel and a couple given away for a MicroProse On-Line contest. This jacket has never been worn and has been in storage for the last twenty years. Overall, it is in great shape with only a small manufacturing fray on a pocket flap and some spotting in one area that is hard to see.

F-19 Stealth Fighter Pen/Pencil Holder w/Paper5

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This is a promo F-19 pen/pencil holder along with a pad of F-19 paper was acquired by Quentin Chaney when he managed MPS Online. The holder is made of clear plastic (probably Lucite) and has a section for the paper pad as well as three separate sections for pencils or pens. It measures 4½"×4½"×2¼" (11.4×11.4×5.7cm) while the pad of paper measures 4"×6" (10.2×15.2cm). Zombie owns two of these, one is missing the paper.

Gunship2000 Trade Show Poster5

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This gigantic poster was used to advertise the game by MicroProse in their trade show booth and was saved by Quentin Chaney. Now owned by Zombie, it measures a whopping 24×59 inches (61×150cm) and is in pretty good shape overall.

Silent Service II Mug5

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This rare promotional mug was acquired by Quentin Chaney when he managed MPS Online probably circa 1992. Now owned by Zombie, it measures 4½" tall × 5" wide × 3" dia (11.7cm tall × 12.7cm wide × 7.6cm dia) which is larger than the standard size coffee mug.

Mantis XF5700 Mug5

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This rare promotional mug was acquired by Quentin Chaney when he managed MPS Online probably circa 1990. Now owned by Zombie, it measures 3 7/8" tall × 4 13/16" wide × 3 1/16" dia (9.8cm tall × 12.2cm wide × 7.8cm dia) which is about the size of a standard coffee mug.

Fleet Defender UK Promo 5

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This is a rare promotional flyer originally acquired by Quentin Chaney when he worked in the marketing department at MicroProse. It's dimensions are 5 7/8 × 8¼ inches (14.9×21cm) folded, or 11 11/16 × 8¼ inches (29.7×21cm) unfolded.

 

XCOM Items

Iron-On Patch5

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XCOM Sticker5

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XCOM Sticker5

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XCOM Pins5

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This is a package of 3 pins sold to promote XCOM. The Vigilo Confido pin measures 1.9 × 2.5 cm, the soldier pin measures 2.7 × 2.3 cm and the XCOM Enemy Unknown pin measures 3 × 2 cm.

XCOM Pen5

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This is a package containing a pen used to promote XCOM. The pen measures approximately 5½ inches (14 cm) long, while the packaging is 3 3/8 × 7½ inches (or 8.5 × 19 cm).

Dog Tag5

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This is a dog tag with laser etched lettering given out at the 2K booth as swag during the PAX East convention in 2014. The tag itself measures 5 × 3cm and is probably chrome-plated steel (attracts to a magnet) while the chain is 37cm looped or 74cm long and probably stainless steel (doesn't attract to a magnet at all).

XCOM Standee

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This huge standee (5 x 2 feet or 160 x 60 cm) was used by retailers to promote the new game to customers. This may have German origins. I couldn't justify purchasing this due to the cost and shipping which was utterly rediculous.

XCOM Poster V15

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This poster was used by GameStop to advertise XCOM and measures 22 × 28 inches. It is printed on very heavy and thick poster board, not the typical glossy poster paper.

XCOM Poster V25

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This poster was used by GameStop to advertise XCOM and measures 18 × 24 inches. It is printed on very heavy and thick poster board, not the typical glossy poster paper.

XCOM Box V15

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This is a display box used to advertise XCOM in game stores. It's dimensions are enormous, measuring 16 × 11½ × 2½ inches and printed on a heavy card stock. I call this the In Stores version due to the box nomenclature.

XCOM Box V25

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This is a display box used to advertise XCOM in game stores. It's dimensions are enormous, measuring 16 × 11½ × 2½ inches and printed on a heavy card stock. I call this the Elite Soldier Pack version due to the box nomenclature.

XCOM Declassified Sticker Page5

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This is a page consisting of 10 separate stickers manufactured to promote The Bureau: XCOM Declassified released on 8-23-2013. It's overall dimensions are 8¼ × 11¾ inches (or 21 × 29.8 cm) and printed on a heavy glossy paper.

XCOM2 Pin5

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This is a pin used to advertise the XCOM2 game at E3 2015. It's dimensions are 1 1/8 × 1½ inches (or 3 × 4 cm) and is not magnetic. Most likely it's either stainless steel or titanium and is very hard.

War of the Chosen - The Elder’s Call Limited Framed Print

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This limited edition print created by XCOM 2: War of the Chosen Art Director Chris Sulzbach was limited to a run of 85 and each came individually signed by Creative Director Jake Solomon and the developers of XCOM 2: War of the Chosen. The framed print is 15×24 inches (38 × 61 cm), made exclusively for the Firaxis Store and is ready to hang.

Credits

1Photos courtesy of Drew "Drewid" Northcott.
2Photos courtesy of Stuart Whyte.
3Photos courtesy of Lee "Koloth" Benjamin.
4Photo courtesy of David "dellis" Ellis.
5Scans courtesy of Zombie
6Photos courtesy of John "XCOMAUDIO" Broomhall.