Sunday, January 11, 2015
Before we leave this particular arrangement, I'd like to point out some details. Until Choc in 2002 only the old 76ers had white horns. (And the Tatanka whites, but no one had any trouble telling those apart!) From 1965, when the mold was introduced, to 1991, all buffaloes were one model number and they all had white horns, with dark-shaded, usually to black, tips. After 1991 came a long string of dark-horned ones, eleven years' worth. And after Choc, well, the horns are not white...! So that's one clue to distinguishing between buffaloes: note whether their horns are white or not.
Above are my three 76ers, with Shag the darkest and oldest at left. The red-chestnut one, so distinct! is certainly a later, younger issue from those 26 years. Like my red-chestnut Moose, I was so thrilled to pick this one up: a variation to cheer the heart of the collector.
Speaking of eyes, here is a close up of Choc. His eyes also have much detailing: not only a black pupil against dark brown, but a nice eyewhite line. Note the lighter shading of the face above his eye, something no other buffalo has.