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1993: The One That Started It All
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General Info: The bottle was dipped in 1993, and was very important to folks to the point where people started collecting Maker’s Mark bottles. Caution: There are some fakes, and confusion with the 1998ish: Big Blue Bash bottle, so to know if the bottle is an original, check the bottom for a 93 or 94 bottle marking. Most bottles are marked with 94 on the bottom.

History: We heard a few different reasons why the bottle was created, but the story goes, the Governor asked Maker’s Mark to do the invitations for the Governor’s Inaugural ball and they sealed it with blue wax. They had wax left over and dipped a few bottles in blue for UK. The bottles also were dubbed to honor UK’s 1993 SEC Basketball championship, or UK’s 1993 Final Four appearance.

Detail: Regular “Old Style Sour Mash” label, with blue wax. As far as we know, no slammed bottles were created.

Number Produced: It's debatable, we've heard 2,400 bottles, 4,800 bottles, and 6,000 bottles.

1996: Denim UK Bottle
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This bottle was created in to celebrate the University of Kentucky’s 1996 National Championship

Whit wax with a blue ribbon, reading “1996″ on one side and “Kentucky” on the other. The label has a denim look in remembrance of the denim jerseys worn by the Kentucky team for part of the season.

Number of Produced: Unknown

1996: Denim UK Bottle, Mini
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This 50 mL employee denim bottle was not for sale, and only given to the Maker's Mark employees.

Number of Produced: Unknown

1998ish: Big Blue Bash
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General Info: Though it looks very similar, this is NOT the 1993 blue wax dipped bottle. How to distinguish which bottle is which, check the bottom of the bottle for the year.

Detail: Regular “Old Style Sour Mash” label, with blue wax. Supposedly, these are the 750mL size bottles.

Number Produced: Unknown

Signature: Tom Lasorda, retired LA Dodgers manager, who attended Big Blue Bash. (Not sure if all bottles were signed)

1999: Hal Mumme Boy Scout bottle Old Style Sour Mash
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Story goes that the OSSM bottles were dipped for the signing and they were short, so they grab a few more bottles to finish the signing out not realizing that some had the Handmade label while the majority had the OSSM label.

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1999: Hal Mumme Boy Scout Handmade
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General Info: Supposedly, the one with the Handmade label is more rare, and there are only about 19 of them while the rest have the OSSM label.

2000: Hal Mumme Boy Scout bottle
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General Info: Info needed

Number Produced: Info needed

Size: 375mL

2001: Tubby Smith Boy Scout bottle
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General Info:

Detail:

Number Produced

Size: 375mL

2001: “Kentucky Basketball Legends“
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General Info:

Detail: Blue/White Wax

Number Produced #7,500

Signatures: Sam Bowie, Johnny Cox, Richie Farmer, Wallace “WahWah” Jones, Kyle Macy, Cotton Nash, Bill Samuels

2002: Rick Pitino Boy Scout bottle
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General Info:

Detail:

Number Produced

Size: 375mL

2002: “Bill Keightley”
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General Info: This bottle that was produced to commemorate long time UK manager and fan, Bill Keightley.

Detail: Blue Wax

Number Produced #7,500

Signatures: Bill Keightley, Nick Nicholson, Bill Samuels

2003: Museum Bottle (Double Dipped)
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Details: This was the original Museum bottle. In order to get a bottle, one had to donate ,000 to the UK basketball museum.

Number produced: #250

2003: Museum Bottle (Triple Dipped)
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Details: These were left over from the original Museum bottles, and dipped in gold so one could identify the difference. The gold tipped Museum bottles were then sold at Sal's in Lexington.

Number of produced: #750

2003: Rich Brooks Boy Scout bottle
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General Info:

Detail:

Number Produced

Size: 375mL

2005 Governor's Cup
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General Info: This was the first Governor’s Cup bottle created.

Detail: The bottle features Red wax, with a blue wax stamp reading “2005″. One side features signatures, as the other side is unknown at the moment.

Number Produced: ??

Signatures: Red Ink- UofL Head Coach: Bobby Petrino, ?Unknown?. Blue Ink- Kentucky Governor: Ernie Fletcher, UK Head Coach: Rich Brooks, ?Unknown?.

2006 “Rupp’s Runts”
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General Info: This bottle was made to show tribute to the 1965-1966 UK basketball team, Rupp’s Runts.

Detail: Silver Wax

Number Produced #18,000

Signatures: Larry Conley, Louie Dampier, Thad Jaracz, Tom Kron, Nick Nicholson, Bill Samuels

2007: “The Unforgettables of 1992″
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General Info: This bottle was made to show tribute to the ’91-’92 UK basketball season team, the Unforgettables

Detail: Blue Wax

Number Produced #18,000

Signatures: Richie Farmer, Deron Feldhaus, Nick Nicholson, John Pelphrey, Bill Samuels, Sean Woods

2008 Governor's Cup
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General Info: This was the first Governor’s Cup bottle created.

Detail: The bottle features Gold wax. One side features signatures, as the other side is unknown at the moment.

Number Produced: we believe 50

Signatures: Red Ink- ?Unknown?, ?Unknown?. Blue Ink- Ex-Athletic Director: C. M. Newton, Ex-Tight End Derrick Ramsey. Black-Ink- Kentucky Governor: Steve Beshear

2008: “Joe B. Hall”
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General Info: This bottle was made to show tribute to Kentucky’s basketball coach from 1972 to 1985, Joe B. Hall.

Detail: Blue Wax

Number Produced #18,000

Signatures: Joe B. Hall, Nick Nicholson, Bill Samuels

2009: “Rich Brooks”
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General Info: This bottle was made to show tribute to Kentucky’s football coach from 2003 to 2009, Rich Brooks.

Detail: Blue Wax

Number Produced #18,000

Signatures: Rich Brooks, Nick Nicholson, Bill Samuels

2010 “John Calipari”
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General Info: This bottle was made to show respect to Kentucky’s basketball coach John Calipari during his first year as Coach.

Detail: Blue Wax

Number Produced #24,000

Signatures: John Calipari, Nick Nicholson, Bill Samuels

2010: Joker Philips Boy Scout bottle
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General Info:

Detail:

Number Produced #120

Size: 750mL

2012: Governor's Cup (Blue Bold Font)
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General Info: This was the 3rd installment of the Governor cup series, following the 2005 and 2008 bottle. There are at least 5 different types of bottles, that we know of, as in the font's color and characters are different, as well as the trophy.

Details: The bottle features Red wax, with a red wax stamp reading “2012″. All bottle were created as a blank canvas. Some bottles now have images on them that were created by an artist the buyer knew.

Number Produced: ??

2012: Governor's Cup (Blue Italic Font, Trophy 1)
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General Info: This was the 3rd installment of the Governor cup series, following the 2005 and 2008 bottle. There are at least 5 different types of bottles, that we know of, as in the font's color and characters are different, as well as the trophy.

Details: The bottle features Red wax, with a red wax stamp reading “2012″. All bottle were created as a blank canvas. Some bottles now have images on them that were created by an artist the buyer knew.

Number Produced: ??

2012: Governor's Cup (Blue Italic Font, Trophy 2)
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General Info: This was the 3rd installment of the Governor cup series, following the 2005 and 2008 bottle. There are at least 5 different types of bottles, that we know of, as in the font's color and characters are different, as well as the trophy.

Details: The bottle features Red wax, with a red wax stamp reading “2012″. All bottle were created as a blank canvas. Some bottles now have images on them that were created by an artist the buyer knew.

Number Produced: ??

2012: Governor's Cup (Red Cursive Font)
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General Info: This was the 3rd installment of the Governor cup series, following the 2005 and 2008 bottle. There are at least 5 different types of bottles, that we know of, as in the font's color and characters are different, as well as the trophy.

Details: The bottle features Red wax, with a red wax stamp reading “2012″. All bottle were created as a blank canvas. Some bottles now have images on them that were created by an artist the buyer knew.

Number Produced: ??

2012: Governor's Cup (Red Font)
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General Info: This was the 3rd installment of the Governor cup series, following the 2005 and 2008 bottle. There are at least 5 different types of bottles, that we know of, as in the font's color and characters are different, as well as the trophy.

Details: The bottle features Red wax, with a red wax stamp reading “2012″. All bottle were created as a blank canvas. Some bottles now have images on them that were created by an artist the buyer knew.

Number Produced: ??

2012: Kentucky Wildcats NCAA Champs
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This bottle was produced to celebrate their championship that year.

Number of produced: #9000

2012: “Tim Couch”
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General Info: This bottle was made to show tribute to the 1999 number 1 overall NFL draft pick from the University of Kentucky, Tim Couch.

Detail: Silver Wax

Number Produced #20,000

Signatures: Tim Couch, Nick Nicholson, Bill Samuels, Rob Samuels

2013: “Dan Issel″
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General Info: This bottles features the likeness of the legendary Kentucky basketball player Dan Issel, or “Big Dan,” as some of you may know him. In just three seasons Dan set no less than 23 school records for the men’s program. Two that still stand are 2,138 career points and 1,078 career rebounds.

Number Products: #20,016

Signing Date: April 12, 2013

Signatures:Dan Issel, Chairman Emeritus Bill Samuels, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Keeneland Bill Thomason, and Rob Samuels.

97-00: Mumme Bottle
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These bottles were created in honor of Hal Mumme, former UK football coach from 1997-2000.

This particular bottle was bought from the Hal Mumme Foundation’s chairman.

2 comments

  1. Tina Powney Covington

    I am looking for someone you would be interested in selling their 1996 UK demi Makers Mark championship bottle. Unopened and wax intact. During a move out of KY, our movers dropped the bottle. It also happens to be the year my husband graduated from his residency. Please help me. Please call or text (217) 552-6778

  2. WHY DON'T YOU GUYS AT MAKERS MARK MAKE A BOTTLE FOR THE 1977 UK FOOTBALL TEAM THAT WENT 10-1. THEY WERE AWESOME AND NEED TO BE HONORED FOR THE 76,77 FOOTBALL YEARS OF GREATNESS




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