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 Post subject: Rare sample of the Korean Cosmos puzzle offered for exchange
PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 5:43 am 
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I have a rare sample of the Korean Cosmos puzzle available for exchange.
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The puzzle was presented at this forum on 19 October 2006, see here and was presented by Pantazis at youtube.
I know of only one occasion at which such a puzzle was offered at ebay.
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The puzzle is a 2x2x2 sphere with 6 circles with each 4 pieces, similar to the Marusenko ball. The circle pieces can be rotated by means of the outer piece.
However, this can only be done when the 4 parts of the circle are in the solved state.
When the puzzle is fully solved the outer piece can be moved along the puzzle, across all continents, all the way from France to (South) Korea.
The puzzle was patented in 1994 and produced in 1998, the year of the World Championships soccer in France.
In 2002 these World Championships were organised together by (South) Korea and Japan.

Remarkably, only France and Korea are mentioned on the puzzle.
Perhaps this has to do with the fact that initially South Korea, Japan, and Mexico presented rival bids for hosting the World Championships 2002 and that only shortly before the final selection on 31 May 1996, Japan and South Korea agreed to unite their bids.

The puzzle exists in 2 variations: one (as offered here) with silvergrey coloured continents and blue coloured seas and another with green coloured continents and white coloured seas.

The puzzle is offered together with its original box, which unfortunately has some (moisture?) stains and its leaflet (in Korean).
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Unfortunately the special outer piece with the French WC 1998 rooster mascot that moves at the outside of the puzzle is broken.
It can, however, still be used to rotate the circle pieces.
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I am preferably looking for a trade of this rare puzzle.
Please send me proposals via PM.

Geert


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 Post subject: Re: Rare sample of the Korean Cosmos puzzle offered for exch
PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 6:26 am 
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Indeed, we had a chat about this with Geert back in 2006. it is a very rare item
and I had only seen it twice on ebay. The first time (17/06/2007) I lost the auction
which reached $119. Two months later, I was determined to win this item and placed
my "million-dollar bid" to ensure it ends up in my hands at a final price of $127. After that,
I cannot recall seeing it again (or it may have been once more, I just can't remember).

In any case, if this item was rare in 2006, now in 2013, it is super rare!

:)


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