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Gamma (aka Colour Spectre)
Above:White body - pieces in four colours
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A soviet produced cousin of the Gripple. It comes with several differently coloured bodies.

  • Inventor: Unknown
  • Mechanism: Gripple
  • Patents: Unknown
  • Producer: USSR
  • Year: 1986
  • Original Price: $2.33 USD
  • Current Price: $37 USD

The puzzle's original is "??????", transliterated "Gamma".
Like many puzzle form the soviet era this puzzle came in many differently coloured bodies. To make the collectors life more complicated there are versions which pieces have a single colour and version with four different colors.
There are at least two different names: 16 (Ranzhir-16) and Gamma.
The logo on the leaflets (images 15-16) identifies the factory where the puzzle was produced: Capacitor Plant, the city of Severo-Zadonsk.
The original price is based on the official exchange rate (0.6 roubles per dollar) although in socialist time this was completely theoretical.

There was also a version produced in Turnovo, Bulgaria. It uses the same logo as the soviet version, is therefore younger. See images 9-10.

Price Tracking Data

DISCLAIMER: The following table contains user-generated content. This information is collected to serve as a rough guideline and is certainly not complete and may not even be accurate. This information is filtered and carefully moderated, but incorrect information will inevitably find its way into the system. Always use your own judgement when buying or selling an item.

Sale Date Price (USD) Sale Type Condition Package Condition Notes Contributors Edit
May 25 2002 $26.00 eBay Auction Average Missing None Unknown
Sep 26 2004 $48.00 eBay Auction Mint Missing German seller, auction in dollars Aleksey



Thank you to the following people for their assistance in helping collect the information on this page: Geert Hellings.


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