Beautifully engraved Specimencertificate from K Swiss Inc.
printed in 1990. This historic document was printed by Thomas De La Rue and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company logo. This item has printed signatures by the Company's President and Secretary and is over 14 years old.
K-Swiss was founded by two Swiss brothers who became avid tennis players after moving to Southern California. In
1966, they introduced the K-Swiss "Classic," the first
all-leather tennis shoe with a one-piece rubber
outsole, reinforced toe-design, five-stripe bands
on each side, and D-Ring lacing system.
Since then, K-Swiss has continued to build on
its performance heritage with new footwear
for serious tennis players, as well as training
shoes for all athletes. Today, the "Classic"
still enjoys popularity as a clean, original,
athletic look that is always appropriate off
Specimen Certificates are actual certificates that have never been issued. They were usually kept by the printers in their permanent archives as their only example of a particular certificate. Sometimes you will see a hand stamp on the certificate that says "Do not remove from file".
Specimens were also used to show prospective clients different types of certificate designs that were available. Specimen certificates are usually much scarcer than issued certificates. In fact, many times they are the only way to get a certificate for a particular company because the issued certificates were redeemed and destroyed. In a few instances, Specimen certificates we made for a company but were never used because a different design was chosen by the company.
These certificates are normally stamped "Specimen" or they have small holes spelling the word specimen. Most of the time they don't have a serial number, or they have a serial number of 00000. This is an exciting sector of the hobby that grown in popularity and realized nice appreciation in value over the past several years.