Tornado Popper – Gnome Sweet Gnome

Celebrating Spring and Summer, flowers and woodland creatures and most importantly celebrating the Gnomes that are hidden in this floral paradise.  Look carefully and join the few who truly see the hidden world of the Gnomes.  While some see them as garden kitsch, you will have your Gnome friends with you in work and play. These Gnomes tend to and protect our gardens.  These little friends are here to bring a smile to you every day. Whether you have a “green thumb” or not, you are sure to love this Rollerball. But don’t hesitate because they are limited to 1951 pieces and will disappear as fast as you can say “Gnome Sweet Gnome.”

A matching Rickshaw Bag’s single pen sleeve is also available. Sold separately.

Order at your favorite Retro51 Dealer or reply to this email if you need any help finding one. Dealers can also be found on the Retro51 website through this link: Dealer Near You.


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Tornado Popper – Herald

Hear ye, hear ye! The Herald is here declaring a new era has begun and yet the mission of Retro 51 will continue forth…”Life is too short to carry an Ugly Pen!” 

As we build towards a bright future – with the first Popper not only of 2021, but also of the new torchbearers of Retro 51 – we wanted to highlight the amazing community of writers, calligraphers, creatives and day to day pen aficionados who appreciate a fine writing instrument. 

The Herald highlights the slogan we have all come to love and proclaim when we show off our writing collection at work and home. Hidden messages encircle the pen, weaving a symbolic story of Retro 51.  It has been said,  “the pen is mightier than the sword,” and “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and this pen’s eye is surrounded by strength and beauty. With The Herald, you have a tool which allows you to create new beginnings, write new worlds… You have been given the keys to unlock untold mysteries.  With this pen, you are part of a community.  You are entrusted to be the messenger spreading the word that “Life is too short to carry an Ugly Pen!”  All of these symbols (and more) are printed and accentuated with a Victorian pattern (and a surprise in the border) over a stainless-steel barrel complete with antique silver trim.

Pick up The Herald, a keystone design for your Retro 51 collection. They are limited to 1951 rollerballs with each design engraved with a limited-edition number. For the first time, a matching Rickshaw plush single pen sleeve is also available to store your Tornado to keep it in pristine condition. Available at your favorite Retro51 dealer OR emailus if you need help finding a dealer, customerservice[at]retro51[dot]com.


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Retro 2.0

To the worldwide fans of Retro 51 and beyond,

In early 2020, George Kartsotis announced that after 30 years he and the Retro 51 brand would be retiring. How could we let Retro end?  The answer is… we couldn’t. 

We are now under new ownership with the same outstanding team members. We are thrilled to announce that Richard, our Lead Designer for 20 years, is staying with us.  You will also still be hearing from Dan in Sales, as well as our front-line Customer Service experts. Thank you to this team for their dedication throughout the unknowns of 2020.

Additionally, George and Vickie will stick around a little longer to share their 30 years of experience and insights. We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank George for working with us and helping us put this team together.  We are honored to be the new custodians of Retro 51.

There will be more details to come, but rest assured we are 100% committed to continuing the high level of quality, unique designs, and exceptional customer service everyone has come to expect and love about Retro 51 products.  We are fans, collectors, and yes…we walk among you.

We can’t wait to get popping!

Adam, Jeff & Joe


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A Letter from George


About a year ago I let you all know I was going to retire. 

After many conversations with loyal fans, collectors, well-wishers, and prospective owners an agreement has been made, a deal formed and completed. 

First, I want to thank you all for your support, business and personal, your purchases in funding our endeavor, and your passion in spreading the RETRO 51 message to all of our fans. 

Second is to say a little about the future. 

The new owners are fans and collectors, as well as accomplished business professionals. There will be some minor changes to come but with the guidance of the existing staff the basics will be the same. 

For now: 

Vickie will continue dealing with the existing factories and the products will not change. 

Richard will remain as design guru so the hits will keep on coming.

Dan will train the new sales team as he winds down into retirement. 

Customer service will continue with the same passion for excellence it has so rightfully earned. 

And I will be available with my opinion for at least one year. 

For the future: 

In the interim, I expect a shortage of standard items but the pipeline is up and running and will be back at full force quite soon. 

As my buddy Dan says…
Thanks for workin’ 



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Tornado Popper – Tuesday!

The year ends with one last Tornado Popper… Tuesday!  These UFO’s have searched the galaxy for fine writing instruments and they’re taking them and office supplies. Hurry up and grab one of these latest Popper designs before they vanish. This vibrant rollerball has a shimmering blue metallic barrel with printed yellow fluorescent design that also glows in the dark. It’s topped with friendly alien and each one is engraved with its limited-edition number in a series of 1951 pieces. After all, Life is too short to carry an Ugly Pen!®

Please check your favorite Retro Dealer for availability. Here are just some of that will be selling them online:

Fahrneys Pens, Goldspot, Pen Chalet, Airline International, iPenStore, Pen Boutique, Santa Fe Pens, Pen and Pad, Goulet Pen Co., Hyatts All Things Creative, Pen Place, Pen Lovers Paradise, Vanness Pens and many more…


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Nothing beats waking up on Christmas Day to see all the gifts wrapped under the tree. The excitement and thrill of fun new toys or gadgets that await you. Maybe you won’t be getting a pony or train set this year, but a fun new Retro51 always brings smiles, some ooohs and ahhhs and you never know what other surprises. Let us help you with some shiny new (or vintage) pen designs with a little something for everyone. 

Start your engines! These Retro Racers are sure to get your adrenaline going even when you are sitting at the office. Rallye (Red) and Bumper (Blue) are two rollerball pens that speed across the page and corner with the best of them! The stainless steel barrels are printed with vintage slot car designs, topped with a checkered flag and complete with stonewashed pewter trim. 951 of each color.

Who wants a pony when you can have a unicorn! Stardust comes in both a fountain and ballpoint model and have a glittering glow in the dark barrels with a blue luminescence. Unicorns, rainbows and stars, OH MY! What else could you ask for? 951 Ballpoints and 250 Fountains.

Who? What! Where? Wow, you heard it, the ultimate outdoors person is sure to love this rollerball pen covered in forest creatures both big and small, legendary and breathtaking. The design is acid-etched on stonewashed brass barrel that’s finished with stonewashed pewter trim and topped with a wise owl…hoooty hooo! 951 Rollerballs.

Dyn-o-mite! This rollerball pen has four of America’s great Presidents from Mt. Rushmore acid-etched into the barrel. It’s complete with stonewashed brass accents and topped with South Dakota’s sun shining on the top. Perfect for the historian or to remind you of that grand family summer vacation! 958 Rollerballs

These are available at all participating Retro51 Dealers while supplies last. Please check your Retro dealer of choice for availability. If you need help finding a dealer please email customer service[at]retro51[dot]com.

Happy Holidays from the Retro51 Team!


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Retro51 Rat Pack

If you would like to join the Retro Rat Pack to get the latest news and special promotions, please submit information* through the link below. You will be entered into a chance to win one of these special Elvis stamp Tornados and future giveaways. This pen was a prototype that we never sold but you can win it by just signing up here:

Rules: One entry per person. Please do not use multiple email addresses for additional entries. Entry closes on Wednesday 10/28 at 11:59 PM and a random number generator will be used to select the winner from this list on Thursday 10/29. Thank you!

UPDATE: The winner was Amy M. from Oregon… Congratulations Amy!

*This information will not be sold or shared with anyone outside of Retro51.


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New Tornado – the Emperor

Ludwig Van Beethoven is one of the most famous composers of classical music and his music is recognized around the world. By the start of the 1800s he was so well known as a musical virtuoso that he was nicknamed “the Emperor.” This new Tornado rollerball celebrates his musical artistry with the piano sheet music of FürElise printed on the barrel that is complimented by antique brass trim and topped with Beethoven himself. Each pen comes within a tube that includes a print of his “Heiligenstadt Testament,” a letter he wrote his brothers in 1802. They are limited to 722 pieces. 

Only available at these three dealers:

Email INK: penstore[at]

Vanness Pens

To hear the song:


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Tornado Popper – Bandits

W A N T E D !

Three new Bandits are coming to town and you can’t miss these bright vintage bandana designs. Butch, Doc and Annie are lookin’ to pardner up with some good hands that are ready to write. Each design is printed on the metal barrel and complimented with chrome trim and matching finial. The limited-edition number is engraved on the top ring and packaged in a matching tube. Giddy up to get one because they’ll be writing off into the sunset.

If you need help finding a dealer please email customer service[at]retro51[dot]com or head to our social media channels and send us a direct message.

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Tornado Popper – Marco

M A R C O. . . P O L O . . . you just discovered the new Tornado Popper! Marco Polo was known for being an explorer, merchant and writer traveling the Silk Road trading for rare and exotic goods he would take back to his country of Italy. He even wrote a book of his epic travels in The Travels of Marco Polo. This limited edition ballpoint is printed with the world map complete with stonewashed pewter trim and compass on the top disc. Pick one up and start planning your next epic adventure, just don’t do it during your Zoom meetings or school classes.

Purchase through a Retro dealer of choice or DM or email us (customerservice[at]retro51[dot]com) for help finding a dealer. Do not stress. There are 957 of this design with “57” significant for 57 million square miles on Earth.


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