Even more surprising, Starbucks doesn't have the original design files. The electronic files were lost in a 2001 earthquake.
However, former Starbucks Creative Studio designer Sandy Nelson has ferreted away one of every cup, among other Starbucks mementos from her time with the company.
Her time there included designing the very first holiday cup. “It was August, and I had just started with the company,” Nelson said. “We were working on holiday creative for the season to come. We had what felt like a hundred cup designs pinned up on the wall. Then Howard [Schultz] came by, looked at all of them, and picked my design. I couldn’t believe mine was chosen.”