Hallmark produced some beautiful small paper items and was one of the few (only?) manufacturers to liberally use purple in many of their designs. I wonder why this was? Before reading anything this fine seller wrote about the item, I knew it was from Hallmark because of the purple border.
This seller has been offering some nice things over the last month or so. This rare shade was produced by Beistle during the later 1930s. They also made a version with yellow and red backing paper. It has more eye appeal. Take a look for yourself on page 40.
These are remnants from the Pick-A-Pumpkin game that was printed in both Germany and the USA around 1920. You can see the complete game on page 125. As remnants, these would have decorative value only.
Even if these two were in perfect condition, I feel the ending price isn’t sustainable. Of course, the condition of these diecuts is poor overall given that one is missing a chunk and the other has significant general soiling. These skull diecuts were produced by Gibson during the early 1930s. They also made them in white. See page 169.
These forgettable seals were produced by Hallmark in the mid-1920s. Go to the Acquisitions tab and scroll down. You’ll see a complete boxed set of fifteen.
This is the tallest paper-litho-over-cardboard horn that Marks Brothers produced. It is much less common than the one that measures ~7” tall.
03/14 Update: This sold for a relative bargain - $69.99.
Here’s another rare and wonderful item from the same great seller referenced below auctioning the witch falling into cauldron decoration. This is one of my favorite Dennison diecuts for several reasons: the colors are arresting, the design is clever for a relatively compact wall hanging and it nicely demonstrates just how ephemeral such decorations were meant to be at the time of their production. I mean, who would have thought to keep a sign so clearly meant for a party showing the way to the best part of any gathering? This was sold with the odd stock number of H667 1/2. Condition is fine as the diecut is whole with bright colors and minimal creasing.
03/14 Update: This sold for an eye-popping $667.
This seller comes up with the most wonderful items! It’s nice to see some interesting items popping up on eBay, as there has been too much junk of late. As stated in the listing, this witch falling into a cauldron glow-in-the-dark decoration is a companion piece to the Jitterbug Jones decoration shown on page 293. I don’t know which firm produced this innovative item. I thought I had a photo of the placard that would have been attached to this originally, but I can’t find it. This is the best one (of the three) that I’ve seen for sale. I’ve never seen one in-person - they are that rare. It’ll be fun to see what this fetches. Its RSIN would definitely be a 1.
03/11 Update: Thanks to a fellow collector who may have the only compete example extant, I can relay what is printed on the placard that should be attached to this diecut: “Turn off the light And ghostly bright A grinning skull Glows thru the night.”
03/14 Update: This sold for an eye-popping $960! It wasn’t even complete. Irrational exuberance?
This rare tambourine might very well have brought a stronger price if the seller, seemingly new to eBay, had posted numerous, clear photos. Simply posting one blurry photo and providing a skimpy description was a poor effort on the seller’s part. This Deco witch flying over a cityscape tambourine noisemaker is rare enough I’ve never seen one in good enough condition to acquire. It was produced by T. Cohn during the 1930s.
I just received this email from the buyer - an informed and savvy collector: “… looking forward to your upcoming auction. I have been looking for a mint condition version of this tambourine for my collection. After many requests for additional pictures with no results I was able to get the seller to tell me it is in mint condition. I took a chance and paid $300 for it. I will let you know if I made the right decision.”
03/12 Update: The acquiring collector turned out to be thrilled with his purchase. It turns out the tambourine was in near-mint+ condition. I wonder why the seller didn’t bother posting several clear photos?
This diecut was last offered for sale on eBay in May 2018 as part of a lot of three diecuts. Sadly, it was in horrific condition, yet still the lot brought $305. This example is in superb condition with bright colors and should easily eclipse that last price. This JOL-headed traffic cop diecut was produced by Dennison and first appeared in their 1930 Price List pamphlet. It was produced on the thin yellow-stock paper Dennison used often at the time. It makes a good companion piece to the Hallo' Inn diecut shown on page 142. I know of many collectors who have been waiting for this rare diecut to surface in this condition, so it’ll be informative to see what this sells for.
03/07 Update: Wow, this brought $597.99, tip-top dollars indeed.
I was surprised to see this diecut sell for such a high price. It was produced by Beistle during the late 1940s. These used to surface much more often than they do now, but I’d still assign an RSIN of 3 to it.
This is a tough boxed set of cut-outs to find. Add that to it being complete and in near-mint condition, I am not surprised it brought a strong price. Dennison first issued this set in 1924 with a stock number of H101.
This tally was made by Hallmark during the 1920s. The art and coloration match a score book with a cat on the cover that I have for sale now. This is a rare enough item that I’ve never seen it before. Sadly, it isn’t in the condition I require.
03/03 Update: This sold for $46.75.
I’ve been away for nearly a week on vacation and have taken few opportunities to wallow in eBay’s listings. Imagine my surprise when amongst all of the crapola, I see this exceedingly rare item in nice shape! This sinister devil bat diecut was produced by Beistle during the interval of 1925-1931. I haven’t seen one in this condition for many years. (Typically, one of the horns and at least one foot are long gone.) The orange honeycomb wings look essentially unused. Beistle also made this item with black honeycomb wings. This deserves to bring a very strong price, indeed.
03/05 Update: And it sure did bring a strong price - $970 - perhaps a record.
Trick or Treat bags like this seldom have more than a very modest value. Although the Hawaiian imagery is unusual, the market for these sorts of things hasn’t developed - and maybe never will. The seller has a BIN price of $111.11 but is willing to consider offers. I think $18-22 is the correct range.