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Mark B. Ledenbach's vintage Halloween collectibles blog.

RARE Vintage Halloween Beistle Green Witch Diecut USA 1950s, Large, Hard-to-Find

Beistle issued some quirky diecuts in the later 1950s - sort of a last gasp of creativity before they largely folded up their tent and yielded to the wave of forgettable, cutesy designs prevalent at that time and continuing deep into the 1990s. This is one of those diecuts. The set of three are puzzlingly difficult to find in mint condition, so the defects in this piece shouldn't be held too much against it. 

Vintage HALLOWEEN Sucker Holder E. Rosen Black Cat on Fence

I am surprised to see this seller offering this remnant without making clear in his listing that this is merely the upper half of a Rosen Trix or Treats sucker holder card. Describing it as unused with light wear doesn't make sense. Look at the photo of an entire card on page 90. You can see where some person clipped along the rise of the Trix or Treats boxed logo. 

This is merely a remnant and therefore has zero collectible value. I am hoping ddavidd will cancel the bids on this and his similarly damaged cards and pull the auctions. (Shaking my head...)

New 2014 Third Edition of Vintage Halloween Collectibles Now Available

I would like to announce the publication of my new edition of Vintage Halloween Collectibles! The 2014 third edition represents a thorough revising and a significant expansion of the 2007 second edition. You’ll see nearly 550 new photographs showing over 600 new items, all in full color. The page count has increased by nearly 50, with each and every of the third edition’s 301 pages freshly designed. This is not an example of simply slapping a new cover over stale material! The great majority of the new items shown have never appeared in any other works profiling a general array of vintage Halloween memorabilia. I have retained those data-rich elements you have come to expect. Each professionally photographed item is fully captioned - including data such as the where the item was made, which company made it, when it was made, manufacturing marks, measurements to the nearest 1/4 inch, a Relative Scarcity Index number, a current market value and additional notes on reproduction alerts, item iterations and other informative data. I have worked hard to greatly expand the specificity of the captioning with virtually every item attributed to a specific manufacturer. I was fortunate to have Matthew Kirscht not only design each page, making the layout more engaging and logical, but also to have him contribute supplemental artwork throughout the book that lends it a fresh look given his distinctive style. You won’t find generic clip art anywhere in this new edition. The research scholarship contained within this third edition of Vintage Halloween Collectibles greatly expands the boundaries of knowledge available to collectors, making this enhanced reference work a must-have addition to the libraries of collectors at all levels. Both softcover and hardcover versions are now available. Order now! (The attached image of the front cover has a “watermark” of my initials. Don’t worry, these initials don’t appear on the actual cover.) Signed softcovers are $45, which includes domestic Media Rate shipping. Alternatively, if you’d like your softcover copy sent via domestic Priority Mail, the cost is $55. (If you are a California resident, please include an additional 8.25% or provide a valid CA resale number.) Hardcovers have been limited to an edition of 100 copies. (Fewer than 40 are available as of this writing.) Each hardcover copy will be hand signed and numbered by me and will include a postcard drawn by Matthew Kirscht, hand signed and numbered by him, commemorating his involvement with the book. (The title of the postcard is The Deadline.) The postcards are also limited to an edition of 100. The number of the book and the number of the postcard sent will match and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Hardcovers are $125 which includes domestic Priority Mail shipping. When they’re gone, they’re gone for good. (If you are a California resident, please include an additional 8.25% or provide a valid CA resale number.) I love personal checks or money orders, but if you wish to use Paypal, please do so without a fee, or simply add 3.25% to your total order to compensate for an unavoidable fee. Checks and money orders can be sent to my mailing address below; Paypal transfers to the email address listed below. Mark B. Ledenbach P.O. Box 2421 Orangevale, CA 95662 marlede@sbcglobal.net Spread the word to a collecting friend!

I would like to announce the publication of my new edition of Vintage Halloween Collectibles!

The 2014 third edition represents a thorough revising and a significant expansion of the 2007 second edition. You’ll see nearly 550 new photographs showing over 600 new items, all in full color. The page count has increased by nearly 50, with each and every of the third edition’s 301 pages freshly designed. This is not an example of simply slapping a new cover over stale material! The great majority of the new items shown have never appeared in any other works profiling a general array of vintage Halloween memorabilia.

I have retained those data-rich elements you have come to expect. Each professionally photographed item is fully captioned - including data such as the where the item was made, which company made it, when it was made, manufacturing marks, measurements to the nearest 1/4 inch, a Relative Scarcity Index number, a current market value and additional notes on reproduction alerts, item iterations and other informative data. I have worked hard to greatly expand the specificity of the captioning with virtually every item attributed to a specific manufacturer.

I was fortunate to have Matthew Kirscht not only design each page, making the layout more engaging and logical, but also to have him contribute supplemental artwork throughout the book that lends it a fresh look given his distinctive style. You won’t find generic clip art anywhere in this new edition.

The research scholarship contained within this third edition of Vintage Halloween Collectibles greatly expands the boundaries of knowledge available to collectors, making this enhanced reference work a must-have addition to the libraries of collectors at all levels.

Both softcover and hardcover versions are now available. Order now! (The attached image of the front cover has a “watermark” of my initials. Don’t worry, these initials don’t appear on the actual cover.)

Signed softcovers are $45, which includes domestic Media Rate shipping. Alternatively, if you’d like your softcover copy sent via domestic Priority Mail, the cost is $55. (If you are a California resident, please include an additional 8.25% or provide a valid CA resale number.)

Hardcovers have been limited to an edition of 100 copies. (Fewer than 40 are available as of this writing.) Each hardcover copy will be hand signed and numbered by me and will include a postcard drawn by Matthew Kirscht, hand signed and numbered by him, commemorating his involvement with the book. (The title of the postcard is The Deadline.) The postcards are also limited to an edition of 100. The number of the book and the number of the postcard sent will match and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Hardcovers are $125 which includes domestic Priority Mail shipping. When they’re gone, they’re gone for good. (If you are a California resident, please include an additional 8.25% or provide a valid CA resale number.)

I love personal checks or money orders, but if you wish to use Paypal, please do so without a fee, or simply add 3.25% to your total order to compensate for an unavoidable fee. Checks and money orders can be sent to my mailing address below; Paypal transfers to the email address listed below.

Mark B. Ledenbach
P.O. Box 2421
Orangevale, CA 95662

marlede@sbcglobal.net

Spread the word to a collecting friend!

Halloween Bobble head. Paper Mache. Vintage

Although well-crafted, this is not a vintage item. It was made by Stamm House sometime within the last few years and has no vintage value. (Notice the mark on the bottom of the base. Without that mark, other clues to its recent manufacture are the smoothness of the finish, the soft colors and the granular nature of the base.) 

RARE Boogie house for Ghosts and spooks box Halloween 1950's

This fantastic item looks complete to me. It wasn't designed to have a bottom as I feel it was made to fit over a box of candy, probably made by Brach's. David is wise not to fold it up, since these were not designed to be done and undone. I bought mine flat, folded it once, and now it serenely sits in one of my many display cases. 

Thanks for the shout-out about my new edition!

1920's Halloween tin shaker with cow, spooky tree, cat & JOL

Matthew Kirscht, who did a bang-up job laying out my newly published third edition, feels the same unknown manufacturer responsible for this great shaker also made the four-sided bell-shaped noisemaker that brings relatively significant dollars even though it surfaces regularly. He subtly placed these two items next to each other on page 207. Check them out!

SUPER RARE Vintage Halloween Black Face Jack o Lantern Diecut Standup, Germany

This is a difficult German diecut to score in this near-mint condition. The Germans made several iterations of this general design in two sizes. This differs from the one shown on page 171 of my newly published reference not by the solid eyes and mouth, but because of the teeth. (Look at the same-sized example at the upper right [second photo] and compare that one's teeth to the one ziz is offering for sale.) The German diecuts have a surprising number of such subtle variations. In any event, this is a wonderful example, proven by the lofty price level this has already attained with over one week yet to go. 

Vintage Halloween Fortune Teller Spinner Game

It's great to see such an exceedingly rare item surface on Ebay, especially one in this condition. This Here's Your Fate game was made by Whitney in the 1920s. (Please turn to page 24 to see the game in my third edition.) Measuring 10" h x 7.75" w, this game has been assigned a "1" on my Relative Scarcity Index, which means you may never see another one of these surface for sale. Prior to purchasing the one in the collection about 18 months ago, I had never known this densely detailed game existed. Don't let this item escape your grasp!

07/28 Update: I was pleasantly surprised to see that this superb game fetched well over book value, bringing $318. Congrats! 

OLD VINTAGE ANTIQUE HALLOWEEN SCREECH OWL SIREN HORN TOY

Here's a noisemaker you don't see often. These Screech Owl Siren Horns were made by an unknown manufacturer in the 1930s. The mouthpiece is different than all others I've seen so there is a good chance it is not original to the item. The condition of this horn is dodgy, but this certainly doesn't surface frequently. 

07/24 Update: Even with the condition issues, this horn brought a strong $59. 

Vintage Halloween Skeleton Cardboard Candy Container Marked

Good to see these finally getting the market recognition they deserve. The General Merchandise Company made this set of slot and tab containers. This is one from the complete set of six. (All can be seen on page 54.) G.M. also issued other Halloween-themed slot and tab containers that are far less common yet possess the same sense of odd whimsy seen in their most widely sold set. I have become a fan of their output, so routinely search for their harder-to-find items. (Examples of some of these can be seen on pages 53 and 296.)

Antique Vintage 1920's USA Dennison Halloween Cat Face in Flames Candle Die-Cut

I have always liked this little gem made by Dennison beginning in 1927. (Its smaller companion piece can be seen on page 257.) There is so much to find compelling in its detailing. However, these are hard-to-find, but not impossible to find. Given its poor condition overall, the seller is much too aggressive with the opening price. If you have always coveted this piece, wait for a better example offered at a lower opening price.