I know the sellers were astonished at this ending price - as am I. Given the fully disclosed poor condition of the item, this ending price is wholly unsustainable. If you look at the bidding history, you'll see that the bidding would have leveled off at a reasonable $150, again given the item's poor condition, if not for two bidders who wished to own it at such a stratospheric price against all reason. Ebay sure is an odd place! Sometimes treasures go for a song while problematic items bring dollars they shouldn't.
This place card is one of several that Hallmark sold in the later 1920s as part of their small "Hallowe'en Novelty Box" assortment. The large box, identical except for dimensions to the small box, can be seen on page 164 of my newly published third edition.
Beistle issued three iterations of this Party Set in 1923. The most common takes the form of a booklet, less common is the enveloped set, like the one this seller has listed, and the least common is the boxed set. All are desirable, especially with complete, mint contents. I feel this set is an iconic "must have" if one collects Beistle from this era - as it is representative of their fairy mania phase that lasted only a single season.
When I first saw this listing and its ending price, I wondered why it brought so little relative to what a near-mint example should have brought. Now that I have clicked through and examined its actual condition, I marvel that it brought the strong dollars it did bring. Condition is paramount...
Condition drives value, irrespective of scarcity. This seller greatly overestimates this tattered survivor's value by having an opening bid of $300. Better to simply list it at $9.99 with no reserve and see what happens.
This tin litho noisemaker is not a vintage item. They were sold for 1-2 seasons through Restoration Hardware about 5 years ago. They have zero collectible value. Don't be fooled.
This seems to be the year of Beistle. Prices for many vintage items issued by this still-going-strong American company have been in the stratosphere so far this season, and there is no reason to expect that will not remain the same for this combo. Although the envelope surfaces regularly, seldom does it do so in this condition. Listen, the envelope is large and easy to ruin, accounting for how relatively few of them that still exist in this condition from 1935. Guide value is $175 but I won't be at all surprised if this brings significantly more dollars than this - given that this seems to be Beistle's season to really shine. (I sure am glad that I have specialized in collecting this company's output for several decades.)
I feel pieces to this set of six have never gotten the respect they should from the marketplace. These are whimsical, cleverly designed slot-and-tab candy containers issued by the General Merchandise Company in the middle 1940s through the very early 1950s. Although not at all truly rare, you still don't often see them in this seemingly pristine condition. To see the others that comprise a complete set, turn to page 54 of my newly published third edition.
This nicely designed little gem was manufactured by Gibson in the 1930s. I'm glad the seller has listed so many good photos that give you an idea of how this transparency was meant to be used. These items are hard to find as Gibson issued this for a single season. Guide value is $65.
This is actually a remnant from one of the exceedingly rare mechanical Rosen "Pops" boxes they produced as retail counter top displays. At one time this was the top for the Rosen "Pumpkin Pops" box made in the mid-1930s. Please turn to pages 116-117 to view others in this almost impossible to find family of boxes.
Here is a portion of the caption for this tambourine on page 215, "The goose's eye is either smaller or missing on those tambourines made later. So, the clearer or more prominent the eye, the earlier the tambourine was made."Chein produced this design in the 1920s, so this particular one was made in the last year or so of production.
This is one of five cards comprising a complete set of what I call "Set B" made by Rosen in the late 1940s-early 1950s. All of the cards from this set are desirable and somewhat hard to find. Arguably, the best card is the one showing dancing skeletons, but this card is quite appealing in its own way. All cards from all sets can be seen on pages 90-92.
09/20 Update: This sold for a strong $103.51.
This is a recently made item with only the most modest of decorative values.
This seller has been trying to unload this severely damaged diecut for at least 18 months, listing and relisting it at $128. Now she has dropped the price to $90. That certainly isn't good enough. The best thing this persistent seller could do is just roll it up and use it for kindling on the sure-to-come nippy fall nights when a fire in the hearth is so appealing.