Roll out the red carpet to welcome this - arguably the rarest, most coveted single small paper item item from Beistle's Golden Age of production. This elusive, ingeniously designed invitation was on my HOLY GRAIL list for over two decades (I am not joking...) until I was fortunate enough to acquire one a scant few months ago. This item is very large and has an awesome presence. Issued for a single season, 1932, these almost never surface. Why is this the case? An enterprising collector contacted me several months ago to offer a theory. With minor editing I share it with you now:
Now, if you collect the rarest items and have an eye for superb design, you MUST NOT let this go by the wayside. It is great to see such a truly rare item on Ebay. It will be informative to see what this mint item brings. (I have just added this seller to my list of those with whom I am proud to conduct business, so bid with confidence!)
Wowee!! I never thought in a million years that this invitation would bring such significant dollars. Granted, this is rare and wonderful, but over $1700 for an invitation does boggle my mind. I paid $400 for the one I snagged in a private transaction a few months ago and thought at the time I had paid what I described to another collector as a "crazy" price. The response back was that she would have gladly paid $600, so I guesstimated that this listing would end somewhere between $600-800 dollars. I received many phone calls and texts immediately after the auction, so plenty of advanced collectors were watching. All expressed astonishment. I've identified the prevailing bidder and at least one of the recorded under-bidders and they are both determined, knowledgeable and apparently deep-pocketed collectors. God bless them!