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.
Some boxed Gibson seals have recently sold for significantly more than SGV. Owls have never commanded the highest prices in seemingly any of the vintage Halloween genres, and this was no exception. The hammer came down almost precisely at the SGV. Although complete Gibson boxed sets are significantly harder to find than many of the Dennison boxed sets, the latter typically command high dollars. Gibson's production was more limited as was their distribution. Not helping the secondary market for Gibson's boxed sets is that their art was, by and large, pedestrian and uninspired.
This beautiful box of seals was produced by Gibson during the 1920s. Gibson's output was significantly less than their arch-competitor, Dennison, and, sadly, their distribution network was similarly circumscribed. Hence, today it is difficult to find Gibson boxed sets - and even more difficult to find such a clean and nearly complete box. My operating theory is that vintage Halloween paper (aside from napkins, table cloths and the like) will continue its rapid ascent, so if you like this genre, snap this one up. If you wish to see an extensive array of Gibson boxed sets, please refer to pages 264-265.
10/22 Update: This fetched a strong $150.50.
This result is far more understandable. Even with less than a full complement of seals remaining, this design is seen so rarely that it has escaped my grasp all of these years. (I did try for it!) I do like the aesthetics of this seal - creepy yet cool!
I'm not sure what happened here. This Dennison slide box of 24 seals (8 of 3 designs each) is hard to find, but not impossible. It comes up from time to time and typically trades at or close to SGV of $95.
This seller has flooded eBay with listings these last few days. Although I love seeing new items, rather than the high percentage of retreads choking eBay, I wish this seller could get a handle on how to properly load photos. Only a small percentage of her items have photos that show as thumbnails when searching by category. This will surely hurt the overall returns expected from the listings.
These cat face seals were not made by Dennison. Looking at the envelope with the K logo, I wonder if the manufacturer was Kirby, a producer of some 1960s diecuts that have become somewhat more desirable as the years have elapsed?
This small box of seals was produced by Whitney during the 1920s. The market leader for such boxed seals was Dennison by a wide margin, followed by Gibson and their simpler yet somewhat quirkier designs. Whitney was definitely out of their element in making these sets. The art is flat and uninteresting. They rarely marked these boxes, whether out of shame or expediency I cannot say. Dennison boxed sets were produced in relatively high numbers and had a national distribution. Gibson less so and Whitney even less so. Although hard to find, especially complete, these typically change hands for around $100 per box, so the buyer paid a premium here.
This is an awesome set of rare Dennison seals. The seller is correct - these first appeared in Dennison's 1924 Bogie Book. There were two leaf designs - one smiling and one frowning. Both were sold with stock number H684. Sustainable guide value is $180. I have not seen a full box of these offered for sale for many years. It'll be fun to see what they fetch.
10/06 Update: This great set brought an eyebrow-arching $511.23. The prevailing bidder must have wanted the set VERY badly, as this price probably won't be seen again.
I was glad to see this box of early 1920s JOL seals sell for what it did. Even without a photo showing the reverse of the box to see the factory marking indicating how many seals were originally sold as a set, and the general scruffiness of the box and seals, this early Gibson boxed product brought a respectable $30. Although I like Dennison boxed sets more, all else being equal, it is much harder to find Gibson boxed sets, especially complete ones. The market has been slow to recognize the value of Gibson boxed products although this has been changing over the last 2-3 seasons.
Gibson produced this stunning seal design in the early 1920s. Much of Gibson's output in this boxed genre is fun but one-dimensional compared to the more thought-through designs Dennison typically released. (That said, I love the Gibson boxed products. They are much harder to find - and that makes the hunt all the more fun. Overall, I think they are currently under-valued in the market.) This design is an obvious exception. A sister design is shown at the upper left on page 264. Both are killer! Guide value for a full box of 20 seals is $250. This box had 8-10 damaged seals and an unfortunate blemish on the packaging. Therefore, the result seems right.
Dennison often packaged their enveloped products differently for the Canadian market. I haven't seen too many over the years. This particular seal design is from the 1930s and is a new one to me. I'm surprised that it didn't fetch a little bit more.
The lucky buyer got a true bargain when acquiring these very rare Dennison seals for the paltry sum of $60. (I sure wish I was watching when these were still active!) Dennison made some designs for many seasons and in varying quantities per box. This is one of the designs offered for a season or two only. I've seen it offered maybe three times, tops.
Most Beistle packaging is coveted and hard to come by. The earliest packaging is less interesting as Beistle hadn't yet added the detailed artwork that festooned the most sought after variety. This is an early enveloped set as there is nothing to it except the simplest of descriptions and an example of the contents glued to the front. Even so, the seller would have garnered far more than the $20 that was obtained if they had run this as an auction rather than an ill-advised BIN event.
I regret losing out on acquiring this great set. Gibson made far fewer boxed sets than their main rival, Dennison. Gibson's sets tend to consist of simple designs, with an occasional masterpiece produced. I hadn't seen this set before and had placed it on my Watch List. However, I've been so busy this season that I've been forgetting to bid or set up esnipe bids. Congrats to the prevailing bidder who obtained a rare set for a good price.