Mark B. Ledenbach's vintage Halloween collectibles blog.

Vintage Jack-O-Lantern cardboard Hat

This very desirable continental hat with plume was made by Beistle from 1925-1931. The condition of this particular example seems to be superb! Typically, one or both of the extreme ends is missing, but not with this one. The color seems bright, another plus. On my Relative Scarcity Index, I give this a "2," which means rare. If you'd like to see its companion, please turn to page 238. Beistle has been red-hot on Ebay this season, so it would not surprise me if this great hat ends at a price significantly above the guide value of $200. 

09/01 Update: I expected this fantastic hat to go high but never dreamed that it fetch $510. Maybe it is time to sell mine!