Wow, I never imagined a world where this delicate and rare candle transparency would have sold for $450! I love the photos this fine seller included, as I’ve always had difficulty imagining how this was supposed to be used. The one in my collection appears on page 44. It is in near-mint condition. I’d be thrilled to sell it for $375 plus shipping. Any takers?
This complete Gibson centerpiece was produced during the 1920s. It almost never comes on the market intact as one or more of the end tabs are generally missing. This is a fun piece with a lot of energy. It makes a stunning display.
08/08 Update: This sold for $302, a recent high for this set.
Gibson diecuts, once definite also-rans to those made by Dennison and Beistle, have been rapidly escalating in value these past 2 years. Collectors have woken up to their rich colors and designs, their eccentricity and most of all to their scarcity. This is one of my favorite of their diecuts. Few of Gibson’s diecut designs surface regularly, especially not in this condition. I’d love to know how many of each design comprised this drugstore find. Guide value is $175, but since this market segment has moved much faster than I ever expected it to do, I expect the final price to exceed that figure. This was made during the early 1930s.
08/08 Update: This sold for $372.
It’s great to see this colorful tally produced by Gibson during the 1920s listed on eBay - especially by such a fine seller. I recently posted the matching nut cup and place card to this design on my Acquisitions section of the site. The major holiday paper manufacturers typically issued their designs in four pieces: invitation, tally, place card and nut cup.
04/02 Update: This great tally sold for $39.88.
Even if these two were in perfect condition, I feel the ending price isn’t sustainable. Of course, the condition of these diecuts is poor overall given that one is missing a chunk and the other has significant general soiling. These skull diecuts were produced by Gibson during the early 1930s. They also made them in white. See page 169.
This small paper item was made by Gibson.
01/17 Update: This seldom-seen diecut brought a strong $222.50.
Now, this is one helluva freaky, fantastic diecut. When I first saw this Gibson listing, I prayed that it would be in collectible condition. I was disappointed when it fell far short of the acceptable threshold for my collection. This is precisely the kind of odd imagery and disorienting colors I eat up. I contacted the seller who stated this was the sole example of this diecut she had available. My decision was easy not to try for it. (The ending price of $610 blew me away. I sure am glad I began collecting 30 years ago, as collecting truly vintage Halloween is rapidly becoming a hobby for the wealthy!) I will add it to my very short “Holy Grail” list and hope one comes my way.
This Gibson party sign diecut with their classic signature slanted exclamation point went for FAR more than I would have guessed. Prices tend to moderate at this stage of the season, but I haven’t seen much evidence of this usual trend this year. This seller had several wonderful diecuts - all of which sold for astronomical prices. Given the final photo in all of her listings, I am curious how many of each will be on offer over time.
This desirable shade was produced by Gibson during the 1930s. Gibson seems to have the monopoly on using teepees as part of Halloween iconography!
10/18 Update: This sold for $155.27.
This scarce witch face lantern was produced by Gibson in 1929, probably for a single season. The lantern was designed to be three-sided and held together by a black circle of construction-type paper with slits that would then slide down the points of the three witch’s hats. (There is a JOL lantern of the same design by Gibson you can see on page 43.)
Prices for boxes of Gibson seals have increased dramatically over the last 24 months with this result being the latest data point. The box of 1920s broomed witch seals originally contained 12 seals. With only 4 remaining, the lot still brought $88.
Gibson produced a tally to match this well-designed place card. I wonder if they made a similarly-themed invitation, too? You can see the more ornate tally on page 270.
This rare and unusual item was produced by Gibson.
This listing has prompted me to add to my book's on-line errata page, something I've been meaning to do for some time. I know now that Gibson did issue the four sides of the centerpiece at the top of page 271 as individual diecuts for a short time during the later 1920s.
I'm surprised at the ending price, as these typically trade in the $50-75 range. Gibson produced at least six different tongue twisters, as these were sold in glassine envelopes from 1928-1932. They also produced a smaller version with full-bodied cats that I think are visually more appealing. Both can be seen on page 23.