Beistle sure made some “out-there” designs. This demon frog hat from 1931 certainly fits the bill. The eccentric and memorable design reminds me of the coveted art done by arguably the finest folk artist working in the Halloween medium, Matthew Kirscht. The condition issues of the hat, detailed no nicely by this stellar seller, really weren’t material. I wish I had seen this listing. I would have been a player for more than the reasonable ending price.
I love these early place cards as sometimes the imagery is so odd. Why would a frog be shown resting in front of a roaring fire? Given an amphibian's love of wet conditions, it makes no sense whatsoever, which also makes the card so memorable and desirable. The fact that it sold for a song (or a ribbet...) is sort of a shame. I wish that I would have seen it in time. I would have loved for it to be part of the collection!
Beistle issued a set of four of fairy-themed hats in 1923 only, so these are hard-to-find and desirable. The condition of this particular hat appears to be superb, so it will be instructive to see what this great item fetches.