This listing illustrates the folly of selling Halloween in December. (December is a wonderful time to buy vintage Halloween, but a lousy time to sell.) This small porcelain German teacup, made between 1908 and 1932, typically fetches $95-100.
These fortune place cards rarely come up for sale, especially when unused and complete. Made by Whitney in the 1920s, it would be fair to say that the market currently values these in the $65-70 price range, given that the seller offered five individually and ending within a short time of each other. This somewhat precise valuation for items that rarely appear seldom happens.
The seller, Sandy, also a long-time collecting friend, wrote to me while the auction was still ongoing, quite happy with the attention her handled cup was getting. I mentioned that the small cups are seen relatively frequently compared to other pieces from the set, but that handled cups are particularly desirable. Not only does the handle distinguish it from being a nut cup, but emphatically defines it as a teacup. Still, the ending price is probably not replicable. It is the result of three very determined bidders.