My opinion is that none of these items were made prior to 1995. They are all either fantasy items or reproductions - having decorative value only.
I'll begin populating this page with photos of reproductions, fakes and fantasy items as I see them listed on eBay, Etsy and other such sites. Hopefully, collectors will refer to this page to minimize the occasions reproductions, fakes and fantasy items are unknowingly purchased. If you see something on this page that was sold to you purporting to be a vintage item, immediately send it back for a full refund.
This is an obvious reproduction. Does it even have decorative value?
This isn’t the real deal. This game was reproduced a few years ago. This seems to be a better quality fake. Except for the copied graphics, nothing is right about it. The thickness of the box and its height are wrong, the lack of a manufacturer’s name (It should be Schacht Rubber Manufacturing Company.) is wrong, the laughably flimsy rings are wrong. Be on guard for fakes. This hobby is too expensive to waste money ignorantly.
03/15 Update: You have to love this seller. Once he learned that this item was a reproduction, he immediately ended the listing and relisted it as a reproduction - no fuss, no muss. He also had an excellent sense of humor about it. Read his verbiage in the relisting. It will bring a smile to your face. He writes: “I’d like to get $100 for it, but I’d also like to be dating Emmy Rossum.” You just have to appreciate there are still people in this world who approach situations that aren’t advantageous to them with a ready quip. Bravo!
These were all made post-1995, and possibly yesterday. The seller’s statement that they were purchased 30 years ago is off by at least 7 years. These have zero collectible value. Don’t be fooled.
This is a newer twist on an old problem - fantasy items. The seller states that this was obtained 30 years ago. This devil head fantasy item first appeared in 1995, so the seller mustn’t be very adept at math. The new twist, surely meant to fool, is the presence of the “original box.” Look carefully, vow not to be taken for a chump, laugh and walk right on by this listing.
The seller states they have had this awhile. It couldn’t have been longer than about 15 years as these sloped hat abominations began plaguing the hobby around 2003.
I'm sorry to see some poor schmuck pissed away $125.99 on this fantasy item. This lidded black cat has decorative value only. It was made sometime post-2000 and has zero vintage value. Do your research, readers, before plunking your hard-earned cash on items that one day MAY have vintage value but as of this writing don't.
Unfortunately, some poor soul wasted $585 on this poorly done reproduction sold from India. Genuine tin parade lanterns are spherical and look quite a bit different from this. This has decorative value only.
This is a fantasy item, so poorly made that no one should be fooled for even a moment. This POS is based on a well-known hard plastic design by Rosen, a design that was never commercially made in other materials. Just laugh and move on....
This visually appealing lantern was imported to the US no earlier than the mid-1990s via Blumchen's. It has minimal collectible value.
01/23 Update: ...and yet it sold for $167.50!
This is not a vintage item. It was made by Radko within the last 10 years or so. It is distressing to see that somebody wasted their collecting dollars on something that has decorative value only. People: This hobby has become pricey enough that one MUST do their research before buying anything. Go to one of the tabs above this post and buy a copy of my reference, Vintage Halloween Collectibles, 3rd Edition.
I am really surprised that people haven't figured out that is is a newly made item based loosely on the truly vintage German fireplace screen diecut made during the 1920s. (There was recently a cache of these truly vintage screens unearthed. They have been offered so frequently that the price has decidedly turned down. It may be several years before the prices for the vintage screens regain ground.) In any event, right now this reproduction or fake is at $381 with 4+ days to go. In this hobby, research is vital to avoid being taken in by such offerings.
10/31 Update: This screen was made by Bethany Lowe in 2006. Another one sold for several hundred dollars. In both cases, buyers figuratively poured their money down the drain.
This item has no charm and no vintage value. This fantasy design first began appearing in 1995, the dawning year of the "crapalanche" of items that have made our fun hobby more perilous to uneducated collectors.
Thanks to the sharp eye of a regular reader, I can convey to you that this is a reproduction made during the 1990s by Seasons Gone By. Notice the flat bottom - an easy red flag for collectors as authentic vintage items have a ring pressed into the bottom.
The seller states this was made in Germany during the 1930s. It surely was made off-shore, but not in Germany. This was almost certainly made in China in 2016 or 2107. It has zero collectible value. Don't be fooled!
This is a fantasy item I've not seen before, so prepare to see many more of them over the year. This abomination is being sold by a dealer in England who claims to have only a pair to sell. (Trust me, if this sells to an under-informed bidder for solid dollars, this seller will surely discover some more!) The claim in the listing's headline is that this item is from the 1930s - a claim not made in the body of the listing. This is not old and has zero collectible value.
03/21 Update: Two bidders got snookered by prevailing on these two lots with the exact same bid - $127.50. Prepare to see more of this fake.
This is a fantasy piece created by stealing artwork used in Beistle's Halloween Elf diecut. This could have been made yesterday and has zero vintage value. It is disturbing to see such things being offered for sale, especially when they are put in eBay's Vintage Halloween category.
Unfortunately, the person who bought this may not have known that it is a fairly new item made by Seasons Gone By. The seller, alerted to this fact, certainly did nothing to illuminate the questionable provenance. A long-time collector and reader of this blog contacted me recently to relate the email conversation she had with this seller. I reproduce this for you now:
This cup was made in the 1990s by a company called Season Gone By and their mark has been removed from the underside. I suggest you correct the listing.
I know that company and am familiar with their reproductions, this is not made by seasons gone by, I bought it in a lot of Halloween antiques, some had scrapes on the bottom like this one and some did not, I just sold a vintage nut cut that was in the same lot, it was intact on the bottom and did not have any makers marks... There is no reason for me to assume this one is made by seasons gone by. I am very clear in my description about this item.
This is a dealer whose listings I'll be watching very carefully.
These fake horns have been showing up these last few years. This model is larger than the plethora of fake horns that have plagued the hobby since the 1990s. Laughingly, each is always described as this one is - minty! (Of course they are minty - they were made as recently as yesterday!) Don't be fooled by these objects. They have very modest decorative value only..
This is a crudely made fake, something that I would have expected to see from curiousimp or trappedintheshadow. Beistle never sold these games in boxes that look like books. Interestingly, and tellingly, the seller says next to nothing about the item being sold.