Excerpts from our long-established personal vintage Halloween collection representing the high watermark of condition and rarity.

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Jointed smiling Skairo - The Hallowe'en Bug, USA, Beistle, (printed name), 1931, 28.75

Hallowe’en Bug “Skairo”, USA, Beistle, (printed name), 1931, 28.75″ h, non-embossed. Beistle issued this design for one year only. A high-quality example in remarkable condition.

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Waving skeleton, Germany, 1920s, 19” h x 7.5” w, heavily embossed.

Walking witch carrying a JOL, USA, Beistle, (no mark), mid-1930s, 23

Walking witch carrying a JOL, USA, Beistle, (no mark), mid-1930s, 23″ h x 15.75″ w, non-embossed. An incredibly hard to find high-quality example.

These eleven diecuts, part of a complete set of twelve, were made by Beistle off and on from 1932 through the early 1950s. Some pieces seem to have been made more than others. It is difficult to assess precisely when any particular example was made, as Beistle was consistent with coloration throughout the entire run. One clue, however, is the embossing. Early pressings have a deeper, more refined embossing than later pressings, which tend to be nearly flat. Also, earlier pressings often have the words “Made in USA” embossed somewhere on the piece. These clues help to bracket a general time a particular piece was pressed, which is important because earlier iterations tend to have a 20-25% greater value, all else being equal. Each die cut measures 9.25 – 9.5” h x 8.25 – 8.5” w. Two of the diecuts, the witch and the cat with rodents, often had a factory flat-edged moon, like these do. It isn’t a flaw, it’s an indicator of an earlier pressing. These high-quality diecuts, each embossed “Made in USA”, are in remarkable condition.

These silver variants of the somewhat common Beistle set of twelve designs are hard to find. This unusual color variation was only made for a season or two early in the run. Being made from a thinner paper stock than the “normal” ones, finding them in solid condition is tough. These first run pressings have a lighter, less refined embossment than the traditional ones. This particular example is marked “Made in USA” twice: imprinted (far-right), embossed (bottom-center). Because these silver variants were manufactured for no more than a few seasons, I suspect this coloration experiment was not a successful one.