Monday, March 3, 2008

Top Ten Hallmark Ornament Series
by Nicki Pierce

A newspaper reporter recently asked me to prepare a list of the Top Ten Hallmark Ornament Series. I found it difficult to narrow it down to just ten, so I "combined" some of the series. The following list highlights some of the Highest Demand ornaments we see at Hooked on Ornaments:

F
rosty Friends...
Hallmarks Longest running series began in 1980 and continues today. The #1 Frosty Friends ornament is truly NUMBER ONE with collectors and in the box sells for over $500.

Nostalgic Houses and Shops...
A series that is often displayed on wreaths, mantles as well as Christmas Trees nationwide, it has been popular since 1982
and continues to be hot today.

Mary's Angels...
Collectors have been endeared to these little angels starting with #1 Buttercup in 1988, and still LOVE THEM today.






Puppy Love & Mischievous Kitten...
Who doesn't love a puppy or a kitten? A little Cocker Spaniel on a candy cane started the hugely popular puppy love series in 1991 and it continues to be highly popular today.
The Mischievous Kitten series began in 1999. These darling kittens continue to amuse collectors today with playful antics.



Beauty of the Birds...
In 2005, the Northern Cardinal the first in this series seemed to be off to a slow start. That quickly changed in 2006 when the #2 Black Capped Chickadee was introduced. Today the Northern Cardinal is soaring, commanding prices over $100.



Carousel Ride...
A new series introduced by Hallmark in 2004, the #1 Lion was overproduced but enjoyed by many. Production was reduced for the 2005 #2 in the series Proud Giraffe causing prices to skyrocket. Today, the Proud Giraffe is very proud indeed as he sells for over $150. & prices continue to climb.

Barbie...
The 1993 introduction of Barbie in the Hallmark ornament line was the start of something big. Grandma's and Moms worldwide enjoy buying Barbie ornaments for themselves as well as their little girls and the number of Barbie's Hallmark has offered now exceeds 100!

Sky's the Limit and Lionel...
Plane and Train enthusiasts love these two Hallmark series. The Sky's the Limit planes began in 1997 and prices in this series often soar to over $50. each.
The die cast Lionel trains are full of detail and are hugely popular.

Star Trek and Star Wars...
Collectors can't get enough Star Trek and Star Wars ornaments.
The ships and characters are popular Worldwide with the 1991 Starship selling for over $200 in today's market.

Sports Character Series...
Name your favorite sport and Hallmark has probably created an ornament for you. Baseball, hockey, Nascar, football, famous name player ornaments adorn many collectors trees!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

One of our favorite series is Madame Alexander dolls. They are so beautifully done, they resemble the original dolls.
I hope they do a Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz for my Oz collection.