Thursday, November 12, 2009

What's Hot...

Well this past weekend found collectors on the hunt again. The hard to find item was the absolutely adorable Hallmark Cookie Sheet Countdown / Advent Magnet Calendar set.

Once again local stores received a VERY limited supply and sold out quickly leaving collectors disappointed and on the hunt. Based on the results of the three Hallmark Keepsake events, I would suggest NOT waiting for any special ornaments. I think that any collectors who take a chance on getting that "special" ornament on sale after Christmas, may be very disappointed this year. Based on the limited edition quantities it seems that Hallmark production numbers may have been reduced this year. Which will mean few items available at the end of the season.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Spooky Fall Warehouse Sale FUN

October 31st 2009
Fall Warehouse Sale
& Signing Event

A huge amount of fun (and BARGAIN shopping too!) was had by all last Halloween Saturday at the Hooked on Ornaments Fall Warehouse Sale and Signing Event. It was our biggest event ever and we were joined by collectors from near and far. We were also very happy to welcome some Hallmark Keepsake notables that joined us as well!

We were honored to have retired Hallmark Keepsake artist, Ed Seale join us. Ed signed ornaments that he sculpted, chatted with collectors, answered questions and shared stories from his years at Hallmark. Our Ed Seale prototype auction ended at the warehouse with three of the four winners present at the event. A huge "Thank You" to Ed for spending the day with us and for donating the prototypes for the charity auction. A portion of the proceeds of the auction went to Kansas City Harvesters - an organization that fights hunger in the Kansas City area.

We were also proud to welcome our special "surprise" guest - Hallmark Keepsake artist Lynn Norton! Lynn chatted with collectors and answered questions as well. Do you know what Lynn's first "sculpt" was? The 1991 Starship Enterprise! What a way to get started! Thank you so much for joining us again! We were also pleasantly surprised to welcome Hallmark Keepsake Artist Joanne Eschrich and former Hallmark Keepsake Artist Chris Webb!

Again a HUGE thanks to everyone who joined us! If you would like to see these photos and more from last Saturday's sale -
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Monday, October 12, 2009

2009 October Ornament Debut

The grapevine tells us that the 2009 October Ornament Debut ornaments were quick and fast sell outs nationwide. Sources indicate that most stores received only 4 or 5 of each of the special edition ornaments such as the gold Lionel Chessie, Santas Around the World Sweden and Pony for Christmas.

I've talked to quite a few customers this weekend and today and everyone has a similar story. The most wanted October Debut ornaments were simply not available in their local stores.

We predict that these VERY hard to find ornaments will climb in secondary market value just as fast as they disappeared off the shelves.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Memories For the Making PRIZES - Oh My!

Now that the dust has started to settle following the August Keepsake Ornament Club national event, Memories for the Making, we've been getting emails and phone calls. It seems that some of the prizes that were awarded during the event were more than they seemed at first glance.

We had an email just last week from a collector who thought they had received the 1998 Spotlight on Snoopy. Once they looked inside the box, it wasn't just any old Snoopy inside! It was the 1998 Spotlight on Snoopy COLORWAY ornament! That VERY hard to find ornament was awarded back in 1998 to the winners of the photo contest held during the convention. Our records indicate there were only 84 of the colorway in existence!

We had been told that there would be goodies sprinkled in with the prizes at the Memories for the Making event and they weren't joking. What fun!

We also received a phone call the week following the event from Tim in St. Louis. When he opened up his Bingo prize, the 2006 Very Friendly Christmas Tree, Winnie the Pooh Collection ornament. He found he had a prize inside also. Tim contacted Hallmark Cards with his questions as the ornament and the things that he found inside the box seemed to add up to a very special find.

According to Hallmark Cards, what Tim had received was an approved manufacturers sample. A one of a kind item! Before the ornaments go into production, the manufacturing facility submits a "sample" to Hallmark Cards, Inc for approval. This is the approved sample that Tim received as his Bingo prize.
We asked Tim to share a little about himself and his prize...
"I've been seriously collecting since 1991, when I could not find the Enterprise ornament and called every store in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Arkansas looking for one. I had Hallmark ornaments before that, but this, in combination with a friend who had already been collecting, really got me hooked. I actually joined the KOCC that year thinking I could order the Enterprise directly from Hallmark if I were a member... that obviously didn't work out, but I've been a member ever since! I have about 2000 ornaments now.

I've been to every event (not multiple cities the same year) since the first 1994 Expo in St. Louis and this year was the first time I ever won anything, which was the Puppy Love repaint.

I played Bingo on Saturday and our table won twice, so I took home six ornaments. I'm not a Disney collector, I only have 22 in my collection, most of which are Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore or Pixar. I always wanted the 2006 "A Very Friendly Christmas" but never got it for whatever reason. I spotted it on the prize table and grabbed it. I normally look all my ornaments over before I leave, but there was simply no time, so I had no idea there was anything special about it until I opened it up at home, after the event. And you know the rest!"
Thinking about all the ornaments laid out on the Bingo prize table, it just makes me wonder how many folks took home a prize even better than they ever dreamed?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Memories for the Making...

Wow. Just a tiny three letter word describes the entire spectacular 2009 Keepsake Ornament Club National event, "Memories for the Making," held this past weekend in Kansas City. It was an amazing time filled with Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments and the collectors that love them.

The event began on Friday and ended Saturday evening. I'm sure most collectors were like me wishing there could have been just one more day. It's hard to leave when you're having so much fun. There were games, goodies, seminars, Keepsake studio artists, prizes, room hopping, old friends and new...

Hallmark Keepsake artists and staff (all you folks in the purple shirts) did a wonderful job with the event and I think I speak for everyone when I send out a heartfelt thank you for all that they did. I had an absolutely amazing time and I can't wait to do it again. All of your work is much appreciated by this collector. Thank you.

As for "news" from the event...

  • I believe I heard there were approximately 1400 who attended the Local Club Dinner on Friday night. We were all honored to have Don Hall, Jr speak at the dinner.
  • A video featuring our favorite eskimo was premiered, (you can view a piece of the video on our Facebook page), which will be offered as an e-card on this fall.

  • Tom Best revealed he has already designed the 2010 Frosty Friends.
  • John Wagner indicated there will be several Maxine ornaments in 2011 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Maxine.
  • We have heard of at least one prototype being received as a prize during Bingo. Check the ornament in your boxes.

2010 Sneak Peak Notes:

  • 2010 Mickey's Christmas Carol #2 will be Scrooge McDuck counting his coins.
  • 2010 Visit from Santa #2 will be Santa with a reindeer.
  • 2010 Festive Santa #2 miniature will be a hanging/dancing Santa by a new artist.
  • 2010 Season's Treatings #2 will be cupcakes.
  • 2010 KOC Membership Ornament - Christmas Window will be a Patisserie (French Bakery)
  • 2010 KOC ornament will feature a snowman by Linda Sickman, the arms will hold miniature versions of earlier Linda Sickman ornaments.
  • Two other 2010 KOC membership ornaments will be Barbie and Winnie the Pooh.
  • Ken Crow is working on a Disney Carousel ornament.
  • The unofficial penguin friends collection is being worked on by Ken Crow and Kristina Gaughran and will be a motion/magic ornament. "Frosty Falls"
  • The 2010 "Decade" ornament is sculpted by Tammy Haddix, the first 0 in 2010 is the bottom half of the snowman sculpted into the ornament.
  • Mickey on a rocking horse, Lucy Psychiatrist booth with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Woodstock outside of the doghouse (a magic ornament with Snoopy doing the Snoopy dance) and a cupcake ornament sculpted by Edythe Kegrize, Disney Chip and Dale.
  • Doorways of the World has not been received as well as hoped and may be discontinued. The 2010 release will be Italy.
  • 2010 Santas Around the World - Switzerland
  • 2010 Fairy Messengers - Bluebell
  • 2010 Toymaker Santa - Santa makes musical instruments
  • 2010 Santa's Sweet Ride - Train (The years alternate land, air, sea)
  • 2010 Retro Toys - Little People School House, Chatty Cathy (Blonde) Limited Edition
  • 2010 Beauty of Birds - Bluebird
  • 2010 Wizard of Oz - Winkie Guards
  • 2010 Dr Seuss - Green Eggs and Ham
  • Curious George
  • 2010 NHS will be a white colonial house.
  • Reach Promotion or Continuity Promotion - Peanuts / 60th Anniversary
  • Caroling Angels, Series similar to the Caroling Houses being released in October.
  • Barbie - Replicas of Barbie Fashion Model dolls Siren (KOC members) and Movie Mixer. Also, Friday Night Date, Barbie and the Rockers, Barbie with a poodle
  • Crayola - Artistic Mouse
  • Harry Potter - Dobby
  • Star Wars - Empire Strikes Back 30th Anniversary - Lando Limited Edition
  • Mary's Angels Nativity - the Wise Men
  • Comic Book Heroes - Wolverine
  • 2010 Noel Nutcracker - Penguin
  • Star Trek series - beginning with Captain Kirk
  • Twilight - featuring Bella and Edward
  • No more Nascar - Hallmark no longer has the licensing agreement.
  • Snowtop Lodge - skis
  • Precious Moments - Ariel??
  • The next "Nellco" offering will be a television.
  • Yuletide Treasures will be ending in 2010.
  • The miniature Northern Cardinal is first in an unofficial series, but this unofficial series may not follow the order of the Beauty of Birds. 2010 will be the chickadee.

    Special Prizes/Ornaments from the event
  • Charter Member Ornament - 2009 New Home Repaint - Gift Bag Gift
  • A Time for Togetherness - 2009 Godchild Repaint - Gift Bag Gift
  • Unpainted 2009 Cool Decade - Gift Bag Gift
  • Light of Bethlehem Angel - Gift Bag Gift
  • Mary's Angel China Rose Repaint/Colorway (RTW Prize, Edition Size: 60*)
  • Puppy Love Repaint/Colorway (RTW Prize, Edition Size: 60*)
  • Toymaker Santa (Rocking Horse) Repaint/Colorway (RTW Prize, Edition Size: 60*)
  • Mischievous Kitten Repaint/Colorway (RTW Prize, Edition Size: 60*)
  • Snowball and Tuxedo Repaint/Colorway (Collectors Feud Prize/ Photo Contest Prize , Edition Size: 120*)
  • Magical Snowman Repaint/Colorway (Local Club Talent Contest Winners Prize)
  • Festive Santa Repaint/Colorway (Local Club Talent Contest Participation Prize)
  • Noel Nutcracker Candy Claus Repaint (Local Club Dinner Gift Edition Size 1400*)

* Edition size are estimates only, no official edition size numbers are known.

Silent Auction Results:

  • K001 - Mary Hamilton and Sue Tague
    Mary Hamilton original painting and 2001 Snuggly Sugar Bear Bell hand-painted prototype
    Winning Bid - $600

  • K002 - Tammy Haddix
    2008 Snow Buddies hand-painted prototype and coordinating sketches
    Winning Bid - $750

  • K003 - Linda Sickman
    2006 Sweet Shop 1st in the series hand-painted prototype
    Winning Bid - $425

  • K004 - Anita Marra Rogers
    2004 Puppy Love hand-painted prototype (with incorrect fabric pattern) and sketch
    Winning Bid - $450

  • K005 - Edythe Kegrize and LaDene Votruba
    2006 Black-capped Chickadee hand-painted prototype and digital sketch
    Winning Bid - $500

  • K006 - Julie Forsyth
    2001 Safe n' Snug 1st in series hand-painted prototype and sketches for later years
    Winning Bid - $450

  • K007 - Kristina Gaughran
    Penquins hand-painted prototype bundle (2008 Slippin' and Slidin, 2006 Snow Fort Fun, 2004 Anything for a Friend)and coordinating sketch
    Winning Bid - $700

  • K008 - Keepsake Studio Artists
    2008 The Little Window Shoppers hand-painted prototype and repainted photo sample
    Winning Bid - $475

  • K009 - Diana McGehee
    2009 Faith, Hope,and Love--event exclusive hand-crafted ornament
    Winning Bid - $2,000

  • K010 - Julie Forsyth
    Chatty Cathy original doll, 2007 prototype and ornament from the Hallmark archives
    Winning Bid - $1,500

  • K011 - Ruth Donikowski
    2009 Baby's First Christmas Classic Pooh hand-painted prototype, photo sample, sketch and fabric swatches
    Winning Bid - $300

  • K012 - Robert Chad
    Santa's Nightstand hand-painted prototype / ornament never produced
    Winning Bid - $575

  • K013 - Sue Tague
    Crayola bundle (2001 Crayola Color Crew Chief, 2000 King of the Ring, 2006 "Suited" for the Season hand-painted prototypes and the 1997 Crayola Rocking Horse and 1998 Crayola sledder photo samples)
    Winning Bid - $650

  • K014 - Joanne Eschrich
    2009 Father Christmas Event Exclusive hand-painted prototype and sketch
    Winning Bid - $900

  • K015 - Sharon Visker
    2006 Frosty Friends hand-painted prototype
    Winning Bid - $450

  • K016 - Linda Sickman
    2005 Special Edition Rocking Horse hand-painted prototype
    Winning Bid - $500

  • K017 - Tammy Haddix
    2008 Trimming the Tree 1st in series hand-painted prototype and sketch
    Winning Bid - $350

  • K018 - All Studio Artists
    2009 The Ornament Express hand-painted prototype and sketch
    Winning Bid - $450

  • K019 - Nina Aube
    1994 Merry Miniature--Mouse Saying Pledge of Allegiance hand-painted prototype. Never produced, Nina indicated the left hand was over the heart instead of the right.
    Winning Bid - $2,000

  • K020 - Don Palmiter
    Mary & Friends Hallmark Collections original sculpts
    Winning Bid - $450

  • K021 - Tracy Larsen
    2008 A Holiday Ride hand-painted prototype and sketch
    Winning Bid - $500

  • K022 - Ken Crow
    2002 Teacher's Pet hand-painted prototype--ornament never produced
    Winning Bid - $425

  • K023 - Linda Sickman
    2006 Pony for Christmas hand-painted prototype and repainted 2008 Pony for Christmas hand-painted prototype
    Winning Bid - $600

  • K024 - Anita Marra Rogers
    2003 Puppy Love original sculpt, hand-painted prototype, and sketch
    Winning Bid - $600

  • K025 - Tammy Haddix
    2003 Santa Says hand-painted prototype, epoxy, and sketch--ornament never produced
    Winning Bid - $1,600

Much of the information compiled here was found on the YuleLog Bulletin Board - Thanks to all YuleLoggers who contributed thoughts and information.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

An opportunity to own a RARE, ONE-OF-A-KIND Hallmark Ornament PROTOTYPE and support a great charity in the process!

Hooked on Ornaments is excited that the very popular retired Hallmark Studio Artist, Ed Seale will be our special guest at our October 31, 2009 Hooked on Ornaments Warehouse Sale Event. To add to this excitement, Ed has donated FOUR very special RARE, One-of-a-Kind Hallmark Ornament Prototypes for a SILENT AUCTION!

Each prototype will be signed by Ed Seale and will include a signed Certificate of Authenticity.

The Prototypes are....
(Images show prototypes and regular line ornaments. The Silent Auction is for the Prototype ONLY.)

1996 Christmas Bells Miniature Prototype
(Shown left is the hand painted prototype - Shown right is the regular line ornament)

1992 Friendship Line Prototype
(Shown left is the hand painted prototype - Shown right is the regular line ornament )

1995 Fabulous Decade - Otter Prototype
(Shown left is the hand painted prototype - Shown right is the regular line ornament)

1990 Frosty Friends Prototype
(Shown left is the hand painted prototype - Shown right is the regular line ornament)

Auction Begins: NOW, July 29, 2009
Auction ENDS: October 31, 2009 - 1 PM

The bidding starts at $10, with minimum $10 increments. The prototypes will be on display in our room at the Keepsake Ornament Club Event in Kansas City, August 7-8. A portion of the proceeds will go to Ed's favorite charity.

If you would like to bid on one of the prototypes, email your bid to: and include:
(Please check the current bids at before bidding.)

Each bidder will be assigned a bidder #. We'll update the high bidder amount with bidder # daily on our website at

Good luck and a big thanks for bidding!

(Click here for a printable PDF file with Silent Auction information)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Don't Miss This!
Hooked on Ornaments has a HUGE Surprise that will be revealed soon and you are NOT going to want to miss it! We promise you're going to LOVE the very FUN and EXCITING announcement coming very soon from Hooked on Ornaments!
Want a clue? Here you go ...

1996 Christmas Bells

1992 Friendship Line

1995 Fabulous Decade

1990 Frosty Friends

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Eagle Has Landed
World History and Hallmark Ornament Trivia
The Eagle has Landed and the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament that celebrates the event.

Forty years ago, I was one of an estimated 600 million people that watched the Apollo 11 landing live on television.* Once astronauts Neil Armstrong and "Buzz" Aldrin were ready to go outside, the Eagle was depressurized, the hatch was opened and Armstrong made his way down the ladder first. He placed his left foot on the surface at 2:56 UTC July 21, 1969, then spoke the following:

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." These words marked forever an historic moment for the entire world!

In 1994 the Hallmark Ornament "The Eagle Has Landed" celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the first lunar landing. It features the sound of Neil Armstrong's voice repeating his famous "one small step" message. This ornament available is available at .

A valuable "licensing" lesson was learned when Neil Armstrong sued Hallmark Cards in 1994 for using his name and a recording of the "one small step" quote in the ornament without his permission. The lawsuit was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount of money which Armstrong donated to Purdue University.

Enjoy this historic anniversary and little piece of Hallmark Ornament Trivia today. And, visit us often at ,


*An estimated 600 million people watched the Apollo 11 landing live on television, a world record until 750 million people watched the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. (Source: Guinness World Records)

Friday, July 17, 2009


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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Celebrating 25 Years of Magic The 2009 Magic Express ornament commemorates 25 years of Hallmark Keepsake Magic ornaments. Hallmark Keepsakes introduced the first "magic" ornaments back in 1984 with the introduction of "lighted" ornaments. Two years later, motion was added in 1986. Until 1989 the "Magic" ornaments were ornaments that featured light, motion or a combination of the two features. In 1989, sound was introduced to the magic ornaments with the 1989 Baby's First Christmas. This ornament was the first to feature light, motion and sound. However, sound did not become a "common" feature for magic ornaments until 1992.

In the beginning of Magic ornaments power was provided by plugging the ornaments into the miniature Christmas light strands. But the 1997 Night Before Christmas ornament introduced the wind up powered ornament. Much like a jewelry box functions, you simply wind the key and music plays as different components of the ornament move. Another early windup was one of my favorites, the 1998 Santa's Merry Workshop.
As miniature Christmas light strands (and electrical specs and regulations) have changed over the years collectors have had a more difficult time finding light strands that will work with their older Hallmark Keepsake Magic ornaments. Hallmark responded with the light strand adapters a few years ago and most of those problems have been solved. But that may have also be the primary reason for the move to battery powered ornaments. Battery operated ornaments became more common in 2001 with the Kris and the Kringles ornament. It is my understanding that 2009 marks the final year for the UL ornaments, those ornaments that plug directly into your Christmas light strand.
But don't think for a minute that the changes and advancements in magic ornaments have stopped. In the July 2009 issue of For Keeps, two of the primary forces behind the Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments, Ken Crow (Hallmark Master Artist) and Ron Carlson (Senior Product Development Engineer) indicate that "the possibilities for Keepsake ornaments (Magic ornaments in particular) are endless." Ken says, "We're almost at the point where, if we can dream it, we can make it happen."

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere...
You Never Know WHO Might Attend!

The Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere is always a "can't miss" for me. And even though the MIDNIGHT Premieres are a bit past my bedtime, I can't resist being there to join in the excitement. With the annual July Event just a few days away, I'm reminded of my favorite "Ornament Premiere Encounter".

In recent years there has been a VIP visitor at the MIDNIGHT ornament premiere in a local Kansas City Hallmark Store. DONALD HALL, JR ! Yes, Donald Hall, Jr, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hallmark Cards!

Mr. Hall arrived at midnight, introduced himself to the store manager and explained that he stopped by to observe the reaction of the ornament collectors to the new Keepsake Ornament Line. He wasn't out for any VIP treatment, introductions, or fanfare, in fact he'd prefer to go un-noticed. He just wanted to stand back and observe collectors reactions as they viewed the new line of ornaments for the first time. He was friendly when a few Local Club Members approached him and even posed for photos when asked, but really just wanted to see first hand the response to the new ornament line.

Just think about it...
Donald Hall, Jr is CEO of one of the most respected and profitable companies in the nation. The Hall Family is of Billionaire status, and their Hall Family Foundation is one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the United States. This man has thousands of employees working for him, any of which he could have asked to go into a store, observe, and have a full report on his desk Monday Morning. Yet, he did it himself, not just one year, but several.

Donald Hall, Jr spending his Friday Night at a Hallmark store, that tells me he really does care about ornament collectors opinions and strives to make sure his company is producing Keepsake Ornaments that collectors will love.

Mr. Hall, you've impressed me...and I hope to see you out there this weekend looking over our shoulders once again!

Happy Collecting,
Nicki Pierce

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

2009 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere
July 11th and 12th, 2009

Here at Hooked on Ornaments we are very excited about the upcoming Ornament Premiere weekend. It amazes me each year how excited I get about Keepsake Premiere. It's one thing to drool over my dreambook, but it's a whole different feeling to be able to see the ornaments in person and just reach out to touch them. It's astounding the number of new little details that are revealed when you see the ornaments in person. I simply can't wait.

We encourage everyone to visit your local Hallmark Gold Crown stores this weekend for what promises to be a fun filled ornament premiere. Your local stores will be offering a number of special offers this weekend that you don't want to miss.

Capucine Barbie Club Member ExclusiveThis porcelain and fabric Barbie will be available for purchase to Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club members. Remember you must present your membership card in order to purchase this club exclusive product. Limit one per club membership. Supplies are limited, so arrive early!

A Tasty Treat - Ornament Club Member Gift

this sweet snow puppy is your gift with a Keepsake Ornament purchase of $7.95 and proof of Keepsake Ornament club membership. He's simply adorable with his tennis ball nose and mitten ears.

Keepsake Tote - Personalize with your favorite photos.
$12.95 with your purchase of two Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments priced $7.95 or more.

There will also be 10 limited edition ornaments available at the 2009 Hallmark Keepsake ornament premiere. You can see these items in our May 20th blog post below.

Hooked on Ornaments will begin offering the 2009 Hallmark Keepsake ornaments on Monday, July 13th at for collectors who do not have a local source for Hallmark Keepsake ornaments. We wish everyone LOTS of fun! Happy Hallmark Collecting!

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

A post from Nicki...

Is It Dated?
One of the most frequent questions we are asked has become a loaded question.

In the pre 2000 ornament days, it was a much easier question to answer. Yes, ALL the "family" Hallmark ornaments were dated . . . You could count on that. And, for others, if it was considered "dated", the date was prominent... you could clearly see the date half way across the room!

Today, that question is much harder to answer.

Many family ornaments are not dated, Son and Daughter ornaments for example have not included the date in recent years.

MANY Hallmark ornament boxes indicate "Dated 20__" however, when you look for the date on the ornament, it may be hard to find. Often it is just a small copyright date printed or embossed on the bottom or elsewhere on the ornament. A good example is the 2008 Jolly Rider Harley-Davidson Santa. The box indicates "Dated 2008"; but when a collector called to ask, "Where's the date?"... after close examination, we laughed when we found a tiny "2008" embossed on the seat of Santa's pants!

Our goal is to make the ornament descriptions at Hooked on Ornaments complete and accurate, making us the #1 source of accurate Hallmark Keepsake Ornament information. But answering the "Is it dated" question these days with a simple yes or no often has us scratching our heads.
We'd love to hear your opinions on this questions. Weigh in and share your thoughts with us on our Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Bulletin Board.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Hallmark Ornament Collecting: Questions from Collectors

I have the complete series of ____Fill in your series here ___ doesn't that make the ornaments worth more?

Thanks Beth for your question! As Hallmark ornament collectors we all know how important it is to each of us personally to have a complete series. No matter how long or hard we have to hunt to find that last missing piece. No matter that we may have to pay a little more just to get that hard to find one. We simply NEED to have every numbered piece offered in a series. Many collectors have even widened the definition of "complete series" to include any complement pieces, such as the Hallmark limited edition colorway ornaments or the special edition pieces offered in some of the longer running series. Honestly, the concept of the "series" predisposes us to want to have each item offered. As Hallmark ornament collectors we normally buy the very first ornament in the series with the knowledge that we'll be buying every other item in the series offered until the series ends. But does it affect the secondary market value of the ornaments if you have a complete series?

In a word, no. In fact, when it comes to selling a complete series of ornaments, most buyers indicate that they feel they should receive a discounted price, definitely not a higher price. Since secondary market values and insurance values are based on current selling prices, there is no difference in the values of the individual ornaments whether they are sold individually or as part of a completed set or series.

If you have a question about Hallmark ornaments or collectibles that you'd like answered by the Hallmark Ornaments and Collectibles experts at Hooked on Ornaments send them to - We'd love to hear from you!

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Monday, June 15, 2009

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Childhood Memories and Classic Toys

The Hallmark studio artists have always done a wonderful job crafting Hallmark Keepsake ornaments that evoke memories of special moments in our lives. Hooked on Ornaments recently added a new "unofficial collection" category to our Hallmark Ornaments by Series page that highlights a growing group of ornaments based on our favorite childhood toys.

In 2007 Hallmark began a new unofficial collection of Fisher-Price toy ornaments that immediately appealed to me. These ornaments are modelled after toys that I played with as a child and my own children played with as toddlers. The toy ornaments are not limited to Fisher-Price toys though; we've included such favorite toys as the 2007 Chatty Cathy and the 2008 Little Red Tricycle.

When we began compiling ornaments that qualified for this category some of our earlier year favorites also came to mind. You might remember the Golden Book ornaments from 1999-2001 featuring one of my all time favorites - "The Poky Little Puppy." We also included the collection of three vintage pull toys from 2001 featuring Wiggles, Waddles and Waggles.

As we come across other toys in the Hallmark Keepsake line that evoke our memories of childhood we'll continue to 'grow' the category. As always we hope that our "unofficial collection" pages make the thousands of available Hallmark Keepsake ornaments a little easier to sort through to find that special ornament that you're looking for - we also hope it makes it easier for collectors to find ornaments from the past that were previously missed or for some reason went undiscovered.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

2009 Hallmark Ornament Premiere

The 2009 Hallmark Ornament Premiere is July 11 and 12. During Ornament Premiere Keepsake Ornament Club members will be able to purchase 1 club exclusive ornament with proof of club membership. This year's Hallmark Ornament Premiere club exclusive ornament is the porcelain Capucine Barbie ornament.
Capucine Barbie Ornament
(Limit 1 each per KOC Membership)

A Tasty Little Treat
Free with purchase of Keepsake Ornament $7.95
(Limit 1 each per KOC Membership)

There will be ten Limited Edition ornaments offered during the 2009 Hallmark Ornament Premiere. Sources indicate that the limited edition ornaments will be offered in even smaller quantities this year than in years past.

The Limited Quantity edition ornaments shown above, as well as the Ornament Premiere exclusive ornaments shown at top will be available at your local Hallmark Gold Crown stores during the 2009 Hallmark Ornament Premiere - July 11 and 12, 2009. Hooked on Ornaments will offer the 2009 Ornament Premiere exclusive ornaments after Premiere at secondary market pricing. If you would like to be notified when the items are added into our inventory add yourself to the Hooked on Ornaments waiting list for the items at

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Many Versions of 1975 Santa and Mrs Santa

Hallmark Keepsake ornaments offered in 1973 and 1974 were either yarn figures or glass ball. That changed in 1975 when Hallmark Artist, Donna Lee created the first figural ornaments. The "Adorables" (as they were called) consisted of Betsey Clark, Raggedy Ann, Raggedy Andy, Drummer Boy, Santa and Mrs Santa. These five were the beginning of the figural style of ornament most of us collect today. All five, including Santa and Mrs Santa, were packaged in a clear cube style box similar to ones used for the early ball ornaments and were sold separately.

A second version of Santa and Mrs Santa ornaments emerged in 1975 when Hallmark presented them with clear bases attached as a gift to *25 Year Club Hallmark Employees. The clear bases include the Hallmark logo and "25 Year Club 1975" silver lettering. Today, these employee gifts are a rare find! (Each year Hallmark holds an event honoring employees who have been with the company 25 years. These employees are the members of the 25 Year Club.)

A third version evolved in 1976 when Santa was offered in the Hallmark Merry Miniature line. There are a couple of different colored versions of this merry miniature, as the color of the base and the color of the packages on the back of the figurine vary.

In 1981 along they came again. This time Hallmark renamed them Mr and Mrs Claus and packaged them together in a box with a flocked liner and clear lid. The ornament name, QX number and box changed, but the ornaments inside are identical to the 1975 version. We're often asked how to tell "no box" 1975 Santa and Mrs Santa from the 1981 Mr and Mrs Claus. The ornaments are identical, so without the box there is no difference.

We've also come across "knock off" versions of this pair. A larger version of Santa with bright white beard. And, Santa and Mrs Santa holding different animals. These were not produced by Hallmark, but are very close copies that are hard to find, and fun to collect.

This sweet little pair may hold the record as the Hallmark Ornaments offered with the most "versions". And, they are still as "Adorable" today as when first offered in 1975!