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
$25.00
(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 www.hookedonhallmark.com

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!