Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hallmark Miniature Gallery Ornaments

Reprinted from "Deck the Halls" Winter 1992 - Volume 4 Number 4

Hallmark Miniature Gallery (1974)

Have you ever heard of Hallmark Miniature Gallery products? Most Hallmark collectors haven't. Before the new Hallmark Galleries Collection, there was the Little Gallery giftware line that began in the late 1970's and was discontinued in the early 1980's. But if you go back even earlier in the history of Hallmark than Little Gallery, you'll find Miniature Gallery. Not much is known about this line, and I'd guess that most of the information on it has been lost over the years

Miniature Gallery was the predecessor to Little Gallery, and was started in the early 1970's. Miniature Gallery items included cameo lapel pins, miniature "canvas" prints of paintings complete with easels, and these rare, early Hallmark Christmas ornaments.

Two of the six Miniature Gallery ornaments that were available are shown in this issue, here on the front and back covers. ( Our blog article shows a picture of all six ornaments produced.) They are hard, white-plastic discs, and measure 3 1/4" across and each has a 1/4" deep rim. They hang from olive-green yarn. Recessed in the back of each disc is a circle of olive-green felt that is captioned "Merry Christmas 1974." A rectangular gold-foil sticker identifies each ornament. At the top of the sticker is the Hallmark "crown." Below that it reads:
(View of the back of the ornament with gold foil sticker)
Hallmark Miniature Gallery Christmas Ornament
Designed by (Artist's Name*) Hallmark Cards, Inc. (Stock #*)

* Varies from ornament to ornament

The six ornaments produced are as follows:

Madonna and Child in Wreath
200AWN4201 - "From the Workshop of Andrea della Robia"

"JOY" Inside Wreath
200AWN4202 - "Designed by Susan Tinker"

"Hang In There" Koala

200AWN4203 - "Designed by Ruth J Morehead"

"God Bless Us Everyone" Tiny Tim
200AWN4204 - Designed by Mary Hamilton

Not A Creature Was Stirring" Mouse
200AWN4205 - Designed by Polly Brewer

Angel with Poinsettia
200AWN4206 - Designed by Janet R Manco
Secondary Market Value on these rare ornaments is $100 each. (Value is from 1992 - Secondary Market Value has increased) It's fair to say these have to be some of the rarest ornaments produced by Hallmark. I would love to know if any of you have these in your collections. If you do, please drop a line to Deck the Halls, and let me know what you have and where you acquired it, the "history" of the ornament, as it were. Do any readers have information on Miniature Gallery they would like to share? I'd love to learn more and I bet Deck the Halls readers would be interested too!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Hallmark Inquiring Minds Wanted To Know

There has been a rumor among Hallmark Ornament collectors for years regarding the 1992 Stocked With Joy tin ornament. It was thought that the tin used for the 1992 Hallmark ornament was "reused" from a previous Mary Engelbreit Santa ornament that was never produced due to licensing issues.

Well, we had to know...
... and the answer is no. The tin used for the 1992 Stocked With Joy Hallmark Keepsake is not a resuse of the tin from the unproduced ornament.

We love to hear your questions! Send us your questions or interests for future blog articles at custservice@hookedonhallmark.com

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Cupid Merry Miniature and Boxes

As Merry Miniature collectors know Merry Miniatures produced prior to 1996 were never packaged in boxes - except... the 1983 Cupid.

The 1983 Cupid Merry Miniature is one of the hardest of the Merry Miniatures to find. It's even harder to find in its original box. We recently received one that is not only in its original box, the box is in mint condition. (Here's a link if you'd like to check it out.)

Merry Miniatures were sold from 1974 to 1996 unboxed. In 1996 Hallmark began issuing Merry Miniature sets. Those sets were sold boxed. Collectors were generally not happy with the sets and in 1999 Hallmark returned to individual Merry Miniatures. These were boxed in plastic cases. In 2001 the Merry Miniatures were discontinued.

Monday, June 7, 2010

2010 Comic Con Hallmark Exclusives

We learned this weekend that Hallmark will be returning to the San Diego, CA Comic Con July 21-25, 2010 with a line up of exclusive ornaments. 2009 was the first year that Hallmark attended the Comic Con convention and the Star Trek and Star Wars ornaments from the event were some of the most sought after ornaments from 2009. This year there are 3 ornaments that will be available.

75 Years of DC Comics
features three of DC Comics most iconic heroes exploding from the pages of their comic books - Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman. This ornament would be an awesome complement to your
Comic Book Heroes series. This ornament is a limited edition of 750 ornaments.

K-3PO and R-3PO
is a two piece set featuring the protocol droids K-3PO and R-3PO. These ornaments are repaints of the 2003
Star Wars Series #7 in series - C-3PO. The set includes the red plated R-3PO and the white plated K-3PO. This two piece ornament set is a limited edition of 1000.

Mr Burn's Christmas Bonus
from The Simpsons. This ornament is a limited edition of 500 ornaments.

These Hallmark Keepsakes will be offered for sale every day of the convention. Visitors to the Hallmark booth at Comic Con will receive a series of collectible buttons featuring Star Wars Keepsake ornaments. The button series will feature five designs, with one design to be given away each day of the convention. A limited number of buttons with each design will be produced.