So over the past couple of weeks we've been getting quite a few calls asking about the Hallmark Keepsake Berry Sweet Bears. These adorable bears were issued in "Chocolate" and "Vanilla".
The "Chocolate" Berry Sweet Bear was given away as a Register To Win prize during the 2010 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere. Each participating store received one of the Chocolate bear to award as a prize. That means there are approximately 3500 of this item in existence.
The "Vanilla" Berry Sweet Bear will be given away as a Register To Win prize during the 2010 Hallmark Artists On Tour signing events that will be held in 16 different locations across the United States August 7 - October 16. (Click here for more information.) The "Vanilla" bear is "repaint" or "colorway" of the "Chocolate" bear. We are hearing that a number of this item will be given away at each signing, but the production numbers will still be very small for this item. We also aren't exactly sure what a "number" might be, definitely sounds like more than one; but does that mean 5, 10, 20? No, one knows at this point.
I took a look at ebay to see how the values are fairing for the Keepsake Ornament Premiere "Chocolate" bear. It looks like the Chocolate bear is averaging auction prices of $150 - $175. That's pretty sweet.
There have been a number of people calling about whether or not we will have either of the bears in the future. You can never tell. It is highly possible, but we have no way of knowing when that may be.