Saturday, March 26, 2016


Sample of Gibson 1930's diecut graphics - Skeleton at a gravestone.

Some items, like German diecuts and tin toys, repeatedly cycle through the market, perhaps indicating that if it's in a book or often listed on ebay that its not really a rare item at all --- or maybe those items just get attention simply because they've been loudly identified? While this noise continues with a known set of collectibles, occasionally some items are a genuine surprise. The item shown in this post, and not even in that good of condition, stunned quite a few people, even old-school enthusiasts. Why are we still lacking in information about some items, even the not so rare?

Here's a digital rendering of how this diecut might have appeared as whole, noting that the bottom right corner (paw and tombstone area) is obvious artistic license based on the Gibson style. Digital version (above) and photo (below) as shared on facebook Vintage Halloween

Black cat and skeleton at gravestone epitaph - If you let the grass grow under your feet, it might as well grow over your head!
Digital re-creation based on image below.

Image as seen on facebook Vintage Halloween.


  1. I think other people see the same thing. Ebay auctions can be influenced (good for friends, not so good for non-friends or killed), values can be created or influenced, buyers who are followers, items stated as rare are not rare, lack of objectivity, inaccurate history of items, endless flipping. It can be interpreted as self-serving and isn't very ethical for those who profess to be in-the-know. Good research is important for thousand dollar items. Sometimes research leads to a dead end, unfortunately. Many people watch Ebay daily and see how often an item surfaces. I think a database of vintage Halloween items-frequency and ending price would be better than relying on someone's recollection. Accurate history of items would be extremely helpful, though histories are not always available. It is good to question some of the information-experience (years of it)helps sort it out. Those old catalogues are great resources! Thanks!

    1. Thank you for your comment. I suppose some of that explains how we got to this point under a somewhat shaky historical foundation? It is heartening others are indeed making their own observations, and hopefully sharing their findings. Discoveries like this heretofore un-recorded Gibson diecut seem only to prove our knowledge gaps. We respect those who have done this longer, yet the old-school might heed the need for accurate info being requested to satisfy the newer generation of fact-hungry money-conscious enthusiasts.