The General Value of Halloween Collectibles
In general, however, Halloween collectibles have gained so much value in the market during the past five to ten years Ledenbach’s figures don’t look unreasonable in the grand scheme of things.
Paper Collectibles: How Rarity and Condition Relate to Value
The key factors here are rarity and condition. One of the great aspects about Ledenbach’s publication is that each item is graded according to how rare it is in the marketplace. Older paper party decorations are hard to find in general, but finding them in mint condition is next to impossible. While that aforementioned black cat is considered scarce, the witch is exceedingly rare according to the book’s guide to rarity which certainly comes in handy when pondering values.
Most of the items included in this identification and value guide are also in very good to mint condition. Since many Halloween decorations and games were made of paper, they were usually discarded soon after a party or used year after year until they practically disintegrated into pulp. Finding them pristine can be quite the challenge, but other options offer a little more durability.
More “Reasonable” Values for Tin Party Toys
Ledenbach’s guide shows a good number of tin noisemakers and horns from the ‘60s in more common styles from $20-30. When found in less than pristine condition, they’ll likely be even lower in price whether you’re shopping at a flea market or foraging online auctions.
But with these finds as well, a rare example dating back to the 1920s can be worth $100 or more so it’s prudent to be certain you’re dating your collectibles accurately. That’s actually where a nice guide like this really comes in handy. Most vintage Halloween collectibles you’ll run across these days aren’t all that rare, but occasionally you will find a “sleeper” worth a nice chunk of change and being able to identify those finds is invaluable.
Whether you’re arming yourself with knowledge before adding to a growing collection or attempting to sell off some of your stash, Vintage Halloween Collectibles doesn’t disappoint in the quality and quantity of content it delivers.