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rarest blowmold

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does anyonehave an opinion ofwhat is the most rarest of the rarest blowmold out there, i've seen some on this site that are considered rare which i agree. the rarest i've seen yet is the father christmas. just curious

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I would have to say that IMHO the rarest would be the borse santa and snowman...it was only recenlty that these were found to even be in existence and I have only saw one of each that sold on EBAY...these were both sold by the same seller...

Kwhipple38....these are the only 2 I and a few other hardcore molders have saw...

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jen grissett wrote:

Kwhipple38....these are the only 2 I and a few other hardcore molders have saw...

We should ask Whipple if he/she has any information on where they came from. What do you think is next? I'm guessing that the clown snowman might come in near the top of the list. Some of the choir singers might be more rare.

TED

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Few more rare that I can think of would be...

the TPI patriotic molds that were sold as proto-types...only very few of those

father christmas

poloron fawn..not scene too often

poloron african american choir boy...

a few that are the only ones I have ever saw...

dapol oillamp(mel owns this)

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I am going to have to say the rarest blow mold is the Poloron Mechanical Waving and Rotating Santa. He is just awesome.:cool:

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nope this one is...

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Nah, I don't think so at all.

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lotta of opinions, it's hard to sayi think it's a tossup between empire father christmas and the poloron mechanical santa. Only reason why i say this it because these are so off the charts with imagination , creativity . Pure facination. I wish i had both, i only have one of the father christmas, it's from union

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I really think there areseveral blowmolds from different manufacturersthat can be considered "rare".

Out of all the blowmolds I have, I think my rarer ones are the Union Santa and Gingerbread Stars, the caseChristmas Dolls, and my TPI Choir people, along with several items from Empire

Mark

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I would agree with Jen, what came to my mind first wasthe Borse Plastics Santa and Snowman followed by the DapolHurricane Lamps, those three are virtually impossible to find. I've been ebaying for years, and it was only recently that Borse was "discovered".

Another one that is rare is the Trick or Treat block, I've personally never seen one come up for auction and I haven't come across any in yard, garage, or estate sales(doesn't mean they haven't--but I have not found one).

The rotating Poloron Santa is "rare" on eBay, but there are many displays in the Chicago area that have it as well as thisSnowman--thousands of these were available, I just don't think they are sold that oftenon eBay due to their size.

So what I'm wondering is, are our perceptions of what is "rare" being influenced by what is available on eBay? And when you think about it, distribution ofcertain molds to differing regions of the country over the years would also effect what is "rare." It would be fun to discuss and explore this--

Menards is in the midwest, people in the South don't have the opportunity to purchase the exclusives that they have offered. Those exclusives are by no means "rare" here, but they would be in Alabama for instance. When a Menard's exclusive pops up on eBay, it may be considered "rare" by collectorsoutside of the Midwest. That is just one example of what I'm thinking about.

Sears, JC Penney, Eaton's, etc. were national retailers selling blow molds through catalogue sales and at retail.I don't have sales figures, but I would imagine that thousands and thousands of various molds were sold over the years. Thousandsare stillout there right now. But I doknowthat in my area, Chicago, people tend to hang on to their blow molds and when they do sell them, its more oftenby way of a garage or yard sale.

My point? What is the truedefinition of rare? Rare in general, due to age or number manufactured, rare by regional differences, or rare because we don't see them on eBay?

I don't want anyone here to think I'm being contrary, just doing some thinking out loud, food for thought. :D

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Trick or Treat block.

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Total agreement here....:D

Just because it doesn't cycle through EBAY often does not make it rare...just like with the borse...those 2 are "the" only ones we have saw...as opposed to some of the others we consider to be "rare"...like certain choir peeps and poloron pieces like the fawn....

They may be rare to be seen on EBAY...but not realy that rare in existance as several collectors have them ...but they could also be upgraded to rare due to their condition...like a mint in the box item...

I too have never saw the trick or treat block...would love to come across one of those...

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Well let me describe the rare blow molds this way. No blow mold is rare until 100 years old as I have been told this byall thelocal antique dealers. So we really can't say they are rare at all because all of these blow molds listed here are still around. This should sum this up very carefully.

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Thomas, with all due respect to you, theusage of the word antiquein terms of resale of household objects, furniture, or works of art is 100 years (I have talked to representatives of Sotheby's International Auction Houseand Christie's Auctions both firms having offices in Chicago, New York, Paris, and London--these world reknowned companies both use 100 years as their standardin respect to what is considered to be a true"antique").

Blow molds have not been around for 100 years, so the standard of 100 years cannot be applied, they are certainly not true antiques.But within the collecting community rarity is definately a factor.

The age of something can contribute to its overall rarity due to simple attrition over time (damage and destruction, people throwing them "away" etc.), but the age of an itemitself does not automatically make something rare. For example, there are literally countless thousandsof Native American arrow heads available that are over 100 years old, they are antiques, but they are common and not rare.

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Rarity is in the eye of the beholder. If you can't find one, it is rare.

But if you can find it, it is not rare.

I remember someone found a Poloron fawn at a yard sale. To that person the fawn is not rare. But to Jen, who can't find one for the life of her, it is rare.

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To me, the Empire Derby Hat snowman was rare, because i couldn't find one. To Thomas Stiener it is not rare at all. And to Brad he told me he found on at a yard sale for a dollor. Not rare to them, but to me he was rare. ( I have found one).

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Thomas Steiner wrote:

I am going to have to say the rarest blow mold is the Poloron Mechanical Waving and Rotating Santa. He is just awesome.:cool:

I have this same mechanical waving and rotating santa and last year I repainted it and it looks great during the day, but at night when lit the old paint job show through and does not look the greatest. Can anyone tell me what to do to fix this problem?

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TammyL wrote:

Thomas Steiner wrote:

I have this same mechanical waving and rotating santa and last year I repainted it and it looks great during the day, but at night when lit the old paint job show through and does not look the greatest. Can anyone tell me what to do to fix this problem?

Tammy,

Here ya go! just follow Carrie's paint advise and you will do just great on your paint project. Hope this helps.

http://www.christmaschristmaschristmaslightsathome.com/strippingpaintblowmolds.htm

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Thanks Thomas, this is just what I needed!:waycool:

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I don't know how rare these are but there from the 60's and these are the only ones I've seen. They are union soldiers.

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Another pic.

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there not rare at allvarious flea markets carrythose kind of soldiersfor dirt cheap

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Matthew, just sharing..

Empire, GeneralFoam and Unionall made versions of these soldiers over the years. The old, hard plastic, UP version of these soldiers which you have pictured are much harder to find these days. The white portions on them tended to yellow and they are really sturdy, but if you drop them, or hit them hard enough, they tend to shatter (I killed one in September--so I know:laughing:) . I have several versions of the hard plastic ones from different manufacturersin my collection (white hats, black hats, yellow criss-cross stripes, just white stripes etc.)

Its fun to try to identify the different manufacturers of these seeing as how 3 companies were making them in many different styles. Looking at the base is probably one of the best ways to do it.

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Matthew,

I was buying a lot of soldiers on ebay, for awhile, because I am doing a show of 32 soldiers this year in my display. Anyway, surprisingly enough, those hard plastic soldiers you are showing, did not sell for as high as the newer thinner plastic ones. I was thinking the same as you, so I bought 5 of them, thinking I was getting a deal since they were selling for much cheaper than the newer ones. They are just taking up space in my storage building, so when things die down, I'm going to resell them on ebay.

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Any ideas how rare this might be?? thanks

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