The Bottom Line
The Dean of Halloween knows his stuff and is the Halloween expert that even the most knowledgeable of collectors go to for help. His first book is widely cited in print, online and in Halloween auctions. This book, the 2nd edition, will soon be another go-to book for collectors and experts alike.
You won't be disappointed, I guarantee it!
- 1,100 Professional Photographs
- Reproduction and Fantasy Information
- Must-Have Book for Halloween Collectors
- Absolutely None
- Over 250 pages of fun browsing with superb photographs and excellent descriptions.
- Easy-to-use scarcity index can help collectors decide if it's wise to buy an item or perhaps wait for a better piece/price.
- What to collect and what to beware of? Watch out for "warehouse finds" from Eastern Germany.
- What will Mark never have in his collection? "Tiresome, hard plastic!"
- Sections: Games, Lanterns and Shades, Candy Containers, Diecuts, Noisemakers, Decorations, Miscellaneous, Inner Sanctum.
- The Inner Sanctum section has amazing pieces, many that could be considered the Holy Grails for most collectors.
Guide Review - Vintage Halloween Collectibles, 2nd Edition
One of the best parts of browsing through Vintage Halloween Collectibles is discovering all the hard-to-find books and games, stuff that I didn't know existed and would love to add to my small collection. I now have lots of quests, but the Fairy Clock diecut has to be near the top of the list!
As mentioned in my review of the first book, when something starts becoming "very collectible". reproductions soon follow. With Halloween items, since many consumers just want the look and feel of nostalgic items, current companies have been adding lines of vintage-look Halloween items. These are not made to fool a collector, but are produced for the person who decorates for the holiday. Unfortunately these can be confusing to a new collector, especially one who purchases online. Along with these decorative pieces, there are also numerous reproductions and fantasy items made that are marketed as vintage.
Ledenbach's books are not only a pictorial feast, the documentation provided will be invaluable for both the expert and novice collector of Halloween memorabilia.
- Interview with Mark B. Ledenbach, Dean of Halloween
- What's Hot and What's Not!
- Displays, Storing and Advice for New Collectors
Date: June 2007