American Greetings Christmas Ornaments
American Greetings Christmas ornaments are seasonal gifts manufactured by the American-based greeting card company, American Greetings Corporation Inc.
History & Description
Established in 1906 by Polish immigrant Jacob Sapirstein, American Greetings is the largest publicly traded greeting card business in the world and sells a variety of products, such as electronic and paper greeting cards, party products, decorations, wrapping papers and also images and ringtones for mobile phones.
The company has been run by members of the Sapirstein family since its inception and is located in Brooklyn, Ohio. American Greetings also owns the Gibson, Tender Thoughts and Carlton Cards brands of greeting cards.
The company has produced Christmas ornaments since the mid-twentieth century, ranging from small musical figurines of celebrities and musicians to the company’s own copyrighted properties, including Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears and Nickelodeon characters.
Guide for collectors
Instances of American Greetings Christmas ornaments sold at national auction houses are extremely rare. Collectors are much more likely to purchase these products from eBay. Collectors should take note that it is very uncommon for a product advertised on eBay to be more than ten years-old.
For more information on Christmas ornaments and other American Greetings collectibles, collectors should visit the official American Greetings website.
Notable auction sales
On March 10th 2012, a Frank Sinatra Christmas ornament, dated 2011, was sold on eBay for $89.95.
On April 20th 2012, a Sandy Christmas ornament from the film Grease, dated 2011, was sold on eBay for $33.97.
On April 4th 2012, a Strawberry Shortcake Christmas ornament, dated 1981, was sold on eBay for $30.99.
On March 10th 2012, five Christmas at Sea ornaments, dated 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001, were sold on eBay for $27.89.
On May 13th 2012, a Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Christmas musical ornament, dated 2011, was sold on eBay for $26.