Sunday, July 25, 2010

Snowball and Tuxedo

Tuxedo the penguin and Snowball the polar bear have been hanging out for 10 years now in a Hallmark Keepsake ornament series by the artist Joanne Eschrich. I bought No. 4 in the series, called Fancy Footwork, at a store close to where I was living in Middletown, N.J. I don’t think I was aware that it was part of a series then, and I don’t remember seeing any of the others until a couple of weeks ago when Hallmark introduced a number of the new ornaments for 2010. One of the new offerings is a special 10th anniversary edition of Snowball and Tuxedo, and they also have a regular 10th-in-a-series rendition of the bipolar pals cutting out snowflakes, paper doll style. I suspect the Hallmark series ornaments get snapped up quickly by collectors and that’s why I don’t have any of the others. I know I could probably find the rest online, but I’d rather see if I can stumble upon them in my travels.

Fancy Footwork, No. 4 in Snowball and Tuxedo Hallmark Keepsake series
Acquired: Dec.21, 2005, Sunray Drugs, Middletown, N.J.
Number: 0277
Size: 3.25 inches tall
Price: $7.95

Ten Terrific Years, Snowball and Tuxedo special edition 2010 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere
Acquired: July 7, 2010, Jay’s Hallmark, Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York City
Number: 0778
Size: 2.5 inches tall
Price: $9.95

Snowflakes With Style, No. 10 in Snowball and Tuxedo Hallmark Keepsake series
Acquired: July 11, 2010, Jill's Hallmark, Broadheadsville, Pa.
Number: 0783
Size: 2.5 inches tall
Price: $9.95

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