OK, I've got twenty-one of these collections and the designs date from
1984 to 1989. We found these beautiful stickers and related products in
six different, very dusty boxes in our archives. They hadn't been opened
in more than twenty years and some of them will have a tinge of yellow around the edges, but basically, they are in museum quality condition considering their lodgings over the past two decades. Here's what is included in each collection:1984. Opal Bubbles. You'll get six sheets of these opalescent, pearlized bubbles. These are very elegant and subtle ways to decorate party plates and glasses or just add a few on the outside of an envelope or a piece of stationery - very cool and one of Andrea's all time favorite sticker designs.
1984. Micro Hearts Japanese Exclusive. One sheet of our Micro Hearts, packaged with a heart on the back with a message written in Japanese and it looks like a hand-stamped number underneath. I think what's interesting about these hearts, which I believe were only sold in Japan, is that some of them are orange and I've asked everybody around here and no one has ever seen them in orange before so you might want to hold on to these little guys.
1985. Mrs. Grossman's Black Cat with Talking Bubble Post-it Notes. One package only.
We thought these were all gone but found a few in one of those boxes.
We did these Post-it's with 3M twenty-five years ago and this is a true story. Andrea decided it would be fun to have a picnic with some of the big wigs from 3M who were coming to California to sign the deal.
And for some weird reason, someone found some bunny ears and thought they would be fun to wear at this luncheon. And when our new friends showed up, I'm sure they were surprised to be greeted by employees with rabbit ears but if memory serves me right, by the middle of the picnic, our guests had bunny ears on as well. I guessed that cinched the deal. Andrea really knows how to throw a party!
1986. Opalescent Hearts with Ribbons. One package with 4 oversized hearts. These are some of the most sophisticated hearts we ever produced. Each heart turns different colors due to the opalescent coated paper stock we used to produce them. And the tiny die cuts between the ribbon and heart are so subtle but so necessary once you put the sticker on a background. It's amazing we went to so much trouble to create such a simple thing but that's the secret - make the most complicated thing look so easy. One package only
1987. Mrs. Grossman's tin hinged pencil/sticker box decorated with our iconic characters. We created these very fun tin boxes exclusively for Sony Plaza in Japan. We have three left in our archives and they aren't going anywhere so you'll have the last of the last. Great gift to give to any collector.
1987. Three Gift Boxes. These gift boxes were very popular and the perfect size for small gifts. You will get three boxes - we can't promise you what colors (definitely pink or red) but we can promise you that you will get the really very cool pink pin-striped box - really elegant and very unusual.
1987. One package of big red hearts and flowers - six stickers per package.
These look really great on those gift boxes. Or framed or on gift wrap for a very special person (who understands how rare these things are).
1988. Large Tulips - three sheets, 27 tulip stickers. These are so intricately die-cut - you need to be careful removing them from their backing because they are fragile and can easily tear. So take your time removing them and when you put them on a piece of colored paper - watch out - they really make a statement!
1989. Thirty large Pink Hearts with Lace Edges. I can't believe we found these stickers. You seldom see them anywhere and what makes them really special is that this was the first time we ever embossed one of our stickers. So the lace edges are embossed and if you turn the sheet over, it looks like the backing paper got embossed too. These are very special stickers.
1991. Ten sheets, forty foil stamped hearts. These little hearts are so precisely foil stamped, they are like little intricate pieces of jewelry. Every time I discover some of these vintage designs and really look at them I am reminded why this company has always been the leader in the sticker industry.
I always like to add our Watering Cans. For some reason we printed a lot of these 'retired' vintage stickers and I love adding them in as a surprise to our collectors. When you get these, just take a long look at how they were made. There are two very small die-cuts between the spout and handle and the flowers. Be sure to remove those little pieces. Then look at how incredibly difficult it must have been to die-cut the edges of the flowers, not to mention doing foil on just the bucket only. Our pre-press and pressmen are amazing.