Santa’s Special Stash (Rarest of Rare Collectibles)

‘Tis the season for mistletoe, eggnog, and fine editions of holiday classics. Our stores are well-stocked with holiday music, books, toys, and gifts of all kinds—and mixed right in are some yuletide treasures for the Christmas collector.

The words and pictures in our featured books can help you get in the spirit of the holidays as fast as Nat “King” Cole singing “The Christmas Song” or Burl Ives, as Sam the Snowman, narrating Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.


Becky’s Christmas Dream and Other Stories by Louisa M. Alcott, Olive Thorne, Laurie Loring, and Others
T.Y. Crowell, New York, undated.
A Very Good copy of this collection, with nice illustrated color pastedowns on its front and back panels and black and white illustrations throughout. There is no publication date noted; however, there is an inscription on the front-free endpaper: “To Gracie M. Eggert / From Mamma / May 1st, 1880.” There is some bumping at the corners, which has worn away the edges of the illustrations, and there is bumping and fraying to the top and bottom of the spine. $200.

It’s rare to see such an early edition of this collection that features a classic Louisa May Alcott Christmas tale.

LiberaceChristmas at Liberace’s
Columbia CL-589, 1954
The record and cover are in Very Good condition, with a small seam-split at the upper right-hand corner of the cover. $100.

Nothing says Christmas quite like the sparkling bling and tinkling ivories of the late, great Liberace, here captured on vinyl giving it his holiday best. This copy, bought at our Preston Road location in Dallas, features his signature and inscription, plus a neat drawing of his piano and candelabra.

CharlesDickensChristmas-2A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Chapman & Hall, London, 1843.
First Edition, second issue. Spine separating on front edge, two pages loose, expected foxing. $3,000.

In the 172 years since it was written, there has come along no greater Christmas story than Charles Dickens’ beloved morality tale of Bob Cratchit, Ebenezer Scrooge, and Tiny Tim. The popular story has remained in print constantly since Chapman & Hall published it, and has been filmed numerous times, featuring memorable Scrooges from Alastair Sim and George C. Scott to Scrooge McDuck and Patrick Stewart.

This is a flawed but generally beautiful copy of a holiday treasure, bought at our Clearwater Village store in Indianapolis. And, if you’re not quite ready to spend that much on your special gift, you could opt for this Charles Dickens Christmas Collector’s Edition, bought at our Fairfield Township location in Hamilton, Ohio. It’ll just run you forty dollars!

GarfieldSeason’s Eatings: A Very Merry Garfield Christmas by Jim Davis
Easton Press Signed Edition, 2003.
This special leather-bound collection is signed by Jim Davis and is in Fine condition, with a colorful illustration and bright gold lettering on the cover. $150.

This one is a modern classic, featuring the antics of Garfield and friends as depicted in Christmastime cartoon strips over the years.

More from Santa’s Bag

RHCOur Arlington Cooper Street store has a nice little assortment of holiday kids’ books: Raggedy Ann’s Merriest Christmas by Johnny Gruelle (Wonder Books, 1952), $10; The Chipmunk’s Merry Christmas by David Corwin (Golden Press “A” edition, 1959) $10; and Huckleberry Hound and the Christmas Sleigh by Pat Cherr (Golden Press “A” edition, 1960) $7.50.

A nice collection of Simpsons ornaments and decorations produced by Bradford Exchange and Hawthorne Village showed up at our store in Bedford, Texas. The ornaments are going for $10 each and the Christmas Village pieces range in price from $25 to $90. The plates are priced $10-$15.


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