Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Beauty of Birds Hallmark Ornaments Series

2005 Northern Cardinal Hallmark Ornament

This is a beautiful series which started in 2005 with the Northern Cardinal. Each bird is designed by Hallmark Keepsake Artist Edythe Kegrize and sculpted by LaDene Votruba. Although the Cardinal seemed to be left over in large amounts following Christmas in 2005, the price started to escalate quickly when the 2006 #2 Black-Capped Chickadee was released. The Chickadee is highly detailed and is a lovely addition to your holiday decorations.

By 2007, when the Blue Jay was released, the Cardinal was becoming somewhat hard to find and was one of the most sought after pieces by collectors during the 2007 Christmas season. The Blue Jay was a great addition to this great series for a number of reasons. It adds a lot of color and Hallmark has never done a Blue Jay prior to this ornament. They have previously done a Cardinal and Chickadee in other series such as Holiday Wildlife (1982-1988).

The 2008 Goldfinch is a lovely addition for this year and the series continues to increase in popularity and value. The 2006 Chickadee has doubled its secondary market value from 2009.

In 2010 Hallmark produced a limited edition Lady Cardinal to compliment the original Cardinal from 2005.  In 2011 Hallmark produced a beautiful Oriole.  That same year they made a limited edition Lady Oriole.  Since that year Hallmark made a bird each year and made a corresponding female version of that year's bird.  In addition to the yearly birds Hallmark has also made special edition birds for the Keepsake Ornament Collector's Convention which occurs on odd years in Kansas City.  These special KOC Event birds are some of the most valuable birds in the series.  The First Scarlet Tanager from 2011 sells for over $500 on the secondary market.  There are other special KOC birds that have been released to Club members only as well.  There is also a Beautiful Birdhouses series and a Brilliant Butterflies series that go well with the Beauty of Birds series.  In addition to the full size line there is also a miniature collection of the Beauty of Birds miniatures designed for a table top tree.

 If you have not started collecting this series, it truly makes a wonderful addition to your tree. Happy Collecting. Shop The Ornament Shop for all you Hallmark Christmas Ornaments.

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Beauty of Birds Hallmark Ornaments

1 comment:

Wishing more 60 said...

I've been collecting the wizard of oz. Ornaments but there some suggestions I have. 1- I'd like to see something with the munchkins and possibly the wizard too. Just a thought...