Splitcoaststampers.com - the world's #1 papercrafting community
You're currently viewing Splitcoaststampers as a GUEST. We pride ourselves on being great hosts, but guests have limited access to some of our incredible artwork, our lively forums and other super cool features of the site! You can join our incredible papercrafting community at NO COST. So what are you waiting for?
I have just done a bit of research on the internet to try and find out some information about the gumball graphics company that no longer operates but produced that GORGEOUS santa stamp! Anyway my search led me to alot of dead ends and false hopes, but surely that company sold their moulds to another company considering that santa seems so popular!!
Do you know any info about that company and who or if anyone holds the rights to that santa stamp - cause I would give my eye teeth to get ahold of it!!! Or maybe there is something that is REALLLLLLLY close to that particular stamp that you know of!!
I am part of a Canadian stamp group and, apparently, one of the girls in the group personally knows the the creator of the Santa. She tried to track him down to see if he would be willing to make another plate or create more stamps but she couldn't get hold of him. There were at least 80 people in that one stamping group who were willing to buy the stamp if he would produce it again.
My best advice is to watch ebay for it. It is a very hard item to get (I have been searching for the stamp for over a year) and it usually sells for a pretty penny. I just happened to luck out - the seller had a "buy it now" for $49.99 on the stamp she was selling. It was a no-brainer for me and I am now the proud owner of a gumball santa
There is also a seller on ebay who sells a rather nice vintage santa. Here is the photo of the stamp...not sure I am allowed to post the seller's ebay ID. If you would like the seller's name, please email me privately.
I haven't heard from Stamp Francisco yet (my email is probably in the gobs they got while their offices were closed). But I did get a message from Pat in Ohio that she emailed them and got a response. Here's what her email said...
Originally Posted by Pat in Ohio
Gumball Graphics is NOT one of our company. The name lead to confusion as it is phonetically close to another company we
own GUMBO GRAPHICS, a company which goes back to the beginning of rubber stamping....
We've had hundreds of requests for said Santa due to the name confusion and are in the process to have a hand drawn version done by an artist and based on the Gumball version. Unfortunately, with Christmas so close it will not be done until few weeks from now... on time for Christmas 2006.
You might want to check another Santa we have which is located in the Stamp Francisco catalog section 2004-2005 PDF plate 46 so probably around page 47.
Please let me know if you do have any other question
Something about it is a little too biker-ish for me. But it sounds like there is hope for a similar stamp in the near future. I've joined their mailing list so hopefully I'll get something when their new catalog comes out. I'm not giving up hope on this stamp yet (and I'm not going to pay upwards of $40 for the stamp on ebay!).
I just got an email from Catherine at Stamp Francisco with a copy of the drawing for the Santa stamp they are creating. She wanted my opinion on it. It's pretty close to the gumball graphics one! I'm too excited about this!!!
That is great that she asked your opinion!! Please keep us posted-it is a beautiful stamp and I would love to own one. The one mentioned here that was on ebay was too pricey for me. Thanks for the update.
I just got another email from Catherine (what is she doing working on Sunday, January 1st?!?). She'd like some feedback on different versions of the stamp. They are planning on doing several sizes (2x3, 2.5x3.5, 3x4.5, 4x5 and a postoid). They also have Santa with a long beard and a shorter beard. And there are several versions of the postoid.
She asked me to go ahead and ask for my friends' opinions, too! So, for your review, is a PDF with some side-by-side comparisons. Let me know what you think about long or short beard and which of the postoids you like. I'll compile and send to Catherine.
In other news, you can go to their website (www.stampfrancisco.com) and join their mailing list. According to Catherine,
The stamps will be available when the new site opens.
Within about 1 week of the new site going live, you will receive an email containing a temporary password so that you can access your account and choose a password of your own.