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Union Santa With Yellow Bag

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How hard is it to find the Union Santa that's carrying a yellow bag over his right shoulder? I can't seem to find a picture of it to post to help, but hopefully someone else might have one they can share.

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Union Traditional Santa, very hard to find and when you do find him usually very high priced.

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Thanks for the info. What would be an average price for one of them, or what would a reasonable price for me to pay for one?

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I've only seen that particular Santa once on ebay and that was a few years ago. Can't remember what he went for but it wasn't cheap. Yeah, he can be very pricey.

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Ooohh, well I'm asking because I found a couple of them and was wondering if I should grab them or not. Seems like I should then. :)

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The bottom copyright stamp says 2003.

I'm glad I picked these guys up! :) They're made with a shiny/glossy kind of plastic, not the regular flat white we're used to. You can see in the pictures how amazing the paint job is, it's so evenly distributed, I don't think I've ever seen a blow mold this nicely painted before! He's even got the push-in eyes too, not painted on! Haha, these guys are pretty cool! :cool:

Now I gotta figure out where to put them or what to do with them... but they look cool though! :P

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Nice finds. I found one back in october brand new in the bag for $35. I almost needed new underwear when i found him. lol

Congrats. Im pretty sure ebay prices on him where in the triple digits at one point

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Nice! That's awesome! :) These are brand new too, but they don't have their bags. The bottoms have no scratches though, so they're still in pretty decent shape.

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Well how much did you end up paying for them? They look pretty cool. Kinda like the shiney list santa.

Jim

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The bottom copyright stamp says 2003.

I'm glad I picked these guys up! :) They're made with a shiny/glossy kind of plastic, not the regular flat white we're used to. You can see in the pictures how amazing the paint job is, it's so evenly distributed, I don't think I've ever seen a blow mold this nicely painted before! He's even got the push-in eyes too, not painted on! Haha, these guys are pretty cool! :cool:

Now I gotta figure out where to put them or what to do with them... but they look cool though! :P

Those Santas are so nice looking! I can tell from the picture how high quality the paint job is. Very nice!

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