"And the Nominees Are..."

Forget the Academy Awards -- this year's most exciting honors have nothing to do with a little gold statue…unless it's a collectible. The Collectors' Information Bureau has announced the judge's picks for the top collectible items in the various categories of the Collector's Choice Awards ??" and now it’s time for the public to cast their votes.

Companies who do business in the United States were invited to submit a product to any and all categories, including Ornaments, Dolls/Plush, and Home Décor/Gift. The purpose of the awards program is to highlight companies and products that the judges deem worthy of the title "best of the best" and to promote the personal enjoyment and sense of community that collecting encourages. The judging panel, comprised of distinguished leaders in the collectibles industry, selected the finalists based on four criteria: excellence in concept, design, and execution; value represented by price and quality; quality of materials and workmanship; and overall aesthetic appeal.

CIB accepted submissions from a wide range of companies. Product entries were required to be new items for 2006.

Ballots for public voting are now available online at www.collectorsinfo.com and in the Spring edition of Collector Editions. The awards are scheduled to be presented at September's THE GATHERING show in Dallas. The winners will additionally be recognized in the 2007 Holiday Guide issue of Collector Editions.

Jennifer Hudson? Martin Scorsese? They might have been big nominees in Hollywood, but the Collector's Choice Awards feature their own celebrities with names like Goebel, Enesco, and DEMDACO.

For a complete list of finalists, please see below:

Judge’s Choices
CIB Collectors’ Choice Awards
Under $30
• DEMDACO, Willow Tree ??" “Child of My Heart”
• Enesco Group, Inc., Heartwood Creek ??" “Holy Family”
• Fitz & Floyd Collectibles ??" “You Give Me a Warm Feeling”
• Goebel ??" “Lara”
• Prizm, Inc. ??" “Netherlands”

$31 ??" $100
• St. Nicholas Collection ??" ”Nutcracker Dance”
• Goebel ??" “Daria and Dario”
• Westland Giftware, Inc. ??" “Year of the Horse”
• Enesco Group, Inc., Disney Traditions ??" “Homeward Bound”
• Royal Doulton ??" “Steamboat Willie”

Over $100
• Department 56 ??" “Love for a Lifetime”
• Prizm, Inc. ??" “Christmas Wanderers”
• Goebel ??" “The Beatles”
• Royal Doulton ??" “A Party For Me? How Grand!”
• Crystal World ??" “Steppin’ Out”

Home Décor/Gift
Under $30
• Goebel ??" “Winter”
• Enesco Group, Inc., Heartwood Creek ??" “Bride”
• The ChemArt Company/Baldwin ??" “2006 Frolicking Reindeer”
• Westland Giftware, Inc. ??" “Mwah”
• DEMDACO ??" “Hope Cross”

$31 ??" $100
• Fenton Art Glass ??" “Golden Orchids on Marigolds”
• Enesco Group, Inc., Disney Traditions ??" “Happy Endings Light Up Your Heart”
• G. DeBrekht Artistic Studios ??" “Motherly Love”
• Ne’Qwa Art ??" “Olivia (Lamp)”
• Goebel ??" “Marigolds”

Over $100
• Fenton Art Glass ??" “Cherry Blossoms on Indigo Blue”
• Elisa USA ??" “Sea Dreams”
• Manual Woodworkers and Weavers, Inc. ??" “Grand Bazaar”
• Royal Doulton ??" “Lamp”
• Goebel ??" “The Kiss/Stoclet Frieze”

Under $100
• Deb Canham Artist Designs ??" “Pumpkinhead & the Sawhorse”
• Dolls By Berenguer, Inc. ??" “Baby Isabella Berenguer”
• Charisma Brands ??" “Spellbound”
• The Bearington Collection ??" “Bo & Crow”
• Herrington Teddy Bears ??" “Chris Herrington Signature Teddy Bear”

Over $100
• Adora, Inc. ??" “Nupka”
• Douglas Co. ??" “Brandon Golden Retriever”
• Original Appalachian Artworks, Cabbage Patch Kids ??" “Creme Brulee”
• Charisma Brands ??" “Timeless Treasure”
• Deb Canham Artist Designs ??" “Hey Diddle Diddle”

Under $30
• Rhyn-Rivet ??" “Kelsea’s Song”
• Mia ??" “Van Gogh Starry Night”
• The ChemArt Company/Baldwin ??" “Ladybug”
• Ne’Qwa Art ??" “Christmas Cats”
• Inge-Glas of Germany ??" “Noah’s Ark”

$31 ??" $100
• Ne’Qwa Art ??" “Santa’s Workshop”
• The ChemArt Company/Baldwin ??" “Festival Snowflake”
• Hallmark Cards, Inc. ??" “Letters to Santa”
• Inge-Glas of Germany ??" “Baby’s First Christmas (Set of 3)”
• Mia ??" “Bust of King Tut”

Over $100 (Only 4 entries)
• Inge-Glas of Germany ??" “Annual Ornament Series 2001 ??" 2006”
• Mia ??" “Fabergé Pine Cone Egg”
• Ne’Qwa Art ??" “Intimacy”
• Sarabella Creations ??" “Holy Night”

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