The Balloons Away Jigsaw Puzzle was discovered to really be titled New Guild / Golden Albuquerque New Mexico Hot Air Balloon Race 1000 Pieces Puzzle.
It's amazing that it can still be purchased on eBay (link below) in a sealed box too. It just goes to show you the value of the puzzles in this era really do not carry a whole lot of value.
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However, the image is not photoshopped to the degree puzzle images are today. Don' get me wrong, I certainly do appreciate the artistry that's available in today's market as it is amazing the level of detail, colours and designs the digital enhancers bring to the table these days. Just sometimes its nice to step back and appreciate the older images. This one has so many balloons sprinkled against the perfect blue sky . I'd say it was a big seller back in the day as it seemed balloon images were common then too.
Brand: New Guild
Title: Balloons Away Jigsaw Puzzle - Hot Air Balloon Race
Size: 27.5" x 21.5"
Overall Experience: Great
Cut Quality: Great
Board Quality: Great
Shape Cut: Random and size
Image Quality: Superb
Hardest Area: blue sky
Puzzle Dust? minimal
Finish Quality: Smooth
Box Quality: Good and solid
Sealed Pieces Inside Box: ?
Was this purchased new? yes
Recommend Level: High
Time: ? hours
The Balloons Away Jigsaw Puzzle is my 2nd oldest 'preserved' puzzle. It is very thick with very large random cut pieces which is why it is roughly the same size as the 1000 piece puzzles. It was assembled in the early 1990's so I do not have much information on it although it does have numerous Springbok similarities to it (but I do not want to assume). I just named it Balloons Away myself.
However, I can even remember assembling this one with all those bright colours, not to mention the big gaps of blue. I am quite certain the attraction to this puzzle was the bright colours and the sense of freedom the picture projects.
This puzzle has been with me for over 30 years. It is mounted to press-board and has window shrink wrap plastic sealed on it. It has kept very well.
After posting out a 'search' request to the Facebook Puzzle Groups Heather located the Balloons Away jigsaw puzzle. Thanks so very much. We will try to confirm the piece count to see if it matches!
New Guild / Golden Albuquerque New Mexico Hot Air Balloon Race 1000 Pcs Puzzle
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