Great American Collectibles

Amador Claus (Panama)

Hover over the picture to the left to access more pictures. Amador Claus is approximately 8" tall.

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Amador Claus
Released in 2015
Only 100 Issued

There is a unique backstory to Amador. My wife and I decided to take our two daughters on a 5 to 6 year journey around the world, "Worldschooling" them along the way. We left the US in Oct of 2014. Our first year on the road, we chose to live in a little fishing village in Pedasi, Panama. We have immersed the girls in the language and culture and we're all learning to live with 100 degree heat all year 'round. (Way worse than AZ was.) So Panama was an easy selection for one of our Santas this year. The little dog in the scene is actually a real dog here. He hangs out on our road. He has a severely undersized bottom jaw, compared to his upper jaw and we call him Derpy Dog. (Kind of looks like the dog on The Simpson's cartoon, who appropriately enough is called "Santas Little Helper." Although we didn't go with that name for obvious copyright reasons. Ha!)

As we continue our travels, I'm sure we'll be personalizing our future Santas, grabbing ideas as we move around the world. You can follow our travels at  We'll be getting to our next destination, Mexico, on Dec 6th, 2015.

UPDATE 2016: We are now in Spain (having spent 10 months in Mexico from Dec of 2015 to Oct of 2016. Now we've been in Spain since Oct and we're planning to move on to South Africa in Jan of 2017. The journey continues. Be sure to check it all out on the blog, linked above in the previous paragraph.

Pictured is a stock photo of Amador Claus. Each one is slightly unique since they are all hand painted. Please note that there might be slight imperfections, as well. These are folk art pieces and are made to look old, even though they are brand new.

Each Old World Santa is a limited edition collectible and is serially numbered. They are mounted onto a wooden base, the underside of which is engraved important info about your Amador Claus. Your Santa will also include a wooden story chip with the following story engraved on it:

His Story:

Amador Claus is from a small fishing village on the Azuero Peninsula, called Pedasi. Every Christmas he and his helper, Derpy Dog, hands out fireworks to the villagers before the Christmas Eve celebration. But only to the families who have children on the nice list. Every Christmas the entire town enjoys the fireworks show for miles. Panama loves fireworks!

Improved Artistry:

For the past several years, all our newly released pieces have had a much higher quality paint job and come with a story chip (made from actual wood) and each has a wooden base with their name and other details engraved into the underside (see pictures). Although the artistry is much more detailed and distinct than our old style of painting, they all still have the folk art carved appearance that we have all come to know and love about Great American Collectibles. But the time it takes now, to paint just one Santa, is orders of magnitude more than the older method. Hence the higher price points. But along with the higher price point comes a piece of art that retains even more value as time marches on. We hope you enjoy it.


He's brand new, in the original box with all the original accessories including the registration instructions on how to obtain the Certificate of Authenticity and it also comes with his story chip (engraved wooden plaque.)


USPS Priority Shipping is included free with the price. If you wish to have it sent outside the US, purchase the item at the listed price and then tell us where you need to have it sent in the comments during your purchase. We'll come to a mutually agreeable additional price and solidify the purchase. If we don't come to an agreement, we'll just cancel the purchase and you won't be charged.

130 USD