Precious Moments, Inc. (aka PMI) is an American company that distributes giftware. The company was initially formed in 1989 by illustrator, Samuel J. Butcher as a licensing company.
As a young man, Sam was a "chalkboard minister", spreading the teachings of Christianity through illustrations. This job paid very little, so Sam supplemented his income as a janitor.
With the guide of Rev. Royal Blue, Sam made the decision to follow deeper into Christianity. He joined the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There he met Bill Biel, with whom Sam would start his first business, Jonathan & David (J&D). During his ten year career with the CEF, Sam's work was seen by millions of people through the "Tree House Club" television programs.
It all began more than thirty years ago, when Precious Moments creator Sam Butcher began drawing the endearing teardrop-eye children he called "Precious Moments" as gifts for family and friends. Today, his Precious Moments artwork is among the most recognized art in the world, sharing messages of loving, caring and sharing with collectors from around the globe.
What's it worth? Take a look at this Precious Moments price guide: sold listings for a value indication.