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Postcard circa 1990 welcoming fans to the Fan Club

The BSC Fan Club (also known as The Baby-sitters Fan Club from 1990-1993, the All-New Baby-sitters Fan Club from 1993-1995, the New Baby-sitters Fan Club in 1996, and finally the Baby-sitters Club Fan Club in 1997-1999) was a subscription service, launched in Spring/Summer 1988[1] fans could sign up for during the height of the series' popularity.

Membership was $2.50 in 1989-1991 for a two-year membership, $4.95 in February 1992-February 1993 for a two-year membership, $7.95 in June 1993 to November 1994 for a one-year membership, and $10.95 in 1995-1999 for one year.

Membership included a card, card holder, banners, and newsletters. In 1995, the "Friendship Pack" also included movie memorabilia, a camera, photo album, posters, and a taped message from Ann M. Martin. Every year or so, the extra items in the introductory pack would change. The Fan Club, in contrast to the Baby-sitters Collectors Club, did not send Baby-sitters Club books.

1989[]

Newsletters[]

These newsletters consisted of two 8.5" x 11" sheets of paper attached at the spine, and used only the colors black, white, grey and blue.

  • Volume 1 No. 1 (Summer 1989) - At least 24 more BSC books available after Super Special #2 in July 1989 through July 1991, you'll receive newsletter twice a year, 1990 calendar available August 1989, here is your official membership card and banner, introducing contest winner Michelle Smith of the 'Vote for your favorite Baby-sitter' contest.
  • Volume 1 No. 2 (Fall 1989) - Stacey's back to Stoneybrook in BSC #28, 'Stacey's Back' button for fan club members to spread the news, contest for Fan Club members, order the new BSC T-shirt, there will be two new Super Specials each year, Anne and Beth Perkins have known each other for 30 years, get the 1990 BSC calendar, there will be at least 50 books in the BSC series through Jan 1992 at least

1990-1991[]

1990 ad for the fan club found in books #30-49, Jan 1990-Nov 1991

A two-year membership, for the cost of $2.50 gets:

  • an official membership card
  • membership card holder
  • colorful banner
  • Baby-sitters Fan Club semi-annual newsletter
  • stickers (same as the ones that came with the 1990 BSC calendar)


Newsletters[]

These newsletters consisted of two 8.5" x 11" sheets of paper attached at the spine, and used only the colors black, white, grey and blue.

  • Circa publication of books #32-34 (March - May 1990) - Winner of 1989 Super Trivia Contest announced, BSC Adventure Giveaway advertised
  • Circa publication of book #38, 39, SS4 (Oct - Dec 1990) - Little Sister SS#1 in Dec, 1990-91 School Planner and Date Book available, 1991 BSC calendar available, Alice Saloman is the winner of Australia's 'Two Away to the USA' contest where she flew to America to meet Ann M. Martin, visited Los Angeles, Disneyland, Sea World, and Universal Studios, Videos #1 and #2 available to buy in September, spotlight on casting the actors for the BSC videos and filming the live action videos in Pelham, NY. Create a New Baby-sitter Contest - entries postmarked by Oct 15, 1990 - one winner receives $100 for back-to-school shopping, 5 second-prize winners receive BSC T-shirts.
  • Circa publication of books #40-43 (Jan - April 1991) - Winner of 'BSC Adventure Giveaway' Rebecca Langlois announced, The Baby-Sitters Club Postcard Book available in April, winner of the 'Create a New Baby-sitter' contest, Lisa Kenney, announced with imaginary baby-sitter Michelle Kroyer.
  • Circa publication of books #45-47, SS#6 (July - September 1991) - Mystery series coming soon (#1 Stacey and the Missing Ring available in August), BSC Mystery Giveaway advertised, 1991-92 School Planner and Date Book and 1992 BSC calendar advertised, watch the TV Series on HBO in September

1992-1993[]

Feb 1992-Feb 1993 ad from books #51-61

A two-year membership, for the cost of $4.95 gets:

  • an official membership card
  • a colorful banner
  • exclusive Baby-sitters Fan Club quarterly newsletter

Newsletters[]

These newsletters consisted of two 8.5" x 11" sheets of paper attached at the spine, and used only the colors black, white, grey and blue.

  • Circa publication of books #50-52, Mystery #3 (Jan - March 1992) - Winner of the 'Vote for your favorite Baby-sitter' Giveaway announced, Winner of the BSC Mystery Giveaway announced, Mystery #3 coming in February
  • Circa publication of books #56-58, Mystery #5, SS#8 (July - October 1992) - BSC Neat Boy Giveaway announced, Logan’s Story coming in June, Write-up about the party for the 'Vote for your favorite Baby-sitter' Giveaway' held on March 14, 1992
  • Circa publication of books #59-61, SS#9, Mystery #6 (Nov 1992 - Feb 1993) - BSC Mini-Mystery Giveaway announced (deadline Dec 31, 1992), Trivia and Puzzle Fun Book advertised, Songs for My Best Friends available on CD or cassette in October
  • Circa publication of books #62-64, Mystery #7,8 (March - May 1993) - Ann M. Martin: The Story of the author of the Baby-sitters Club coming in April, BSC Look-Alikes contest announced, Mystery Board Game coming this spring
  • Circa publication of books #65-67, SS#10 (June - Sept 1993) - Three new BSC Videos (Dawn Saves the Trees, The Baby-sitters and the Boy Sitters, Claudia and the Mystery of the Secret Passage), BSC Mysteries #9 and 10 coming soon, Logan Bruno, Boy Baby-sitter coming in July, BSC Chain Letter coming in Sept

1994[]

June 1993 - Nov 1994 fan club ad found in books #65-80

A one-year membership, for the cost of $7.95 gets:

  • Fan Club T-Shirt
  • Baby-sitters Club poster of all the BSC members
  • Baby-sitters Club notepad and pencil
  • Official membership card
  • Guide to Stoneybrook
  • 6-page newsletter plus four additional newsletters per year
  • Baby-sitters Club folder

Newsletters[]

These newsletters consisted of two 8.5" x 11" sheets of paper attached at the spine, and starting with the book #70-72 newsletter (or the one right before) began to use full color throughout the newsletter, rather than just black, white and blue.

  • Circa publication of books #70-72, Mystery #12 (Dec 1993 - Feb 1994) - The Baby-Sitters Club Guide to Babysitting coming in Nov 1993, Three new BSC Videos #8, #10, #11, Order a BSC hat, Results of the BSC Look-Alikes contest
  • Circa publication of books #73,74,75, Mystery #14 (March - May 1994) - BSC Kenner dolls coming in February, Enter the GET INVOLVED! challenge, BSC Mall tour coming soon, Meet Jessica Prunell
  • Circa publication of books #76,77,78, Mystery #15 (June - Sept 1994) - Super Special #11 with BSC necklace coming in June (with special in-store bookstore parties), BSC Mall Tour Feb-March highlights, Three new episodes in the BSC Video Collection (KidVision VHS tapes #1-3), BSC beach towel available only to Fan Club members, Enter the BSC Remembers Sweepstakes
  • Circa publication of books #79, Mystery #17+18, Super Special #12 (October - December 1994) - Enter the Name the Twins Contest, BSC Secret Santa available, 1st book in Portrait Collection series Stacey's Book available in November, First BSC Audio Book The Baby-sitters Remember available Aug 1994, 2nd audio book Stacey and the Mystery at the Empty House published in December,


1995[]

The All-New BSC Fan Club could be subscribed to starting in 1995, and continued in 1996 until the debut of the New BSC Fan Club.Italic

Sept 1995 - Jan 1996 fan club ad, found in books 89-93

A one-year membership, for the cost of $10.95, gets:

  • Hot pink digital watch
  • BSC Mood Ring
  • BSC Name and Address Book
  • Ann Martin on tape
  • Map of Stoneybrook
  • Photo strip of Ann Martin
  • BSC newsletter sent to you regularly
  • special letterbox

Newsletters[]

  • Circa publication of books #83,84,85, Mystery #20, Claudia's Book (March - May 1995) - BSC Movie filming has begun, Auditions took place Nov 19 1994 for the main roles, Behind the Scenes at a BSC Movie Audition in Chicago, Introducing the first BSC Super Mystery, BSC Movie coming in August with 3 movie tie-in books
  • Circa publication of books #86,87,89, Mystery #21,22, Dawn's Book (June - Sept 1995), BSC Movie behind the scenes - filming began Feb 6 1995 in various locations in Los Angeles, a news series for Little Sister fans will debut, in January Martin met the winners of the Winter Challenge, the Milwaukee winner of the contest wrote an article in the Milwaukee Journal, Martin did a signing at Coles Bookstore in Toronto while meeting the Canadian winner, Four BSC movie tie-in books, Meet the winners of the Get Involved Winter Challenge, still processing entries from the Name the Twins contest and BSC Remembers Sweepstakes, BSC books are getting a makeover this fall.
  • Circa publication of books #91,92,93, Super Mystery #2 (Nov 1995 - Jan 1996) - BSC Movie coming to a theater near you on August 18, Enter the BSC Movie Ticket Bonanza contest to win lunch with Ann M. Martin by Sept 14 1995, Martin visited Ireland and England starting March 30, Martin appeared on a kid's TV show in Ireland with a puppet named Sokky and a turkey named Dustin, Enter the BSC/LA Gear Sweepstakes, Receive a free copy of #88 Farewell, Dawn with each purchase of girls LA Gear shoes at Nordstrom's, Send in a coupon to receive a free BSC movie poster, Four different movie tie-in books available, Winner of Name the Twins contest announced, new baby-sitter (Abby) will appear in book #89, BSC books have a new look, new Ann M. Martin 50-state tour starting August in Connecticut for four months, The All-New Baby-sitters Club Fan Club announced (includes watch, Mood Ring, audio tape message, photo strip etc).


1996[]

Sept 1996 - April 1997 fan club ad, found in books #100-107

The New BSC Fan Club could be subscribed to starting on September 30, 1996, and went until at least December 31, 1998. A one-year membership, for the cost of $10.95, gets:

  • 110-mm camera
  • Mini photo album
  • Diary
  • Stationery note cards and stickers
  • Eight pencils
  • Full-color BSC poster
  • BSC newsletter subscription (at least 4 newsletters during one-year membership)
  • keepsake shipper

Newsletters[]

The newsletter released in the beginning of this year began a new newsletter format - one sheet of paper of 8.5" x 14 size with content on the front and back, folded to letter size.

  • Volume 1 Issue 1 - Circa publication of books 93, 94, 95, Mystery 23 (January - March 1996) - Ann M. Martin's Friends Forever USA tour schedule January - March, BSC Movie soundtrack available on CD and cassette, newsletter now coming six times per year, Inside look at various BSC Movie premiere parties across the country,
  • Volume 1 Issue 2 - Circa publication of books 96,97, Mystery 24 (April-May 1996) - Ann M. Martin's Friends Forever USA tour schedule January - April, Start the New Year with the BSC, pictures of tour in Latham, NY in October 1995, BSC Movie coming soon on VHS this March, Baby-sitters Little Sister Playground Games Pack, Charities and kid-related events that have happened so far on the Friends Forever tour.
  • Volume 1 Issue 4 - Circa publication of books 99, 100, Mystery 26 (August - September 1996) - Complete Guide to the BSC coming soon, Friends Forever USA Tour schedule August - October, Ann's Tour Photo Album, BSC Friendship Kit coming to stores this September, BSC Mystery CD coming in 1997 (probably unreleased), Enter the BSC Summer Sweeps and win a part in a future BSC book, Brand-New Fan Club this fall available September 30
  • November/December 1996 - BSC Book Bag:105, Mystery 28 coming Feb, 106 in March - Pictures from Friends Forever USA Tour, Enter BSC Best Friends Sweepstakes to win a necklace for you and a friend from the Walter Heimler Company, Check out BSC Friendship Kit


1997-1998[]

Sept 1997 - May 1998 fan club ad, found in books #111-119

A one-year membership, for the cost of $10.95, gets:

  • 110 mm camera
  • Mini photo album
  • Keepsake shipper that says "Fan Club Friendship Pack"
  • Poster showing all the BSC members including Abby
  • Fan Club Secret Diary
  • Note cards
  • Stickers
  • Eight pencils
  • At least four newsletters, with the first newsletter sent after the introductory pack during a one-year membership

Newsletters[]

  • Jan/Feb 1997 - BSC Book Bag: 107, Mystery 29 in April, 108 in May - Ann's cats Mouse and Rosie have died and she has new cats Gussie and Woody
  • March/April 1997 - BSC Book Bag: 109, Mystery 30 in April, SS14 with BSC necklace in July - create a Memory Box in honor of Passover, Sara Erickson is the winner of the BSC Summer Sweeps, BSC Friends Forever USA Tour Dates for March and April 1997
  • May/June 1997 - California Diaries 1 and 2 in July, 3 in September - Best Friends Contest Winners, BSC Book Bag: 110 and Mystery 31 in August, 111 in September
  • September/October 1997 - BSC Book Bag: 114 with silver friendship rings and SM4 in December, 115 in January
  • December 1997/January 1998 - BSC Book Bag: 116 and Mystery 33 in February, 117 in March, BSC stuff: Complete Guide, home video collection from Warner Home Video, BSC jewelry available at K-mart and other stores, Clubhouse Activity Center software was issued this fall

Web[]

  • Fan Club Advertised: [1]
  • Jan/Feb 1997 Newsletter contents:[2]

References[]

  1. Graduation Day BSC Timeline
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