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Exhibit (10)(ii)(A)(ix)


AMERICAN GREETINGS CORPORATION


Stock Option Agreement


1987 Class B Stock Option Plan
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WHEREAS, MORRY WEISS (hereinafter called the "Optionee") is President of American Greetings Corporation, an Ohio corporation (the "Company"); and


WHEREAS, the execution of this Stock Option Agreement pursuant to the Company's 1987 Class B Stock Option Plan has been duly authorized by a resolution of the Board of Directors of the Company duly adopted on January 25, 1988;


NOW, THEREFORE, the Company hereby grants to the Optionee an option to purchase 425,000 Class B Common Shares, par value $1 per share, of the Company at the price of Fourteen and 5/16 Dollars ($14.3125) per share, and agrees to cause certificates for any shares purchased hereunder to be delivered to the Optionee upon payment of the purchase price in full, all subject, however, to the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth.


1. This option (until terminated as hereinafter provided) shall be exercisable only to the extent of one-quarter of the shares hereinabove specified after the Optionee shall have been in the continuous employ of the Company or any Subsidiary for one full year from the date hereof and to the extent of an additional one-quarter of such shares after each of the next three successive years thereafter during which the Optionee shall have been in the continuous employ of the Company or any Subsidiary. If the Optionee should retire at normal retirement age or at an early retirement age with the consent of the Board of Directors, die or become permanently disabled after having been in the continuous employ of the Company or any Subsidiary for a period of at least ten years, this option shall, notwithstanding the preceding sentence, immediately become exercisable in full. For the purposes of this paragraph, leaves of absence approved by the Board of Directors or Stock Option Committee of the Company for illness, military or governmental service, or other cause, shall be considered as employment. To the extent exercisable, this option may be exercised in whole or in part from time to time.


2. This Option shall terminate on the earliest of the following dates:


(A) On the date on which the Optionee ceases to be an employee of the Company or a Subsid
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