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Disney collectibles are a popular area to watch. The main barometer for value is the age, condition, type and rarity of the object. Since most of the items were children’s toys, it’s exceedingly difficult to find pristine examples of the earlier examples, so if it’s in mint condition and has it’s original box, it will garner a considerable premium. Mickey Mouse is the most popular character, but not the rarest, so collectors should watch for lesser known charcters.
The most desirable Disney collectibles are the ones dating from the 1930’s. Look for markings such as George Borgfeldt’s name, as he was the first official licensed producer of Disney characters. Also Kay Kamen dates from 1933 to 1949.
The Disney mark can also be a good pointer to the age of the item. Before 1939, licensed items were marked with “Walt Disney Enterprises” or “Walter E. Disney”, or if they were produced in the U.K., “Walt Disney Mickey Mouse Ltd.”. After 1940, it was “Walt Disney Productions”.
As Disney items from the 1930’s to the 1950’s are becoming more difficult for collectors to find, items from the 60’s onward can be a collectible trend to watch. If purchasing such items, go for the ones that are in the closest to mint condition for future investment potential. Small limited editions of recent properties like the Lion King are another area to watch.
Some recently sold items on eBay (for April, 2006 – prices in U.S. dollars):
– DISNEY FIRST “MICKEY MOUSE BOOK” 1930 BIBO & LANG – $1,800.00
– 1930 DISNEY MICKEY MINNIE MOUSE GOLF TOOTHBRUSH HOLDERS – $995.00
– WALT DISNEY ORIGINAL 1952 CHECK – $1,127.00
– 1938 MARX DISNEY DOPEY TIN WIND UP TOY WALKER & BOX – $810.00
– VINTAGE MICKEY & MINNIE MOUSE SLED FLEXIBLEFLYER – $660.00
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