Van Eaton’s Disneyland and Walt Disney World auction is coming up!
Here are some items that seem to be flying under the radar in the current Dec 7th & 8th, 2019 auction.
- A Welcome to Disneyland Opening Year Gate Flyer. Of the thousands of different park gate flyers made for guests over the years, this is the first of them all. Available on opening day of July 17, 1955 and for a short time after, this is a good item to target having a starting bid of just $100.
- An Adult Complete Admission & Guided Tour Ticket. Not only is this ticket rare and unused, it has an extremely low serial number of #000043. Also included in this auction is the Child Complete Admission & Guided Tour Ticket version of this ticket, also with a low serial number of #000019. Both only a starting bid of $200.
- Pair of Disneyland Service Award Pins. The first of service pins that Walt Disney awarded to Disneyland employees who worked at the park, this lot is a good target with a starting bid of just $100. Especially given that either of these pins, when found, usually each go for much more than $100 a piece.
- World’s Fair It’s A Small World Ticket & Bookmark. The first opening of “it’s a small world” was not at Disneyland but was actually at the 1964-65 New York World Fair. Only later was the attraction moved to its final destination in Fantasyland. Thus this ticket, and accompanying bookmark, are extremely rare. Together having a starting bid of just $100 is great.
- Set of (3) Early Autopia Licenses. The first three versions of Autopia licenses, including an extremely rare “white castle” license unused (which were available in the first week of the park being opened but only for a few weeks before they were quickly replaced by the next version). A low starting bid at $300 for all three.
- Disneyland Tour Guide Pin. A unique item in that guests of the park were never allowed to purchase this pin. This pin was only worn by a few cast members who worked as Tour Guides. Such pins are highly sought by Disneyana collectors and therefore has a good starting bid at $200.
- 1960 Disneyland Gold Pass. Given only to special V.I.P.s of the park like celebrities, park sponsors, or family and friends of Walt Disney, this very rare, early Disneyland Gold Pass is a great item to target with a starting bid of $200.
- Group of (3) Disneyland Opening Day Pennants. Another group of items available on opening day, this was the first style of pennant for the park and among the first of Disneyland and Mickey Mouse souvenirs. The green version of the pennant was honored as one of the few reproduced items made for a special limited edition collectors’ opening day time capsule, sold by Disney. Good starting bid of $300.
- Indiana Jones Adventure Attraction Opening Day Poster. A rare Drew Struzan poster that was given to guests who were first in line on opening day of the attraction. Consequently, several posters became damaged or thrown away because of the long wait on opening day. A great item to target with a starting bid of $200. Such opening day posters for attractions, or pre-opening day posters, are among some of the most highly sought attraction posters of the park, since they were only available in small quantity and for a short period of time. Luckily this auction also includes the Country Bear Jamboree Pre-Opening Flyer. As well as the Star Tours Opening Day Souvenir Poster. Also included is a very rare complete set of opening day Star Tours posters made to mirror the destination posters that were viewable in the Star Tours attraction – Set of (8) Unopened Star Tours Travel Posters. All posters are great targets at their low opening bids.
- Disneyland Resort Sorcerer Mickey Sign. Another park used prop that was not available for purchase by guests of the park, but was made for use in the park. The sign has been retired but has made its way into the auction. The starting bid of $100 is mind blowing.
- Original Disneyland Castle Construction Photo. An extremely rare, vintage Disneyland item, this photo by Delmar Watson was taken during early Disneyland construction and is perhaps the most iconic photo of the castle being built, as it has been used for several official Disneyland publications, souvenirs, and more. Very few photographers had access to the park at this time. A bonus, Delmar Watson signed this photo in the bottom right corner. This is one of those rare Disneyland items that is probably one-of-a-kind, so a starting bid of $300 is unreal.
- An Eleanore Welborn Disneyland Ceramic Dish. Eleanore Welborn made the first ceramic souvenirs for the park, starting on opening day but only up through a few months. So her plates have been extremely rare and extremely collectible among collectors. The starting bid of $100 makes this plate a good target.
- Disney Gallery Haunted Mansion Attraction Poster. The most sought after posters from the park are the early hand silkscreened versions that were created for opening day and continued to be used for a few years thereafter. These posters came in the oversized version of 54″ x 36″, much larger than the standard 24″ x 36″ movie poster sizes we see today. While the silkscreened posters often go for tens of thousands of dollars, luckily the Disney Gallery made a few official 54″ x 36″ print versions in the 1990s (but have since been discontinued). These posters are official Disney items that have the same great oversized presence as the original silkscreened posters, and so are highly sought by collectors who don’t want to pay for the higher silkscreened versions. $500 is a great starting bid.
- An Opening Day Gold-Plated VIP Yale & Towne Key. Only available on the July 17, 1955 opening day of the park, and only for V.I.P.s of the park, this is an extremely rare surviving gold-plated Disneyland key. Starting bid of $200 makes this a great item to target.
- Disneyland Hotel Harper Goff Jungle Cruise Print. An item that was not made for purchase by guests of the park, this concept art print of the Jungle Cruise hung in the Disneyland Hotel. Removed during renovation of the hotel, this large print has a great starting bid of $200.
- Fantasmic! Opening Year Park-Used Banner & Pin. Another park used prop, not made for purchase, this banner was used in the park to celebrate the 1992 opening of Fantasmic! Park props are extremely collectible and this banner is extremely rare. So a starting bid of $500 is fantastic. NOTE: There is a pin that comes with the banner. The banner is the big prize, yet the pin is the featured image. This could result in the banner really flying under the radar and going for a very low final bid.
- Disneyland Railroad Printed Attraction Poster. Following the use of silk screened posters in the park, Disney began using stronger material posters that would better survive the weather and other elements. This rare Railroad attraction poster is one of these posters that were made for park use, not for purchase by guests. Measuring at that highly sought after 54″ x 36″ size, like the original silk screened posters, these posters usually go for several thousands. The low starting bid of $600 is a good target. In the same style, there is also a 54″ x 36″ Matterhorn Bobsleds Printed Attraction Poster, which was made for park use and of the same weather-resistant material. It also has the very low starting bid of $600.
- Single Admission Ticket Booth Junior Ticket. When Disneyland first opened, admission to the park was only purchased by single booth tickets like this one. In fact, the very first ticket purchased for Disneyland was sold to Roy Disney, and was a booth ticket of this style. Such admission booth tickets are very rare to find today and can fetch a large value, especially tickets with low serial numbers like this (#001034). The starting bid of $500 is very low for the value of this ticket.
- Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary Framed Props. Attraction used props are rarely made available to the public, but this feather and flower from the Enchanted Tiki Room were specially framed and offered exclusively to only a few of the members of Club 33. Market value of this item is in the thousands, so the starting bid of $800 is fantastic.
- Green Disneyland Opening Day Press Preview Ticket. The first tickets ever printed for Disneyland were the Press Preview tickets, giving select V.I.P.s special access to the park on the famous July 17, 1955 opening (which was not open to the general public). These tickets are considered the crown jewel of Disneyland collections by several collectors, since they are the first admission tickets to the park and are so rare. Also available is the Silver Disneyland Opening Day Press Preview Ticket. Note that the different colors corresponding to admission to the park at different times during the day, as Walt Disney was anticipating a large attendance and wanted to do crowd control. The starting bids of $1000 and $2000 are great considering the usual market value of these tickets.
- Park-Used Adventureland Mask. Another park used prop, not made for purchase by guests but for use in the park. But luckily this rare mask has found its way to auction and has a great starting bid of $500.
- A Disneyland Prototype “A” Ride Ticket. In the first few weeks of Disneyland being open, Walt Disney was experimenting with the use of ticket books. There was use of a few prototype tickets just prior to the first official release of the now famous Disneyland ‘ride’ ticket books. These prototype tickets are among some of the rarest and most sought after Disneyland tickets. The starting bid of $800 is fantastic.
- A 1958-A Disneyland Souvenir Map with INA Logo. Another early and extremely rare item, the very first large park map that Walt Disney had made for Disneyland was the 1958 Version A. While these maps are hard to find and can fetch tens of thousands of dollars, the INA Logo version of the 1958 Version A map is even more rare. Since these weren’t sold to the public but given to INA agents that qualified for an INA Conference hosted in Disneyland, there may have only been a couple hundred of these maps produced. This certainly makes this one of the most desired and rare, if not the most, of the large park maps ever created for Disneyland. A starting bid of $1000 is unreal.
- Fantasyland Attraction Poster. The hand silkscreened posters of Disneyland are the most sought after posters of the park. Of all the silkscreened posters in this auction, this Dumbo featured poster has a surprisingly low starting bid of $3,000 (compared to other silkscreened posters in this auction that are starting at $6,000, $8,000, and $25,000). A fantastic starting bid for an original park used poster of a highly loved and original opening day attraction of Disneyland.
It’s surprising that there are still so many Disneyland collectors that haven’t caught on yet to Van Eaton’s auctions. But I think some people are hesitant about auctions, they get the idea that only the super rich are bidding. This is not true at all, as there are thousands of auctions every year with hundreds of thousands of items selling, some even for just a few dollars.
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