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Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vintage & Modern Collectibles

Updated on April 18, 2015

The MOST loved character in the WORLD!

Mickey Mouse has spanned two centuries and still is going strong. Born in 1928 and was immediately thrown into show business. His third cartoon short (Steamboat Willie) was the pivotal cartoon that made him a star. It was the first animated short to have synchornized music and sound. Unlike other cartoons of the day, Mickey continued to be featured in the new fad of talkies and became the most famous cartoon of the time. His previous two shorts (Plane Crazy & Gallopin Gaucho) was re-released with sound which added to Mickey's fame.

This lens is chocked full of information on our favorite mouse along with news articles and websites plus links to ebay and Amazon so you can start or add to your Mickey Mouse Collection. The quotes that are peppered throughout this lens are attributed to his creator, Walt Disney.

We have Mickey Mouse Collectibles in our eBay store - A long-time Mickey Mouse collectible is making room for more!

Below are a few of the MIckey Mouse items we have in our eBay store, 2FriendsTreasues. We are helping a long time collector sell some of her most modern Mickey items so she can have room for the vintage Mickey. To view the complete listing,just click on through and search our store to view a complete list of what we have for sale.

Mortimore Mouse ?

Two stories suggest how Mickey got his name. Originally the newly created mouse was named Mortimore. Actor Mickey Rooney claims after Walt Disney met him at the Warner Bros studios, Walt was inspired to name his newly created cartoon character after him. Rooney was filming his Mickey McGuire comedy series at the time. The most popular and accepted story is that Walt's wife did not like Mortimore and suggested Mickey. The name Mortimore was later as one of Mickey's enemies.

Mickey Mouse first words

"Hot Dogs, Hot Dogs!"

In 1929, Mickey finally spoke -- it was the short, "The Karnival Kid". Usually, Mickey would whistle, laugh or cry to express himself.

Books on Collecting Mickey Mouse - Your Choice of New & Used Books

With over 80 years of merchandising, Mickey Mouse and his pals boasts a wide selection of collectible products - comic books, coloring books, lunch boxes, figurines, pins, plushes, bedding, art work and much much more. The reference books below will help you in adding to your collections.

...a little fellow doing the best he can

Dating Mickey Mouse

Not sure of year created?

Mickey Mouse's appearance has changed with the times and back again over the years and at times, it is difficult to know when your collection was created. Below is a timeline that may help you.

1. 1930 - 1932: Walt Disney, W.E. Disney or Walter E. Disney

2. 1932 - 1938: Walt Disney Enterprises, W.D.E or Walt Disney Ent.

3. 1938 - 1986: Walt Disney Productions or W.D.P

4. 1986 - Now: The Disney Company, Disney, Walt Disney Co.

Remember not all pie-eyed Mickeys are original Mickey items form the 1930s. Mickey started to be marketing with pie eyes again in the late 60s/early 70s.

Mickey's Creation Team

Walt Disney & Ub Iwerks

Friends since they were 18 years old, Ub Iwerks was a shy talented artist while Disney was the outgoing visionary idea man - that combination created our favorite mouse. Both started their careers at a company named Pesman-Rubin Commercial Art Studio in Missouri. In 1920, they formed a company that was short-lived. Walt then started working for Kansas City Film Ad Company and Ub Iwerks followed. Disney formed another company, Iwerks followed and Iwerks left when it was not successful. In 1923, Disney decided his future was in California and once settled, Walt called for his friend to join him out west.

History of Mickey Mouse & Walt Disney

Sure everything is on the internet and there is something about sitting in comfortable chair and holding a book on your favorite subject. To help identify your Mickey collectibles, it is best to also know the history of Mickey & Walt. Below are a few of our favorite books.

Mickey is so simple & uncomplicated, so easy to understand, that you can't help liking him

Mickey's Cousin ???

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

All Walt wanted was a larger budget for his popular and successful cartoon, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Universal Studios balked at the idea offered Disney a salary position and hired away most of his employees except Iwerks. Disney refused, finished out his contract with Universal Studio and then started again with his loyal friend, Ub Irwerks. Folklore states that Mickey was based on a pet mouse that Disney had as a child in the midwest, other stories state Mickey was based on the mice that was running around the old buildings where Walt & Ub worked while most articles state Mickey is Oswald is mouse version with shorter ears and thicker middle.

When people laugh at Mickey, it is because he's so human; and that is the secret of his popularity.

Vintage Mickey Mouse Collectibles on ebay - ebay - the best site for collecting Mickey.

Below are some of the vintage items that are fellow eBay seller have up for sale/bid on eBay. Just click on any item to purchase or place your bid. If you want to search for additional Mickey items, just click on through any item and continue your search.

Mickey Mouse Clips - Enjoy some brief snippets of our favorite mouse!

6809 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Position: 3 tiles from the curb, facing west

Mickey is the first cartoon to have a start on the Walk of Fame. He received this honor to celebrate his 50th birthday.

Oswald is back with Disney

In February 2006, the rights to Oswald the Rabbit were acquired by The Walt Disney Company.

...that it was all started by a mouse

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    • Blackspaniel1 profile image

      Blackspaniel1 2 years ago

      Dsney collectibles come in so many varieties I find it difficult to determine which Disney items are very collectible compared to the others.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I didn't know Mickey Mouse had his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame...nice anniversary gift! Walt Disney sure would have gotten a kick out of that. A sweet tribute to everyone's favorite mouse.

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      Love Mickey Mouse! :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Mickey Mouse is awesome and a part of all of our lives I like Mickey better than Mortimer too! LOL