Disney Collectibles Including Art
Disney Collectibles Including Art
There is a significant enough group of people who would say anything Disney is collectible, and in a narrow sense they are correct simply because there is such a group. However, there are others who collect only quality art pieces from Disney. The difference is one group would be happy with mouse ears, the other group would appreciate a piece of fine China with Disney characters on it.
Here the collectible art of Disney will include those items that might be collected otherwise, and the Disney characters enhance their value.
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Finding Disney Collectible Art
A few item can be found among the other Disney products at most gift shops, such as Disney pins. Quality figurines, wall art, and cells from Disney animation might be found in a special store appropriately named the Art of Disney. A few large stores might have a section devoted the Disney art. And, of course, for those not able to get to Disney, the retail Disney stores handle a limited selection of Disney art.
Disney Silver Art Bars
One of the forms of Disney art that is not well known is the silver art bars. These are bars of fine silver depicting Disney characters in context of doing something. The Lady and the Tramp silver art bar shows the famous spaghetti scene from the movie.
Silver art bars are relatively rare, and not often found. There are those with color, and those that are just silver. But, for beauty they are difficult to beat.
As with most collectibles, Disney art is more collectible if it is in limited supply. Look for a numbered limited edition, and remember something limited to five hundred pieces is much more likely to appreciate in value that something limited to ten thousand pieces. Other things that help are autographs and issues for special events.
We once were fortunate enough to be at Disney when there were three of the people who worked on a project sitting and autographing the resulting art pieces. They were not planning to sit and autograph all year. No, one had to be there at the right time.
One of the most inexpensive collections a person can start is Disney pins. These are fairly universally found throughout any Disney theme park. If the pin is no longer available, and some of the many collectors wants it, the pin becomes valuable.
To collect all of the pins might require that you look at online auctions. We once were given pins for staying at a certain resort, and the pin was not sold in the parks. Some pins are given only to cast members for certain occasions. So, looking throughout all of the Disney parks may be inadequate.
Pin trading is allowed, and encouraged. Disney cast members walk around the parks wearing multiple pins. They are to stop and trade with a guest if the guest so desires. So, if you missed one in the gift shops, check the walking pin traders.
There are many holiday shops that sell Christmas ornaments year round. But Disney has the rights to an abundance of characters, and turns them into Disney Christmas ornaments that are sold throughout the year. Disney Christmas ornament collections are an inexpensive way to collect Disney art.
Disney employs many highly skilled artists. They create beautiful wall prints ranging from postcard size to huge. And they have access to the many Disney characters and movie scenes. These are found in the Art of Disney stores, and perhaps a few specialty stores. There is a gift shop full of wall art at the animation exhibit in Epcot. Even if you skip the attraction, the gift shop doors are open and you would be welcomed inside.
Disney animation is itself high quality of an art form. In addition to prints from scenes of Disney animated movies and cartoons, Disney also sells some animation cells. The final image is built from several increasingly complete versions, and the transparent cells with sketches are highly prized.
Disney makes small plastic figurines that appeal to everyone. These are abundant. But, enter an Art of Disney store and you will find pewter and China figurines ranging from simple characters to massive pieces. Here, ask high many are to be included in the limited additions, and consider the high quality and characters involved in the piece. The larger ones have a larger price, but very well could escalate in value.
And when Disney teams up with Lenox, the result is something of quality that is highly collectible.
This is a Jim Shore figurine, which is collectible by multiple collectors.
Disney sells its own coins. Some are intended as toys, such as the pirate coins. Some as novelties. Such as the Coins of the World sets found in Epcot. And then there are the collectible coins.
Disney collectible coins are usually produced as “proof” coins. A proof coin is struck with great pressure and has sharper images than what are called business strike coins. Proof means quality.
Disney collectible coins are usually in 0.999 fine silver, or in gold. These have the metal content to help hold their value, and coin collectors may be interested in them. When a collectible has multiple collecting groups interested, the price responds. A few pieces are minted in fine silver with 24-karat gold selectively enhancing them. These are called gilded coins.
Disney collectible coins are enhanced in value of the original case and Certificate of Authenticity are included.
Beware of other metals, especially if plated with silver or gold. The base metal coins do not retain their value well.
Related collectible coins are those from the Disneyana conventions. These can have Disney characters, and are never sold to the general public except by their owners. Since Disneyana conventioneers often are Disney collectors, they rarely are seen, so may be worth consideration.