Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Vintage Mickey! (Mouse, not Mantle)

It seems I'm growing more and more fond of older and older cards lately.  I'm a sucker for vintage and an increasing number of the big "white whales" on the want list in my head are from the '40s and earlier.  While looking around at some eBay listings for this time period a while back, I became aware of a set of Mickey Mouse cards produced in 1935.  I thought they were interesting to see, but there was only one card on the checklist that I really wanted to own.  After some back and forth haggling I was able to land a copy at a price I was happy with:

I know this isn't technically a hockey card, but it certainly fits the loose definition I use in my own collection.  Yes, the dialogue is nothing but a cheesy play on words, but it's got Minnie and Mickey, and Mickey's firing a mean slapshot to boot.  The colors are really vibrant, even on this pretty rough copy after nearly 8 decades.  The Mickey Mouse character was created by Walt Disney just a few years earlier in 1928, and only started being featured in color the same year this card came out.

The back is nothing special (the glare is from my scanner on the PSA slab, not the card itself).  Anyway, this is one card that's all about the front:

The best part is that this unique addition to my hockey card collection set me back roughly the cost of a blaster, with free shipping.  Yes, while collectors are clamoring for 2014 Topps baseball, I spent the money that could have gone towards a blaster on an old, worn cartoon hockey card.  I stand by my decision though, I don't think anything from a retail blaster would be this memorable...

3 comments:

Hackenbush said...

Nothing against the new cards but I seem to see a trend toward vintage. I'm not a Mickey Mouse fan per se but that's a cool card and as you said it's more about the hockey subject.

Dave H said...

Just plain cool. I would love to see that in person, I am sure the colours are awesome for 1935 cardboard.

shoeboxlegends said...

Thanks guys, it was just too unique an addition to my hockey card collection to pass up for the price.

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