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    Rambling Mickey Mouse Toy & Original Box, ca. 1934

    Appraised Value:

    $6,000 - $8,000 (1999)

    Updated Value:

    $3,000 - $5,000 (2013)

    Appraised on: July 17, 1999

    Appraised in: Des Moines, Iowa

    Appraised by: Bill Bertoia

    Category: Toys & Games

    Episode Info: Des Moines (#1831)
    Wild Things (#916)
    Des Moines (#416)

    Originally Aired: May 29, 2000

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    Form: Original Box, Animal, Comic figure
    Material: Cardboard, Celluloid
    Period / Style: 20th Century, 1930s
    Value Range: $6,000 - $8,000 (1999)
    Updated Value: $3,000 - $5,000 (2013)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:48)

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    Appraised By:

    Bill Bertoia
    Toys & Games

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: I was born in 1928 and this was given to me as a gift when I was about seven years old. And it somehow did not get destroyed with other toys that were given to me.

    APPRAISER: This Mickey Mouse toy was made in Japan. It's called "Rambling Mickey" because there's walking action. It's a rather scarce toy in this condition due to the factors it incorporates clockwork mechanism and celluloid. It was made and patented in 1934, although Walt Disney originally put the patent dates for Mickey toys in Germany and in Japan in 1928 and '30. By '34, he was producing quite a bit. Steamboat Willie had come out in 1928. And by 1934, when this toy was made, they were in large productions. A very cheaply made toy at that point in time. Most of your Japanese imports only sold from 39 cents to a dollar. This particular toy sold for 69 cents. This is reflected on the box. Fabulous condition for this toy. Usually it's broken, usually it's faded. This one has the original box, which is very important to the value. And if it was to be sold at auction would go for $6,000 to $8,000.

    GUEST: $6,000 to $8,000?

    APPRAISER: $6,000 to $8,000.

    GUEST: That's unbelievable.

    APPRAISER: For a 69-cent toy.

    GUEST: That's fabulous.



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