Knickerbocker Cowboy Mickey Mouse
When I was just a little fellow, we lived in North Springs, Iowa, and my dad worked uptown. And my mother would... After Dad got off work, she would turn me loose and I would run that block down to meet Dad. And Dad would go down to the tavern for a beer. He'd take me along and set me up on the bar and I'd eat pretzels. And this was on a punchboard. Maybe you won something, maybe you didn't. The person that got the last punch on the board was to get Mickey Mouse. And a fellow by the name of Roy Graney ran the tavern there. And he told my dad, "When that punchboard gets down to the end, I'm just going to throw it away and Jim's going to have that doll."
And I was two, so this was about 1932 that I got him. And I played with him some. Tore his tail off. (laughs)
But overall, you were pretty good with him. We'll go through Mickey a little bit here. What I love is that the hat is still intact because this is obviously Cowboy Mickey and it was produced by the Knickerbocker Toy Company. There's also a Cowboy Minnie. They also did Mickey in a variety of outfits. But what I like about this particular one is the Western theme. Now, what's missing is the whiskers. Mickey would have had cloth whiskers. But you also have the bandanna, and I love that you have the guns still intact, because normally, those are the first things that are lost. The chaps-- now, they're a little bit dirty, but that can be cleaned. And the shoes are in really good condition. That also affects its value. I would estimate this at about the $5,000 price range.
So that really paid off, going to the bar, huh?
I guess it did, even as a little kid.
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