Let’s say you’re like me, a high school kid who finds the monotonous routines in school to be, well, dull. You look forward to that day when you work for one of the largest entertainment companies in the world. If you had the chance, you would stay at home for a full week and watch all of the Looney Tunes Platinum Collections both with and without commentary. Once finished with those, you might speed read through Fantagraphic’s Popeye comic strip collections so that you could have time to browse through Dave Smith’s Disney A to Z. Maybe you’d even pop in a Walt Disney Treasures DVD so that you could watch the unveiling of the Matterhorn in the 1959, or the classic Oswald cartoons of the 1920’s set to music of the time. If any of this at all applies to you, I have your cure for those days of endless boredom and unhappiness.
It’s the brilliant combination of victory and animation memorabilia in these two auction websites that generally gets me through the day: those being Theme Park Connection and Mouse Surplus. From these two websites, I’ve amassed several authentic, one-of-a-kind Disney Parks collectibles. For example, for just $40, I won 3 operation manuals for Disneyland rides dated back to the 1960’s. In addition, I’ve also won authentic uniform patches that cast members wore at Walt Disney World during the 1970’s. However there have been major auction losses along the way, such as when I lost the auction for a Mickey Mouse flag that flew over the Disneyland Main Street train station. Quite frankly, it was a heart-breaker.
You may think at this point, “Hans, I don’t see the advantage to your websites! I already can find the specific collectibles I am looking for by just searching them on ebay.” Well, silly reader, the problem with your method is it is irregular, sporadic, and unorganized. In order to get the good stuff, you need to have consistency, and both Theme Park Connection and MouseSurplus provide this in their ebay stores! It is true, my fellow fan, they have their own sections of the internet reserved specifically for selling Disney memorabilia. The integrity of the two sellers gives them the connections with Disney that give them a first shot at selling anything the company is throwing out, such as ride vehicles, signs, or other various park decorations.
Now, before beginning to browse, you have to know what your selection will be. While MouseSurplus has a smaller collection of items, they possess more valuable products. Often you will find here authentic cels, full uniforms, and occasionally something as special as a ride vehicle or store decorations from Main Street U.S.A. shops. On the other hand, Theme Park Connection auctions off the smaller collectibles, such as patches, limited edition park give-aways, employee gifts, and maybe sometimes rare park signage.
And so, now we come to a decision you must make. Let’s say you’ve found that rare Disney Cruise Line cast member uniform on the Theme Park Connection eBay store. You’d love to have something unique, something that is un-purchasable elsewhere, but before you click the “bid” button, a voice in your head continually advises you not to bid on it. “It’s too expensive; it’s a waste of money; you’ll never have a use for it; it’s gross, someone else wore it; you don’t really need a Disney employee uniform,” the voice claims. My advice to you: shut that voice up and hit bid! Perhaps it’s expensive (around $300), but who cares? Wouldn’t you like to fill your day with the excitement of an online auction, instead of working until your head blows off? It’s the thrill of the competition, the thrill of the final few minutes in which you and five other bidders try to pound in your final offers, the thrill of winning and knowing you beat somebody who most likely wanted it just as badly as you did! These are the rewards of online bidding.
If you find yourself, like me, to be an animation fan, fascinated with the prospect of owning a 1970’s horticulture patch worn by Walt Disney World gardeners, but looking to spice up your dull, daily routine, I recommend the online auction sites of Theme Park Connection and MouseSurplus. In a business as competitive as animation, both fans and employees alike can find enjoyment in the high tension competition provided by the final few minutes in an auction for a patch somebody wore 40 years ago to work. It works even for Christmas shopping as the rare items here up for sale easily guarantee there will be no embarrassingly awkward gift duplications. The roller-coaster of emotions these auctions can take you on are sure to add a little zest to your currently average life.