FOUND > Abandoned Evel Knievel 'Leathers' May Get $100,000

Left-Behind at Seamstress’ Shop

The vintage leathers may have been used at 1967 Caesar’s Palace jump.

May 2, 2018
By Ruthie Bowles, Contributing Author for What Sells Best News

PORTLAND, OREGON - Antiques Roadshow reports that vintage Evel Knievel leathers, left behind in a seamstress’ shop, may be worth more than $100,000.

THE DISCOVERY

A guest on the Antiques Roadshow brought in vintage leathers owned by Evel Knievel (1938 – 2007), which may be worth $100,000. According to her story, her mother made the leathers for Knievel, and he brought them back to her for repairs after his Caesar’s Palace jump.

Timothy Gordon, the owner of Timothy Gordon Appraisals, spoke with this Antiques Roadshow guest about her find. He compared the leathers brought in with the leathers in a photo of Knievel just before his famous 1967 Caesars Palace jump.

The story of Evel Knievel's Caesar's Palace Jump at as told by Discovery.

He noted that in the photo, Knievel wore nice new leathers. That particular jump resulted in a crash, and the leathers brought in do show signs of an accident. At the time of the show, Mr. Gordon couldn’t confirm if it was the famous Caesar’s Palace jump (and crash) of 1967.

The Antiques Roadshow guest mentioned that in years past, they received an offer of $10,000 for the leathers, but they erred on the side of caution and refused. She seemed very shocked to hear that Mr. Gordon estimated the leathers would garner $40,000-60,000 at auction.

He ventured so far to say that if they “could confirm that this was used in that Caesar's Palace jump with the video where he tumbles down, the value would increase quite a lot. I think that the value on these would be over $100,000 at auction.”



Coincidentally, Timothy Gordon knew Evel Knievel growing up. Mr. Gordon recalls Knievel telling him that he was going to do something great, although he didn’t know what. At the appraisal, Gordon said, “He bought a pickup truck in Butte, Montana, painted his name on the side, drove to California, but he didn't know what he was going to do.”

Evel Knievel was born in October 1938 in Butte, Montana. He attained celebrity status as a motorcycle stunt driver, attempting more than 75 amazing, and sometimes inconceivable, jumps and stunts throughout his career. Despite his daredevil line of work, Knievel died at the age of 69 from pulmonary disease in 2007.

Besides the money he earned from doing stunt tours and television appearances, Evel Knievel partnered with Ideal Toys to create Evel Knievel toys. They made more than $125 million in toy sales.

Examples of Ideal Evel Knievel Toys, produced and shared by Jenny Caldwell.

Unfortunately, Ideal Toys decided to discontinue the toy line following Knievel’s assault conviction in 1977. Knievel served six months in jail for attacking his former press agent.

WHY IT'S RARE

Evel Knievel captured the nation’s imagination with stunts that no one else could or would do. During and after his career, he had an ardent following of fans. To this day, someone who engages in a daring act might be called an “Evel Knievel”.

As a national icon, Evel Knievel holds a special place in American history. He was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999. Finding something that he actually wore is extremely rare.

COMPARABLE SALES

Researching prices, we found several recent sales for Evel Knievel attire, that appear to support the valuation given to the abandoned leathers (prices include Buyer's Premium).

To check for more recent sales, you can research prices free, here.

SALES INFORMATION

We don’t have any information regarding the sale of the Knievel leathers featured in this story, at this time. Stay tuned!

MORE WAYS TO RESEARCH KNIEVEL PRICES

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Before contacting appraisers, research sold prices on your own first. This can give you a general understanding of current market values, and may help you find the best selling venue, if you decide to sell.

ACTIVE AUCTION PRICES

Another way to monitor the real-time price strength of more common Evel Knievel collectibles, is to keep an eye on the highest bid items (below) in the Toy and Showbiz categories on eBay.


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EVEL KNIEVEL SKY CYCLE TOOTHBRUSH(SELLING TO HELP MY DAD WITH CANCER)

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$450.00 with 1 bids


MPC James Bond Attache Case 1965 Vintage

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$325.00 with 2 bids


Evel Knievel Helmet Custom Made "1 of 1" NO RESERVE 1970's Mego bendy toy style

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$300.00 with 1 bids


60s Scarce Peter Potamus Ideal Hand Puppet Hanna Barbera

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$251.00 with 13 bids


1960s VINTAGE WOLFMAN 10" COLGATE SOAKY BUBBLE BATH BOTTLE UNIVERSAL MONSTERS

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$232.54 with 14 bids


Evel Knievel "Rare" White Rimmed Stunt Cycle

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$211.00 with 22 bids


70's Evel Knievel Gyro Powered Stunt Cycle Set In Box Travis Pastrana Jump

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$180.00 with 8 bids


EVEL KNIEVEL STUNT CYCLE SET, NEW #2

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$177.50 with 9 bids


Very Rare 1970 HR Pufinstuf Freddy The Flute FACTORY SEALED, CONTENTS GUARANTEED

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$155.50 with 3 bids


Ideal Evel Knievel King of The Stuntmen Gyro Powered Stunt Cycle with Figure

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$150.00 with 30 bids


ANTIQUE Charlie McCarthy Doll With Monocle Circa 1930 Nice!

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$135.00 with 1 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle Harley Davidson Ideal Evil Classics & Launcher Lot Set

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$135.00 with 10 bids


VINTAGE BATMAN 1970's REMCO BATTERY OPERATED ENERGIZED CLIMBING MINT IN BOX NRFB

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$130.49 with 6 bids


Vintage Kohner Push Button Puppets Portable Color T. V. Still In The Box

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$129.99 with 1 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle And Original Nos Figure

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$125.00 with 1 bids


1973 Evel Knievel King of The Stuntmen Gyro Powered Stunt Cycle Set working!

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$102.50 with 24 bids


EVEL KNIEVEL COLORFORMS NEW/MIB

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$95.00 with 1 bids


Man From U.N.C.L.E. Ideal UNCLE Attache Case Section Four Gun RARE James Bond

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$93.00 with 4 bids


1970s SUPERMAN AND BATMAN ALARM CLOCK by Janex (RARE!!)

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$89.00 with 1 bids


Vintage Evil Knievel stunt cycle w/instruction book *tested &working

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$86.00 with 30 bids


Ideal Evel Knievel Canyon Sky Cycle

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$82.00 with 5 bids


Laffun Head Peter Figuren Squirter!!! Original Man and box

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$81.00 with 16 bids


Evel Knievel Rare Stunt Cycle Canyon X-2 Rocket Evil Action Figure 70s Toys NRs!

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$78.00 with 17 bids


1966 DONRUSS GREEN HORNET MINT SEALED GUM CARD WAX PACK PSA GRADED MINT 9

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$73.00 with 9 bids


Vtg Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle action figure motorcycle Ideal instructions display

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$71.00 with 14 bids


Evel Knievel Explorer Set Lot Rare Evil Ideal Action Figure Stunt Cycle 70s Toys

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$70.00 with 7 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle Chopper Rare Blond Evil Figure & Helmet 70s Toys Set NR

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$66.00 with 9 bids


* Vintage Original Howdy Doody Push Puppet Press Action Toy Kohner Product. BOX

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$61.00 with 4 bids


Bibi Products Woman Laffun Head Peter Figuren Squirter w/Box unused NOS

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$51.50 with 13 bids


Vintage 1973 Ideal EVEL KNIEVEL STUNT CYCLE Motorcycle -BOX ONLY Instructions +

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$51.00 with 8 bids


Vintage Ideal Evel Knievel White Stunt Cycle Launcher

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$50.01 with 15 bids


VINTAGE 1970s EVEL KNIEVEL STUNT CYCLE STRAW MISP

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$50.00 with 2 bids


60s Magilla Gorilla Vinyl Squeeze Toy Figure Hanna Barbera Spain Magvi

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$49.99 with 1 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle Set Ideal Toys - Orange Energizer Motorcyle Figure

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$49.99 with 2 bids


Vintage Ideal Evel Knievel Orange Launcher

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$49.00 with 13 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle & Action Figure With Trailer Vintage 70s Evil Toys NRs!

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$47.00 with 4 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt and Crash Car

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$46.11 with 3 bids


1979 MEGO MARVEL COMICS THE INCREDIBLE HULK DIE-CAST METAL FIGURE VERY COOL

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$45.00 with 9 bids


Vintage Ideal Evel Knievel Red Stunt Cycle Launcher

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$43.00 with 12 bids


Vintage Ideal Evel Knievel Yellow Stunt Cycle Launcher

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$41.00 with 14 bids


Vintage Ideal Evel Knievel,helmet & stunt cycle/motorcycle ALL FOR PARTS/FIXING

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$41.00 with 7 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle Crash Car & Original Instructions Ideal Evil 70s Toys

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$40.00 with 2 bids


Evel Knievel Rare Complete Johnny Lightning Die-cast Set Evil Stunt Cycle NRs!!

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$40.00 with 20 bids


Evel Knievel 70s Stunt Cycle & Rare Blue Jumpsuit Evil Action Figure Set Toys

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$39.00 with 1 bids


Vintage 1973 Horsman SIMON SEZ Ventriloquist Dummy Puppet Doll 30"

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$37.00 with 1 bids


MY LITTLE PONY TALES PATCH EXCLUSIVE RARE 1987 EURO NEAR MINT CONDITION

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$35.00 with 1 bids


Vintage Evil Knievel Ideal Team America Super Stunt Cycle & Launcher Evil 1980

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$34.99 with 1 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle Crash Car & gyro Ideal Evil 70s Toys white wheeled car

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$33.00 with 2 bids


DISNEYLAND HAUNTED MANSION GHOST FULL SIZE BUST PROP VERSION #2

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$32.00 with 6 bids


Vintage Welcome Back Kotter Play Set Game Classroom Mattel 1970’s

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$31.00 with 2 bids


Vintage Ideal Evel Knievel Yellow Stunt Cycle Launcher 1973

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$31.00 with 5 bids


RARE 1970's Roman Holidays Brutus The Lion Inflatable MIP Hanna Barbera Cragstan

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$29.99 with 1 bids


DISNEYLAND HAUNTED MANSION GHOST FULL SIZE BUST PROP VERSION #3

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$27.98 with 4 bids


DISNEYLAND HAUNTED MANSION GHOST FULL SIZE BUST VERSION #1

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$27.98 with 4 bids


1974 DISNEYLAND PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN BEHIND THE SCENES BOOK BEAUTIFUL SHAPE

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$26.78 with 5 bids


1959 Vintage U.S. Air Force TV Steve Canyon Jet Helmet Ideal Toy Original Box

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$26.00 with 10 bids


VINTAGE 60's Hasbro Potato Head Soda Pop Frenchy Fry Oscar Orange Katie Carrot

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$25.00 with 1 bids


VINTAGE DENNIS THE MENACE and MARGARET DOLL HEADS 1958

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$24.99 with 1 bids


Vintage Ideal Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle Launcher Red 1973

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$24.99 with 1 bids


Vintage Ideal Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle Launcher Red 1973

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$24.99 with 1 bids


Vintage Ideal Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle & Scramble Van FOR PARTS/RESTORATION

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$24.50 with 3 bids


Evil Knievel Toy Motorcycle Figure

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$24.50 with 7 bids


Evel Knievel Figure,Helmet & Snake Canyon Rocket/Shuttle

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$23.50 with 8 bids


Vintage Woody Woodpecker Talking Puppet In The Box

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$20.50 with 3 bids


Lot of 6 Vintage Evel Knievel Figures Motorcycle Stunt Toy Rider

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$20.00 with 2 bids


1960's Borden's powdered Dutch chocolate container has 12" G.I. Joe advertisment

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$20.00 with 1 bids


Rare 70s vintage Evel Knievel Dare Devil Action Figure on motor Cycle

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$19.99 with 1 bids


EVEL KNIEVEL IDEAL PRECISION DIECAST MINIATURES STUNT CYCLE with figure as is

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$19.99 with 1 bids


Vintage 1965 SuperMan Soaky Bubble Bath Bottle From Colgate Rare Palmolive 60's

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$19.95 with 1 bids


1968 POYNTER POGO FIGURE -Churchy La Femme - Turtle -Walt Kelly - Made in Japan

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$19.40 with 1 bids


1964 REMCO THE BEATLES PAUL McCARTNEY DOLL WITH SOLID BODY

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$15.95 with 3 bids


Salt & Pepper Shaker SMOKEY THE BEAR old VINTAGE statue figurine JAPAN NORCREST

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$15.50 with 3 bids


HASBRO G. I. JOE Made in USA Naked BLACK AFRICAN AMERICAN ACTION FIGURE

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$15.50 with 3 bids


Vintage 1967 Mattel Captain Kangaroo pull string talking doll

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$15.00 with 1 bids


Vintage Rubber Cowboy Baby Squeak Toy Very Unique and Rare

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$14.99 with 1 bids


1937 Dick Tracy Chester Gould Playing Card Character Game w Instructions Box @@

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$14.99 with 2 bids


BOX ONLY for Evel Knievel Formula 1 Dragster Copyright 1975

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$13.50 with 5 bids


DISNEY WORLD EPCOT CENTER SPACE SHIP EARTH PARK USED SIGN PROP 18 BY 24 INCHES

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$13.50 with 5 bids


Vintage Ideal Evel Knievel RARE Blue Stunt Cycle Launcher 1973 USA Made

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$13.50 with 2 bids


1950s TOM MIX SIX SHOOTER MAIL AWAY PREMIUM RING

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$13.36 with 3 bids


1950-1960’s Style Felix the Cat Surfing Surf Surfboard Dashboard Ford Chevy Car

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$12.50 with 18 bids


1960s DISNEYLAND SCHUCO MONORAIL RED VERSION COMPLETE IN THE BOX NICE

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$12.50 with 2 bids


Vintage Barbie Ken Lot Cases 60's 70's Accessories Clothes Shoes Dolls

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$12.00 with 6 bids


Vintage 1960's Soaky bottle - PORKY PIG - collectible

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$11.99 with 1 bids


V INTAGE LIPPY the LION BUBBLE CLUB BUBBLE BATH SOAKY BOTTLE TOY- HANNA BARBERA

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$11.50 with 2 bids


1960s Vintage Jerry Mahoney Ventriloquist Dummy Doll Stick Head Version

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$11.00 with 3 bids


1991 DISNEYLAND DISNEY AFTERNOON PARK USED LIGHT POLE SIGN ULTRA RARE

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$10.50 with 2 bids


DISNEYLAND 1962 LARGE 30 INCH BY 44 INCH SOUVINER PARK MAP

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$10.50 with 2 bids


DISNEYLAND BUZZ LIGHTYEAR PARK USED STAR COMMAND METAL SIGN PROP

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$10.49 with 2 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt Doll

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$10.00 with 2 bids


Vintage Original Dick Tracy Rubber Head Hand Puppet, Circa 1961

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$9.99 with 1 bids


Rare, Vintage 1960's Mr. Magoo Hand Puppet

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$9.99 with 1 bids


Vintage Evil Knievel Action Figure

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$9.99 with 1 bids


Q-BERT ON FLYING DISC 1980's PVC FIGURE by COLECO QBERT VIDEO GAME MASCOT

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$9.99 with 1 bids


1960s THE MONKEES SET OF 2 FLICKER RINGS AND PIN BACK BADGE

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$9.99 with 1 bids


1966 BATMAN FLICKER RING

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$9.99 with 1 bids


1930s BLACK SAMBO DANCING PORTER MADE IN USA

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$9.99 with 1 bids


DISNEYLAND GALLERY CINDERELLA'S GOLDEN CAROUSEL ARTISTS PROOF SIGNED RARE

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$9.99 with 1 bids


DISNEYLAND MAIN STREET EMPORIUM DISNEY MOVIE 3D VACUFORM STORE DISPLAY SIGN PROP

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$9.99 with 1 bids


DISNEYLAND SPECIAL EVENT DOUBLE 2 PIECE EVENT GUEST PARK USED SIGN

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$9.99 with 1 bids