Disney pin collecting may seem like a relatively recent phenomenon, driven by the lucrative souvenirs-and-trinkets racket at gift shops in Disneyland and Walt Disney World. But Disney pins date to 1930 with the issuance of the first Mickey Mouse Club pin. Cohn & Rosenberger was given a license to produce Disney pins in 1931, Brier Manufacturing got a piece of the action in 1935, and even Tiffany created Disney tchotchkes.

The aspirations Disney had for its knick knacks is evident in that first license given to Cohn & Rosenberger, which was founded in 1901 and opened a major factory in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1929. In the 1930s, Cohn & Rosenberger marketed cloisonne pins of Mickey, Minnie, and Donald as “Kiddie Jewelry,” even as it was on its way to becoming the largest costume-jewelry firm in the world, thanks to innovations such as the figural Coro Duettes, many of which were designed by Adolph Katz. In 1943, Cohn & Rosenberger officially changed its name to Coro.

Disney pins and jewelry from the pre-war years ranged from belt buckles and bracelets to necklaces and rings. Some were merchandised on in-store displays while others, such as those made in 1938 by Brier for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," were attached to individualized cards. Plastic pins were introduced in 1940 following the release of “Pinocchio,” as were wood pins for “Fantasia.” Coro made pins in the likeness of Hop Low, a character from “Fantasia,” which were given to those who contributed funds for United China Relief at the beginning of World War II.

Cloisonne pins returned in 1975, when Howard Eldon, Ltd., was briefly hired to supply pins to Disney theme parks and third-party gift shops in the United States. Originally only six styles were available (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and Pluto), but the line expanded the next year to include characters from “Snow White,” “Pinocchio,” and “Cinderella.” The cast of characters depicted on pins grew even greater in 1982 with the opening of EPCOT, and ramped up again in 1984 when the summer Olympics were held on Disney’s home turf in Los Angeles. In 1985, pins depicting 60 different characters from seven themed sets were produced with Coca-Cola for the 15th anniversary of Walt Disney World.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Comic Character Pinbacks

Comic Character Pinbacks

Mark Lansdown's excellent collection of over 800 pinbacks representing 200+ comic characters from 100+ strips. Beau… [read review or visit site]

Most watched eBay auctions    

Wdi Disney Ariel & Eric On The Matterhorn Princesses & Prince Thrill Ride Le PinDlr Disney Girls Pocahontas Reveal/conceal Mystery Sold Out Concealed Lr Pin Disney Pin Wdi Princess Thrill Rides Le 300 Matterhorn Yeti Ariel Little MermaidDisney Pixar Dsf Inside Out Disgust Pin Trader Delight Ptd Fantasy Pin Le 100Disney Pins- Wdi - D23 Shopping Day - Frozen Cast (jumbo Pin)Dsf Disney Lilo & Stitch Hula Dancing Beloved Tales Series Le 300 Pin HawaiianDisney 2012 Hidden Mickey Villain Coffin Pins Compete Set Disney Imagineering Wdi Mary Poppins 50th Le 250 Dick Van Dyke Signed Framed PinDsf Disney Soda Fountain Beauty & The Beast Pin Trader's Delight Ptd Le 300Disney Inside Out Bing Bong Flower Pixar Studio Store PinDisney Pin Wdi Princess Thrill Rides Le 300 Haunted Mansion Belle Beast EzraDsf Dssh Trader's Delight Sundae Fix-it Felix Jr Gwp Le 300 Disney Pin 99443Brand New Disney Inside Out Joy Disgust Sadness Fear Anger Amc Stubs Lr Pin SetDisney Princess Frozen Ariel Anna Elsa Nesting Doll Mystery 16 Pin Complete SetWalt Disney World Cinderella Castle Where Dreams Come True Framed Pin Set1930's Mickey Mouse Walt Disney Pinback Western Theatre Premium CompanyDlp Dlrp Paris Pin Trading Night Pocahontas Le 400 Disney Pin 92412Disney Pixar Inside Out Limited Edition Pin & New Pin Set Sold Out Wdw LeDisney Pins Lot With Carry Bag10 Disney Character Pins - Tarzan - Aladdin & Mulan - As ShownLot/set Of 2 Disney Pins Le Cinderella's Coach Horses Very Rare!! Wdi Characters In Sorcerers Hat Ralph Le 200 Disney Pin 101901Dsf High School Musical 3 Senior Year Marquee Le 300 Disney Pin 66182Dlr Walt Disney Quote 60th Disneyland Blue Diamond Coundtown #1 Hinged Le PinDsf Disney Soda Fountain Beauty & The Beast Belle Pin Trader's Delight Ptd Le300Disney Sven Ptd Pin Traders Delight Dsf Gsf FrozenDisney Scat Cat Ptd Pin Trader Delight - Aristocats Le 400Disney Cruise Line Castaway Club / Dvc Vacation Club Collection Gifts Bags PinsDisney Hidden Mickey Peter Pan Pins Complete SetDisney Pin Collection - 107 Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty, More + Villains Bag! NrDisney Pin Podm Piece Of Movie History Moc Little Mermaid Ariel Le FlounderDisney Pins- Wdi - D23 Shopping Day - Frozen Character Snowflakes - ElsaDisney Pins- Disney Store Frozen - Elsa And Anna PinDsf Disney Copper Pin Trader's Delight Ptd Fox & The Hound Le 300 Pin Hound DogRetired Pocahonatas Sits With Grandmother Willow Disney PinDisney Tsum Tsum Oswald Stitch Mickey Stacking Mystery 16 Pin Complete SetDisney Elsa Anna Wall-e Jessica Tink Sorcerer Cheshire Grumpy Dumbo Pixar 51 PinSven Pin Trader Delight Ptd Disney Studio StoreDisney Pins- Dssh - Very Bad Day Series - Very Bad Slip (sven)Disney Pin Podm Piece Of Movie History Moc Aladdin Jasmine Genie Carpet RideDisney Auctions Pin Mardi Gras Belle Beauty & The Beast Le 500 VhtfMickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2012 Pin Set Rare Duffy New Box Nib Disney Cast Lanyard Series 2 - Princess Hair (megara) Disney PinDisney Parks Le 500 Mickey Mouse Donald Duck Suitcases Big Fig Statue 4 Pin SetDisney Pin Ds Le 100 Jessica Rabbit Hollywood Betty Grable As Pin Up BombshellDisney Pins- Wdi - Characters In Sorcerer Hat - ElsaDisney Dsf Wreck It Ralph Ptd King Candy Gwp Le 300 Pin Fast Shipping!Dsf Dssh Pin Trader's Sundae Dug Gwp Le 500 Disney Pin 100634Disney Trading Pin Lot Of 67 Random New Pins Plus 1 Lanyard! Wdw ExclusivesDisney Scat Cat Ptd Pin Trader Delight - Aristocats Le 400Disney Soda Fountain Vanellope #3 Pin Trader's Delight Le 300Disney Pins- Dlp - Disney Dreams - FrozenWdw- Disney Pixar Inside Out Opening Day 2015 Pin- Joy, Sadness Bing BongDisney Pin Jumbo Ds Le 300 Wall-e Eve Robot Galaxy Metallic Blue Trail SpaceWalt Disney Gallery 100th Year Of Magic Mickey Mouse Le 5000 Framed Pin SetDisney Inside Out Collector's Pins - Whole Set!!Disney Pins- Dssh - Best Original Song Music Sheet - FrozenDisney Pixar Inside Out Trading Pin Set Of 6 New In Package Disney Pins- Dssh - Clapper Series - Frozen - Elsa AnnaAmc Stubs Exclusive 2 Disney Pixar Inside Out Pins Anger Sadness New Rare