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    

Disney Store Art Of Ariel Boxed Pin Le 300 New In Box Jumbo Rare D23 ConventionDisney Beloved Tales The Incredibles Pin Dsf GsfSet Lot Of 6 Disney Fancy Frame Princesses Kissing Their Princes PinsWalt Disney World Transportation Monorail Backlot Tour Train Le 2000 Pin SetWdi Disney Imagineering Frozen Queen Elsa W/ Christmas Tree Cast Le 250 Pin Disney Dssh - Frozen Princess Anna And Prince Hans Coronation 3d Le400 PinDisney Dlp Paris Pin Trading Frozen Event Let It Snow Le NightDisney Imagineering Wdi Exclusive Ariel Little Mermaid Pin Le 300Disney Dsf Mulan Marquee Pin Le 300Disney Pins Princess Ariel, Jasmine, Fantasia, Tinker Bell, Chip & Dale, MickeyDsf - El Capitan Marquee - Cinderella Fairy Godmother Pin Le 300 Dssh DisneyDisney Pin - Dsf Dssh Sleeping Beauty Maleficent Dragon El Capitan Marquee LeDisney Pin Disneyshopping.com Elisabete Gomes Maleficent & Diablo Le100Pins Disney Auctions Villains Group Queen Of Heart,maleficent,evil Queen Le 100Disney Auction Da Princess Ariel Little Mermaid Sitting On Rock Flowers Le PinDisney Pin - Wdi Sorcerer Hats - Attractions 2 Alice In Wonderland Le 200Dsf Jumbo Marquee - Nightmare Before Christmas 20th Anniversary - Le Disney PinDisney Parks Villains Maleficent Scar Ursula Capt Hook 5 Pin Trading Starter SetDsf - El Capitan Marquee - Peter Pan - Lost Boys Pin Le 300 Disney DsshDssh €Disney Pin - Wdi Sorcerer Hats - Attractions 1 Haunted Mansion Le 200Disney Pin Alice In Wonderland Wdi Caterpillar Hookah Who R U ? Le 300Walt Disney World Hidden Mickey Cast Lanyard Pink Purple Monorail 19 Pin SetDisney Elsa Ptd Pin Traders Delight Dsf Gsf FrozenWdi Disney Tangled Princess Rapunzel Lantern Christmas Tree Cast Le 250 Pin Disney Pin - Annual Pass Holder - 2015 - 6 Pin Set - Drawn To DisneyDisney Soda Fountain Caterpillar Ice Cream Pin Alice In Wonderland Le 3002006 Walt Disney Jessica Rabbit Kiss Lanyard Medallion Wdw Le500 + Rare Pin Lot2014 Disney On Classic Japan Frozen Anna Pin DocDisney Frozen Anna And Elsa Disney Store Jumbo Pin Limited Edition 450El Capitan Marquee Dsf Winnie The Pooh Disney PinDisney Cast Wdi D23 Destination D Simba Characters Sorcerer Hat Lion King Le Pin16 Different Disney Little Mermaid Pin Lot #6Disney Pins Haunted Mansion Lot Of 12 And Lanyard Theme Park Exclusives!Disney Pin Tink Tinker Bell Summer Pin Quest Blond Mermaid Le 50Disney Soda Fountain Pin Dsf El Capitan Marquee 101 Dalmatians Le 300Disney Auctions Pin Stitch Copper Dogs Le 100 Da W/ Orig PackagingDisney Store Uk Eu Pin Big Hero 6 Limited Edition Pin Set Us 300 Sold Out - LeWdi Disney The Little Mermaid Princess Ariel Christmas Tree Cast Le 250 Pin Disney Fast Pass Complete Set! Hidden Mickey Fastpass Pin Pins Set! 14 Pins!Disney Pins Star Wars Lot Of 17 Plus 2 Lanyards Theme Park Exclusive Limited EdLot Of 3 Disney Star Wars Weekends Limited Edition Pins 2006, 2007, 2008Disney Lot/set Of 5 Frames Of All 6 Castles In Stained Glass Designs PinsStitch Disney Pin - Valentine Heart ShirtPins Disney Auctions Top Dog Lady And Tramp,pluto,pongo Le 100Disney Soda Fountain White Rabbit Ice Cream Pin Le 300 Alice In Wonderland DsfDisney Soda Fountain Pin Inside The El Capitan Theatre Lilo And Stitch Le 300Disney Set?/ Lot Of 4 Princesses On Beautiful Circular Medallions PinsDisney Wdi - Ariel 3d Stain Glass PinWdi Disney Beauty & The Beast Princess Belle Christmas Tree Cast Le 250 Pin Disney Pin - Wdi Sorcerer Hats - World Of Color Grand Opening Le 200 RareDisney Dlp Paris Pin Trading Event Frozen Let It Snow Le NightDisney Club 33 Disneyland Park Gold Member Only Original Retired Logo Badge Pin9 Disney Pins Le Mickey, Minnie, Lady & Tramp, Incredibles, Circus Suprise PinsLot Of 3 Disney Glitter Frame Princesses With Dangling Name Pins All L.e.Le 3500 Limited Edition Disney Cinderella Jaq Gus Girl Mice Perla Suzy PinDisney Dsf Dssh Cat Train 6-pin Set-cheshire Figaro Marie + Aristocat SurpriseDisney Pin - Wdi Sorcerer Hats - Holidays 1 Haunted Mansion Holiday Le 200Disney Pin - Wdi Sorcerer Hats - Dca California Adventure 10th Anny Le 200 RareDisney Pin - Wdi - Fast Pass Haunted Mansion Le 200 - Rare 9 Trading 207 Want