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"Can't Live Without It!"
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by John Frost and Stacey Wright (archives)
August 30, 2001
In their debut column on collecting, John and Stacey look at the world of Disney paper.

"Can’t Live Without It!"
Collectibles In Your Closet

If you’re like me you have a shoebox in your closet full to the brim with miscellaneous free or cheap momentos. Most of these have been acquired during various trips to Disney theme parks and other events. If so, you’re a Disney collector, even if you haven’t previously considered yourself one.

These items can often be very collectible and there is a growing body of enthusiasts who are on the prowl for the best of these items, called simply -- paper goods collectibles.

Before we can get into detail about the art of collecting paper goods, here are a few broad strokes concerning the various divisions within the wide canvas that is paper goods.

Paper Goods Classifications:

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Attraction guide from Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom’s opening year of 1971

Attraction Guides/Maps: Each themepark and some other Disney properties produce these guides. Each guide usually contains a map and listing of attractions available. Usually the guides are given away free. Obviously the guides for Disneyland in 1955 and 1956 are some of the most valuable out there. These are not to be confused with the souvenir guides, which are very collectible, but fall under book/magazine collecting.

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Commemorative Passport to Disneyland Paris 1992

Ticket/Admission Media: From the famous E-tickets to collectible admission tickets, everybody that attends has one of these. They also tend to be in less than perfect condition by the end of the day. So good condition admission media are sometimes difficult to find. Special event tickets (such as admission to Press Events or attraction grand openings) are some of the most valued items.

Paper goods: These range from paper cups and plates, to napkins, to shopping bags. These ‘free with purchase’ items often change seasonally, or have mistakes on them that make them valuable. As always condition is important, although ‘good’ condition paper goods often go for as much as ‘excellent’ ones since the supply of the oldest products is so limited.

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