Disneyland opened in Anaheim California on July 17th, 1955. That next year in July of 1956 Fred Sr, his wife and eleven year old son Fred Jr. visited the park.
If you have been following my shop for awhile you will know that I have sold various other Disney things from that trip. So I can guarantee they are almost to the day within a year of the official opening.
Featured are two decks, one in Pink with the Cinderella Castle pictured on opening day for the public which was on July 18th. (The official opening day on the 17th was for Disney employees, Sponsors of products on his television show and the press.) The second deck is in blue and features “The Mark Twain” a real reproduction of the kind of boats Twain road on and wrote about.
All cards are present with 54 cards per deck, 52 playing cards plus two Jokers. 108 cards total. Each card had the Disneyland name on a banner and the (c) Walt Disney Productions under it.
The Ace of Spades in each deck Has the logo Disneyland Inc on it in the center and beneath it the words “Published by Disneyland Inc. Anaheim, California U.S.A.
Also seen on each of the 4 Jokers (2 per deck) the words “Published by Disneyland Inc. Anaheim, California, U.S.A. The Jester looking as if he is dancing on them as he plays a song.
The box and cards have been opened and played with in the 50s and 60s but only occasionally so while they are not in pristine condition, the cards are in very good condition. A few of the cards have slight soil on them, however he cards are coated, and the few cards with traces of a smudge can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Additionally a very lite pass of a cloth with a non lemon oil furniture polish on it will make them slide as easy as when new. I had seen almost no edge ware and absolutely no folds, dog ears, or creases on them.
The original box that holds the cards has not held up as well. The box has a string that runs around the outside, and at some point in its 63 years the cord let loose and the corners were unstable. Someone (Fred told me it was most likely his mother) taped the edges. There are also several warn spots on the box's slide cover from use. However Tinkerbell's Fairy Dust has stood the test of time and is for the most part still intact. (Tink's dust looks to be an embossed foiling that has been cleverly used) Also of note, the inside divider did not come up in the photo's as dark as the heavy paperboard is. Some soiling and color change is evident when seen.
The cards have been priced to reflect the condition of the cards and box. However there is never a need to worry about keeping them should you be unhappy with your purchase. There is never a restocking fee in my shop, and returns are always cheerfully accepted; even if your reason for returning is “Just Because”.
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Always securely wrapped and packaged to arrive in your hands just as they left mine. Your treasures deserve no less.
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Double Deck of Early Disneyland Playing Cards with Iconic Disney Features