With collecting it’s rarely about the value of the item. Most collectors prize unique or rare pieces more than one that simply demands a high price on the open market. Keychains mostly fall into this designation.
So when I found the Donald Duck keychain featured in this post, value wasn’t an issue (it cost me all of $3.00) but rather that it was still attached to the original packaging:
Love the Castle stencil in behind!
I think I can speak for all collectors when I say that it’s the little details that endear an item to us. In this case, it was definitely the Disney Castle stencil in back of Donald that attracted me, and not the keychain itself.
AMERCEP Auto Impressions Inc.
As usual we have a company based in California having the product manufactured in China but packaged in the U.S.A. so they can claim some tie to American industry.
He’s “got no strings”, but a really big chain!
Again, the only reason I bought this keychain was because it was still on its original card. This is called MOC (Mint on Card). Most collectibles are more valuable when in their original packaging, or in the case of larger display figurines, if the original box and paperwork are still with the piece.
This collectible is not mint (likely ‘Poor’ due to the card, although keychain would be ‘Mint’). Mint condition is an expression used in the description of pre-owned goods. Originally, the phrase related to the way collectors described the condition of coins. As the name given to a coin factory is a “mint”, then mint condition is the condition a coin is in when it leaves the mint. Makes sense!
The term mint condition came to be used to describe a variety of collectible items. Abbreviations include:
- NRFB – Never removed from box
- MIB – Mint in box
- MIP – Mint in package
- MOC – Mint on card (For accessories sold attached to a card)
But again, although I will be leaving Donald in his plastic prison, it won’t increase the poor little guys value!
For more keychains, please check out this link featuring 24 examples all collected together into one big package depicting most of Pixar’s popular characters.