General Newbie Questions

Discussion in 'Disney Pin Discussion' started by Badockins, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. Badockins

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    Hello everyone, so me and my two kids are very new to pin collecting. We started buying online this spring and then had our first trading trip this June in WDW and it was so much fun. In just a few short months, we are all in and have a collection of a few hundred pins between us.

    So I have couple of newbie questions. They are probably dumb questions, but I just want to make sure I understand what I'm looking at.

    When some pins say they are from Disney Auctions, what does that mean? I can see that they are very low run limited editions, and can get quite expensive, but what is Disney Auctions? And does it still happen? Are pins being released still under this banner?

    What is Propins - Germany? I see this a lot on Pinpics. Are these authentic Disney pins or are they like Box Lunch where it's a separate manufacturer who produces Disney pins?

    My collection is almost all full body images of characters (just reached 200 in that collection). I'm trying to stick with one pin per character, although I've gotten a few others of my favorite characters. I'm trying to limit it to just the full body ones without any background, words, etc. Are there a name for these type of pins? I thought I saw it somewhere when I first started collecting/researching.

    Thank you to anyone who can provide some answers for a struggling newbie. :)
     
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  2. timeerkat

    timeerkat Your Friend Who Likes To Play

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    No worries about "dumb questions." We all started out as new traders at some point! :)

    Disney Auctions are pins that were sold online years ago (I think through ebay, though it might have been a separate auction site dedicated to Disney pins; they were before my time so I'm not entirely sure.). The Disney Auctions program ended a long time ago, so no new pins of that classification are being made.

    Propins are Disney licensed pins that were released in Europe in the 90's. They are similar to BoxLunch - they were not created by Disney, but Disney gave them permission to use the characters. They have the Disney copyright on the back so they are legit to use as traders.

    I don't think there is an official term for full body characters with nothing else, but I've heard several names people use for them - character cutouts, full body character pins, character standalone, etc.
     
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  3. TheMickeyMouseRules

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    When some pins say they are from Disney Auctions, what does that mean? I can see that they are very low run limited editions, and can get quite expensive, but what is Disney Auctions? And does it still happen? Are pins being released still under this banner?

    Disney Auctions do not occur anymore. I believe they stopped in 2005 or 2006, but this is before my time also...
    What I understand for how these did occur.
    1) A pin would be put out for auction.
    2) Everyone who wanted one would place a $$ bid on what they would pay for the pin.
    3) The bids were ranked and the final price would be whatever the bid was in the spot where the pin would sell out. Example: if the bid for an LE 100 pin was $18 in the 100th spot, then all pins would be sold at $18 to those who's bid were ranked 1-100.

    Disney Auctions also had pins that were sold at a set price (ie, not auctioned as described above.) I believe these were higher LE 500 or 1000 pins.

    Disney Auction pins have a reputation for being very well made. The few I have support this expectation of higher quality.

    Anyway, hopefully I understood DAs correctly (when other pin traders tried to explain it to me - I have only been doing this since 2014)... would love to learn more also if anyone has different more info.

    DA is the only info I have from your list.
     
  4. Ajk

    Ajk Not so new anymore.

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    Disney Auctions were on Ebay. Or, more precisely, a separate url (disneyauctions.com) that was run by ebay.
     
  5. cadien

    cadien Well-Known Member

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    Wow I wish we could still do this instead of WDI etc.
     
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  6. Ajk

    Ajk Not so new anymore.

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    They could still get pretty expensive. There were plenty I was priced out of. Only difference is I was priced out of the primary market rather than secondary. :D
     
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  7. Ajk

    Ajk Not so new anymore.

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    Fun side fact: They also periodically had gift-with-purchase (really purchase-with-purchase) opportunities. That's where the below came from. They were random if I remember correctly.

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  8. Badockins

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    All good information! Thank you everybody!

    The ones I was looking at are the Atlantis and Lilo & Stitch Characters. The Atlantis crew go for anywhere from $100-200 apiece. It's definitely going to take some time to get those.
     
  9. TinyTink

    TinyTink Africa-The Real Animal Kingdom DPF Charter Member

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    And these pins are beautiful in person - large and high quality....really miss this approach to the LE pins...along with Disney Auctions PINS Store - PINS stood for 'Purchase It Now Store', which was basically a Buy It Now price. Ah, nostalgia....
     
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  10. pearlc

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    The pins are nice, but the Comic Sans, eek!!
     

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