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    Walt's Cargo Chess Set Prototype With Custom-Made Chessboard (The Art of Disney, 1990s). While we originally believed this set to be one-of-a-kind, we have since heard of the existence of a few others, so we'll settle for calling it very rare. The set, originally designed for a very limited production run of 750 sets, was produced by the Fine Art wing of Disney, The Art of Disney. Designed by 35-year Disney character artist Ralph Kent and another Disney veteran, Pete Emsile, this amazing set was to be handled like other well-known collectible chess sets, with the buyer receiving one or two of the pieces every month, until the set was complete. Unfortunately, after producing the first few sets of figures, it was deemed too labor-intensive to be practically produced, consequently, we believe this is one of only a few sets that were ever made! The Imagineers created a terrific Cowboys and Indians-themed backstory for the set, and a "wanted" poster (with the legend printed on it) was also created, laying out how the sides for the game were chosen, beginning with a coin toss, which was won by Mickey Mouse. The other team captain (or King in this case) was Pistol Pete. All of your favorite Disney characters are represented here and each hand-painted, cast resin chess piece (Pete is the tallest figure, at just shy of 7" tall) is enclosed in its own cloth bag. All are housed in a large compartmentalized box (18.5" x 14" x 12.5"), that was manufactured to look like a treasure chest.
    This set was presented as a gift to longtime Disney collector Kerby Confer by Kathy and Steve Kirk. Kathy was Vice President of Disney show design, supervising theme park attractions, and Steve was the Executive Vice President of Disney Seas in Tokyo, Japan. Both Kathy and Steve were with Disney Imagineering until 2002.
    Also included with the lot is a handmade board commissioned by Mr. Confer, consisting of 64 individually numbered wooden squares, that all fit neatly together (each measuring 4"x 4") to form a huge 32" x 32" playing surface. A COA signed by artist Ralph Kent is also included. Due to the delicate nature of the pieces, a number of small repairs have been made to the set, mainly to the feathers on the Indian pawns, and there is some wear from storage and handling to the treasure chest box; otherwise all are pieces are in Excellent condition. From the Kerby Confer Collection.

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2015
    9th-10th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 12
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