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    Mickey Mouse Magazine Giveaway V1#1 Bound Volume (Walt Disney Productions, January 1933). Here's something so incredibly rare that even our most senior Disney experts have never seen a copy. First, a little background information: this is the first in a series of two licensed Mickey Mouse Magazine publications designed as giveaways to be distributed by dairies and department stores (there is a cover price of five cents, but it's doubtful that many were actually sold, rather than given away). It was produced by Kay Kamen, and printed by The Printing House of Leo Hart in Rochester, NY, with a first issue date of January, 1933. While this issue is considered "scarce" by Overstreet, it's noted in this copy that there were 50,000 printed, with an additional 200 signed and numbered copies printed on special English handmade paper. This particular copy was a special bound version, produced for Leo Hart's personal files. It's on the handmade deckle edge paper, but was not signed or numbered. The hardcover binding is covered by plain white (blank) paper boards, and there is a "spider web" pattern glassine paper dust jacket. The contents include every page of the digest-sized magazine, with an additional wrap that has the printing information at the end of the book.
    This copy, along with one other, were purchased directly from the estate of Leo Hart and heirs a few years back (Mr. Hart passed away in 1935). The owners offered the first copy on eBay, where it was sold for an amazing $10,000. Here is that second copy. The book itself is in Excellent condition, with the contents fresh and problem-free. The glassine dust jacket is the only thing showing wear, as it is fraying and in several pieces, but still on the book. We've examined the book very carefully, and feel certain that this is an original 1933 printing, not a later reproduction.
    If you are the ultimate Mickey Mouse collector, this little gem is a must-have. We doubt that other bound copies will be found, and as for all those signed and numbered copies mentioned inside, that may have never happened, as we've yet to see one. It's entirely possible these two books were produced as a test run only. The mention of 50,000 "regular" copies of issue #1 is also puzzling, as the book rarely turns up in any grade. We believe what likely happened is that a large portion of that print run never made it out of the warehouse, and might have been destroyed when the second version, designed strictly for dairies, was produced later that same year. Overstreet 2016 VF 8.0 (highest grade listed) value for regular edition = $5,000.

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