Friday, January 17, 2014
Today is part one of I-don't-know-how-many posts featuring some classic Disneyland bubblegum cards from 1965 - Disneyland's "Tencennial".
The Donruss company produced sport and non-sport bubblegum cards as far back as 1954; among the desirable sets are the ones for "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea", "The Monkees", and "The Addams Family". As cool as those are, I (of course) particularly love the 66-card set celebrating Disneyland's 10th anniversary. Here's a photo of a complete box and some unopened packets (picture scrounged from Google).
Mmmm, I can almost taste that rock-hard sheet of cardboardy gum! The original release of these cards featured a nice image that covered the entire front side. Like so!
The set is known among collectors as the "blue back" set, but scientists have no idea why - I think it has to do with the Higgs boson. Hey, let's visit Disneyland in '65!
Donruss released later reprints of the set, known as "puzzle backs". Here's the front of card #1… note that the text that was originally on the back is now moved to the front, cropping nearly 25% of the picture. The blue-backs are considerably scarcer, though both are fun sets to collect; there are plenty of extinct attractions for those who care about such things.
Here's the puzzle back of that card… when somebody more motivated than me put 'em all together, you had a picture of your favorite Disney animated characters. I thought it might be fun to scan all 66 cards (the blue-back versions) and share them with you! I'll include the original text with each card.
Card #2: Goofy and his Disney Character pals are reflected in the sun glasses of a young Disneyland guest.
Card #3: Sleeping Beauty's Castle in Disneyland marks entrance to Fantasyland.
Card #4: Departing from the Swiss Chalet in Fantasyland, guests on Disneyland's Skyway travel high above the Magic Kingdom of Disneyland.
Card #5: Indians greet the Santa Fe and Disneyland railroad train as the 1890 locomotive pauses for water at the Frontierland Depot.
Card #6: Three of Disneyland's most popular attractions - The Matterhorn Mountain, Disneyland-Alweg Monorail, and the Submarine Voyage.
That same photo was used on a postcard - note that Mickey is riding up front:
Card #7: Alice and the White Rabbit begin a ride through the Alice in Wonderland attraction at Disneyland.
This same photo was used for a 1964 "Vacationland" cover:
Card #8: Western Mine train takes Disneyland visitors through Nature's Wonderland.
If you found these cards to be boring and/or your eyes are bleeding, let me know and I won't post any more. If you liked seeing these, I'll continue the series in the future post!