Come along and sing a song
And join the jamboree!
M-I-C-K-E-Y — M-O-U-S-E
In the 1950’s, every child in America wanted to be a Mouseketeer on the Mickey Mouse Club. And what do all good Mouseketeers wear on their heads? Mickey Mouse ears, of course!
According to the Mickey Mouse Ears website (yes, really), the original ears were designed by Mouseketeer Roy. The ears were attached to a hat with a Mickey Mouse logo. And the girl ears had a bow on top like Minnie.
The hats soon became a cherished souvenir of your visit to Disneyland and when they started embroidering your name on the back of the hat. . . wow. . . there was nothing better!
In the 80’s, the hat became a simple headband with ears, not nearly as fun but visitors to the park kept buying them!
Now, there are hundreds of Mickey Mouse Ear variations representing a variety of Disney characters, holidays and special events.
Not just for kids anymore, some of the hats are highly sought after collectibles like these limited edition Alice in Wonderland ears. They’re unusual because they were inspired by the Tim Burton version of the film and they come in a lenticular hat box that is as cool as the hat itself.
(We have these ears for sale right now in our eBay store but hurry, they won’t be there long!)
What to Look For:
When buying and selling Mickey Ears, it’s important to note that not all ears are created equal. Old hats may have sentimental value but don’t command top prices.
Look for event specific hats or anniversary hats. These have limited quantities and were only available to a small group of people. A D23 set of Mickey Ears just sold for $75.
Also look for little known characters such as the discontinued Duffy bear. Those ears also sell in the $75 range.
Limited Edition collectibles with a hat box can go from $150 t0 to $400 depending on design and condition.
Halloween ears sell well, as do ears with extra parts such as elephant trunks, hats on the hat and other bits that are easily broken.
There’s also a famous pair of Mickey Ears that always sells well, that’s the bride and groom ears. There are so many people who want these for their Disney themed wedding, they’ll easily sell for $50 or more depending on condition.
If you come across a set of Mickey Ears in good condition for under $5 at a garage sale or thrift store. Grab it. At the very least, you’ll get your money back on eBay and if you’re lucky, it will be worth a whole lot more.