Interview with Julien about their Disney collection

Today we're pleased to share our interview with Julien about not only their pin collection but their broader collection of Disney memorabilia. Enjoy!  

Thanks so much for agreeing to chat with us. To begin, can you tell us a little about yourself?

I love all things Disney. I go every year, and I have an extensive collection of Disney memorabilia(plus pins). It is more than a hobby to me to collect pins, and I hope everyone agrees!

When and how did you get into pin trading?

About three to four years ago. I was in Disney World, and I saw many people with these really cool pins, and I just needed them. So, I got a starter pack and lanyard. The day I got home, I ordered more and more pins. I do have regular pins, but I love getting rare limited edition pins.

What are your main collections, and why?

My main collection is of rare pins. I love to find rare pins because you know very few people have them. I always scout for pins wherever I go, or I get them on online auctions etc.
Some of Julien's collection
Some of Julien's collection
There is something special about rare pins! How many pins do you have?

I have about 20-30 limited edition pins and about 150-65 regular pins.

Nice, and out of those nearly 200 pins, what is your favourite?

I have many, so I will limit it to 3 pins. 

Number 3: Mickey through the years featured artist pin. It is a jumbo pin, weighing about 6 pounds. In 2006 Disney made only 36 (I am 90% sure).
Mickey through the years pin
Mickey through the years pin
Number 2: Golden film strip Mickey. This is a very early pin. It is a film strip made of gold, with three Mickey generations on it. It is very beautiful, and I like it very much.
Golden film strip Mickey
Golden film strip Mickey
Number 1: Silly symphony king of jazz land pin from the Walt Disney catalog. This pin depicts the saxophone king from the silly symphony cartoon "Music land". It is very rare and very unique.
Silly symphony king of jazz pin
Silly symphony king of jazz pin
Fantastic stuff, and what is your favourite bit of non-pin Disney memorabilia?

I have been collecting for a long time. I have many favorites, so again, I am going to do my top two favorites. 

Number 2: Walt Disney world tickets to 12 rides and adventures plus transportation. It was made in the ’70s and has passes for rides that no longer exist. 

The price of the ticket back then was $7.50, and this was for an adult!

Number 1: 1944 Mickey Mouse library of games complete card game set. This features six card games, each with a different premise. 

Each game has a different theme: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Pinocchio, the three little pigs, Snow White and the seven dwarfs, and Bambi.

I love that; speaking of love, what do you love most about pin trading?

You never know what you are going to get. It is mysterious and fun. It is also very fun to meet new people.

If you could change one thing about pin trading, what would it be?

A lot of people can get ripped off. Either someone gives you a fake pin, or you get a pin that is not nearly as rare/special as the one you trade for. I would make sure everyone gets a fair deal

If you could pin trade with one Disney character, who would it be?

Definitely Mickey. He has so many iconic pins that I would love.

Trading with Mickey would be the best! Do you have any advice for someone who wants to get into pin trading?

Be careful but have fun. Make sure you are getting a pin that is worth the one you are trading. Look for pins you like, and it will be so much fun!


What a great way to end the interview; it will be so much fun! Thank you, Julien, for taking the time to talk with us.

If you would like us to interview you about your pin collection, please get in touch!

Written by tosbourn - Sunday 23 May 2021

This article was last updated on Monday 12 July 2021.

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