Snoopy Sanity Checks

Gain insight into what a Peanuts Collector will really pay for Snoopy memorabilia in today's collectors' market.

Snoopy Skating Pinback Button

SNOOPY ICE SKATING PIN BADGE – $225. Find it on eBay (affiliate link).

You could buy this Snoopy skating pinback button for $225, or you could buy it for just $21. My suggestion is to not buy either one at these prices.

The red flag on these Snoopy skating pinback buttons is the lack of a copyright date. Pinback buttons usually have some sort of writing on the edge of the button. I don’t see any signs of a date, a manufacturer or anything on it. Perhaps it was left out of the photos, but that is an important detail that would help sell an item. More likely is this pinback button is unlicensed. Though the representation of Snoopy is spot on, it would have been easy enough to find artwork to fit a button of this size.

Pinback buttons are easy and cheap to make. There are hundreds of unlicensed representations of Snoopy on pinback buttons out there. Snoopy’s popularity and ubiquitousness made him a popular unofficial mascot of a lot of local clubs and events. Most representations are obvious knock-offs, but some do look legitimate. If you can’t find the usual copyright info, I would err on the side of unlicensed.

How much would I pay for an unlicensed Snoopy skating pinback button? Perhaps a couple dollars, depending on my mood and the condition of the piece. While I’m 90% sure this button is unlicensed, there’s always possibility it’s a hidden treasure. Without proper evidence to support this as a genuine Peanuts licensed item, it remains a novelty whose origins are lost to time. If you know its history, email me at info@collectpeanuts.com.

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