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collectible of the day: MINI Snowglobe 2002

MINI Snowglobe 2002From 2002 through 2004 MINI USA sold collectible snowglobes as part of their MotoringGear collection. They were limited editions and there was a different one each year.

Shown is the MINI Snowglobe 2002.  It features a Chili Red MINI.  From the MINI MotoringGear Fall/Winter 2002 catalog:

NEW MINI SNOWGLOBE

Get in gear this holiday season with this snowglobe collectible. MINI Cooper in the big city, with skyscraper surroundings. Black base, featuring MINI logo.

99 00 0 003 932

$36.00

Once these snowglobes sold out, they could often be found for sale on MINI forums or eBay for upwards of $100 or more.

See the MINI Snowglobe 2003 and MINI Snowglobe 2004.


collectible of the day: MINI Snowglobe 2004

MINI Snowglobe 2004
From 2002 through 2004 MINI USA sold collectible snowglobes as part of their MotoringGear collection. They were limited editions and there was a different one each year.

Shown is the MINI Snowglobe 2004.  It features an Electric Blue MINI.

Once these snowglobes sold out, they could often be found for sale on MINI forums or eBay for upwards of $100 or more.

See the MINI Snowglobe 2003.


collectible of the day: MINI BRAND PLAYING CARDS

MINI BRAND PLAYING CARDSFor the MINI MOTORINGGEAR SPRING/SUMMER 2007 collection, MINI USA decided to forgo the usual catalog format and instead produced this pack of MINI BRAND PLAYING CARDS.  There is a different MINI MotoringGear item on the face of each card.  The included fold-out sheet also shows the entire collection with descriptions, sizes, and prices.  The sheet says:

THIS TIME, NOTHING GETS LOST IN THE SHUFFLE.

Here’s the deal: when prime motoring weather rolls around, it’s easy to give yourself over to the road without outfitting yourself for the occasion. To help counteract this phenomenon, we’ve decked out a set of playing cards in the all-new and classic MINI MotoringGear in the hopes you’ll follow suit. Created in the MINI tradition, MotoringGear is tailor made for finding a style that’s all your own. Because in the world of motoring, one of a kind wins every time.

The pack contains the usual 52 cards plus two Jokers.  Instead of the normal diamond, hearts, clubs, and spades, this set uses an exit sign (diamonds), Interstate sign (hearts), pine tree air freshener (clubs), and MINI bulldog (spades).  One additional card has “POKER TERMS THAT COULD COME IN HANDY SOMEDAY” on one side and “HOW TO SHUFFLE LIKE YOU MEAN IT” on the other.

The MINI USA catalog number is MG-04-07-20M.

MINI BRAND PLAYING CARDS (open)


collectible of the day: MINI Pin (2002)

MINI Pin (2002)This MINI Pin from the first MINI MotoringGear 2002 catalog features a Chili Red and White MINI Cooper.  There was also one in blue.  From the MINI MotoringGear 2002 catalog:

MINI PIN

Enameled and Embossed metal, featuring MINI signature lines and contrasting colors.

Blue 80 57 0 016 008
Red 80 57 0 018 018

$1.50 each

See other MINI pins we have featured.


collectible of the day: MINI MotoringGear 2002 catalogs

MINI MotoringGear 2002 catalog

MINI MotoringGear Fall/Winter 2002 catalog

Today we have the first two MINI MotoringGear catalogs from 2002, the first year of MINI in the United States.

Above left is the first catalog, titled “MINI MOTORINGGEAR 2002“.  This 32 page, square-backed catalog featured mostly jackets, shirts, and hats.  The original MINI Cuckoo Clock was listed here as well as the Thermos Mug and Compass Keychain.  The MINI USA catalog number is MGO 201-S.

Above right is the second brochure which came later in the year, the “MINI MOTORINGGEAR FALL/WINTER 2002” catalog.  Slightly thicker with 36 pages, it contained most of the same items as the previous one but added the MINI Luggage Set, Custom Dish Set, MINI Skater, and MINI Snowglobe.  Also new in this catalog were two pens we have featured: the MINI Miniature Pen and one of the MINI Floaty Pens (Hollywood to New York City).  The MINI USA catalog number is MGO 201-FW.


collectible of the day: MINI Plush Bulldog

MINI Plush Bulldog
We have previously featured the two current MINI bulldogs: the Standing Plush Bulldog with Jacket from MINI MotoringGear in the US and the Bulldog Soft Toy from the MINI Lifestyle Shop in Europe.

Today we feature the original MINI Bulldog from the MotoringGear 2003 collection.  The original plush bulldog wears a MINI collar only.  From the MINI MotoringGear Holiday 2004 catalog:

PLUSH BULLDOG

Approx. 12″ tall.  Bulldog stance with MINI collar.

99 00 0 003 473

$23.00

We’ll have one more rare MINI bulldog before the year’s end.


collectible of the day: MINI Miniature Pen

MINI Miniature PenFirst offered in the MINI MotoringGear Fall/Winter 2002 catalog, we have the MINI Miniature Pen. In addition to the yellow pen shown, there was also a red version with white MINI logo. From the MotoringGear catalog:

MINI MINIATURE PEN

Ballpoint pen with unique writing function and compact size.

Yellow 99 00 0 003 151
Red     99 00 0 003 191

$1.50

The MINI Miniature Pen was available from the end of 2002 until 2003.


collectible of the day: Pen Set

Pen Set
From the Fall/Winter 2008 MINI MotoringGear catalog comes this Pen Set.

From the catalog:

PEN SET

Includes one rollerball pen and one twist-style mechanical pencil. Laser-etched MINI car drawing and MINI wordmark on each. Set comes in black metal box with MINI logo.

The MINI part number is 80 23 0 427 151.

The Pen Set sold for $37.00.

See all of the other pens we have featured.