CBS-TV's Gilligan's Island (1964-67) was one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1960s. Created by Sherwood Schwartz, the series featured Bob Denver (Gilligan), Alan Hale Jr. (Jonas Grumby a.k.a. The Skipper), Jim Backus (Thurston Howell III), Natalie Schafer (Eunice Wentworth "Lovey" Howell), Tina Louise (Ginger Grant), Russell Johnson (Roy Hinkley a.k.a. The Professor) and Dawn Wells (Mary Ann Summers) as the hapless shipwrecked survivors of the S.S. Minnow making do on an uncharted island in the Pacific. Here are ten Gilligan's Island collectibles, little buddy, that are sure to interest fans of the show. "Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale/A tale of a fateful trip..."
Gilligan's Island Signed Cast Photo
Signed TV cast photos are always big with collectors. An 8x10 black-and-white glossy photo signed by all seven cast members – Bob Denver (1935-2005), Alan Hale Jr. (1921-1990), Jim Backus (1913-1989), Natalie Schafer (1900-1991), Tina Louise (1934-), Russell Johnson (1924) and Dawn Wells (1938) – brought a top bid of $500 at auction.
Gilligan's Island autographed photo $500 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles
Gilligan's Island TV Press Kit
United Artists Television produced a Gilligan's Island press kit for use by the media of the day. Contained within its illustrated folder are seven 8x10 black-and-white publicity stills, some of which carry pasted-on cut lines on the reverse. One example sold at auction for $232.76.
Gilligan's Island Gum Card Set with Wrapper
The Topps Chewing Gum Company of Brooklyn, New York, produced the rare 55-card Gilligan's Island gum card set in 1965. One graded PSA set ranging in condition from PSA very good 3 to PSA near mint/mint 8 with original 5 cent wrapper brought $776.75 at auction.
Gilligan's Island graded card set with wrapper $776.75 - Heritage Auctions
Gilligan's Island Signed Lithograph
An 11x14-inch color lithograph autographed by Bob Denver, Dawn Wells, Russell Johnson and Tina Louise sold for $86 at auction.
The New Adventures of Gilligan Animation Cell
The New Adventures of Gilligan was a Saturday-morning cartoon show aired over ABC from 1974-76. An original animation cell picturing Bob Denver as a cartoonish Gilligan is valued at $100.
The New Adventures of Gilligan cartoon cel $100 - Hake's American & Collectibles
Gilligan's Island Grass Skirt Costume
An original grass skirt costume worn on Gilligan's Island by Bob Denver sold at auction for $191.20. TV show props and costumes must have the proper papers or provenance in order to be valuable.
Gilligan's Island Prop Tumbler and Cocktail Umbrella
A ceramic prop tumbler made to resemble bamboo with an accompanying paper cocktail umbrella used by Jim Backus in his role as multimillionaire Thurston Howell III brought $836.50 at auction.
Gilligan's Island props $836.50 - Heritage Auctions
Gilligan's Island TV Contracts
A collection of seven original Gilligan's Island TV contracts signed by Bob Denver, Dawn Wells, et al., brought a bargain $266 at auction.
Gilligan's Island TV Guide Covers
Gilligan's Island was featured twice on the cover of venerable TV Guide: Bob Denver and Tina Louise (May 8, 1965) and Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr. and Tina Louise (June 11, 1966). These editions in excellent condition without address labels sold at auction for $41. Collectors place a premium on TV Guides sans mailing labels.
Gilligan's Island Game
Game Gems produced the Gilligan's Island Game in 1965 as licensed by CBS and Gladysya Productions. Examples in complete excellent condition can top the $100 mark.
Gilligan's Island Memorabilia Values Credits
- Auction/sales results and images courtesy Hake's Americana & Collectibles, York, Pennsylvania; Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: Gilligan's Island United Artists Television press kit $232.76 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles
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