Meet Katherine McCabe: Inside the Collection
Join Monkee Mania with Katherine McCabe's collection, featuring some rockin' and rare Monkees memorabilia.
Apr. 17, 2023
Katherine McCabe just might be The Monkees' number-one fan. McCabe caught on to Monkee Mania when she was young and would watch reruns of The Monkees on television — eventually attending the band's live shows.
Now, McCabe's love for The Monkees has led her to a rockin' collection packed with thousands of Monkees mementos and memorabilia.
From rare toys to signed 8-track tapes and even an entire piano owned by a band member, she is a true daydream believer.
McCabe loved the compassion and the silliness of The Monkees, and you can see both of those things come to life in McCabe's collection, featuring a section for each band member.
Keep reading to see Katherine McCabe's collection, featuring rare and very special items of Monkees memorabilia.
1. Peter Tork's piano
This is the piano that Peter Tork, the keyboardist and bassist for The Monkees, learned to play on as a child. Tork is McCabe's favorite member of the band.
McCabe identified with him the most in the TV series, and has since gone on to meet him more times than she can count.
This piece was bought at the Peter Tork Memorial Monkees Convention by someone else in an auction. However, no one can match McCabe's love. She bought it later for only $1,200.
Today this item is worth $6,000.
2. The Monkees signed 8-track tapes
Usually, 8-track tapes are considered to have no value because many aren't in quality condition anymore. However, these two 8-track tapes came with something special.
McCabe originally bought these for $20 each without the signatures. With the signatures, they are worth $1,200.
These 8-track tapes are missing the autograph of singer and guitarist Michael Nesmith. That's because his signature is one of the hardest to find. Out of thousands of items, McCabe only has two items signed by Nesmith.
3. Stage towel from Micky Dolenz
You're looking at three sweaty towels straight from the hands of The Monkees vocalist and drummer Micky Dolenz.
Micky would never throw his towels in the crowd because he didn't want them to be sold on eBay. So, McCabe made a sign that read: "I won't put your towel on eBay. Promise!"
She now owns three towels, none for sale on eBay. All three towels are worth around $600.
4. The Monkees board game
This Monkees board game is one of the original merchandise items from the series. This game is from the '60s and is still in great condition.
To make it even more special, the game was signed by Peter Tork. It also has the original Monkees logo on it and The Monkeemobile, which can't be seen on many items today.
However, the game is missing the instructions and an instrument piece. McCabe made up her own rules, and we'd love to play this game by them.
McCabe bought this online for $40. It is now valued at around $200.
5. Vinyl Monkees lunchbox
This vinyl Monkees lunchbox from the '60s is hard to find. McCabe's lunchbox hardly has any cracks, and it has the original thermos inside.
As any collector knows, the thermos is the most important part of a lunchbox collection. McCabe originally bought this item for $250; today it's worth $600.
6. The Monkees hand puppet
The Monkees' four-headed hand puppet is a truly unique item, and it's also a little scary to look at!
The voice box still works in this vintage puppet from the past, although maybe not in the original Monkees tune.
McCabe originally paid $75 for this item; today it would be worth around $200.