If you want a lot of options, then Roy Rogers is a great star to collect! "The King of the Cowboys" was basically a franchise throughout the 1940's and 50's, his face appearing in many places and on many things for us to collect today. And most of it brings a tidy premium in terms of dollars.
Leonard Slye came to California to be a singer, first appeared on film in 1935 as a member of the Sons of the Pioneers, went under the name of Dick Weston for a couple of films in the late 30's and then became a star as Roy Rogers, the name first used in 1938's Under Western Stars. According to the IMDb Dale Evans first appeared alongside Roy in The Yellow Rose of Texas (1944), followed by Utah (1945), and Under Nevada Skies (1946). After the death of Roy's second wife, Arline, in late 1946, he and Dale fell in love and were married on this date, New Year's Eve, 1947. Roy and Dale would move from the big screen to television, where they, along with Roy's horse, Trigger, and dog, Bullet, are each credited with 100 episodes of The Roy Rogers Show from 1951-1957.
Below is Gabby Hayes, Roy's sidekick in dozens of films:
Roy and Dale were still married at the time of Roy Rogers' passing, July 6, 1998. Dale Evans followed him February 7, 2001. Be sure to have a look at The Official Roy Rogers - Dale Evans Museum Website as well as the great site put together at RoyRogersWorld.com for many more details on the lives of these stars.
Roy Rogers isn't in the set, but if you like the look of the Gabby Hayes piece shown above I will be auctioning off individual pieces from a complete set of John Ford's Cowboy Kings of the Western World in January 2009. Be sure to check out the Photo ID Guide for more info on this spectacular group of prints, and note that the Guide will be updated as soon as I snap the photos for the new auction listings.