As of August 2015, eBay has over 40,000 Hummel-related listings, many of which have opening bids of $10 or less. Sellers occasionally list large Hummel collections with asking prices in the thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Goebel company in Germany has produced M. I. Hummel figurines and other Hummel merchandise since 1933. Based on the sketches of Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel, the porcelain figurines typically depict young children in idyllic settings. During World War II, American soldiers stationed in Germany often purchased the figurines to take home. This lead to a massive rise in popularity in the United States that lasted through the 1970s.
As of 2015, the collector market for Hummel figurines is saturated, with most selling for under $50 and many not selling at all. Current eBay prices reflect this, with only rare Hummel items ending at a high value. Although the selection of Hummel items on eBay fluctuates, it typically includes thousands of figurines, along with harder-to-find "jumbo" figures that stand close to 3 feet tall, collector plates, nativity scenes, wall hangings and kitchen accessories such as spice jars. With the Hummel line no longer in fashion, demand for the figurines and other items is unlikely to increase in the near future.