Cabbage Patch dolls date back to the 1980s and the value of original models may exceed $50,000. The value of the dolls depends on popularity.Continue Reading
Cabbage Patch dolls, originally known as Little People, became a popular toy in the early 1980s. The first dolls were made of material through a process known as needle molding and came with their own individualized birth certificates. The Little People line was bought by the toy company Coleco, who changed the name to Cabbage Patch Kids, at which point they were made of a combination of fabric and vinyl.
There have been many types of Cabbage Patch Kid toys since they first appeared. Each of the subsequent licensing companies, including Hasbro, Toys R Us and Mattel, have offered specialty lines that do tricks, have special clothing or relate to occasions like the Birthday Kids line.
Original dolls and those still made by Xavier Roberts, the original doll maker, can fetch anywhere from six to 10 times the amount of a mass-produced and licensed version of the toy. The dolls made by Roberts himself are called Cabbage Patch Original Kids to distinguish them from the dolls licensed by toy companies. The value of Cabbage Patch dolls depends on their rarity and their popularity with collectors. For example, a set of dolls based on the 2008 United States Presidential candidates was listed for more than $59,000 and a doll based on Donald Trump was listed for nearly $7,000.Learn more about Collecting
The value of Cabbage Patch dolls depends on their popularity with collectors and how hard a doll is to find. Another important factor is whether the doll still has its original birth certificate.Full Answer >
Research the value of collector dolls by looking for listings of similar items on auction sites such as eBay.com or by checking online price guides such as those available on DollPrice.com and VintageDollCollector.com, as of 2015. It is also helpful to check a local library for a physical price guide.Full Answer >
The "Blue Book of Dolls and Values" provides information about the value and worth of dolls. It is considered the foremost industry guide for pricing antique and collectible dolls. This guide also describes how to identify a doll and factors that determine a doll's worth.Full Answer >
To find the value of porcelain dolls, first find the manufacturer's stamp and the date the doll was manufactured. Assess the condition of the doll and rate it as mint, near mint, fine, good or poor. Determine if any restoration work has been performed on the doll. Using this information, consult a current collector's magazine or book to determine the approximate value.Full Answer >