Cabbage Patch dolls date back to the 1980s and the value of original models may exceed $50,000. The value of an individual doll depends on popularity, date of manufacture, and number of dolls currently available for sale.
While the resale value of Cabbage Patch dolls varies widely, owners or those wishing to purchase a doll can join the manufacturer's Collector's Club, where they can communicate with others wishing to buy or sell Cabbage Patch dolls. Another popular way to sell Cabbage Patch dolls is through Ebay or similar auction websites. Those wishing to buy Cabbage Patch dolls can get a good idea of how much individual dolls are worth by looking at similar doll listings online.
Owners wishing to sell Cabbage Patch dolls should note that possession of the doll's original adoption papers and original clothing can increase the worth of the doll significantly. Replacement adoption papers can be requested for Handstitched Soft Sculptured Originals models only. To request replacement adoption papers, please contact the manufacturer with the following details: front and back photos of the doll unclothed, the original name of the doll, the name of the first owner of the doll, and the doll's registration number.
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.