There are several ways to identify authentic Cabbage Patch dolls, including signature, body tags and copyright notice. Expert Cabbage Patch doll collectors can be consulted for further information on the authenticity of a particular doll. New collectors should be aware that fake kids may look almost identical to the authentic dolls.
The signature stamp, tag and copyright notice provide clues to the identity of a Cabbage Patch doll. In most instances, the Xavier Roberts signature stamp appears on the left butt cheek of the doll. However, a few may have it on the right cheek in an upside down position.
Signature stamps also appear in different colors that correlate with the year of production. Coleco dolls manufactured between 1983 and 1989 feature signature stamps in black, brown, green, dark blue, bright blue, red, mint green, lavender and rose. Hasbro dolls manufactured between 1990 and 1991 feature signatures in mauve, teal, royal blue, forest green and burgundy.
The copyright notice on Coleco dolls appears in several different styles in the head area. For example, some have a one line notice while others have a three-line notice. Collectors also look at the positioning of the head mold number.