Cabbage Patch dolls date back to the 1970s, 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.
History of the Cabbage Patch Kid Dolls
Cabbage Patch Kids, originally known as Little People, became a popular toy in the early 1970s. 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.
What Are the Most Expensive Cabbage Patch Kids?
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. Original dolls and those still made by Xavier Roberts, the original doll maker, can net 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.
Some examples include a 1979 Barry Fritz-Little People Doll, which sold on eBay for $1,500 in used condition and vintage 1985 Yvonne Millie, which also sold on eBay for close to $1,000. Other dolls sold for around $750, including the 1985 CPK Doll From La Princess Collection, 1979 Felicia Francis- Little People Doll, and 1986 CPK Doll With Original Clothing.
Where Can You Buy Cabbage Patch Dolls?
These dolls have made a comeback, and you can find them in a majority of local Target stores or Amazon. However, if you're looking for vintage dolls, the best places to check out include eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Esty, and Collectors Weekly, to name a few.
How to Check if Your Cabbage Patch Kid Is Real?
Don't fall victim to fakes. There are things you can check to help you when purchasing a doll. The very first Cabbage Patch dolls had embroidered tags, and they are quite rare. The side body tag will also let you know what factory and country the doll was produced. Look for that factory code, which is one, two, or three letters in length and sometimes accompanied by a number. The Coleco factory codes are IC, KT, OK, P, PMI, SS, UT, and WS. Also, check for Xavier Roberts signature, which will be located on the bottom of each authentic Cabbage Patch Doll.
Here's How to Sell Your Cabbage Patch Dolls
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, Facebook Marketplace, or similar 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.