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Finding the Value of Betty Jane Carter Dolls?

February 26, 2021

A porcelain doll in a modern dress.What is my 1993 limited edition musical Betty Jane Carter doll worth? It is in very good shape

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She is a beautiful doll.
There are thousands of different brand/styles/sizes of dolls listed online for sale all the time and it is now estimated that less than 10% of these dolls will sell this year (market research). This does not include true antique dolls.
That just means that even nice condition pretty dolls will have a very low chance of selling at any price. But - we all know that sales are unpredictable so you just have to list it for sale and hope for the best.
There are presently over 280 musical Betty Jane Carter dolls listed for sale on eBay alone - all sizes/years/styles so your doll would just be one in the 'mix' if listed for sale. Asking prices run high and low but actual sold prices (current value) is running from $5 to $45 dollars and most are in the lower price.

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here are a couple of links that you can review for similar dolls but you would have to do a 'visual' search for your doll and it may not be listed but the value would generally be similar to these dolls. (I noticed your doll is missing a bow on her shoe.)
eBay for sale listings:
www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2323012...

eBay sold listings by same designer - Bette Ball.
www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2334524...

You can see the prices that people are actually paying for these dolls and maybe decide how much you would like for your doll. There are a lot of sites to list on other than eBay.

Here is a link to past question on this type doll:
www.thriftyfun.com/Finding-the-Value-of-Betty-Jane-Carter...

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Unfortunately most are sitting unsold on eBay as low as a few dollars.

If she was mine, I would run her as a 7 day, Sunday to Sunday auction and start with the least amount I would want for her--maybe 9.99 and let the market dictate final value.

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If you have not sold dolls on eBay before, then please be very careful to wrap her in bubble wrap and put her back in her original box if you have it and put that box in another box with a minimum of two inches round that box and bubble wrap or packing peanuts so the box doesn't touch the sides, and then that box in a third box--same deal, at least two inches around and packed so the inside box does not touch the sides. No this is not overkill. Porcelain dolls are very fragile and are very easily damaged.

Be sure to weigh and measure the box carefully and put all of that into eBay advanced seller tool so the buyer can pay the correct shipping amount. Plenty of bubble wrap on the doll and bubble wrap and/or packing peanuts so nothing touches the sides of the box.

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If it doesn't sell at 9.99, then I would do a buy it now at $25 and take best offer which could be as low as a few dollars.

Sadly the doll market is terrible. If you can hold on to it for another 10-15 years she may appreciate.

Post back what you decide.

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April 25, 2021

Just wondering an approximate value of my 40 inch Betty Jane Carter musical doll is? She is an excellent condition no marks or tears or stains.

It appears to be fully intact with shoes, purse, hat, etc.

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January 19, 2020

What is the value of a 1987 Betty Jane Carter doll limited edition bride doll, Sarah no.520/1500. She plays the Wedding March. I have the original box and stand.

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www.ebay.com/.../264571282475

The above link from ebay.com shows your doll up close and has the series no. 973/1500 and 901714 on the tag also in original box with stand in mint condition selling for $65.00 with $42.42 shipping.

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January 8, 2020

I have a Betty Jane Carter Doll designed by Betty Ball. It is a limited edition 503 of 1000. I've scrolled through and looked at all pictures and I can't find any with her on there of this one particular one that I have.

Could you help me out here?

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These dolls were made back in the 1980s to 90 to look like expensive collector dolls. Back then people paid for these dolls because they couldn't afford to buy the real collector dolls. Now the market is flooded with dolls such as this that people are trying to sell off. The asking price ranges from $8.99 all the way up to $135. Keep in mind people ask this amount of money, but the dolls never sell.

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These dolls are considered mass produced dolls and people are not really buying dolls these days. Children are not interested in playing with dolls and perfer electronics today. You may be around $5 to $15 for the doll if you are lucky. You should try to sell it in your area and not online. You may have better luck.

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Hi and thanks for sharing your lovely!! You ask why you aren't seeing your exact gal out there to get more information.

Sadly the reason is probably because there are so many for sale and sellers have no clue who they are selling (they are just people trying to flip dolls to make a living) that they have her listed in some wonky way that is not helpful to someone doing research.

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I am sure there is an example of her somewhere and my guess is she is probably just listed as blonde porcelain doll.

Many times these dolls did not have names (like a first name). The companies wanted the new owner to name her like their child.

Many of the BJC dolls had no names. They were sold as Victorian doll or Musical doll or Rabbit doll or just Collectible doll.

Since you are asking about value, I am assuming you want to sell her. If you are able to hold on to her for a few years, maybe up to 10 or 15, her value may come back.

Today there is just a huge glut of ALL dolls on the market and since the supply is so high and the demand so low, some sit forever for prices as low as 99 cents.

The BJC dolls are in this category.

Occasionally I will see one sell. Sometimes it is for 99 cents, sometimes 4.99, sometimes higher, but then when I look deeper it is because the seller paid the shipping so they built the 15 or 20 dollar shipping into the selling price of the doll, so their profit after shipping and fees is around 1.00.

Selling dolls online requires a lot of experience with packing and shipping since these gals are super fragile and can end up in the buyers hands (provided they do sell) in a million pieces. They need to be double boxed and the box needs lots of packing peanuts or air pillows. I have packed these before and it can take an hour to get it packed right, which when you are selling it for such a low price means your hourly wage is in the negative numbers.

If she was mine, I would find a consignment store and have her sell there. This way she is an in person sale and someone can see her and decide.

Hopefully where you are consignment shops will sell them for you. Most shops around me do not take dolls any more because they are such slow sellers. Sad since these dolls are so lovely!

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May 29, 2018

An Angelica, Betty Jane Carter doll was donated to the DAR to sell for the Safe Place in Olympia. Would you give me an idea of what this doll is worth?

She is in her original clothing, down to the shoes, and in excellent condition. I doubt she was ever played with at all.

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Is it possible to post a photo? I have just started researching dolls the past few years so I am far from an expert, so it may just be I have not gotten to Angelica yet in my travels.

There is a doll that was sold thru QVC named Angelique...not Angelica. There is not a picture, but there is a description. She was a limited edition, but there is no value on her listed.

I know in general there are a few of the Betty Jane Carters that are very valuable, but most do not have high resale values because there were so many made. If you put Betty Jane Carter dolls into Ebay's search and click the sold button, you will see them sold for as low as .99 cents. Remember, don't use ASKING prices....always use SOLD to see what people actually pay.

That said, for fund raisers, people often pay above and beyond market value to support the charity. If you have any more info or a photo, it may help coming up with a true market value...at least it would help me! Thanks!

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January 14, 2020

I am trying to determine the value of a 1991 Betty Jane Carter doll.

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January 14, 20200 found this helpful
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Dolls like this are currently listed for sale on eBay starting at $5 all the way up to $20.

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I was not able to find an exact match to your gal. It looks like she is either a Christmas Caroler or Mrs. Claus or a bell ringer.

Without an exact match it will be hard to give you her exact value in today's market.

I can tell you, in general, that the Carter dolls fall into line with most of the dolls made in the 1990s, meaning there is just a huge glut of ALL dolls on the market and since the supply is so high and the demand so low, some sit forever for prices as low as 99 cents.
The BJC dolls are in this category.

Occasionally I will see one sell. Sometimes it is for 99 cents, sometimes 4.99, sometimes higher, but then when I look deeper it is because the seller paid the shipping so they built the 15 or 20 dollar shipping into the selling price of the doll, so their profit after shipping and fees is around 1.00.

I have been suggesting people hold on to them until the market corrects. Not sure how long that will take--up to 10 years maybe.

It is sad because these gals were so expensive when new.

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July 21, 2020

I have Betty Jane Carter's Cynthia from the Partytime series. I've been trying to figure out how much this girl would be but I haven't been able to see anyone else has sold her and for what price.

I would like to hear other opinions on her.

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June 4, 2018

Can you please tell me how much these Betty Carter dolls are worth?

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June 4, 20180 found this helpful
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A few still have higher value like this one that sold for $61 included shipping. The vendor probably netted $50 after all was said and done.

www.ebay.com/.../232749661562?hash=item3630f5fd7a...

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March 25, 2018

I have a Betty Jane Carter musical collector doll designed by Betty Ball for Goebel United States. It is a limited edition 133 of 1000 C10518/912872, still in the box and in really good shape.


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March 26, 20180 found this helpful
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Most dolls that are mass produced won't bring a high resale value. People normally end up almost giving them away. You might be lucky to receive $15 to $25 for your doll,

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November 3, 2019

We would just like to know how to play the music on a Betty Jane Carter (Goebel) musical doll? In this case, Tamara, from 1989. We realize she's not worth much, but knowing how to play the music rather completes her.

We can't find a switch or string anywhere.

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This is not your exact doll, but there is a photo showing how most were built--you have to click through the pix:

www.ebay.com/.../163923639685?nma=true&si=xXNfI42gY5ioF3D5MSbHz94LExE...

The winder was typically a small silver key on the butt.

They often broke off and some moms would stitch the hole shut.
Occasionally an angry parent would cut the music boxes out (when the child played it too much).

I wonder if that is what is going on with yours.

Post back with an update.

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January 8, 2018

I own an original limited edition musical porcelain doll by Betty Jane Carter. She is in excellent condition and has the tag still on her.

Her name is Nicki and plays 'Cabaret' #7758. I was wondering how much she is worth?Value of a Betty Jane Carter Musical Porcelain Doll - clown doll
 

Thank you for your help in advance.

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January 8, 20180 found this helpful
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These dolls are all mass-produced. It doesn't matter if it says "Limited Edition", has a certificate of authenticity, or was never taken out of the box. These dolls usually decrease in value and are rarely worth more than $40.

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