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Finding the Value of Cathay Collection Porcelain Dolls?

March 29, 2021

A porcelain toddler doll wearing a grey onesie.I would like to know what she is worth. I've looked online and I can't find her anywhere. On the back of her neck, it says 4000-5000. I'm not sure if she is rare or not but she's bigger than the other ones I have so I'm wondering what she's worth.

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As I understand it, your doll has a stamp on the back of her neck, where it is written Royal Cathay Collection (as in the screenshot I attached), so you should have no doubt that this doll is from the Royal Cathay Collection.
4000-5000 means that you have one of 5000 pieces.
You have Royal Cathay Collection large Porcelain Girl Doll #4000. The size of the dolls in this collection is 21 inches, you probably mean it by saying that it is bigger.
The price of the dolls from this collection is $29-40 www.ebay.com/.../510027227 www.ebay.com/.../124528800644?hash=item1cfe7eb384...

 
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Cathay made 2 series of dolls entitled 'Royal Cathay Collection;
one series measure 16' and seems to be mostly beautiful 'lady' dolls.

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The second series measures 21" and seems to be younger children/babies.
Your doll fits in the second series at 21".
All brands of dolls are considered low value right now and very few (other than antique or true limited edition dolls) are selling for more than $25-$45 and the majority are selling for under $20.
Also, dolls are very slow selling items; some sellers have dolls listed for sale for years and they may never sell.
Checking this collection on eBay's sold listings I only see 2 dolls that have sold in the past several months and both were under $30. here is one doll that sold for $30; looks like a lovely doll, new in the box:
www.ebay.com/.../265090957745?hash=item3db8a701b1...

Comparing this doll is okay because it appears no doll from this collection is in anyway a 'special' doll so prices should be comparable.

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How does your doll compare?
If this doll is only valued at $30 then it would seem that your doll (in her present condition) would probably be valued at less then $10.

It appears your doll may not have original clothing as she appears to have on parts of 2 different outfits. I'm not sure if she originally had shoes.
Your doll looks like she would be a great find for some young lady if presented for sale at a local yard sale.

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June 5, 2020

I have a Cathay doll. She is crouching down. It's got number one out of 5000. It's been taken out of the box. What would it be worth? Her name is Lisa.

Value of a Cathay Porcelain Doll? - doll on stone countertop
 

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Your doll looks like she may have wings?
No box? COA with name? the number 1 - 5000 was used on a large number of their dolls and it only means she is one doll out of 5000 made (not number one doll).

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I did not find her on eBay listings for sale or on their sold listings but that is not unusual as there are many similar dolls.
Lisa was a popular name and several companies made dolls with this name - Cathay made several different dolls using the same name - Lisa.

You can look at the Cathay dolls on eBay but only a sold - identical doll would give you a current value. This will be difficult to find as I did not see this doll on any site - for sale or sold. This does not mean she is rare or more collectible.

www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313...

You can look at sold listings to see what people are paying for similar dolls made by Cathay. Larger dolls usually always sell for more money.

www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=Cathay+porcelain...

Here is a 'shopping' site that has a lot of Cathay dolls listed for sale so you might look for your doll on this site.

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Dolls are very slow sellers and even if you were asking less than $25 it may not sell in a year or you may be lucky and someone comes along and likes your doll. Selling items is never a sure thing.

www.google.com/search?q=cathay+porcelain+doll+lisa...

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There are so many dolls listed online these days and they can sit there for months on end and never sell. A lot of seller will cancel their listing because of this. Currently the price of dolls is so low and listing them online is not a great idea. I would consider listing the doll locally in your area to avoid shipping cost.

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You can start out with $25 to see if anyone is interested. If not start to lower the price of the doll until you can find a person that is interested in buying the doll from you. Most people are not receiving more than $5-15 for dolls right now.

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January 10, 2020

I have a doll that comes in a suitcase with 2 extra dresses on a hanger. It is from the Cathay Depot Collection dolls. Its name is Elizabeth Kristina.

I could not find it on the internet and am wondering what the value of doll is. Here are some pictures.

Value of a Cathay Depot Collection Doll - doll in case with clothes hanging on the other side
 
Value of a Cathay Depot Collection Doll
 
Value of a Cathay Depot Collection Doll
 

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Currently, these dolls are not selling for a lot of money. It appears people are listing them from $5 to around $20. There are a few that list a little higher but none of them are selling right now. People are not interested in buying dolls for their children because all the kids want these days are electronics.

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I am not surprised that you can't find the exact gal online. Most sellers truly have no clue how to list dolls and list them with titles so vague and unclear that someone who wants something has to search through thousands to find what he/she wants.

I have found these dolls over the years with titles as vague as blonde doll with case. UGH! I checked 4-5 ways today and there is one that is a brunette that sold on WorthPoint, but I don't have a Worthpoint membership any more so I can't get the sold value. Often you can work around WorthPoint, but this time I can't find the sold price with any of my back door sites.

I can tell you as a reseller, that the Cathay dolls have not held their value in the resale market. I have seen them sell as low as .99 cents and has high as $30.00. I sold these dolls in many retail markets in the day for big bucks...it is sad that they have lost so much of their original value.

If she was mine and because the case is so nice, I would start my eBay sale at $50 and take best offer, which I would accept as low as $8 plus shipping.

Be sure to package her very, very carefully as she is quite fragile and the case also can be crushed easily. I suggest double boxing it.

Post back how your sale goes!

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January 6, 2016

I have a 15 inch white baby angel lying in its stomach with its head turned towards her left shoulder, hands and feet extended, blond hair, hazel eyes, mouth slightly parted with tongue slightly sticking out, white sash crown and pink flower/lavender ribbons on left side of head, lavender outfit and wings. Please tell me the value of this doll.

Cathay Collection Porcelain Doll
 

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January 6, 20160 found this helpful
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An easy online search for "porcelain doll values" will produce many answers. Keep in mind that just because a doll may be fancy, old, inherited, etc., it most probably has little value as most are mass produced in the thousands and very often include the term limited edition in their names. A doll's condition is extremely important in considering value-the best doll prices are paid for dolls literally never removed from their boxes. You can find prices for some Cathay dolls on EBay listed $6.00 to $150.00. This site is a good place to start for more values:

collectdolls.about.com/.../blgallp.htm

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April 4, 2022

Doll number 582 limited edition. What is the doll worth? She is still the box.

A porcelain doll in a box.
 
A certificate of authenticity for a porcelain doll.
 

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The doll certificates are misleading and claim they are limited editions. These dolls are mass produced and sold by the thousands. Your doll is worth around $30 to $40.

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December 5, 2016

I have three Cathay Native American dolls, #570, #202 & #1703. Can you tell me their worth?


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December 7, 20160 found this helpful
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No, but I can give you a link to find out more about these attractive dolls.
nmai.si.edu/.../SiYC_Dolls.pdf
As to value, there would be no fixed price. Your best bet is to keep an eye on the sales of similar dolls, say eBay or other on-line sites, and gather an idea from them. Good luck!

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May 8, 2015

I am trying to find the value of Cathay Collection porcelain Anna Doll 1-5000. Does anyone know the value of this doll? I'm not finding it anywhere online.

Value of Cathay Collection Porcelain Doll
 

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October 28, 20171 found this helpful

Value of your doll:

  1. Every single doll that is listed on eBay claims it is 1 - 5000.
  2. I think this is very misleading and many of the dolls are the same.
  3. However, most of the dolls start selling at $10 to $80.
  4. Many doll certificates are so misleading and they claim they are limited editions.
  5. However, these dolls are mass produced and sold by the thousands.
  6. I would estimate that your doll is worty around $30 to $40 only.
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February 2, 2015

I have a Cathay Collection porcelain doll, it is in great condition, has never been used and has been sitting in a closet for years. It came with a certificate of authenticity, stating it is limited edition. It also says it is number 78 out of 5,000, and it says the doll's name is "Vanessa" and has a certified signature. Does anyone know if this doll is worth anything? Or where I can find out more about the value, about it, or something? I can't find anything on the internet about it. Thank you

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December 12, 20171 found this helpful
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5000 is a lot of dolls. This doll is neither old nor rare, so it has little to no value.

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July 15, 2019

I want to find out how much this Cathay Collection doll, 1-5000, is worth and her name. She's in perfect condition and she has the stamp on the back of her neck.

She has red curly hair and eyelashes.

Value of a Cathay Collection Doll - fancy doll wearing a purple lace trimmed dress and matching hat
 
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December 6, 2021

Can you please tell me if any of the native dolls are of any value?

A doll dressed in a Native American style with braids.
 
The writing on the back of a doll's neck.
 

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It looks like you may have the smaller, Cathay Collection, 8 inch one. She sells on eBay (sold not asking) between 10 and 20 dollars + shipping. The higher amounts are usually for the ones that have the box and COA and are pristine.

The larger one (16 inch) sells (sold not asking) between 15 and 30 dollars + shipping. Again, the higher amounts are for the ones that pristine in the box with COA. The lower prices are for unboxed, no COA. Usually if they are other than pristine they don't sell.

Things that affect value are missing boxes, missing certificate of authenticity (COA), beads missing, hair that is mussed, and any smells or odors. If the doll even has a whiff of odor it will not sell.

If you sell online, you must double box her to protect her. She is very fragile and will arrive on the other end in a million pieces if she is not packed right. If you can sell her through an in person venue, that is best!

Post back how your sale goes! Thanks for sharing.

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January 24, 2021

I have a Cathay Collection porcelain doll 20995. What is this worth? It is still in box, wrapped up, and in good condition.

A decorative doll in the original box.
 

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Dolls of any brand/size/etc are not selling for very much money so even if your doll is new in the box, the value will probably be very low.
Current value is determined by the selling price of an identical item as it shows what someone was willing to pay for that item.
I found a doll like yours has recently sold on eBay for $7.77 so that would be considered the current value for your doll.
www.ebay.com/.../174486582957?hash=item28a035f6ad...

The average price that dolls like this are selling for is usually between $5-$25 plus shipping but the other problem is how long it may take to sell any doll and that could be months to years.

You may occasionally see larger/taller dolls selling for more money but still slow sellers.

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