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Identifying a Boots Tyler Doll?

I just bought a Boots Tyler 14 baseball player doll with a blue and white pinstripe uniform. On the back of its neck it says Boots Tyler Design 1984. Also there is a tiny engraving that says Merry Christmas Eric. Love mom, behind the ear. Does anyone know if Boots factory did engraving like this or is this repro?

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October 25, 20190 found this helpful

I cannot find anything on the Internet. Take it to a doll dealer.

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October 26, 20190 found this helpful

Boots Tyner (I think it it that and not Tyler--but I cannot see the full logo on your piece) was popular ceramic mold maker in the 1980s. You can see some of the molds they made if you search Google 1984 + "Boots Tyner" and go to images.

They mostly made dolls, but some figurines like yours. Most of the boys are custom dressed. These are sometimes referred to as "reproductions" because people (moms and grannies and aunties) were trying to make dolls that looked like the expensive ones in the store so their child could have something special.

For resale, since these are OOAK (one of a kind) because they are hand-painted and because they are personalized, you may fetch up to $25 for it. I have seen some sell (SOLD prices not asking) for as high as $24.99 (high end) but, most sell in the low end for $3.00 plus shipping.

You could always start high and take best offer.

Post back with how your sale goes! Thanks for asking!

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October 26, 20190 found this helpful

I do recall a doll maker that offered special order dolls that were dressed in a certain style for Christmas one year. You could pay extra to have the doll engraved with a special message if you wanted. This could be the doll company that offered this. I would check with a website that specialized in dolls to make sure. I know my grandma was willing to pay a lot of money to have one made for my daughter and engraved. I talked her out of it because my daughter was not into dolls and she was on a low fixed income.

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November 6, 20190 found this helpful

Thank you. I think this may be what I have. Doesnt look like one of a kind. Good quality but factory made. Not interested in selling. I like him.

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October 26, 20190 found this helpful

This is one of those unusual cases where the artist did make dolls but mainly made molds like those dolls so anyone could make a doll 'just like' the artist doll. Doll making from molds was very popular in the 80's and there were ceramic shops galore selling the molds and paints and letting people fire their pieces in a large kiln.
That is the reason these dolls are usually called 'reproductions'.
They were made from molds that had the name Boots Tyner on the neck.
Many of these molds are still sold today (new molds).
Anyone could write anything they wanted to on the mold before it was fired and I believe this is what you have - a doll that was made from a mold especially for one person.

If you want to know for sure you can ask your question on the doll forum as these people know all about dolls.

www.tapatalk.com/.../

Here are some links that you might find interesting.:

picclick.com/Vintage-1984-Boots-Tyner-Doll-Mold...

www.ebay.com/.../264272120040

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November 6, 20190 found this helpful

Anybody know where I could get a little baseball mitt? It would look cute with the doll.

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