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Value of Collectible Dolls and Figurines

July 28, 2020

Could you tell me what these dolls are worth?

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July 29, 20200 found this helpful
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You have a couple of nice dolls but the doll market value dropped many years ago and due to number of dolls listed for sale it does not appear it will change anytime soon.
Similar dolls are occasionally be sold for $10-$35 so you might want to rethink selling these or maybe try selling on sites like Facebook Marketplace, offerup, letgo and start your price as high as you wish. You can always lower the price if necessary.
Shipping is always a problem as these dolls are very fragile and end up broken frequently.

eBay is the largest doll selling site in the world and as of today there is a total of 1,489,828 dolls listed for sale (all brands, sizes, styles totaled). Most of these will never sell - no mater the brand or asking price. The dolls that do sell may stay listed for months/years before a sale.

The largest doll market in the past was for young girls and, sadly, very few girls show any interest in dolls as they are into multi media starting from a very young age.
This only leaves buyers who just like dolls or those looking for a 'special' doll or collectors. Very few collectors are seeking just 'ordinary' dolls so it usually has to be a rare specimen for them to even give it a second glance.
Very few Grandmas are buying dolls for their granddaughters as they are probably trying to sell personal dolls that no family member wants to inherit.

There are presently 224 Goebel Betty Jane Carter dolls (more actually, as many sellers do not show the correct names in their listings) so you might check these out to see if you find one of your dolls listed for sale. You can place a 'watch' on any doll to see if it sells. The asking prices range from $13 - $500 but asking prices are just prices a seller would like to receive for their dolls as only a sold exact same item can be shown as a current value for that item. A sold item shows what someone was willing to pay for this item at some certain date.

www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2323012...

Here is a link to the sold items on eBay so you can see what price people are willing to pay for one of these dolls.
Occasionally someone will pay a little more for a special doll they are looking for but you may notice that the majority of sale for this brand is for the cat doll and not a regular doll.

www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=goebel+betty...

Here is a link to past questions and answers on this subject:

www.thriftyfun.com/Finding-the-Value-of-Betty-Jane-Carter...

here is a link to dolls listed for sale on Google.
You can always look for your dolls to see any have sold or place a watch on any eBay doll.

www.google.com/search?q=goebel+betty+jane+carter...

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August 1, 20200 found this helpful
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While usually agree with the others here on dolls, I find that the Bette Ball dolls sell better than most with on average of 1/2 of the dolls selling consistently on eBay for example. This is better than other brands, like, for example, DanDee dolls where only about 1/3rd of the listed dolls sell, and Ashley Belle dolls where less than 1/4th sell. This is recent... things in the market change quickly!

While I did not find your exact dolls to find exact sold prices, I suggest you start them at $50 and take best offer which could be as low as $15. All doll sales are supply and demand based so watch for when the fewest number of similar dolls are listed and sell yours.

There's a glut of dolls on the market, that is very true. I am seeing a very slight trend of more doll sales in this Covid world. Not like in the hey days but there is a slight uptick that as a reseller I am going to trend. I think people are looking for comfort and for many dolls offer that.

The critical think to remember in selling fragile items is these need to be packed like they are going off to war or they will arrive at their new home in a million pieces. Be sure to double box and weigh and measure so eBay accurately calculates postage.

Post back how your sales go! Thanks for sharing!

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June 21, 2018

I found a Maggie Collection, Forever Friend doll with a certificate of authenticity, still in its original box in my garage. Is it worth anything?


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June 21, 20180 found this helpful
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Companies mass produce these dolls in all sizes, styles and "collections" so they have a very low value as they are so plentiful.

  • If you had submitted a picture it is possible someone may have been able to pinpoint a sale of doll like yours but there are several "Maggie Collections" and also several "Forever Friends" and these are made by different companies but basically, most all of these dolls have approximately the same value.
  • eBay is the main doll selling site (in the world) so this is usually where research for doll values will begin. Only the actually "sold" listings can be used as asking prices can be all over the place and dolls are very slow sellers even at very low prices.
  • These dolls generally sell for $8 to $25 but sellers may have them listed for months and months (I recently saw where a Maggie Collection doll had been listed for over 3 years (listed at $14) and still not sold.
  • I am going to list some links that you can check to see if any of these dolls are in the same collection as yours.
  • www.shopgoodwill.com/.../52224819
  • This is a similar doll from the "Forever Friends" but from the Pamela Collection - same company and about same value but listing price and not sold.
  • picclick.com/Forever-Friends-Collectible-Porcelain...
  • You can look for your particular doll on Google, eBay, Etsy, iOffer, Letgo, or your local Craigslist as you will recognize your doll from the listings/pictures.
  • If you decide to try and sell your doll, I would suggest you try listing her on your local sites like Craigslist, LetGo, 4Sale, or any other site that has local listings.
  • Dolls usually sell faster on local sites as the person can see the doll and there is no high shipping cost involved.
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June 21, 20180 found this helpful
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If you decide not to try to sell her, you may want to consider asking around to see if a church, Habitat for Humanity or another organization who work with families, either in or recovering from a crisis, knows of a child who would love a doll of her or his own. I am a strong believer that every child should have a special toy that is just theirs. Since most mass produced dolls have little market value, this gesture gives them huge morale and karma value. Just some food for thought! Thanks!

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October 25, 2017

I came across some dolls and figurines and I'm sure they're worth money, but I'm not sure who will be honest about their value. Where's the best place to get the most money?


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October 26, 20170 found this helpful
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Any value this type of doll will have will probably be from a collector which means they will be looking at the overall condition of the box/package as well as the item.

  • Local auctions are not always a good option for items like this as many people go to auctions to find "stuff" to resell so low price is what they look for.
  • Local auctions charge a percentage of the sale (and other fees) to the seller and the buyer which means you will not receive the total sale price and the buyer will have to pay more than the sale price. I have seen fees at 15 -20% of the sale price.
  • Many auctions will not sell a single item that they feel will not bring more than $5-$10 but will want a group of items to place up for bid.
  • Also, once the item is placed up for bid you cannot change your mind and not sell it for the price someone bids (which could be $3.00).
  • Dolls like this are mass produced and this was a very cheap version that was typically sold in drug stores (Walgreens, etc) as they were not of sufficient quality to be sold in larger toy stores or department stores.
  • A collector may still be interested as this type doll was usually not "saved" but were played with and then thrown away.
  • Wizard of Oz is still popular and this type of item is always popular around Christmas but items are so plentiful that not many will sell for high prices.
  • eBay and Etsy sell more dolls like this than any other medium but still they are usually slow sellers.
  • If you have never sold on eBay (and do not want to wait for a better price) then you may want to consider posting on Craigslist as someone can see the items and pay money immediately.
  • The good thing about Craigslist (or other on-line local auctions [Google, your zip, local auctions]) is you can ask any price and reduce it if no one seems interested.
  • Dolls and such usually sell fairly good on Craigslist so I would suggest to start with $50 (this doll) and see what type of interest you receive.
  • Similar dolls selling on eBay are going for $10-$25.
  • Here are a couple listed now.
  • www.ebay.com/.../292296913144?hash=item440e40f0f8...
  • www.ebay.com/.../263261932724?hash=item3d4ba24cb4...
  • www.ebay.com/.../142542926542?hash=item21303872ce...

You say you have several dolls and figurines so be careful and do your research on each item as no two will be of the same value.

eBay is the best place to search but you need to search with a company name and any information on the item that may show identification as well as the size (especially with dolls) and you can request to be notified if this item is posted.
Research is time consuming but that is about the only way to find value of items like this.
Please remember - asking prices do not actually reflect sold prices so always check for sold items also.
It may be difficult to find a local store that will pay more than $3-$5 dollars for items like this.

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August 19, 2012

There are many collectors of porcelain dolls. This page is about determining the current value of porcelain dolls.

an array of porcelain dolls

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January 30, 2020

The Enesco figurines designed by Kim Anderson were sold in gift departments and stores. They were mass produced and do not command a high resale value.

A figuring of two old fashioned children kissing.

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December 7, 2019

These dolls were designed by Merri Roderick and produced by Ashton Drake. They are mass produced porcelain dolls typically of lower value.

A Romantic Flower Maiden doll in the box.

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December 27, 2017

If you have one of these porcelain dolls, here is some information about how to find the value. This is a page about finding the value of Alt. Beck & Gottschalk dolls.

Information on a Alt. Beck & Gottschalk Bisque Doll 1064 #0 - white bisque doll in Scottish attire

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September 6, 2017

Antique figurines are often highly collectible but are only worth what someone will pay for them. Finding information and value of antique figurines can be a challenge because there are so many varieties and manufactures of these figurines.

Antique Figurines

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July 11, 2017

Many dolls are collectible and depending on their rarity and quality, may be valuable to a collector. This is a page about finding the value of Ashley Belle dolls.

Vincent doll in old fashioned sailor suit

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August 18, 2013

This is a page about finding the value of Granville House dolls. There are several designers and manufacturers of porcelain and other collectable dolls. Finding the value of a collection is important for insurance purposes or if you are planning to sell one or more of the dolls.

Granville House Doll

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July 28, 2013

This is a page about finding the value of Seymour Mann dolls. The value of collectible items such as dolls can fluctuate over time.

Doll

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