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Value of Large Pope John Paul II Kelly Rubert Doll

I've recently inherited around 500 porcelain dolls from my grandmother, about half of them still in their original boxes and all of them have their COA. I'm hoping to start selling most of them so I can easily walk through my house again, but I am having trouble finding information on some of them.
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So I'm hoping you more experienced collectors can help me out in finding the value of this Kelly Rubert Doll. (I also have Rubert's Mother Teresa doll.)

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October 11, 20190 found this helpful

Depending on the material, $50 or $100. www.dollsyourway.com/Pope_John_Paul_II.html

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October 11, 20190 found this helpful

I would signal to the right collective market for this doll(collectors,auction,doll collector) going rate is up to $100!

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October 13, 20190 found this helpful

I am a reseller and my best advice to you having this many dolls is to find a professional seller who can do an estate sale for you and price them for your area.

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500 dolls is huge and the doll market is very soft at the moment. You could (in theory) research each doll and sell them off on your own, but this will take years.

Without seeing every doll, this is my best guidance. I can suggest it be a three step process:

1. Ask the dealer to cull out any true antiques and valuable gals and get them auctioned (they will need very special packing so I don't recommend selling these on your own if you are not experienced).

2. With what are left, have an in person sale--either at a hall or in your home. A 2 day sale is best, 1st day full price, 2nd day half off and last hour would be a bag or box sale--as many as you can carry for a flat fee of like $10.

3. Third and final pass is to donate the rest or have the dealer put them in his/her store and give you a commission (consignment) price if they sell.

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Now to answer about the two you ask about:

The John Paul Doll I only see ASKING prices of $50 to $100 but I see none that are sold to confirm if that is their value. Until I can find a sold one, the value in today's market is less than $50--as value is only what someone will actually pay.

The Mother Teresa doll I have seen solds for $50, but they were pristine, never unboxed.

Post back what you decide and how the sale goes. Just so you are forewarned...sadly most dolls (and I am speaking generally) that were made in the 1970s-2000s have values under $10.

Still if you had 500 ten dollar dolls that is still a nice chunk of change in a sale!

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October 13, 20190 found this helpful

You have some nice dolls here and to sell them off on eBay is not really a good idea because you will have the doll sit there for years before they are sold. I would contact a doll dealer in your area and have them help you out.

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500 dolls is a lot of dolls to deal with and you could have some really valuable ones in your possission. Furthermore, this makes it easier to sell them through a dealer than on your own.

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