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Value of Porcelain Dolls

Does anyone know the value of these dolls? Both are made of bisque porcelain. The baby doll is hand painted and stamped 91146.
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October 18, 20180 found this helpful

The "Doll Collection" tag is a tip-off that this is a mass-produced doll. It is not worth much, even though it is pretty.

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October 18, 20180 found this helpful

There are very cute!!

Sounds like you have 2 issues--1st is to ID who they are (that can be the challenging part). 2nd is to find out value.

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I have some advice on both:

ID--First, you need to check hidden places for markings or the maker--you found the one number, but there may be others that are in not so obvious places.

Check for markings on the scalp (like top of head), under the hair, on the small of the back, on the feet, and on the tush.

If you can't find any maker or markings you will have a some challenges. But it isn't impossible. It will take a lot of work.

If there are no markings, you can:

--show her to everyone you know and put her on other doll websites as everyone has their own little niche and someone may recognize her immediately.

This one is a little bit of a challenge because there have been millions of dolls made around the world...and finding the right person the first time out is a little like finding a needle in a haystack :(

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--the second easiest way to start is to go to Google images and type in her description, like the height, hair color, dress style etc. to piece together info.

--the third easiest way is you can do this same type of search in eBay to learn more by reading posts.

VALUE--Now for the valuing part...that is easy once you know who they are. How I would research to find a current market value is as follows:

--Go out to eBay and search completed auctions and look for an apples to apples match to find your EXACT dolls (one at a time) and see if each sold and what the selling price was.

If you use something similar you are not going to get an exact value as sometimes there are similar dolls where one has a lot of value and the similar none...so if there are no sold listing for your exact doll keep checking back.

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You may want to see if there is an exact match in the active auctions and set up an eBay WATCH to see when/if it sells and for how much.

There are none that match either description at the moment (and sadly almost all of the crawling baby dolls listed went unsold, some as low as 1.99!

If there are multiple exact dolls sold for different prices, I usually do an average to help me value my items I sell.

I recommend ONLY using sold price not using current auctions and asking price as people can ask the world, but value is only what people will pay.

When trying to determine your selling price (value), I use the price people paid PLUS shipping (which I know a lot of people disagree with me about) because if you are selling them at a face to face venue, it is helpful to know the EXACT amount someone forked over for an item when setting your price.

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So, if someone paid $100 with free shipping (you could value the item at 100). If someone paid 100 for an item and 5 for shipping, same thing (100 + 5 = 105).

The thing with VALUE is it is TOTALLY DIFFERENT THAN PROFIT. Meaning in the eBay example, if the item sold for $100 with free shipping, the seller only netted (and I am using round numbers for reference only) around $85 because shipping is expensive (dolls must be wrapped EXTRA carefully as they are very fragile) in in this case free shipping (free to buyer) is paid for by you (the seller) plus the eBay and Paypal fees are paid by the seller also.

It is the same principle if the buyer pays shipping--if the item sold at $50+ 5 shipping the VALUE would be $55, BUT the seller can't count shipping as profit because even though the buyer paid for it, YOU spend that $5 to get it to the buyer. You still have all the fees that come off your profit as above.

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Bottom line is you can't figure exact market value until you know exactly how much they are selling for.

If you want a ballpark value (which some people do) you can search eBay sold auctions and look for what similar dolls sold for at auction.

I caution against that in most cases because there are the occasional doll that have value and I would hate to see you cheat yourself if you use a non-exact match! That is just me!

You can always take them to a consignment store and see if they will consign them for you and you would get half! The nice part about that is they are out of your house and the store has to store and market!

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October 18, 20180 found this helpful

Finding dolls without markings/names is almost the same as the old statement "like finding a needle in a haystack" because as Pghgirl stated companies have just flooded the market with similar dolls.
There are thousands of dolls listed for sale everyday but most will not sell for even $25 (if they sell at all). Shipping is always a problem as dolls are fragile and it is almost impossible to pack them securely considering the shipping process of USPS as well as other companies.

You might post your question and pictures to a doll forum site and gain a little information as these forums are composed of doll collectors and may recognize your dolls.
If you decide to try this, you will need to be sure to check on the backs, neck and head for any type of marks and take pictures of anything you find. You will also have to give measurements of each doll and their composition (porcelain?) (bisque?).
Here is a link and it is easy to post pictures if you do just a little reading of how to do it.

www.tapatalk.com/.../

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