Value of Porcelain Dolls?


I have 6 dolls and I would like to know their value. They are Seymour Mann, Dynasty and Heritage Mint dolls.


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May 4, 20210 found this helpful

I am going to give some general info since it is hard to tell who is who--as which doll is which brand--all though in this case, these don't look like any of the "ringer" dolls which can be super valuable--they look like the more common (you will hear some call them "mass produced" even though they may be numbered and called limited editions--that is meaningless as it was hype the doll makers sold us folks who worked retail in the 1980s and 1990s to try to sell more dolls.


In this case with these brands that you listed, their retail/resale value will be 99 cents to $40 each, depending on condition, box, if they have the hang tags and/or COA if they came with them originally, as well as any odors, fading of the clothing etc. Sometimes the dresses are worth more than the dolls--as I think the gal in green--her outfit may just fetch more than she will!

Doll resale is a challenge because there is a glut on the market and the brands you have listed are the most glutted--high supply, low demand=low value.

If you are selling them on eBay start them high and take best offer (like $50 and take $5). Or you could let the market dictate and start with what you need to make your money back and see if it goes up! You may get lucky! Just be sure to calculate shipping correctly or you will end up in the postage hole.


Speaking of postage--Please know if you are going to ship these beauties, they are super fragile and the cost to ship them will be super high. This is because if you are in the US they will need to be double boxed with at least two inches of padding all around the inner box so the doll does not touch the sides--then at least two inches around the inner box so it does not touch the sides...even then, you risk it being crushed into a million pieces. DO NOT use newspapers when packing-only use white or clear Styrofoam or packing peanuts. Pool noodles for the second level of packing are great! If you have the box you do not want it to get stained so you will want to put it inside a clear plastic bag before packing.

I can share my experience as a reseller and a doll person--I stopped all online doll sales and if I come across them in my resale ventures (for free), they go to a consignment store. They typically sit for months before selling, but this has been the best since there is little risk for damage and the buyer can judge condition on his/her own. Doll buyers are among the pickiest of all buyers so be careful not to give any condition comments like minty or excellent or like new because my minty is their WTF JUNK IS THIS. Seriously and I am a doll person and still won't give anything but height, color, dress color and if there are absolutely no smells--ask several people to check for you on this one too!


The store you work with will price them for your market--ours usually starts at $15-20 and then reduces every month. I get half.

If you can hold them for 10-15 years, they may increase in value.

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May 4, 20210 found this helpful

All of these dolls are mass-produced and have lost value, even if never taken out of the box. You could get $25 for a new doll, and less for used

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