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Cabbage Patch Kid Dolls

Updated on February 8, 2009

Cabbage Patch Kids

In 1978, Debbie Morehead and Xavier Roberts created the Cabbage Patch Kids, which has been a fairly popular doll for decades (even though the dolls did have their tough times). These Cabbage Patch dolls were sold at various craft shows before Roberts and Morehead opened Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, GA.

The Cabbage Patch Kids were initially thought of as a strange looking doll with their fat, chubby cheeks and tiny, pudgy arms, but throughout the years different toy companies have manufactured the dolls in varying sizes from the original 15- to 16-inch doll.

Coleco was the first to mass produce the Cabbage Patch dolls in 1982. The dolls were created with plastic, vinyl heads and cloth bodies, arms, and legs. In 1989, Hasbro took over the production of the Cabbage Patch Kids, and created several lines of the dolls, such as Birthday Kids and the Pretty Crimp and Curl dolls.

Mattel, then, bought the rights to the dolls in 1994, still keeping its rights to date. The company worked on 14-inch and smaller Cabbage Patch Kids; Mattel produced a number of Cabbage Patch lines such as the OlympiKids and the Cabbage Patch Fairies. In 2003, Toys R Us Kids and Beyond then took over the line, creating the 20-inch Kids and the 18-inch babies. Currently, Play Along produces the traditional 16-inch Kids, babies, and newborns.

To date, the dolls are still pretty popular among young girls, and even some adults who collect the dolls. Although, the hobby of collecting the Cabbage Patch Kids, babies, and newborns is not quite as large as that of Barbies or even paper dolls, there is still a decent sized market for rare, limited edition, and original Cabbage Patch dolls.

Cabbage Patch Doll Value

The prices and current value on the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls will vary depending on the age and maker of the doll. You'll probably find that the values of the dolls in the secondary market are generally low, although that secondary market is pretty large.

You'll find that you can purchase vintage and limited Cabbage Patch Kids dolls in a variety of places, eBay being probably the more popular place to start your search, as you'll find decent prices on the older dolls.

If you are interested in starting or continuing your collection of Cabbage Patch dolls, you'll find that some of the lines are more valued than others. The "Baldies," "Red Fuzzies" (those dolls with red yarn-like hair), and some of the original dolls produced by Coleco will value at or around $100.

The original dolls produced by Roberts and Morehead can value at over $1,000, but you'll find that most of the dolls value around $10 to $30.

In some cases, if you have the original papers for the Cabbage Patch dolls in your collection, you may find that the value of the dolls may potentially rise a little, of course that all depends on the doll.

Collecting Cabbage Patch Dolls

Like with any collection, you want to make sure that you shop around when adding new dolls to your Cabbage Patch collection. The more you shop around, the better deals you will find.

Sometimes you can find Cabbage Patch dolls at flea markets, yard sales, and various online websites, but you will find that your best bet is looking on eBay for the best deals and the best dolls to add to your collection.

eBay is a great place to find original Coleco dolls and even Xavier Roberts creations for prices that you can afford to add to your group.

Just remember that you don't want to stick with just one series or line of Cabbage Patch dolls. In order to have the best and highest valued collection, your best bet is to keep a varied collection.

Buy what you like, don't necessarily buy what you think will make you money in the end. If you want to be happy and entertained with your collection and hobby, then make it fun and entertaining by collecting those dolls that you like and those that appeal to you.


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      heavenly38 5 years ago

      Wow! My Granny has an original first time out Cabbage Patch kid in box, perfect condition.

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      Z. Neal 5 years ago

      My cabbage patch doll was acquired through my mother and daughter in the early-mid 80's. It is completely intact and its clothes have never come off. I can see a blue signature on the left but cheek of Xavier Roberts, but no date. It is a boy with 1" blond curls and a dimple in the left cheek. He's wearing a t shirt and light blue corduroy overalls. I would like to know his possible name and value. We have long since misplaced his birth certificate and box.

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      jessica 5 years ago

      i can't find how much my cabbage patch girl is she has a signiture on her bottom blonde hair in a pony tale a hard plastic face and is in ok condition please help me i need it

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      DollyLuver 5 years ago

      I would like to know what fabric would be best for cabbage patch clothes. Also should I use baby, infant or toddler clothes on my cabbage patch. If you don't suggest neither of these, please tell me what fabric is best for them.

      I do not only have 2 cabbage patch kids, I have an newborn. Do you think human baby clothes would work for it?

      As for my 2 lalaloopsies, the legs are so slim... I wonder if maybe hand made clothes (made on machine or hand sewed) would work. I am not so sure about a shirt and pants. I mean like a dress.

      Should I make them an under skirt because I highly do not like it that my lalaloopsy's panties are showing.

      What do I do! Hellllllllllp!


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      DollyLuver 5 years ago

      I am trying to make clothes for my cabbage patch dolls and lalaloopsies. I mean like to hand sew them or use a sewing machine how do I do it?

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      Neeq79 6 years ago

      Help! Trying to find the Cabbage patch doll with head mold of #36, either 1989 or 1990...Asian doll with set apart eyes, came with a purple dress with dark pink trim

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      erich 6 years ago

      My 1985 16" porcelain limited edition s/# 4885 has a # before the signature Xavier Roberts is DFM 145 on the back of the head what is this # & how dose it affect my cbk value ?

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      Barbara 6 years ago

      I have a soft faced cabbage patch doll. The signature on the butt is "Carolyn Buffington B 796-84". She has reddish brown yarn-like hair with blue eyes. What would she be valued at?"

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      anita 6 years ago

      how do i find out how much my cabbage patch doll is worth no papers but has signature and immaculate condition

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      MA 6 years ago

      If you have these dolls and no papers with them how much are they worth..>

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      misty 6 years ago

      i have a Cabbage patch my grandmother got me when i was 5 years old and I'm today i never played with it still has all the original everything from head to toes even the diaper I'm wondering how much she will be worth today 08/19/2011 i was reading and it was one of the very first dolls Roberts had made...

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      Nichol marie 6 years ago from The Country-Side

      I used to love my Cabbage patch dolls lol great article and interesting facts to jamie king I would check on the value by googleing it and if it is worth money you could buy your daughter a lot more. or if you want to keep it for sentimental value i would place it up where she can't reach but still have in her room

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      jamie king  6 years ago

      My daughter was just given a cabbage patch doll by an elderly man. It is in the box and h as never been removed or palyed with. all clothes papers etc are still attached to her as they were originally. he one draw back is that there is a tear in the plastic film of the box where it separated from the cardboard. Alli know abou ther is her original birth certificate says Hedy Aleen 1983. What else should i look for to know if this a doll that my daughter should greatly enjoy or should be put away fro safe keeping? I hear that signatire means a lot but ehn she would have to be removed from the box!!! please advise

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      Angi 7 years ago

      So, I am sitting here in my home office working today and I look over at 2 Cabbage Patch Dolls that I have. I am wondering what the value of them might be.

      They are both Cabbage Patch Olympikids from 1996. One is a boy that is fro Basketball and one is a girl that is for Track and Field. Both are in the original boxes and have never been opened. Both of the boxes are a little bit faded from being exposed to the sunlight but all in all both are in EXCELLENT condition and I would like to see about selling them.

      I just need to know what their value is first. It may not be worth selling them just yet.

      Can anyone help me out with what the value might be?