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The Value of Your Doll Collection

Updated on October 26, 2014

You Should Know How Much a Collection Is Worth

The reason you need to have the value of any collection is so you can recapture the value of your collection after a loss. The first step is to inventory your collection, including documenting condition. Condition is important when setting a value. Next, take pictures. Take pictures from many angles, and keep this as additional documentation. Whether the images are ever printed is not important, but do have the ability to view them if needed. Finally, keep your documentation away from the collection. If, for example, a fire destroys the collection, the documentation should be safely stored at another location.

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Collectibles Have Two Values

Be certain you know which value you are assigning to your collectibles. There are two values, the one you could sell for, and the one you would pay for replacement. If you do have to make a claim, and plan to replace your collection, watch out that you are not settling for the lower price.

Value Changes

Like all collectibles, the value of a doll collection changes. Keep your value current. Books are good, rough value providers, but due to publishing time, they can be written months in advance. Books usually are updated annually.


Books provide more than values. They can show missing parts of your collection, dolls you never knew existed. And, they might show the munber of a particular doll produced.


Having frequent appraisals might be good for collections valued in the millions of dollars, but do consider the cost compared to what the collection is worth. If it costs more to appraise a collection than the collection is worth, what is the point?

Antiques: How to Collect Antique Dolls : Antique Dolls: Composition Dolls

Keep Records of the Extras

Boxes, tags, and any other significant identifier are important. Keep records of these as well as the dolls themselves.

Antiques: How to Collect Antique Dolls : Antique Dolls: Eye Condition

Doll Collecting

Joe Blitman's Oh You Beautiful Doll! Doll Collecting for Fun & Profit, Featuring Barbie
Joe Blitman's Oh You Beautiful Doll! Doll Collecting for Fun & Profit, Featuring Barbie

Doll collecting for fun & profit - in this fabulous full-color video Barbieexpert Joe Blitman shares his vast knowledge of the nuts n bolts of collecting Barbie - which new dolls to buy - how to clean dolls & clothes - how to shop at a doll show - how to identify dolls - how to replace a doll's legs or arms - how to sell unwanted dolls - how to redo a ponytail and much more ....Joe Blitman is a collector, as well as co-owner of Joe's Fashion & Celebrity Dolls. Joe is the co-author of two books, Barbie® & Her Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World of Fashion and FrancieTM & Her Mod. Mod, Mod, Mod World of Fashion, and co-producer of an informative video on the Barbie® Doll Joe Blitman's Oh You Beautiful Doll. Joe has presented slide shows and seminars at numerous conventions whether they be national, international or regional events. He also contributes articles for Barbie® Bazaar, Doll Reader and Haute Doll magazines.

The Official Price Guide to Dolls
The Official Price Guide to Dolls

The definitive guide to antique, vintage, and modern dolls.Doll collecting is the second-largest collectibles market today, with over $650 million per year spent on the hobby and over 400,000 readers of three major doll magazines. Denise Van Patten, a recognized authority on collecting dolls, provides us with this practical and unique guide covering antique dolls (1800â1925) vintage dolls (1925â1980), and modern dolls (1980 to the present and never before priced). This new book features:⢠Both dealer and Internet prices⢠How to determine the condition of a doll⢠Restoration and conservation of dolls⢠Hundreds of photographs and doll marks


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