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986, which could be worth a lot of money in top condition. (Photo: American Girl)

Do you remember the 80s Cabbage Patch Kids? And in the 90s, when car dashboards sprinkled with beanie babies?

Some people never allow a child to touch these novelties and keep an eye on the future, hoping these "it" toys would one day rain astronomical amounts of money.

That's what made them worthless said Josh Levine, collector of collectibles and owner of J. Levine Auction & Appraisal in Scottsdale, Arizona.

"Kiss of Death," said Levine All the Moms. "Of all the dolls that were worth $ 300 to $ 400 at the time, they're worth $ 20 today."

You know which doll breaks the collectable false mold? Barbie, because she is the acting monarch of the doll collectibles.

If Barbie is a queen, American Girl Dolls are the princesses.

"Dolls are usually a loser's game," Levine said. "But I was pleasantly surprised, with a decent market for American Girl dolls every day of the week."

There are a number of American Girl dolls, including Samantha, Molly and Addy, with several outfits and furniture that are on sale for eBay now for $ 11,500. The dolls, originals made by the Pleasant Company before being sold to Barbie maker Mattel in 1998, are extremely valuable to collectors.

Big Money in Little Dolls

American Girl dolls and accessories sold on eBay in the last three months include:

  • $ 5,400: A signed collection of three of the original pre-owned Mattel-American dolls in boxes with paperwork.
  • $ 4,500: American girl doll Grace Bakery, who was outfitted with a bonus Grace bakery outfit.
  • $ 3,200: 8 American Girl Dolls, including Lindsey, released in 2001, and Dolls of the Year 2005-2010. All are new and will never be removed from the box.
  • $ 1,495: Kanani, doll of the year 2011, never taken out of her box, plus clothes and other accessories.
  • $ 1,450: American Girl Samantha doll in original box and signed by American Girl founder Pleasant Rowland.
  • $ 1,150: A signed American girl-felicity doll still in the box.

An Idea with Heart

American Girl was first distributed in 1986 by the Pleasant Company of Middleton, Wisconsin. Former teacher Pleasant Rowland designed the 18-inch dolls and gave them background stories of young girls who lived in important times of American history. Each doll brought its own historically appropriate book and clothing. Rowland's idea was that "girls could play the stories".

The doll had personality, culture, challenges and heart.

The first three dolls released in 1986 are among the most valuable collectors.

  • Kirsten Larson, a Minnesota pioneer who grew up in 1854. She retired in 2010.
  • Samantha Parkington, ] A Victorian orphan who lived in 1904. She retired in 2009 but was released in 2014.
  • Molly McIntire, a patriotic child who grew up in World War II. She retired in 2013 but was re-released this year.

Pleasant Company's eleven original figures, especially those retired like Felicity, can retrieve hundreds, if not thousands, on eBay.

A Growing, Extensive Collection

Now the company sells more than four dozen versions of the dolls, including a limited edition Girl of the Year.

In 1995, the company introduced the later My American Girl line of customizable dolls that allow girls to choose skin, hair and eye colors. The doll can look exactly like her.

American Girl has been working on diversifying her collection in recent years. (Photo: Tom Tingle /

The first American Girl store opened in Chicago in 1998. There are now 20 nationwide and international locations in Canada and the United Arab Emirates (19459032)] company website.

American Girl introduced the first African American doll in 1993 with Addy Walker. Since then, it has further diversified its collection. The first Indian doll was released in 2002. The first boy doll, Korean-American and Hawaiian descent were introduced in 2017.

What makes an American Girl doll worth a lot of money?

If you love your daughter American Girl Doll soooooo, she was everywhere with you – from parks to family reunions – and you've styled her hair like yours and put make-up on it, that's precious. But it will not bring in much money.

Most dolls and accessories sold for triple figures and more are in unopened boxes or are used with care. For things that sell well, note the following:

  • The hair was not cut.
  • The face is not marked.
  • The eyes are intact.
  • The doll still has the original, clean clothes. 19659038] The doll comes in its original packaging.
  • The doll was withdrawn.
  • Paperwork with receipts and cards is available.

In addition to the original dolls of the Pleasant Company, limited-edition dolls such as the Hawaiian doll Kanani, which are only one year on the market, are also valuable.

A Kanani Akina doll was a 2011 limited edition girl of the year and highly sought after by collectors. (Photo: Getty Images)

& # 39; They are not just dolls & # 39;

Levine does a lot of jewelry and weapon auctioning, many of which have exciting stories associated with the owners. These stories have always been hip.

When he walked for the first time in a business for American girls in Scottsdale, he did not understand the attraction of parents and children who were in him until his wife explained.

"It's not just dolls," she said. There is also a whole story and books. After she explained that to me, I thought, "Oh, I understand it now, I understand why they are so popular."


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