Are Your Collectibles Valuable? Heres How to Find Out
The first thing you will need to do is check out the condition
of your item, be it a train, collectible Barbie doll, Disney
collectible, or some other collectible item. Is it scratched,
torn, clean, dirty, new, in a box, without a box? You get the
Use a good light source and check the item out very carefully,
noting the name, identification marks, and any copyright marks.
Also, check for any imperfections, tears, scratches, color
imperfections, mars, stains, etc.
Many dolls are collected with the box intact. An intact box
can raise the value of an item a great deal. Some are worthless
if the box is damaged badly or missing.
NOTE: Some dolls are meant to be pLaid with and taken out of
the box to dress. Examples are the Tonner Doll Company dolls:
Tyler Wentworth, Sydney Chase, Gene, etc.
Remove the doll from the box for inspection. Look for forums,
discussion boards, or news groups where similar collectors gather
online. You can also check on eBay (or other online auctions) to
see what similar items are selling for and what their condition
was at the time of sale. Compare the prices with, and without a
box to see the difference.
To find your item on eBay:
1. Find the category on eBay where your item would most likely
be listed. (Dolls, bears, trains, Disney collectible would be
2. If using Dolls, use the [check only in Dolls box] in the
3. Use your keyword to search, such as "Barbie doll". This
will bring up the current auctions window.
4. Now, check the completed auctions box, to check out the
prices and descriptions on the sold items.
5. When you click on the individual auctions, you can see the
price the item sold for, the condition of the item and whether it
had a box. Look for terms such as NRFB (Never Removed From Box)
or MIB (Mint In Box).
Note that the price on eBay is not the best price for your
item. Usually, the price could be more if sold locally because
the online auction buyer cannot actually handle the item and
examine it in person.
Other places to find information about your item (doll) would
be websites selling your item (doll), antique or boutique shops,
toy or hobby shops, and resell shops. Also, check out the
resource books at the public library.
Popular collectibles might have a price book that is printed
for collectors. You can also use a collection of hobby magazines
to price items or to locate the year the item was made.
If you have done all of the above and still cannot find the
information that you need about your item, check out some local
hobby clubs in your area. Most hobby enthusiasts will be willing
to help you find the information you need and are eager to talk
about their hobby. You might even find an expert on your items,
or a buyer!!
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