When you think of a nostalgic baby doll toy, Cabbage Patch Kids probably come to mind. The unique looking dolls have been around since the 1980’s, and are still sold today. However, with special editions released throughout the years, they have become collector’s items. If they were a childhood toy for you, you might be chasing down a specific one you had to relive some memories. Or, you still have your originals and want to add to the collection. Regardless of your reasoning, vintage cabbage patch dolls are easily attainable online.
The history behind Vintage Cabbage Patch Dolls is rather interesting. Vintage Cabbage patch dolls were not born in a corporate meeting of a toy company. In fact, they were created by a 21-year-old art student named Xavier Roberts. The original dolls were called Little People Originals, and Xavier made them with an old German art for called needle molding. This is what gives the dolls such a unique look compared to other dolls you see.
The dolls were born in 1976, and by 1978 they gained popularity and were making rounds in art and craft shows. Instead of being sold for a price, Xavier required a $40 adoption fee for the vintage Cabbage Patch Dolls, still called Little People Originals at the time. 1978 was also the year that Baby Land General Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia was opened so the public could come visit and see how the dolls were made.
By the early 1980’s, the dolls had gained so much popularity that 3 million had been sold. In 1985, the first Cabbage Patch Kid was taken into space in the Young Astronaut Program. The vintage Cabbage Patch Kids dolls were so popular that in 1992 they were the mascot of the U.S Olympic team.
Throughout the years the dolls have remained a staple as a popular toy. They are on a USPS stamp, and celebrated 40 years of adoptions in 2018. The dolls are known for their signature soft body and yarn hair. Each doll has Xavier’s signature on their bottom. The faces are vinyl, and some more recent models in the early 1990’s had animatronic features for chewing.
BabyLand General Hospital
Along with a robust history and still being on the shelves, vintage Cabbage Patch Kid Dolls have a legacy in Cleveland, Georgia. They are born at BabyLand General Hospital. BabyLand is of course not an actual hospital, but it is where the dolls are made. Today you can go to see the museum free of charge and take a gander at the history of vintage Cabbage Patch Dolls.
While visiting BabyLand, you can see a live Cabbage Patch Kid Birth and even purchase your own to take home. They sell exclusives there while you are getting a dose of history on the vintage Cabbage Patch Kids. Even if you have no interest in purchasing new dolls, the museum is worth a visit for collectors. You may get even get some ideas for dolls to hunt down and collect that you hadn’t originally thought of.
Where Can I Buy Them?
If you are looking for vintage Cabbage Patch Kid dolls your best bet is going to be the internet. They haven’t become particularly valuable over the years. eBay has many options for purchasing. If you are looking for one in the box, it’s going to cost you. Collector’s dolls still in the packaging sell for around $100 or less. For collector’s items they aren’t totally out of control price-wise.
Another option is finding dolls that are missing pieces of their sets for less. If you are not looking for a particular Vintage Cabbage Patch Doll, you can purchase various pieces for one to make your own. There are also bulk lots for sale with multiple dolls, outfits and accessories.
As far as collector’s items go, vintage Cabbage Patch Dolls are reasonable in price. What makes them more valuable is if they are in the box. Or, if you remember from earlier, the dolls are adopted, so they each come with an adoption certificate. Finding one that has the certificate will increase the value.
Whether you are a collector or want a doll similar to the one you dragged around as a kid, you should be able to find something online. Make sure to look for that signature on the bottom and enjoy a trip down memory lane.