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Seller's Guide To Collectible Figurines: Determining Value

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Figurines are a whimsical way to decorate one's home and many makers of these decorative items limit their production numbers, creating a high demand and value. If you own a collection of decorative figurines and are interested in selling them or getting them appraised, there are several different factors to consider when it comes to determining the asking price. Read on for a helpful guide to show you what to look for so you can be sure you're getting the highest dollar amount possible when you're ready to sell your beloved collectibles.

Maker's Mark

Depending on the manufacturer, most collectible figurines will have a maker's mark somewhere on the bottom or side. A hand painted signature indicates that the item was most likely hand fired, sculpted, or carved and then painted by hand, which will usually translate to a higher value than mass-produced figurines. If the item was a limited edition, there should be a mark showing which number your item is so you know it's part of a limited series. Collectibles with a hand painted mark are typically worth more than those containing a machine-pressed stamp or reproduced branding. The more unique the item, the higher the value will most likely be.


Just like a fine painting, collectible figurines need to be in excellent condition in order to hold a higher value. The item should have no chips, cracks, or missing paint to be considered in excellent condition. If you happen to have the box the figurine came in as well as its certificate of authenticity, the value will usually be higher since you have accompanying provenance. When storing your collectibles, keep them out of direct sunlight and in an area where they can't be knocked off of furniture to avoid the risk of getting broken. 

Rarity And Age

Just because a collectible figurine is old does not necessarily mean it's worth more. Rarity is often an indicator of value, even if your item was made in more recent years. Sometimes producers only make a few of one particular item before destroying the mold, or they may release a very special limited edition run. This translates into a rarer piece, which in turn means higher value. The demand for certain collectibles really helps determine the value of any particular item, so it's important to keep an eye on current trends when you plan to sell. If a figurine is scarce but the demand is high, you'll definitely be able to ask for a higher selling price. Keep all of these factors in mind whenever you have your collectible figurines for sale so you can get the most for your special collection.