True '90s girls will remember American Girl dolls: Samantha, Felicity, Molly — the whole gang. Now, the toys have become rare collector's items worth thousands of dollars, with many having been taken out of production.
The American Girl collection was launched in 1986 with just three dolls, each with a historical background: Kristen Larson was a pioneer from Minnesota, Samantha Parkington was an orphan at the turn of the century, and Molly McIntire was from the World War II-era.
With Samantha and Nellie discontinued in 2009 (though Samantha was brought back this fall), Felicity and Elizabeth discontinued in 2011, and Molly and Emily archived at the beginning of this year, it's no wonder the dolls are fetching huge sums on eBay (based, of course, on their condition and age).
Pay special attention if you have a doll from the 90s; the ones with the highest asking price are from before Mattel took over the company in 1998.
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Let's take a look at what some of the dolls are going for:
This vintage Kirsten doll that comes with a bed and an apron is going for $579.
This Samantha doll with multiple outfits and furniture has a starting bid of $700.
Another Samantha, sans accessories, is going for $549.99.
Happened to be a child hoarder? Kirsten's complete collection, which is every accessory or clothing item she had, is going for $2,775.
These Molly and Samantha dolls have a starting bid of $1,990.
These unopened Molly and Emily dolls are being sold together with their books for $451.51.
Kanani, the American Girl doll of the year in 2011, is being sold for $525. Another Kanani is going for $618.99.
Another with all of her accessories is going for nearly $3,000.
Lindsey, the doll of the year for 2001, is going for $549.
And this Kirsten doll with a big collection of accessories has a buy it now price of $750.
As seen above, the dolls aren't the only valuable collectibles: The accessories you have lying around could be worth something too.
Just one of her dresses is also being sold for over $60.
A complete set of the paperbacks is even going for $175!
Today's lesson: Never play with your toys.