How to Collect Teddy Bears (Part IV)

Make sure to keep the tags and original packaging on your teddy bears.

Check the bear’s label 

Labels, if they are still on the bear, will typically be found on their arm or in the ear of the teddy bear. Early bears didn’t each time come with labels, and homemade bears usually lack them as well. Labels can aid you in identifying the origins and make of the bear. Though, be cautious of fake labels if the bear is pricey.

Note the condition of your teddy bears 

Much-loved bears have a habit of getting holes, patches, and stitches. This doesn’t mean they’re not collectible. However, it does mean that you must be mindful of the possibility that the bear has fragilities and if it’s a vintage collectible, this can modify the value.

Inspect for tears, split seams, rips, and poor repair work. These can lessen the value of the teddy bear.

Look under clothing on dressed bears to see what it might be hiding by way of repairs or replaced bear parts.

Is it faded? Over time bears fade. Inspect the color beneath joints or spots under clothing and compare to the exposed parts of the bear to see how much fading has taken place.

Upkeeping your collection

Keep tags in place 

If buying brand new teddy bears just for the sake of having a collection, keep all tags in place and keep the boxes or another packaging too. These can all raise the value of the teddy bear. If you don’t have room for boxes, open them with care and pack them flat somewhere safe from disturbance and insects.

Ensure that the teddy bears are properly looked after

Teddy bear collections are more treasured when the bears forming the collection are preserved in as good a condition as possible, in spite of make, age, and rarity.


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