Cabbage Patch dolls will be familiar to any child of the 80s! With their squished faces and quirky personalities, they were some of the hottest toys on the block.
Today, collectors are discovering the toys anew. And some of the rarest examples can command high prices.
So which ones should you look out for at your local yard sale or flea market?
That’s what we’re going to find out. Join us, as we search out the 16 rarest Cabbage Patch dolls around!
Rarest Cabbage Patch Dolls Worth Money
1. 1979 Signed Little People Laurence Archilbold $1,250
This sweet little doll was among the first Cabbage Patch Kids ever to be produced. He was made in 1979, when creator Xavier Roberts was making each doll by hand. Check out his left buttock, and you’ll find Xavier’s signature written there by hand.
Each doll came with its own paperwork – a birth certificate and adoption papers for the new parent. The doll’s details were completed on both by hand. In this case, we find an unusual spelling reproduced in both documents. Laurence’s middle name is Archilbold, with an extra “l”.
He was offered for sale in 2022. He was in good condition, wearing a striped red and white nightshirt with a nightcap and bonnet. One collector snapped him up for $1,250.
2. 1979 Signed Little People Phyllis Jessica $1,250
This is another Cabbage Patch doll made in 1979, and her name is Phyllis Jessica. She carries the signature of her creator, Xavier Roberts on her behind. And his name also appears on her birth certificate. This, together with Phyllis’ adoption papers, is still present and in great condition.
The original box is missing, however, as are Phyllis’s clothes. But she still has her white lace-up booties. And aside from a little dust and a couple of pick marks, she’s # in good condition.
She was offered for sale in May 2022 at a fixed price of $1,250. And it wasn’t long before she found a willing buyer.
3. 1979 Signed Little People Clark Norman $1,250
This red-headed cutie was another early Cabbage Patch doll. He was made in 1979, when they were referred to as “Little People”. But despite his age, he still has his official birth certificate and adoption papers, both in excellent condition.
These tell us that his name is Clark Norman. And he was born on September 5, 1979. The birth certificate lists his father as Cabbage Patch creator Xavier Roberts. His mother is co-creator Debbie Moreland.
Clark was in generally good condition when he came up for sale in 2022. He was a little dusty, and one button of his romper suit was missing. But one collector was delighted to snap him up for $1,250.
4. 1984 Spanish Cabbage Patch Doll $1,260
Cabbage Patch dolls were popular around the world. And this collectable young lady was made for the Spanish market.
She has blonde hair and wears a red smock and matching shorts. She also has her original white lace-up shoes. And she’s in lovely condition.
She was offered for sale with her original box with cabbage leaf interior – a real plus for collectors. There was only one bidder, but that keen collector was happy to pay $1,260 to take her home.
5. 1982 Prototype Brunette Cabbage Patch Doll $1,400
This doll was acquired from the estate of Graciela C, the head designer of Albert Design Co. The company were hired by Cabbage Patch makers Coleco. Their task was to find a way to make the dolls out of vinyl, rather than cloth.
The doll is a prototype, brought by Graciela from China to show to the head honchos at Coleco. It’s an early design, and many changes were made before the doll went into production.
Her body is pale yellow, instead of flesh colored. The only copyright information appears on her head, which is stamped c. Coleco 1982. And her behind is marked “Made in Hong Kong”. Her freckles, eyes and cheeks are all hand-painted. And there’s a shallow indent in her left cheek.
She was offered for sale in May 2022. The online-only auction attracted 18 bids, and she sold for $1,400.
6. 1979 Signed Little People Doll $1,750
This cute little doll dates from early in the Cabbage Patch story. She was produced back in 1979. And she’s signed by hand on the left buttock by creator Xavier Roberts.
She doesn’t have any clothes, just the original green ribbons in her hair. And when she came up for sale in 2022, she was a little dusty. There was some light staining on her arms, leg and cheek, and a small pick mark on one arm.
Her paperwork was a bit crumpled too, although both her birth and adoption certificates were present. These tell us she’s called Harriet Mabel, and she was born on August 24, 1973.
She’s a charming doll, and despite not being in perfect condition, she was offered for sale at $1,800. The seller was prepared to accept a lower offer to send Harriet to a good home.
7. 1983 Japanese Version Cabbage Patch Doll $2,800
This rare 1983 Cabbage Patch doll comes from Japan. She’s still in her original box, apparently unopened. And although that box is buckled with one significant tear, it’s still a great feature for collectors.
The doll herself is in great condition, wearing her original outfit. She has just a small spot on one hand, where the box has apparently been exposed to strong sunlight.
At the time of writing, she was for sale online, and could be yours for $2,800.
8. 1983 Signed Andree Henka $2,988
This little doll shows that rare examples can fetch high prices, even if they’re not in pristine condition.
She is called Andree Henka, and she has blonde hair with long white ribbons. But her clothing and box have long since disappeared. There’s also significant staining to her right leg – perhaps the result of a spilled beverage.
But she has some good points too. Aside from being very cute, she comes with a full set of paperwork. As well as the birth and adoption certificates, there’s her family history, the envelope pre-addressed to Babyland General Hospital Certification Center, and her original tags.
She also has the signature of Xavier Roberts on her left buttock.
All that meant that, despite her imperfections, bidding was fierce when she came to auction. She eventually sold for just under $3,000.
9. 1982 Prototype Blond Cabbage Patch Doll $3,250
This lovely prototype doll is another from the estate of Graciela C. This one is blonde, and she has several differences from the model that eventually went into production.
While the body is the same flesh shade, it’s made of a different material. This version has creases around her neck, which were ironed out in the final version. Her face is hand-painted. And the only mark on her behind is the faint legend, “Made in Hong Kong.”
She’s 16 inches tall, and was offered for sale alongside several items of documentation to prove her authenticity. These included digital copies of photographs showing Graciela at Coleco corporate events.
Prototypes of Cabbage Patch dolls rarely come to the market, and this one had great provenance. She was sold at auction in May 2022, and made $3,250.
10. 1985 Signed Agatha Wilda $3,500
This cute little doll comes with all her original paperwork, including her birth certificate and adoption papers. Her name is Agatha Wilda, and she was born in 1985.
She wears a powder pink dress and matching ribbons in her hair. Her left buttock is signed Xavier Roberts, and a facsimile of his autograph appears on the sole of her left shoe.
She was in excellent condition when she came up for sale in 2022. She’d been carefully stored, and both the doll herself and her dress were clean and undamaged.
She was offered at a fixed price of $3,500, which one lucky collector was only too happy to pay.
11. 1985 Signed Baseball Cabbage Patch Doll $3,500
This cute chap, dressed top to toe in baseball kit, is called Elton Baxter. His birth certificate is included in the package.
He wears a knitted blue baseball kit, a dark blue cap, and bright red boots embroidered with “I luv Xavier”. The signature of Xavier Roberts is printed on his left buttock.
The original box had been lost somewhere in the mists of time. But as well as the birth certificate, the package included the adoption papers and Polaroid photos. And both the doll and his clothes were dust-free and in great condition.
He was put up for sale in 2022, with one buyer snapping him up for a fixed price of $3,500.
12. 1979 Signed Little People Doll $3,500
This sweet little Cabbage Patch girl was made in 1979. She still wears her original cream pinafore dress and green ribbons in her hair.
The tag on her behind is dated 1978. On her left buttock is the autograph of Xavier Roberts, dated the following year. Interestingly, this little doll has exceptionally large thumbs!
By the time she came up for auction in 2022, her box and paperwork were long gone. But she was still in great condition, complete with her original diaper and pins.
She was sold online, with the winning bidder paying $3,500 to add her to their collection.
13. 1982 Prototype Brunette Cabbage Patch Doll $4,451
This 1982 doll is another prototype from the estate of Graciela C. This one has brown hair. And she has a number of features that distinguish her from the production line model.
These include creases around the neck, which were removed in the final doll. Her body is yellow, rather than flesh colored. Her eyes, freckles and cheeks are all hand-painted. And her head is stitched by hand to her body.
She was offered with digital copies of Graciela’s insurance certificate and photographs of her at Coleco events.
Collectors were keen to get their hands on this slice of Cabbage Patch history. When she went to auction in 2022, she received more than 20 bids, with the winner paying $4,451.
14. 1979 Signed Cabbage Patch Kid $4,995
This Cabbage Patch doll is one of the earliest on our list. She was made in 1979, but already has the characteristic squidgy face and pudgy limbs of all Cabbage Patch Kids.
By the time she came up for sale in 2022, she’d lost all her clothes. But she was otherwise in very good condition, with her hand-painted face as cute as ever. And while she may not have had any garments, she’d held onto one accessory – a sweet little wristwatch.
She had neither a certificate nor a box. But she had been signed by Xavier Roberts in the customary location of her left buttock. The signature is early and clearly written by hand.
A keen collector snapped her up in 2022 for just shy of $5,000.
15. 1986 Signed Red Haired and Green Eyed Designer Boy $8,101
This cute little Cabbage Patch boy is notable for his red hair and green eyes. He is dressed in a matching khaki jacket and jeans.
His hair is made of corn silk, and he has a sweet dimple on his chin. Both his clothes and his black boots are original, and in excellent condition. And he bears the autograph of Xavier Roberts on his left buttock.
Although he doesn’t have his box, he’s otherwise in very good shape. There’s just one small smudge on his right arm.
He was offered for sale on an online auction site in 2022. The winning bid was $8,101.
16. 1986 Signed Wedding Cabbage Patch Doll Set $10,000
Everyone loves a wedding! And this cute Cabbage Patch couple, dressed up in their wedding finery, would be a great addition to any collection.
They were issued in 1986, at the height of Cabbage Patch fever. And they are still in their original box.
Both bride and groom are dressed in white. The bride wears a satin bow in her hair and a pearl necklace. And her behind is signed by Xavier Roberts.
Also included in the set are two envelopes with the birth certificates and adoption papers for both dolls. Aside from a few wrinkles, they’re still in great condition.
The pair were put up for sale in an online auction in May 2022. There was only one bidder – but they still netted an impressive $10,000.
Cute and Costly!
That brings us to the end of our look at 16 of the rarest Cabbage Patch dolls sold in recent years. As with most collectables, rarity brings its own value. And some of these cute little critters have commanded some truly astonishing prices.
Whether you’re starting a collection or thinking of selling your own Cabbage Patch doll, we hope you’ve enjoyed learning more. And perhaps it’s brought back some happy childhood memories too!