Category Archives: Toys

Teddy Bears

imagesTeddy bears didn’t exist before 1903, the year President Teddy Roosevelt made the news with his gallant refusal to shoot a baby bear during a hunting trip. (At least, that’s what passed for gallant in those days.) Old teddy bears are common but can still fetch a decent price; antique ones can be very valuable if they interest a collector. Bears made by Ideal Toy Corp., Gund, and Stieff are the most sought after, with millions sold in various sizes. As always, condition is very important. 

Check http://www.liveauctioneers.com for bears, either in the Live auctions category (look at estimates) or the Sold category. You’ll see many that have sold for over $100, even several hundred. That should give you an idea of what yours is worth.

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