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 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.