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Collector's Guide to Ideal Dolls: Identification & Values, 3rd Edition Paperback – Illustrated, November 15, 2004
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A fun read, the book is well organized and gives collectors the story behind these wonderful dolls. With the addition of new photos and up-to-date information and values, this book is a highly readable reference guide, providing sweeping coverage of every known doll produced by this amazing company. An invaluable addition to the doll collector's library. -Antiques & Collecting Magazine
About the Author
Judith Izen is the author of two bestselling doll books, Collector's Guide to Ideal Dolls, now in its third edition, and American Character Dolls, and is the co-author of the Collector's Encyclopedia of Vogue Dolls, now in its second edition.
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Collector's Guide to Ideal Dolls: Identification & Values, 3rd Editionis a pure pleasure for the Ideal doll collector, or anyone who would like to relive a little childhood nostalgia. Ideal Dolls is a gorgeous book that is generous sized and filled with colorful photographs on nearly every page. Having owned two other editions of Ideal Dolls, the Third Edition is my personal favorite. Readers will find detailed information on hundreds of Ideal dolls, even those that are exceedingly rare, or those that were of limited production.
Ideal Dolls is useful for collectors as a reference guide for identifying Ideal dolls, and genuine original clothing. The book is an essential for seamstresses wishing to recreate authentic looking reproductions in garments. **Please note--that reproduction garments which are intended for sale must always be identified as such.
Included are price guides for the dolls which may or may not be helpful for those looking to purchase dolls on internet sites or doll shows. Actual worth of nearly any vintage doll is actually very subjective. However, price estimates may help to orient newer Ideal doll collectors regarding scarcity and rarity of certain dolls such as hair color, unusual garments, etc. An example included in the book is the Ideal Jackie doll. Ideal Jackie is extremely scarce, and rarely found. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis pursued legal channels to halt production of the Ideal Jackie doll as she felt that the doll was created in her personal likeness without her consent. And thus, the Ideal Jackie doll was extremely limited in production and consequently is an exceedingly rare Ideal doll. Collector's Guide to Ideal Dolls: Identification & Values, 3rd Edition will also be a joy for Shirley Temple doll collectors. It appears that nearly every type of Ideal Shirley Temple doll, in various sizes and arrayed in dozens of different garments is featured. Even the most avid Ideal Doll collectors will find new information and variations in their favorite dolls in this very impressive book.
The first pages of the book document the history of Ideal dolls, years of manufacture, and materials used. Readers will be fascinated with factual details of bestselling dolls and those that were dismal failures in terms of sales. And appendix in the back is extremely helpful as it describes Ideal stamps on the dolls, and the corresponding years respective to production of various dolls.
Collector's Guide to Ideal Dolls: Identification & Values, 3rd Edition is a gorgeous book, which would be an excellent conversational piece on a coffee table, or a very useful guide for Ideal doll collectors. It is a essential guide for collectors and admirers alike of Ideal brand dolls.
Edition!!! I was so upset when I got this book, it is exactly like the 2nd Edition same pictures and all!!! I was hoping it would share a "new and different" version of the clothing and dolls. All I could see that was different is the pricing, but that wont help you much because it all depends on the demand of the item. You can go to Ebay and do a search on "ended" auctions to get an idea of what something is going for. Prices change each and everyday.