Q. My daughter has a collection of over 30 Strawberry Shortcake dolls. I was wondering if you have any idea what they're worth.
A. Artists at American Greetings Corp. created Strawberry Shortcake in 1979 as a character decorating greeting cards and stationery. She was such a hit that Kenner Products introduced a line of Strawberry Shortcake dolls and toys later that year. Kenner made nine "flat-hand" dolls the first year, most of them 5 1/2 inches tall. All were scented to smell like their names (such as Blueberry Muffin and Huckleberry Pie). Kenner made nearly 50 different Strawberry Shortcake dolls between 1979 and 1985, including rag dolls, baby dolls, and miniatures. At least some of your daughter's dolls appear to have the early flat hands. These dolls sell for about $10 to $15 apiece today.
Information about Strawberry Shortcake dolls and collectibles is available on the Kenner Products Web site, www.kennertoys.com. The site includes links to collector sites. Also see Strawberry Shortcake Collectibles by Jan Lindenberger (Schiffer, Atglen, PA, c1998).
There is a newsletter for collectors, Strawberryland Gazette, 138 E. Main Cross, Greenville, KY 42345, website: www.strawberrybonkers.com.
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