It may seem like we’re stating the obvious but believe it or not, a lot of people are still in the dark about collectible teddy bears. They may have heard of them but not enough to truly understand what they’re all about. To fix that, we’re dishing out some hard facts on what it means to have these coveted cuddly wonders.
#1: They’re historically valuable.
Collectible teddy bears can either be vintage finds or limited edition designs. In some cases, it can be both which only further escalates their value historically and fiscally. Many vintage pieces can be hard to find especially if we’re looking at items in great condition and those that were made for more than a century ago. Richly documented histories like that of the Teddy Girl or Steiff Alonso make them very desirable.
#2: They’re financially valuable.
They could fetch prices at auctions that’ll make your eyeballs pop out of their sockets. Although some may be more affordable than others, there are a few that aren’t only extremely rare but also made out of the most precious of materials. Take the $2.1 million Steiff Louis Vuitton Bear bought and owned by South Korean Jessie Kim. It features a light fur Steiff bear dressed in a complete LV gear with a signature luggage. There’s the Diamond Eyes Teddy too with its golden thread for fur and eyes made of sapphires and diamonds each retailing at $84,000 a piece more than a decade ago.
#3: It takes a lot to own them.
And we don’t just mean money. Having a collectible teddy bears stash comes with a lot of responsibility. They need regular care and maintenance and unlike the usual stuffed toys, they will press for more in terms of caution, storage and of course financial resources. We can’t just wash or repair them on our own. We’ll need special tools and supplies and in many cases trips to a professional toy repair shops. They are no child’s play.
#4: They necessitate knowledge.
Purchasing, owning and trading collectible teddy bears not only require passion and interest. It also calls for adequate knowledge about each piece. Research has to be done even if it means scouring not just the nooks and crannies of the internet but also of public libraries if need be. This is to better provide the right care, as well as be able to identify authentic from fake.