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Things to Know About Collectible Teddy Bears

Steiff-Collector-Teddy-BearIt 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.


Lies You’ve Been Told About Collectible Steiff Teddy Bears

steiff-collectible-teddy-bearsAs a collector, newbie or seasoned, you get told things here and there. Of course, it’s you job to screen out the lies and only bring with you the hard facts. Myths and misconceptions abound for one main reason and that is misinformation. To battle it out, you need not only do your research but you must also be wary enough of the enemies that lie ahead. That said take a look at the following lies we’ve been told about collectible Steiff teddy bears.

  1. They’re only for the uber rich.

You don’t need to have a six digit salary to be able to own one. With enough diligence, you can actually save enough for one easily. Some of these collectibles can be bought for less than a thousand dollars of course depending on factors like age, rarity and condition. Sure some may be pricey to the point of crazy but you don’t necessarily have to shell out thousands of dollars to get your collection started.

  1. You’ll only score one in an auction.

Years ago this may be the only popular option but with the advent of the digital age, these collectibles are also traded across various platforms like online shops and listings. If you’re lucky and patient enough, you might even spot one at an antique store. If you’ve got destiny only our side on the other hand, you can spot one at a garage sale or a flea market. The chances may be fairly low but it’s not impossible.

  1. They’re old and vintage pieces.

A good majority of them are but definitely not all. Some collectible pieces are newly manufactured and released. They are special edition models manufactured in a limited quantity which often take a particular theme. A few examples would be the Steiff Diamond Eyes bear, the Louis Vuitton Steiff bear, the Queen Elizabeth II bear and the Karl Lagerfeld bear.

  1. You need to have a huge house to display them well.

Not necessarily although that would be awesome. Who doesn’t want a spacious house to fill with memories and knickknacks right? But you don’t need a mansion to become a collector. With smart planning and the use of systematic storage units, you can make do with whatever available space you have to display your precious teddy bears.

Have you been told these lies about collectible Steiff teddy bears too? What did you do?