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According to Today, the Precious Moments figurines from the “Original 21” collection that was released in 1979 are considered vintage collectibles and could be worth up to $750.
The publication reports that the most prized “Original 21” piece is called “God Loveth a Cheerful Giver,” according to an expert. The statue features a blonde child with a bow in her hair, holding a sign that says “FREE puppies” and standing next to a wheelbarrow full of dogs. Originally, the price tag for the item was $15, but now it asks between $150 and $750 on eBay. Parents reports that if you have an entire collection of the “Original 21” set, you could potentially sell them all for thousands of dollars.
According to Today, those who think they are in possession of these prized vintage items should pay special attention to how old the item is (the older, the pricier) and if it was a limited edition, as not every Precious Moment item will rake in bundles of cash.
Also, any defect on the items will significantly lower the price tag, including chips and scratches. Paul Burton, a spokesperson for Woolvey Fine Antiques & Collectibles, recommended to Today that people should dust their figurines with a makeup brush and wash them gently with mild, soapy water if necessary, but be careful not to get any water inside.
And while they won’t bring in nearly as the “Original 21” collection, other Precious Moments items are going higher than asking price on eBay, including the Disney Precious Moments figure featuring Cinderella and Prince Charming called “Your Love is a Perfect Fit,” which displays a boy putting a glass slipper on a girl. The statue is now worth anywhere from $80 to $100.