Hello, Michelle here. I appreciate the opportunity to assist you.
MA dolls from the 1970's and 80's sell for about $30 each in the condition you mention. The exception would be a 'rare' doll of which I don't think any were created during this period of time.
If you do have 14" bride dolls they will bring around $50 each.
I am a doll collector and know how hard it can be parting with the dolls you love but due to finances I had to pare down my collection and the money I made took away any sadness I felt by selling them.
So if you can get a decent amt of money from selling them and you need the money I would say yes.
Yes, I know
My mom has antique French and German dolls that she paid a small fortune for and we cannot sell them for anywhere near what she paid for them.
What year are they from
Dolly Madison was the first in the series that was put out in the mid 70's
It looks like, according to my reference book, that the first set of 6 dolls is selling for around $600 and the second set at $500
You can find them priced much higher on the Internet but it doesn't look like they are selling at the higher prices
The economy on most antiques and collectibles is so far down right now that I have taken the opportunity to close my online shop to revamp it. My sales in the past 9 months went from around $5,000 a month to 1 sale in 3 months.
If you were to set up a booth at a doll show you would probably get a pretty fair price for them
I hope that it all comes back soon or else I will have to find a new line of work.
I know, early MA dolls have retained the value because they were not produced in massive numbers like they are today, or the past 30 years. Over production on anything will drive the price lower.
But MA dolls will come back with everything else, soon I hope.
You might take a look on eBay at the closed auctions and see if any are selling for decent prices. eBay is a good gauge of what is selling and what isn't.
She stepped out of the main business and took on an advisory role in 1985 and retired in 1988.
There are several books on Madame Alexander dolls, I use a book for modern collectibles on the secondary market which tends to give a more realist view of what items are actually selling for. Price guides get their prices from auctions and retailer's so those prices are meant as a guide only and especially in a good economic climate.
Madame Alexander Collector's Dolls Price Guide by Linda Crowsey
I think the last one to come out was around 2009
Most large libraries or large chain bookstores will have one you can look through