Linda Mullins Teddy Bears & Friends Identification & Price Guide

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9780875885803: Linda Mullins Teddy Bears & Friends Identification & Price Guide

A must-have book for all Teddy Bear lovers. You will find this research volume the ultimate identification, dating, and collector value guide to Teddy Nears and their plush animal friends. Linda Mullins has lovingly compiled over 400 full colour photos showing nearly 800 animals and gives 1,500 collector's values dating from turn-of-the-century through 1999. This is the ultimate Steiff Museum replicas, special and limited edition pieces (from 1980 to present)!

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Join the thousands of collectors on the hunt for loveable teddy bears and their friends. A teddy bear expert and well-known author of 14 books on the subject, the author offers an all-new Identification & Price Guide filled with many beguiling photographs never before published. Novices can acquire an expert eye and experienced collectors can enrich their visual vocabulary with Linda Mullins' simple, reliable and fun look at bear collecting, identification and pricing.

800 Steiff Replicas, Special and Limited Editions 800 Full Color Teddy Bears and Friends

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Teddy bears are soon to enter their second century. Since I authored my first Price Guide seven years ago, collecting teddy bears (and other soft animals) continues to climb both as a casual hobby and a serious form of investment. The surge of teddy bear collecting which overtook the United States during the 1980s wasted no time infiltrating Europe and making its way to Japan and the Pacific Rim. Today, with thousands of collectors on the hunt for these lovable creatures, the necessity of knowledge in this filed is more significant than ever. This book stems from my undying love of teddy bears and my life-long desire to place this magical fellow in his rightful role as an international ambassador of good will. It is that goal which fuels my thirst for teddy bear information and the passion to share some of that wisdom with you. My goal is to help you become your own best expert by teaching you a few methods for establishing the pedigree of you acquisitions.

In selecting bears and animals to be represented on these pages, the focus is on those with the most predominant and obvious identifying characteristics. This should give you a starting point to determine your bear's origin. The challenges of playing bear sleuth and trying to uncover the mystery of the beginnings of some of my favorite bears only deepens my appreciation for them and their animal pals. The more I learn, the more I love them. Hopefully, this will be the outcome for you as well. For details on the beginning of teddy bears and some of the early manufacturers, please refer to my books Teddy Bears Past and Present, Volumes I & II (Hobby House Press).

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