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The Cherished Teddies Saga

First, some brief background: My uncle is a retired Catholic priest, who until a couple years ago was retired for values of "retired" that still included teaching at a university and assorted volunteerism. But now he's actually retired and, after some health issues over the past year or so, has moved into assisted living. A buyer has been found for his house, with the closing set for (I believe) the end of the month.

My mom and my aunt have been handling all the arrangements for moving or getting rid of his belongings, a process that has gone pretty smoothly except for one thing: My uncle is also a Collector with a capital C. His "kids" (a line of ceramic figurines by a particular artist, of which he acquired a complete collection between the early 70s and mid-80s; they have an actual name, but my family has always just called them "Jim's kids" for as long as I can remember) have gone with him to his new apartment, where there's room for the two curio cabinets they occupy.

The TWENTY-EIGHT-HUNDRED-PLUS Cherished Teddies he's been meticulously acquiring and curating since the early 90s? They're a little more of a challenge.

Mom has done enough research to know that they, like most collectibles, aren't really going for anything these days, so it's not like they're looking to recoup his investment. A couple of estate sale companies have already declined to handle them, though there is some potential interest from a liquidation company. Mom has, however, been told that -- as, again, with any collectible -- there are a handful of rarer specimens that might actually be worth the effort to put on eBay or what-have-you, but we have no idea which ones they are are or where one might find reliable information on the topic.

So, Hive Mind, I come to you, knowing that there are Collectors with a capital C among geekfolk who collect not just the standard geeky things, to ask:

  • Does anyone know which Cherished Teddies are currently considered relatively rare/valuable/whatever? (Jim was a "Membear" of the subscription service or what-have-you, so he does have, if not all the exclusives from that, probably most of them.)

  • Does anyone actively collect Cherished Teddies and have some you're looking for?

  • Does anyone not actively collect them, but happen to have seen a particular one that you would like to have?

Mom is attempting to locate the most current inventory list, but having seen the shelves on which they're stored (in their original boxes with their "adoption" papers), I feel confident in saying I don't need a list to tell you that if there's one you want, from any point in the history of the manufacture of these things, it's probably there.

They are currently located in suburban Detroit. Mom will be there from June 7 - 22 handling various things; my understanding is that the Teddies need to be off to their destination(s) before she goes home. Offers will, I'm sure, be gladly considered. Too many needing to be shipped would obviously be a complication, but unless there are a lot more CT collectors in the woodwork than I think there are, it's not one I really see arising.

So, if you have any input and/or a wishlist, please comment! :-)

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kirbyfest
Jun. 3rd, 2016 03:43 pm (UTC)
I always look on Ebay, which I'm sure you've already thought of. It's the only place I know of, but then, I'm not a memBEAR. :)
wiliqueen
Jun. 3rd, 2016 04:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Mom did a little poking around on eBay, but there are SO MANY. She's hoping to find someone more knowledgeable to give her some guidance. Jim just bought them all at retail as they came out, so he really doesn't know anything about that aspect of collecting. :-}
leela_cat
Jun. 4th, 2016 04:05 am (UTC)
I'd never heard of Cherished Teddies, so you got me curious.

There are stores online that seem to specialize in "retired' CTs. Like this one: http://collectorstore.com/figurines-cherished-teddies/old-retired-cherished-teddies/

Maybe your mom could contact them and see if they'd take them on consignment?
wiliqueen
Jun. 4th, 2016 12:43 pm (UTC)
It's a good thought. Thank you!
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