Xavier Roberts is an American businessman and quilt artist, and brought the Cabbage Patch Doll to the mass market. In the late 1970s, during the American Folk art movement, Roberts learned several skills in doll making from various materials. Influenced by his mother made, he started experimenting with quilted dolls, and after much experimentation, he created doll he named "Little People". By 1982 The Little People evolved into Cabbage Patch Kids. The dolls became quickly a major toy trend. A staggering 20 million dolls were sold in 1985, and by 1999, 95 million had been bought worldwide.

Original Cabbage Patch Dolls

In 1982, with sales for the originals falling precipitously, Roberts hired Roger Schlaifer as the doll concept's exclusive licensing agent. To build the first mass-market children's brand, Schlaifer changed the name to Cabbage Patch Kids— designing the ubiquitous graphics and logo.

The plastic version of the Robert' dolls became the toy phenomenon of the eighties — with people rioting in stores to purchase the hot, new dolls — and everything else branded Cabbage Patch Kids. The original Cabbage Patch Dolls are still hand-stitched and are available exclusively from Babyland and its website. Adoption Agents administer a special Oath of Adoption ceremony for adoptive parents. Adoption fees for vintage Cabbage Patch dolls range from $170 to $375 plus tax.

While sales and other licensed products declined precipitously after the sale, the Cabbage Patch dolls have become a mainstay of the doll industry, and one of the few long-running toy brands.

Archived news article COLECO MOVES OUT OF THE CABBAGE PATCH from 1985.

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Updated: 10 May 2019

Cabbage Patch Kids value and price guide

What's your 'Cabbage Patch Kids' worth? Here are some recently sold items (USA):

Picture Title Date sold Price
1987 Little People Soft Sculpture 07/2019 $10 000.00
Little People Soft Sculpture Boy Girl 07/2019 $1 950.99
1985 Doll Teresa Ann By Coleco 04/2019 $2 000.00
1979 Xavier Roberts Hand Signed Little 07/2019 $850.00
1979 Xavier Roberts Hand Signed Little 07/2019 $850.00
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Sue - June 24, 2019

My mother adopted a cabbage patch baby doll (Little People) back in 1980 named Jennifer Joy. We've looked up the dolls on EBay and we believe she may be a vintage collector's item. As hard as it is to let her go, my mother in interested in selling her. My mother has kept her in perfect condition all these years. She's appears to be one of the originals signed by Xavier Roberts back in 1978 and even her nightgown is signed by him. We have the birth certificate, family history, letters from where she was bought, letter from Babyland General, and even a birthday card for her first birthday from Xavier Roberts and the folks at Babyland General. We’re hoping someone can point us in the right direction. My mother is 81 years old and she would like to see her go to someone who would appreciate her as much as she did. Thanks so much for your help. Sue
►reply: For value, you can look on this page: Cabbage Patch signed dolls. As for selling, eBay is your best bet. But if you want to connect more with real fans, I suggest looking at this Facebook group: Cabbage Patch Kids Fans. Maybe you can find an enthusiastic collector who wants to adopt your doll.

Phil - June 23, 2019

I have a 1986 in the box unopened doll, name on the certificate is Faith Ebba, would that be of value to anyone?

Zud - March 18, 2019

Looking for value of a little people doll purchased at Babyland during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Doll has original paperwork and has never been touched. Mint
►reply: Around 25-40 USD.

Ellen - November 16, 2018

my 3 cabbage patch doll are all Original Appalachan Art 1978-1982 are they worth much?
►reply: Have a look here for some ideas.

Nany - July 27, 2018

Hello,I have 2 vintage cabbage patch dolls PMI 1985 Reg No PA-1044
►reply: They're lovely :-) Try to find the value through the 'sold listings' link in the description.

Gloria - April 18, 2018

Martha Nelson Thomas RIP, is the originator and inventor of the Cabbage patch doll, The idea grew in her brain NOT mr roberts, please be certain that material on the site is based on actual fact in regards to cabbage patch dolls thanks regards Gloria
►reply: You're right and I found an interesting article about this from 1983: 'Custody' fight over Cabbage Patch dolls