Adventure Bound Hummel

The company was founded in 1923 by Albert Messmer and his brother Michael Ludwig Messmer, with the name “Messmer & Co” in Hamburg, Germany; that same year, the Messmer brothers introduced the first football boots to the world. Hummel became Danish after being taken over by Bernhard Weckenbrock in 1956, who moved its base to Kevelaer, North Rhine-Westphalia. Since 1999, Hummel has been a part of the Danish Thornico Group founded by Christian and Thor Stadil.Being one of the oldest sportswear brands in the business with roots in football & handball, Hummel has previously been worn by football teams such as Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Southampton, Benfica and the Denmark national team. Today, Hummel continues to sponsor clubs and players within handball and football.

Hummel International Sport & Leisure A/S, commonly known as Hummel (stylized hummel), is a Danish manufacturing company of sportswear brand based in Aarhus owned by Thornico. The company currently manufactures apparel for football, rugby league, futsal, handball, basketball, shinty, volleyball and esport teams. Moreover, the company also offers apparel and footwear for children alongside its fashion sub-brand, Hummel HIVE.
So how much are Hummels worth? In recent decades, the market for Hummels has experienced fluctuations and dips in price, but current market trends suggest that truly outstanding Hummels for sale can still achieve impressive prices at auction. Hummel production by the Goebel company ceased in 2008 when a subsidiary company assumed operation, so it seems the ever-increasing rarity of antique and vintage Hummels over time will support the longevity of the market.With hundreds of variations of Hummel figurines created since the 1930s, there is an array of exceptional examples in the market, but there are several key characteristics that unite them. These are the three hallmarks to look for:

It was through such sales that Hummels eventually arrived on the desk of Franz Goebel, the director of a German pottery company. Inspired by Hummel’s endearing designs, Goebel negotiated a collaboration with the Bavarian nun to transform her paintings into ceramic pieces.
Limited Edition Sister’s Children Hummel figurine, created to celebrate Hummel’s 100th Anniversary. Sold for $3,750 via Blackwell Auctions LLC (January 2021).

Stoking such prices is the fascinating history of Hummel figurines, which begins with Bavarian nun Berta Hummel in the early 20th century. Hummel assumed the name of Sister Maria Innocentia in 1931 when she joined a Franciscan convent in southern Germany. Having just completed art school, Hummel dabbled in painting during her early days, depicting the jolly likenesses of rosy-cheeked children in her works. Her fellow sisters encouraged her and even suggested that she sell her work.
Goebel Hummel figurines debuted to the public at the 1935 Trade Fair in Leipzig, Germany, and their success was immediate. Within months, Goebel’s company had begun work on more than 40 additional designs. This rapid ascent, however, was cut short in subsequent years with the rise of Nazi control of Europe. Nazi forces soon limited and ultimately ceased Hummel production. They also shuttered the convent that Hummel called home in 1940.First, as a test of authenticity, these Hummels bear the inscription “M.I. Hummel,” as an homage to Sister Maria Innocentia. Second, they will bear the mold number, which can fall anywhere between #100 and #2000. Third, these figurines should bear a trademark in the form of a bee, a crown, or the Goebel company name. These trademarks are essential in determining the age of the figurine, and determining the age is crucial to assessing its value.

Another favorite in the field of Hummel collecting is the International series of figurines that debuted in the 1940s. These styles, scattered among the #800 and #900 molds, feature the iconic Hummel figure dressed in the traditional garb of various nationalities, including Serbia, Hungary, and the former Czechoslovakia. Though more generic in their nomenclature than other Hummels with catchy or cute titles, these International figures nevertheless can rank among the most expensive in the market.
Berta Hummel died in 1946 following the end of World War II, succumbing to tuberculosis at the young age of 37. The legacy she had begun, however, would live on. Goebel restarted production of Hummel figurines that same year, and soon thereafter, the delightful collectibles were back in demand. They became particularly popular among American troops stationed in Europe, whose export of Hummels back to the United States as souvenirs for family members fueled early American interest. Goebel worked with immensely talented artists over the years to ensure that the quality and artistry of each Hummel figurine was exceptional and of the same standards as Hummel herself would have expected.While modestly priced Hummels dominate the market, exceptional examples of these rosy-cheeked children can sell between several hundred to several thousand dollars. Some, such as the “Adventure Bound” figure group, have reached prices over $4,000. At a January 2021 auction at Blackwell Auctions LLC, the sale of a rare Hummel Signs of Spring figure (below) even yielded $5,500.

Both cute and coveted by collectors, Hummel figurines were one of the hottest collectibles of the 20th century. Their appeal continues today, as the scarcity of some styles has driven prices to record heights.We recognize you are attempting to access this website from a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA) including the EU which enforces the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and therefore access cannot be granted at this time. For any issues, contact [email protected] or call (717) 394-3047.The sketch art of Maria Innocentia Hummel began to appear in the 1930s in Germany and Switzerland, mostly pastoral drawings of children. The German art publisher Ars Sacra was involved in the early popularization of the art on postcards. Hummel’s “art cards” became popular throughout Germany, catching the eye of Franz Goebel, porcelain maker and head of W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik. Goebel acquired rights to turn Hummel’s drawing into figurines, producing the first line in 1935. The figurines were introduced at the Leipzig Trade Fair, a major European show for the industry. Goebel was known for presenting new and novel products that attracted American distributors. By the end of the year, 46 M.I. Hummel motifs were on the market, sold in America at Marshall Field & Co. of Chicago and other American retailers.Das Berta-Hummel-Museum im Hummelhaus opened in 1994 in the Hummel family home in Massing, Germany, the birthplace of the artist Berta Hummel, later known as Maria Innocentia. Berta Hummel’s nephew Alfred Hummel and his daughter, Veronika direct the museum which houses the largest collection of M.I. Hummel figurines in Europe as well as the paintings and drawings of Berta Hummel completed before she joined the Convent. Donald Stephens, longtime mayor of Rosemont, Illinois, was a prolific collector of Hummel figurines. In 1984, Stephens donated his collection to the Village of Rosemont to be displayed in a museum. The Donald E. Stephens Museum of Hummels opened in its current location in Rosemont on March 13, 2011. The museum purports to be the largest collection of Hummel figurines in the world. After the end of World War II, the popularity of Hummel figurines grew as American soldiers stationed in West Germany began sending the figurines home as gifts. Nostalgia associated with the figurines and the U.S. soldiers buying them led to Hummel figurines becoming a popular collector’s item. Popularity increased even more when the figurines were sold by the Army PX system. As travel to Europe became more commonplace, the figurines, with their folkloric appearance, were often purchased as souvenirs. A vibrant speculator market in Hummel figurines developed in the 1970s, and Hummel figurines skyrocketed in price. M.I. Hummel collector plates made by Goebel and sold by the Goebel Collectors Club, were a prominent item in the Bradford Exchange, a supplier of collectible plates. Today, figurine offerings include traditional M.I. Hummel figurines, special limited editions, a figurine series featuring Swarovski crystal elements, the Hope Series that donates a portion of the proceeds to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Annual Angels, and more. Retail prices for authentic M.I. Hummel figurines range from just over $100 for simple figurines to well over $1,000 for larger and more intricate pieces. There is also an active second-hand market for the figurines.A later volume, The Hummel Album, was published in 1992 by Portfolio Press. A team of writers, designers and photographers worked with the figurine manufacturer to tell the M.I. Hummel story. Hummel figurines (also known as M.I. Hummel figurines or simply Hummels) are a series of porcelain figurines based on the drawings of Maria Innocentia Hummel. In September 2017, this company also declared bankruptcy. On 22 December 2017, it became public news that Bernd Foertsch, a businessman from Kulmbach, intended to acquire Hummel Manufaktur. The acquisition has meanwhile been completed. Bernd Foertsch now wants the company to undergo a process of restructuring. He will put the company’s focus on direct sales and an extensive community concept to integrate the huge collectors’ community. The annual production of figurines will be reduced from 55,000 to 20,000. Moreover, no figurine smaller than ten centimeters or less than €100 will be manufactured.

Why is Hummel so expensive?
Rarity of Specific Figurines Limited-edition Hummel figurines bring higher values than pieces with much larger production runs. Retired figurines—ones that are no longer on the market—command better prices than pieces that are currently in production. A rare Hummel figurine can bring a value of $1000 or more.
Production of Hummel figurines by Goebel was taken over in early 2009 by Manufaktur Rödental GmbH under the direction of Jörg Köster. Following the 2013 bankruptcy of Manufaktur Rödental, a new international management team took over the M.I. Hummel figurine business in 2014. Figurine production continued in Germany under Hummel Manufaktur GmbH, with North American distribution handled by Newboden Brands. M.I. Hummel figurines continue to be produced in the original factory in Rödental, Germany, where they have been made since 1935. They are still created with the strict oversight of the Convent of Siessen, where M.I. Hummel lived and worked.Many books and price guides have been published about Hummel figurines. Some of these works supported the secondary market interest of collector speculators; The Official M.I. Hummel Price Guide: Figurines and Plates, 2nd Edition, by Heidi Ann Von Recklinghausen is a current price guide, published in 2013. Another respected guide, The No. 1 Price Guide to M.I. Hummel, written by Robert L. Miller, was last updated as a 10th Edition in 2006.

The best selling quarto-size art book about Hummel figurines, Hummel: The Complete Collector’s Guide and Illustrated Reference, was authored by author Eric Ehrmann, who conducted extensive interviews with members of the family of Maria Innocentia Hummel and visited her ancestral home in Massing, Bavaria. Author Eric Ehrmann also visited the Kloster Siessen where Hummel lived and sketched in Saulgau and interviewed Radegundis Wespel, the director of the convent. He also conducted extensive research at the archives of W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik at Roedental, Bavaria, West Germany and interviewed workers as well as executives of the company including Wilhelm Goebel himself. The large art book format featuring life-size color photography of the figurines was an overnight success in the summer of 1976 when it was published by the Portfolio Press of Huntington, New York.

Is Hummel a German brand?
Hummel InternationalTypeSubsidiaryIndustrySports equipmentFounded1923 in Hamburg, GermanyFounderAlbrech & Ludwig MessmerHeadquartersAarhus , Denmark
In 1977, The Goebel Collector’s Club was founded in the U.S. The Club was to be an information service for the growing number of M.I. Hummel collectors. In 1989, the Club expanded internationally and the name changed to the M.I. Hummel Club. Still in operation today, the Club offers an array of membership benefits including a quarterly magazine, INSIGHTS, and Club Exclusive figurines created just for members. A free gift figurine is sent every year to those who join or renew their membership. There are Club Conventions, a European travel program and other benefits. A network of Local Chapters was organized in 1978 and spread across North America and the world. Local Chapter members meet in person to share knowledge and friendship.

By that time, Dr. Herbert Dubler and Ars Sacra had already established a New York-based distribution company. Dubler brought a number of Hummel’s products from Germany into the United States market—postcards, folders, and later figurines.
Goebel produced the first Hummel figurines in 1935 and production continues until this day. Each one goes through a long, painstaking process involving multiple artisan sculptors, master mold makers, and painters.This piece was produced in 1000 units, which makes it an extremely rare Hummel figurine. It’s even more valuable with the porcelain identification plaque, which came with the original figurines.

These figurines display a group of school boys and a group of school girls, respectively. Each figure depicts the students standing together with their school supplies.Look for any odd hues and shades on your figurine. If you can, reference the colors of a verified Hummel. It doesn’t need to be exactly the same figurines. The color palette can be recognized across genuine Hummel figurines.Hopefully, this article has been a good introduction to the world of M.I. Hummel and her darling figurines. Her legacy and vision of the pastoral German countryside will live on through the Hummel figurines.

Except for a few short breaks during World War II and in the early 2000s, the figurines have been in continuous production, breathing life into hundreds of M.I Hummel’s drawings.
Of course, the most obvious options to consider are popular online marketplaces, like Craigslist and eBay. While these websites get millions of visitors every day, buyers are often looking for cheap deals and may not be collectors willing to pay what your figurine is worth.After the figurines are assembled, they’re fired three times in a kiln, glazed, and fired once more. The glazed blanks are finely painted using a palette of more than 200 colors, all handpicked by Maria Innocentia Hummel way back in the 1930s.

These numbers are usually cast with the figurine or incised in the soft porcelain, so they are a permanent identification feature. Cross-referencing the HUM number online will easily tell you the name of the figurine and give you additional information about it.
The Goebel company carefully controls the production process in order to ensure that a Hummel figurine made in 2010 is exactly the same as one made in 1950. Here’s a brief overview of the process:There are more specialized websites focusing on antiques and collectibles of value, like Ruby Lane. This website is popular among serious collectors and professional art and antiques traders. While it receives less traffic, visitors are more targeted and likely to treat your Hummel figurines appropriately.A good way to liquidate the value of your Hummel figurine is to sell it at an auction. Most auction companies organize collectible auctions, advertised to networks of knowledgeable collectors and traders.

With an estate sale, you set the price so you can ensure they will sell at fair market value. That said, you should be wary of who appraises your collection of Hummel figurines. It’s easy to underprice one, since even minuscule details can dramatically change the price.
It’s very easy to tell a forgery from an authentic Hummel figurine if you put them side by side and know what to look for. In addition to carrying the unique style and proportions of Maria Innocentia’s original drawings as well as its TMK mark and identification symbols, be on the lookout for the following when trying to decipher if your Hummel is authentic or not:Forgeries often weigh less than real Hummel figurines. The Goebel company uses a specific porcelain mix which makes the final product feel rather solid. Copies frequently use cheaper materials like chalk, plaster, or even plastic.If the Hummel figurines are part of an estate that you inherited or need to clear, consider organizing an estate sale. If advertised properly, the Hummel figurines can be the main selling point of the event and attract collectors who might buy other items as well.As many as twelve different figurines exist with a back stamp of “Beswick – England”—a well-known porcelain manufacturer. These are usually marked with mold numbers 903 to 914.

Where can I sell Hummels 2023?
Auction Houses The best place by far is an auction house that specializes in Hummels or collectibles.
Most Hummel figurines are worth $50-$75. Some models reach several hundred dollars. Special individual Hummel figurines can be sold for thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars. For a good starting point, reference this Hummel Figurine Guide, but note that prices can vary widely depending on certain factors.This is where history ends. Nobody can prove who really produced the Beswick figurines, but this is the magic of the collector market. Speculation and mystery always bear a good price.

M.I. Hummel’s enticing designs made for lots of copycats, imitations, and pieces inspired by her drawings. In addition to the pieces made during World War II, Asian manufacturers have flooded the market with copies and reproductions, which are worth considerably less.
First, an artwork of Maria Innocentia Hummel was selected for the new figurine. She was so prolific in her drawings, new figurines continued to be produced long after her death. Goebel first started with TMK-1 (oldest) and moved all the way through TMK-8 (newest). Suffice to say, if you have a TMK-2 or a TMK-3, your Hummel is older and worth more. A master sculptor then created a clay figurine from the drawing, spending weeks perfecting the shapes, lines, and features in an effort to stay as close to Hummel’s work as possible. Once the sculpture was approved, a master model was made. Once you’re sure of the type, authenticity, and you have a ballpark of it’s worth, it’s time to make some cash. Here are the most popular ways you can sell your Hummel figurines: You’ve probably seen a Hummel figurine atop somebody’s fireplace—a sweet child reading a book, playing music, or going about their daily task. These porcelain figurines embody the simple beauty of the early 20th century Bavarian countryside.A young photographer snaps a picture of three children with their toys and dog. This is a complex scene with a number of characters and small details. Only 2,500 of these were produced, which is the main price- forming factor.

Each Goebel-produced figurine is stamped with the company logo. Different logos were used in different periods, which makes it easy to identify how old your Hummel is.After graduating with honors from the State School of Applied Arts in Munich in 1931, Berta joined the Franciscan Sisters of Siessen, where she was given the name of Maria Innocentia.

Finally, real Goebel-made Hummels use a specific color palette defined by Maria Innocentia herself. Fake Hummels are usually colored similarly, but not quite the same, making it easy to spot a reproduction.

One of the most popular Hummel figurines is “Adventure Bound.” The scene depicts six characters, equipped with a large spear and a lantern, venturing into the world.
This guide can help you identify your Hummel figurine and it’s worth, however, it’s not exhaustive. If you believe you have an extraordinary example, it’s best to contact experts in antiques and collectibles.The fake figurine might have missing, added, or displaced features. For example, the head is turned to the other side, the facial expression is different, or a patch of grass is missing.

A boy or a girl figurine sitting on an apple tree branch. These can be sold individually or as a set. Some of the early models (tmk-1, tmk-2, and tmk-3) are among the highest-priced Hummel figurines ever.
Born in 1909 in Massing, Germany, Berta Hummel was encouraged by her parents to develop her artistic talent. When speaking of her creative insight, her mother, Victoria Hummel, said “… a bunch of pretty flowers, a pleasing child’s face, a beautiful evening mood, an autumnal forest. All these things could delight her and she would stand and look and look, for what seemed like an eternity.”

Each figurine has the so-called Hummel or HUM number. It’s a 1 – 4 digit number that identifies its model. For example, Adventure Bound is #347. Figurines produced in different sizes, also have designators appended to the HUM.
In the early 1930s, Hummel’s drawings were published as postcards by Munich-based publisher Ars Sacra. They soon caught the eye of Franz Goebel—master porcelain maker and owner of the W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik.It was at the convent that sister Hummel started drawing sweet children with rosy cheeks performing daily tasks. The drawings represented her childhood in Bavaria—scenes of innocence and sincerity.From the master, copies were produced, molding numerous figurine parts using liquid ceramic. Complex figurines are made from up to 40 individual pieces, which are molded separately and joined later.Goebel decided to render Hummel’s drawings as porcelain figurines. After initial resistance, M.I. Hummel agreed, reserving the right to choose the official color palette and approve every single figurine.

What is the rarest Hummel figurine?
Adventure Bound is the most rare and valuable Hummel figurine. This 8-inch figure depicts seven little boys heading out on an adventure.
The process to render the drawing into a completed porcelain figurine could take months and each step received the approval of the Sisters of Siessen. With all the work that goes into making these figurines, it’s no wonder that they’re so highly prized.Because Ars Sacra was the first company to publish M.I. Hummel’s work (the initial postcards) and held copyrights to her art, many consider the Dubler figurines as legitimate collector pieces.

After Hummel’s death in 1946, this right was transferred to an Artistic Board of the Sisters of Siessen, who continue to closely guard Hummel’s philosophy and artistic style to this day.
As you can see in the picture above, it’s easy to identify the shape and style of the bee and V symbols. A full bee is typically depicted in older models, and the image pays homage to Hummel, whose name means “bumblebee” in German.In 1940, Germany stopped sending products for Dubler to sell. Faced with huge demand, Dubler decided to create new products that closely followed the original art of M.I Hummel but were designed and manufactured in New York.

Thus today, both the Dubler figurines and the Beswick figurines are much sought after collector items, even though they are not “authentic” Hummel figurines.
Thus the Dubler figurines were born. There may be as many as 50 different figurines produced by Herbert Dubler Inc. These figurines are made out of plaster-like material and usually feature a copyright date, “B. Hummel” and either “Herbert Dubler, Inc.” or “Ars Sacra” incised onto the base of the figurines.

You cannot get enough of this gem from the Hummel Manufaktur. The imposing figurine is based on a drawing by Sister M. Innocentia, illustrating an old Swabian legend.
Hummel Club Member? Sign in to see your Club Exclusive and Anniversary items, renew your membership, and receive FREE shipping on all orders over $150! Sign InI have a pretty large Hummel collection (purchased in Germany), as well as a large collection of Precious Moments i would like to sell,but I live in Louisville, Kentucky, and don’t know of any places nearby. Can anyone help? I really am desperate to sell for financial reasons, but am not willing to get screwed. My former husband passed away and I am trying to dispose of his belongings. He has a huge hummel collection and I’m overwhelmed with trying to sell and need some assistance – can anyone help? Note: Most auction houses have collectible auctions. You can find more information in the following article best auction houses in the United States (see the up and coming auction houses section)My grandmother has a huge Hummel collection and wants to sell. She has over 150, does anyone know how the auction houses work? I want to make sure she is getting what they are worth.

Note: The above publications are some of many that I found while researching this article. The only one I have dealt with personally is Antique Weekly. The best place by far is an auction house that specializes in Hummels or collectibles. While researching this article I came across only one auction house in the USA that has regular Hummel specialty auctions so I recommend using them. @Kathy, The best way to sell a collection is through an auction house. They will know the best way for you to sell these figurines. Depending on the Hummel and it’s rarity it may be sold alone or in a lot to get you the best value. If you are located in the US you may want to contact the Auction that specializes in Hummel auctions that is mentioned in the article.

My answer to this is never. I am strongly against eBay for selling any kind of collectible or antique item. Most of the time on eBay you will not get the true value of the item being sold. Remember most people on eBay are looking for a bargain and expects to find one. You can read more about eBay and selling items in the following article effects of eBay on the collectible market.

This should give you a good idea on where to sell your Hummels you can also used the guide to sell any of your antiques and collectibles. If you have a favorite place to sell your Hummels, antiques or collectibles please leave it in the comment section below.
I am at a loss. My Grandfather passed away and we have a small Hummel collection. We are going to research each one individually but I don’t really know where to go to sell them. Any advise would be appreciated. Many collector groups and organizations have publications, you can usually advertise what you have for sale in their classified ads for a small fee. Just like a classified ad in a newspaper. My mother in law has OVER 150 small and about 12 LARGE Hummels and she would like to sell them. Who can I get to look at all of them and help her sell. She lives in Lebanon Oregon. Thank you for any and all help.I can never say this enough, when you are buying or selling antiques/collectibles knowledge is the most important thing to remember. Having knowledge about the item can save you from making a big mistake. When selling you can under sell your items by not knowing what you have and pricing it wrong. When buy this will help protect you from over paying for an item or purchasing an item that is damaged or a fake.

I have Hummels and some are very old. The color was better back in the 1935-1940 ones. I could care less about the money. I love them and would never part with them. Some were my mothers. One does not collect to make money. One collects because they gain pleasure from it!! Hummels are the only thing I have collected so enjoy them greatly.Cookie jars became a hot collecting category after Andy Warhol’s cookie jar collection was auctioned for steep prices following his 1987 death. For a while, collectors were paying hundreds or occasionally thousands of dollars for cookie jars that weren’t even very old. Eventually people figured out that Warhol’s cookie jars were valuable only because Warhol owned them, not because cookie jars themselves have any great collectible value. Wickes supplies trade quality DIY and home improvement products at great low prices which are available to order in-store, wickes opening times. Today, most formerly “collectible” cookie jars sell for less than $50, depending on design and condition. Very few sell for more.

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China sets are declining rapidly in value. Many china sets from Royal Copenhagen, Royal Worcester, Lenox and Wedgwood sell at half the price of new china. Others bring $150 to $200 at estate sales, if they sell at all. Sets with flowery patterns, including Haviland china, are particularly unloved.Limited-edition Barbie dolls have been declining significantly in value. As with most other “limited edition” toys, these were toys in name only— most were never played with, just set aside as investments, so they never became any rarer. Meanwhile, Mattel issued so many different limited-edition Barbies over the years that few collectors could collect them all, and most stopped trying.

Other companies that make and heavily market collectible coins and plates include the Danbury Mint and Royal Copenhagen. Their products fare no better on the resale market.
Longaberger baskets—handcrafted wood baskets made by the Longaberger Company of Newark, Ohio— became a hot collectible in the 1990s, with some selling for upward of $100. The company then began issuing expensive limited-edition baskets as collectibles. The Longaberger basket resale market soon collapsed, and today you would be lucky to get more than $20 for most of them.Younger generations have little interest in buying them. Most used Hummels now sell for no more than $75 in shops, with prices likely to continue to fall as more Hummels reach the market. Exception: Early Barbies dating from 1959 through the 1960s in top condition still can have considerable value. It’s the modern ones, originally sold at high prices as collectibles, that are likely to be worth less than initially paid. Vintage metal lunch boxes became a major collectible in the late 1980s, and by the 1990s, some were selling for thousands of dollars. But today, few lunch boxes fetch more than $100, and most bring much less.I was very dismayed to hear if the dropping value of many collectibles. I to started in the late 70′ early 80’s collecting various items. I am grateful for the information. I wT h pawn stars and repeatedly I hear if the mentioned items or all collectibles is lowering in values.

Hummel figurines once sold for hundreds of dollars apiece, but the generation that appreciated these little porcelain statues is now downsizing or dying off, dumping Hummels back into the market by the thousands.Collecting is fun, but it is a perilous investment if you choose the wrong collectibles. Here are 10 once-popular collectibles that are now worth much less than people imagine…Collectible plates featuring pictures by artists such as Norman Rockwell or LeRoy Neiman typically are worth less than $5 per plate these days —and that’s if they date to before 1980 or so. Those produced within the past 30 years usually have no value.Anything made by the Franklin Mint. The company sells a wide selection of “limited edition” coins, plates, medals and other collectibles, but there’s little resale market for any of it. Anyone who wants a Franklin Mint product usually buys it from the company when it is being heavily advertised. Franklin Mint coins and medals typically can fetch their meltdown value when resold, which usually is a fraction of the amount that the company originally charged (though today’s high precious metals prices have lifted those resale values somewhat).

Exception: A lunch box still might have significant value if it features a picture of something that is collected in its own right. A 1950s Superman lunch box or a 1960s Star Trek lunch box might bring thousands, for example—but that’s because Superman or Star Trek collectors want them, not because lunch box collectors will pay that much.
Thomas Kinkade paintings and prints were produced in such huge quantities that they now have very limited resale value. If you paid retail prices for these paintings at a Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery—there were more than 300 such galleries in the 1990s—you almost certainly will never recover most of the hundreds or thousands of dollars you paid. Scores of Kinkades are available on eBay, and most receive no bids.If you’ve wondered about the value of Hummel figurines, the more rare they are, the higher value they bring. The following are the 10 figurines that have been named the rarest Hummels over the years, along with their estimated prices. Most of these rare Hummel figures are early models that have become favored collectibles over the years. Use this information to inform your Hummel figurine price guide.

In a logical marketing move, Goebel blanketed regional U.S. Army base exchange stores with Hummel figurines. That strategy opened up a new market for these charming little collectibles.
The eBay online auction selling prices are useful in determining rare Hummel figurines’ values. These selling prices pertain to the sale of standard-sized Hummel figurines, not the larger 7-inch or 8-inch models. Each singular figurine sits perched in an apple tree. You’ll occasionally find these early models sold as a matched set. Prices vary by date and condition. Size is also a factor, as both figurines were distributed in three sizes. Limited-edition Hummel figurines bring higher values than pieces with much larger production runs. Retired figurines—ones that are no longer on the market—command better prices than pieces that are currently in production. A rare Hummel figurine can bring a value of $1000 or more.

What happened to the value of Hummels?
Hummel figurines once sold for hundreds of dollars apiece, but the generation that appreciated these little porcelain statues is now downsizing or dying off, dumping Hummels back into the market by the thousands. Younger generations have little interest in buying them.
Some Hummel figurines appear in multiple sizes. For example, the iconic “Apple Tree Boy” and “Apple Tree Girl” were both produced in a standard size as well as a larger 32-inch size. As with any Hummel figurine, the rarity of a certain size generally means it will command a higher price.Now that you’ve gathered information on rare Hummel figures, you’ll know what to look for when visiting your next estate sale. Whether you’re adding Hummel figurines to your existing collection or starting one from scratch, you’ll be delighted when you find the exact figurine(s) you want. In this figurine group, three charming little girls gather together in their school attire. This multi-figurine group is also a favorite among Hummel collectors. In 1935, the Goebel Hummel figurines made their appearance at the Trade Fair in Leipzig, Germany. They were wildly popular from the start, spurring the Goebel company to commence design work on over 30 more figurines.Although these Hummel figurines are not necessarily the most rare Hummels, they are very popular with collectors. View some valuable tidbits about each figurine, along with its actual auction selling price.

Hummel figurines that were previously damaged and then repaired bring lower values. Even if the repair isn’t apparent, a certified appraiser can detect the glue by viewing X-ray results.This rare Hummel features a calm-looking girl sitting outside of a church. She dons a basket on her arm with her eyes closed and her hands clasped, as if she’s in prayer.Antique shops, especially those that represent numerous dealers, are also good choices. Surprisingly, upscale thrift shops showcase their share of Hummel figurines, as these stores often receive leftovers from nearby estate sales.

Does anyone still buy Hummels?
Hummel porcelain figurines were one of the hottest collectibles in the 1960s and 1970s. They have never stopped being reproduced. While current reproductions can be had for under $100, serious collectors pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for an early, original example.
To obtain a figurine’s selling price, view the eBay homepage. Click the word “Advanced” to the right of the blue search bar. Type in your search term and check the “Sold Listings” box. Again, click the blue search bar for the relevant results.

In addition, browse the Hummel figurines in three well-known online marketplaces. Etsy, Ruby Lane, and Collectors’ Weekly showcase vintage Hummels owned by sellers throughout the United States.
With that said, however, most Hummel figurines have seen a drastic price drop compared to the 1970s’ price spikes. Although that’s not good news for collectors, it enables budget-minded buyers to enter the Hummel collectibles market.Early in 2009, Manufaktur Rödental GmbH took over the Hummel figurine operations after obtaining Hummel’s production facilities and copyrights. In 2013 this firm declared bankruptcy, leaving room for the international management group Hummel Manufaktur GmbH to assume oversight of Hummel figurines in 2014.

This quirky rare Hummel figurine features a boy with a fruit basket. His inquisitive dog appears ready to snatch the basket’s contents for a snack. However, as the name implies, the contents are not for the dog. The classic vintage Hummel figurine has fetched thousands of dollars at auction.
Each authentic M.I. Hummel figurine features the Goebel trademark on the reverse side of the piece. Although the trademark has periodically changed, it’s a reliable way to verify an authentic Hummel collectible.This clever multi-figurine group features three little boys going over their lessons together. When these pieces are in great condition, Hummel collectors quickly snap them up.

A very early Hummel design, the Merry Wanderer is still a sought-after figurine. This iconic Hummel depicts a young boy with a bag in one hand and an umbrella in the other. Although recent versions are only worth about $200, early models from 1935 are extremely rare and often worth thousands of dollars. If you can find an early version of this collectible at an estate sale for a reasonable price, snatch it up as soon as you can!
With this rare Hummel figurine, we see a determined-looking little musician. The little cellist strides along with his walking stick and a cello on his back. In fact, the cello is almost as big as he is.The figurine was produced in relatively small numbers, making it an exceedingly rare Hummel. Its rarity makes it very desirable in collectors’ circles. Some “Adventure Bound” multiple-figurine groups have sold for up to $9000. However, keep in mind that these pieces were produced over several decades, meaning that each piece’s value depends on its condition and age.

Are my Hummel figurines worth anything?
Most Hummel figurines are worth $50-$75. Some models reach several hundred dollars. Special individual Hummel figurines can be sold for thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars. For a good starting point, reference this Hummel Figurine Guide, but note that prices can vary widely depending on certain factors.
This landmark Hummel figurine showcases seven mischievous youngsters. Designed in 1955, the “Adventure Bound” figurine is one of the early models, but it did not reach the United States market until the early 1970s.Hummel Club and expanded its membership internationally. The club continues to be active, and members receive several appealing perks along with purchase incentives.

Are Hummels still collectable?
Hummel porcelain figurines were one of the hottest collectibles in the 1960s and 1970s. They have never stopped being reproduced. While current reproductions can be had for under $100, serious collectors pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for an early, original example.
Unfortunately, Hummel Manufaktur GmbH declared bankruptcy in 2017. German businessman Bernd Foertsch stepped in to acquire the Hummel figurines operations. Foertsch expressed a desire to restructure Hummel figurines operations, emphasizing a focus on direct sales and partnerships with the extensive collectors’ community. He planned to drastically reduce Hummel figurines production to encourage a sense of exclusivity.To honor her talent and dedication, Goebel resumed Goebel Hummel figurine production. He ensured that every piece was up to Sister Hummel’s high standards. The new Hummel figurines were ready to hit the market during the same year.

Do they still make Hummels?
Hummel porcelain figurines were one of the hottest collectibles in the 1960s and 1970s. They have never stopped being reproduced. While current reproductions can be had for under $100, serious collectors pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for an early, original example.
The Bookworm Hummel figurine depicts a colorful little girl thoroughly immersed in her picture book. She thoughtfully places one finger on her cheek, as if something has caught her attention.Do you enjoy browsing for porcelain figurines at local estate sales? If so, consider looking for Hummel figurines. Adding these charming porcelain figurines to your collection is a real delight, and the rarer they are, the better. In fact, finding one or more rare Hummel figurines is an extra-special treat.

Whether you plan to sell your collectibles, or just want to be better informed about your Hummel collection, keep reading. We’ve got you covered on the 10 most rare Hummel figures and their estimated prices, how to identify several factors that affect Hummel figurine values, and where to find these iconic collectibles.
Hummel figurine manufacturing has experienced some ups and downs during the past two decades. In 2008, Goebel stopped producing M.I. Hummel figurines, opting to concentrate on making home accessory products.At age 18, Hummel enrolled in Munich’s acclaimed Academy of Applied Arts and graduated in 1931. Rather than pursue an artistic career, however, she entered the Convent of Siessen after developing a friendship with two Franciscan sisters. In 1934, the novice nun Berta Hummel took the new name of Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel. Every Hummel figurine displays a mold number on its underside. Incised during the production cycle, the mold number is the primary factor in Hummel figurine identification. This rare Hummel features a serene-looking little boy who sports a long shepherd’s coat. Two baby lambs accompany him; one is slung over his shoulder and the other sits at his feet. Both lambs appear to be gazing at each other.

This rare Hummel features a little girl in full celebration mode. She holds a large flower pot that contains a lovely blooming plant. A good-sized yellow bird is perched on top of the plant, singing his heart out to anyone who will listen.As a Franciscan nun, Sister Maria was encouraged to continue her artwork. After several German publishers printed her creations as postcards, porcelain company owner Franz Goebel began to take an interest in the Sister’s work. With Sister Hummel’s approval, Goebel created a line of charming child figurines. The Sister collaborated with the Goebel company’s master sculptors and skilled painters to execute the colorful designs.

When searching for rare Hummel figurines, note that some pieces’ names have changed over the years. Therefore, identify each piece by its Hummel identification number. With the onset of World War II, Goebel ceased the production of Hummel figurines for several reasons. In 1946, right after the war’s end, Sister Hummel died of tuberculosis at age 37. During the 1940s, Hummel briefly crafted a line of figurines that showcased varied European countries. Each character appeared in their country’s traditional attire. This Serbian boy and his lamb have brought good prices at auction.

What happened to Hummel figurines?
Hummel figurines continue to be produced in the original factory in Rödental, Germany, where they have been made since 1935. They are still created with the strict oversight of the Convent of Siessen, where M.I. Hummel lived and worked.
Like the Serbian Boy, the Hungarian Girl is another character in the European series. This rare Hummel features a charming little Hungarian girl. The figurine is also quite popular among Hummel collectors.