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.


Updated: 10 May 2019

Cabbage Patch Kids value and price guide

What's your 'Cabbage Patch Signed' worth? Here are some recently sold items (Australia).

Picture Title Date Sold for
Tru 1st Edition 2001 K 2 Cabbage Patch 09/2019 AU $60.00
1985 Xavier Roberts Signed Cabbage Patch 09/2019 AU $75.00
1980s Cabbage Patch Kid Original Dimples 10/2019 AU $39.00
Hasbro Cabbage Patch Doll Signed Xavier 09/2019 AU $34.95
1980s Cabbage Patch Kid Original Dimples 10/2019 AU $25.00

See all sold items for more prices.

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Comments (11)

Trudy - October 1, 2019
I have a orange haired green eyed cabbage patch kid 1978 1982 .green signature on soft body . good condition but no clothes.. any value?
Hi, check out this page for value: Cabbage Patch Kids Orange 1978.

Brandi - September 10, 2019
I'm trying to find out the value of my babies. How do you know? What are the different colored ink signatures? Stamps on heads? How do you find out what all this means?
Hi, you could also try to contact them directly here: Cabbage Patch Kids official contact.

Liz - September 9, 2019
I have a cabbage patch doll in a space suit in the a original box
If you're looking for prices, you can find some here: Cabbage Patch Space.

David - August 31, 2019
Reg nr. PA-1044 Cabbage patch kids. Short yellow hair. Yellow bibs. Sighned on but. 1978 - 1982. Just wondering value
Have a look here: Cabbage Patch 1044 to see if you can find yours.

Thomas - August 27, 2019
I have a signed 1978 unborn cabbage patch I believe with brown eyes. It is just the bald head and cabbage leafs. Looking to get rid of it.
Well, my best bet is eBay. There are a few for sale right now, have a look: Unborn Cabbage Patch.

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
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
Around 25-40 USD.

Ellen - November 16, 2018
my 3 cabbage patch doll are all Original Appalachan Art 1978-1982 are they worth much?
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
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
You're right and I found an interesting article about this from 1983: 'Custody' fight over Cabbage Patch dolls