Effanbee dolls

Effanbee was founded ca. 1910 in NY city and the company started producing Effanbee dolls in 1912. The name stands for the company founders Bernard Fleischaker and Hugo Baum, hence F & B. The firm became well known for being the first doll company to made Patsy, a realistically proportioned doll. The Effanbee Company made hard rubber, composition, cloth, vinly and hard plastic dolls.

effanbee dolls


Effanbee's most famous, iconic doll was 'Patsy', and she was designed in 1927 by Bernard Lipfert. Patsy depicted a 3-year-old girl with a trendy bob hair cut. Later other Effanbee dolls were introduced as Patsy's friends and also a boyfriend named 'Skippy'. Did you know that Patsy had her own fan club, with over 275,000 members?

Effanbee produced a series of clothes, specifically designed for Patsy, making her one of the first dolls to come with her own wardrobe. The original price in the 1950s for one doll was $29.95 which was very expensive at the time. Famous and popular dolls that have been produced by Effanbee include: Patsy, Skippy, Patsyette, Dydee Baby, Little Lady, Tintair, Ann Shirley, Brenda Starr, American Children by Dewees Cochran, and many more.

Effanbee doll company

Noma Electric purchased the company in 1946. The firm was bought and sold many times over the next 50 years. Vintage Effanbee dolls are great collectibles. Vintage, pre-1960 Effanbee dolls in original (and mint!) condition are highly sought after. However, most vinyl dolls from the 1970s and 1980s sell under their original price.

A new group of investors including the son of the original founders, Bernard Baum, bought the company back in 1953 and during the 1950s, the firm gradually phased out hard plastic dolls in favor of vinyl. They introduced a line of high-heeled glamour dolls and ballerinas, like Jr. Miss Ballerina.

Mold numbers identification

The following mold numbers are attributed to Effanbee: 7c, 27c, 24, 34, 52, 54, 56, 58, 70, 72, 74, 102, 104, 106, 108, 116, 124N, DECO 144, 152, 156, 158, 162, 166, 176, 172, 174, 201, 303, 334, 364, 455, 462, 802, DECO, FanB, F & B, F + B - N.Y. Dco, F + B Dco 6cj N.Y., Patent Pending.


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Updated: 26 April 2019

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Effanbee value and price guide

What's your Effanbee worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

Item Title Date Price
fabulous 1930 s effanbee sweetie pie in large 24 size Fabulous 1930 S Effanbee Sweetie Pie In Large 24 Size 08/2021 AU $295.00
tonner effanbee midnight star chanteuse brenda starr le Tonner Effanbee Midnight Star Chanteuse Brenda Starr Le 08/2021 AU $269.42
brenda starr reporter dale messick 2003 effanbee golden Brenda Starr Reporter Dale Messick 2003 Effanbee Golden 09/2021 AU $148.22
brenda star basil st john dinner jacket 2001 effanbee Brenda Star Basil St John Dinner Jacket 2001 Effanbee 10/2021 AU $160.34
adorable effanbee patsy jack jill 13 dolls pa1409 Adorable Effanbee Patsy Jack Jill 13 Dolls Pa1409 08/2021 AU $161.69
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Effanbee forum

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Comments (24)
Doreen - August 17, 2021
I have a Effanbee Minnie Mouse Disney Patsy doll. Do you know how much it is worth?
I'm afraid I can't find anything...
Laura - March 1, 2021
Hi I have an Effanbee doll that was my moms. It onl says Effanbee on its neck. I can’t find any other markings. It’s 16” cloth body and plastic limbs. Sleep eyes how do I submit pictures?
Barbara - February 21, 2021
I have a lot of doll clothes - different sizes. One slip says EffanBee Bubbles. Looks like there is the pink over dress and bonnet of same size and look. There are OTHER dresses about the same size - is there anyway I can find out if they belong to "Bubbles" also? What would the original ensemble be worth if in "good" condition.
Robin - February 9, 2021
Hi everyone, I am looking for information on an Effanbee "Suzette" doll that I believe is marked 1960. She has an original blue and white striped dress, and hang tag with her name and Durable doll. "Lovable imp with tiltable head and moveable limbs". I cannot find any pics or information on her, any help would be appreciated.
Well, I found a few pics on Google Images and on eBay are a few: Effanbee Suzette or try the Facebook group: Let's ID Our Dolls.
Kathy - January 16, 2021
I am looking for an effanbee baby doll 8108 in good condition to purchase. Any ideas where I can find one?
No idea sorry. If another visitors drops by and has one for sale, I'll refer them to you.
Marcia - December 16, 2020
I have two Effenbee dolls from the Thank Heavens for Little Girls series. They are in mint condition and have certificates of authenticity. What are the worth? I want to sell them. Thank You
Have a look here for some prices: Effanbee Thank Heavens.
Julia - November 30, 2020
Hello, I'm interested in identifying/selling the attached Effanbee doll. Composite head, limbs; cloth body. Sleep eyes. She has a "squeeker" that is now broken. I received her in the 1960s. Could not find a similar one in EffanBee online lists. Would be grateful for any clues!
Michelle - October 18, 2020
I have 2 Effanbee Dolls for sale and I wanted to see if there was any interest in buying them. One is in mint condition, still in the box with wrist tag and Certificate of Authenticity - Patsy Joan 1995 Edition - MV48 and the other is out of the box but still in great condition. Candy Kid 1994.
I'll forward any message I get, Michelle!
Sherry - October 6, 2020
I'm looking for a value on an Effanbee Johnny Tu Face doll from 1912. Any help will be appreciated.
Sorry, no idea.. Can't find much info. My guess is around USD 40-80.
Wendy - September 12, 2020
Bought GW presidential doll recently and need a hat for him. Can just a hat be purchased? If so, how can I do this?
I don't think Effanbee makes dolls anymore, so that would be very difficult. Maybe try here: Effanbee hat.
Heidi - September 5, 2020
I bought this doll at a garage sale and I am not having any luck. Her back of the neck only says Effanbee with no model number. Anyone know any details?
Wow, she looks well played with ;-) Best is to ask the experts in the Facebook group 'Let's ID Our Dolls', they might know more.
Cathy - August 31, 2020
I have a Effenbee doll and want to sell it but idk wat to ask for it?
I can't read the year that well, but if you look here on this page, you might find yours and get an idea of value: Effanbee Jesco.
Don - August 25, 2020
I have these 2 Effanbee Mickey civil War Dolls and was just wondering what they might be worth . thanks
Around 40-50 dollars for them both.
Cathy - July 27, 2020
I just “inherited” an EFFanBEE “Patsy Lou” doll from my mother. No pat nr. on it. She appears to be 20”.
Have a look here to see if you can find yours: Effanbee Patsy Lou.
Marilyn - July 6, 2020
I have a effanbee doll that was my mother's. I am 65. This doll cries when you lay her down and gas two little teeth showing in her smile. Exactly how much of us this doll and what is it worth
Faith - June 3, 2020
I am looking for the value of an Effanbee doll. Peggy Dey 1993 with a blue dress
Have a look here for some prices: Effanbee Peggy Dey.
Cindy - February 21, 2020
I am looking for a value an Effanbee Baby Button Nose Doll dressed in pink and laying on a pillow. Thank you for your help.
Regularly check this page: Baby Button Nose Dolls to see if this doll will pop up to get some prices.
Brian - February 15, 2020
I have an 1979 Effanbee Faith Wick clown doll with tag number. It is in very good condition. Is it worth anything?
Hi, take a look here on this page and you might find some prices: Effanbee Faith Wick
Angie - December 24, 2019
I have 4 Effanbee dolls, my grandmother gave me them when I was young. ( I am now 53) They are the seasons Summer, Winter, Spring and fall. They have never been out of the boxes. Just wondering if they are worth anything? The boxes have numbers on them 1231 1232 1232
Hi, you could take a look here for prices: Effanbee Seasons.
Susan - December 17, 2019
Trying to figure name of a doll I had maybe got in the 80s she was in a maroon burgundy satin type dress. I want to find one
Hi there, try this link: Effanbee burgundy.
Faro - October 14, 2019
i have 2 60th anniversary effanbee porcelain dolles patsy boy and patsy girl in box like new are they worth anything
Search for Effanbee 60th Anniversary to find out.
Barbara - September 26, 2019
I have my mom's doll and clothes, with McCall patterns for Skippy and Patsy clothes, and am interested in selling everything. My problem is the doll has "Skippy" molded on the back of the head, but "Patsy" on the body. Is that normal? The Skippy head has the hair curl down the forehead.
Hi Barbara, I have read somewhere that is quite possible to find dolls with differently marked heads and bodies. Just make sure if you sell them to mention that in your description.
Barbara - May 22, 2019
What are the sailor mickey dolls worth?
Around 10-30 USD.
Randy - September 25, 2010
looking for u.s.a. presidents about 3 inches tall. front bottom had name,back has presidential years.all came on a semicircle foam stand. missing a few.would like to get missing ones.let me know how.thanks
Are the dolls you have from Effanbee perhaps? Look for Effanbee presidents