33¢ Cabbage Patch Kids
Celebrate the Century – 1980s
Issue Date: January 12, 2000
City: Kennedy Space Center, FL
Printed By: Ashton-Potter (USA) Ltd
Printing Method: Lithographed
In 1983, a new craze was born when the Cabbage Patch doll became available to the public. More than 3 million of the one-of-a-kind dolls were delivered to stores – but that wasn’t nearly enough to meet consumer demand. Every child wanted to adopt a Cabbage Patch doll, and as Christmas approached, the search for the dolls became frantic. News stories covered the phenomenon as parents went to extreme lengths to obtain the dolls. One Kansas postal worker flew all the way to London, England, to get his five-year-old daughter one of the toys.
Cabbage Patch dolls were created by designer Xavier Roberts, who originally made each one by hand. The dolls were launched commercially by the Coleco company. They are now manufactured by Mattel.
Each doll has its own name and birth certificate. They are made of soft cloth with heads made of vinyl, porcelain, or stockinet (an elastic cloth). Each is unique, with variations in skin, hair, and eye color, as well as different facial features, clothing, and accessories.
Over 95 million Cabbage Patch dolls were quickly sold. Their popularity continues to grow as the dolls gain new fans all over the world. Original dolls have been re-sold for up to $25,000.