When starting your Josef Collection, authenticity is going to be your primary objective. Therefore, you are going to want to learn what the distinctive markers are. If you are missing the distinctive markers, then you are likely not adding an authentic Josef figurine to your collection. This will devalue your collection considerably.
Here are ways to tell if you are adding authentic pieces when you are beginning your collection:
- · Look for the “signature black eyes,” which were produced in Japan and California until 1982.
- · On the bottom of figurines, the circled “C” and “Josef Originals” is lightly glazed. Some of the earliest pieces also have are marked “M.J. George.”
- · There are oval stickers that are black with either silver or gold lettering. These stickers state that the figurine is made in California and it will read, “Josef Originals, California.” When production began in Japan, the word California was replaced with a curly-cue.
Collections That Are Rare
The most popular figurines are the hardest to find because collectors are the least willing to part with them. Not only that, but as time goes forward and unfortunate circumstances exist, pieces become lost or broken. This makes pieces become less available and increasingly more difficult to find.
Many figurines have a value placed upon them ranging between $30 and $60, but can also be as high as $100. However, earlier figurines have been known to be as valuable as $150.00. Therefore, if you find one of these rarer pieces, be sure to carefully view photos for damage and carefully read the description. Always ask the seller if you have any doubts.
Current Josef Collections
There are collectors that are adding Josef original birthday figurines to their collections, which are inspired by the original 1945 pieces. These figurines are treasures to those who are looking for an authentic means to commemorate a loved one’s monumental occasion, or welcome a newborn baby into the world. These additions are an excellent way to begin a collection, too, because they mirror the originals beautifully.
The most common designs are easy to find, making collections easy to build. Therefore, a Josef collection is one of the best types of figures for collectors. When searching online through auctions, as well as through gift sites, collectors will find originals and many beautifully crafted authentic replicas to choose from. Because most of the figurines are based upon a theme, the choices are limitless.