We Buy Hummels


We are active buyers of Hummels and fine collectible figurines. Below you will find some important information about your Hummels including values, packing tips and how our buying process works. Thanks for visiting and considering our services. We look forward to serving you. If you have questions that are not answered here, feel free to call us at 630-761-1500.


A bit of Hummel history


Hummel figurines or simply Hummels are figurines of porcelain in a series which drew their inspiration from the drawings of Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel. The Sister had her pastoral drawings of children appearing in Germany and Switzerland in 1930s. After Sister Hummel's "art cards" became popular, Franz Goebel, maker of porcelain and chief of W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik, Germany, acquired sole rights to turn her drawings into figurines. The first Hummel figurines were produced in 1935. American soldiers staying in West Germany contributed to the increase in popularity of the figurines in the United States by sending them home as gifts. The popularity heightened more when Army PX system started selling Hummel Figurines. Sister Hummel passed away in 1946, but she left behind a collection of drawings that are still used today to produce new M.I. Hummel figurines. An artistic board at the Convent of Siessen works with Goebel to assure that the decoration and authenticity Sister Hummel insisted upon is still maintained today.


What are Hummels worth?


We understand that before you bring in or mail in your items you will have concerns on the value. Here is information on some of the more valuable pieces.


In addition to how rare or common a piece is, several other factors will affect the value.


  • Condition of the piece. While a damaged piece is no longer considered mint, a few will still hold value. Not all damage is readily seen at first glance. Check your items carefully for condition. To help illustrate how easy it is to miss damage at first glance, here are a few examples of damage to figurines.


  • Condition of the box and packaging. The highest value of course will come with mint and clean figurines that have perfect original box as well as all of the original packaging, tags and inserts.


  • Size of the piece. Generally the larger ones are more valuable than the smaller ones.
  • Mark. Hummelss are marked with a symbol indicating the date of manufacture. The oldest ones are generally more valuable. Currently the marks usually make little to no difference in the value of the piece. Here is a table of marks to help identify when the pieces were made.


    What we pay


    On larger and less common pieces, our goal is to pay half the estimated resale value for items that resell for $25 or more. We buy all kinds of Hummels both with and without original boxes. The condition of both the packaging and the item will of course affect its value.


    Current price guidelines for Hummels that are clean and in mint condition are as follows:
  • Larger and less common pieces are priced individually
  • Pieces with crown and full bee marks are priced individually
  • $5.00 - $20.00 for 4"-5", common Hummels
  • $15.00 - $55.00 for 6" plus, common Hummels
  • Hummels with clean crisp boxes and all original packaging will be at the high price range or more depending on the item
  • $1 - $5 for common Hummel ornaments, bells and pre-2000 plates
  • 1971 Hummel Heavenly Angel Annual Plate is a premium piece


    Prices are subject to change without notice.


    How our buying process works


    We are not a consignment business. We buy your items outright.


    If your want to bring them in, we recommend that you Make an Appointment , so that we can have a buyer available to help you. There is no need to list your items, but if you have more than one brand or product line it helps to sort them that way. Our buyer will go through your items, give you pricing and in most cases get a check cut for you during your appointment.


    If, like most people, you wish to mail them in, we recommend you read our packing tips for fragile items. After that, fill out our form to get things started and let us know your items are coming. If you have enough to qualify for free shipping, we will get prepaid UPS labels to you. While items usually arrive with no problems, we occasionally have items arrive damaged. We are NOT RESPONSIBLE for lost or damaged packages. If you prefer, you are welcome to insure and ship them with the carrier of your choice at your expense, but please fill out the form anyway and include the words "self shipped" in your item description. That way we will be sure to have accurate information for sending your check.


    Once your items arrive we will process them and mail out a check usually in 1 to 3 business days. Please remember that once we drop the check in the mail, the amount of time to deliver the check is in the hands of the postal service. If you want to know exactly when your items arrive, please note your tracking numbers on the prepaid UPS labels and go to www.ups.com to track them.


    Packing tips for fragile items


    It is important to package your items carefully so they arrive safely and to protect the value of your items. Also, shipping companies generally do not pay claims for broken items if they are not properly packaged. Please read our packing tips for fragile items. Professional packaging is also available at many shipping stores, but it can be quite expensive.


    Some items we have purchased


    Just for fun, here are some pictures of collectibles that we have bought.



    Pictures of some of the items we have bought.


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