If you want to get more information about your Toni doll and other dolls made by Ideal, you’ll want to consult the Collector’s Guide to Ideal Dolls. You’ll find copies of the second edition and third edition on Amazon and possibly eBay.
Keep in mind, that the third edition came out in 2003, so it’s already 15 years old. The book is great for identification purposes and finding out the details of when your doll was made by Ideal. For pricing, the fluctuation in values of collectible dolls changes over the years so consider the information on that as historical purposes only.
What the Reviewers Said About the Guides
- 4bonbon – “This is a LOVELY, hardback, glossy cover book with excellent photos and descriptions of dolls made by the Ideal Toy Company. I had collected dolls for many years and had some antique dolls that I was unable to identify until I got this book. It gave me the manufacturer, a photo of the doll, its history and helped me immensely when I had to downsize my collection and sell it on E-Bay. Using information from this book, I was confident in my selling endeavor, knowing I was using an accurate description and history of the doll. I found information in this book that I could not find any other place. After all my dolls sold, I even re-sold this book and it had great re-sale interest! I so enjoyed owning this book, because my friends and I identified many dolls we had as children that we didn’t remember the names of and we had a great “walk down memory lane”. If you are a doll collector or miss the dolls of your youth, this book is for you! Highly recommend!“
- Owl Glasses – “Collector’s Guide to Ideal Dolls: Identification & Values, 3rd Edition is a pure pleasure for the Ideal doll collector or anyone who would like to relive a little childhood nostalgia. It is a gorgeous book that is generously sized and filled with colorful photographs on nearly every page. Having owned two other editions of Ideal Dolls, the Third Edition is my personal favorite. Readers will find detailed information on hundreds of Ideal dolls, even those that are exceedingly rare, or those that were of limited production.Ideal Dolls is useful for collectors as a reference guide for identifying Ideal dolls, and genuine original clothing. The book is essential for seamstresses wishing to recreate authentic looking reproductions in garments. **Please note–that reproduction garments which are intended for sale must always be identified as such.
Price estimates may help to orient newer Ideal doll collectors regarding scarcity and rarity of certain dolls such as hair color, unusual garments, etc. Even the most avid Ideal Doll collectors will find new information and variations in their favorite dolls in this very impressive book.
The first pages of the book document the history of Ideal dolls, years of manufacture, and materials used. The appendix in the back is extremely helpful as it describes Ideal stamps on the dolls, and the corresponding years respective to the production of various dolls.”
(Reviews from Amazon)
Here are other books that cover dolls of that era, so they will include the Toni doll.
Baby Boomer Dolls Plastic Playthings of the 50’s & 60’s, Second EditionHard Plastic Dolls, Vol. 1 (Revised)Collector’s Guide to Dolls of the 1960s and 1970s: Identification & ValuesCollector’s Guide to Dolls of the 1960s and 1970s: Identification and Values, Vol. 2Dolls And Accessories of the 1950s (Schiffer Book for Collectors)