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Secondary Market Guide for Department 56 Snowbabies

A Reference & Secondary Market Guide for Department 56 Snowbabies

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Secondary Market Guide for Department 56 Snowbabies

Discovering Snowbabies

Department 56 Snowbabies were originally inspired by the early German snow babies. Stories of these early figures include: figures being made to commemorate the 1909 discovery of the North Pole; edible marzipan figures for cakes; and simply children playing in the snow. Discovering Snowbabies documents some of this history of the antique snowbabies and how they evolved into the delightful figures made today.

From 1986 through 2009

The reference guide is a simple, but effective book for collectors. Each page has a total of eight pictures on it, done in chronological order.

Each picture box has:

  • Title of the piece
  • Item number
  • Issue dates
  • OSRP = original suggested retail price
  • SMVal = secondary market value*
  • Space for collector to put price paid
*The secondary price/values used in the book are actual sold prices reported during the previous year.

Chapters Include

Discovering Snowbabies includes all the related products with the line, including waterglobes, music boxes, Snowbunnies, miniature ornaments, pewter miniatures, Friendship Club pieces, as well as the Sentiments, Pastimes and Home Sweet Home lines.

Basically if you collect Snowbabies, this book will have information on the pieces in your collection!


You won't have to flip through the book trying to figure out where individual pieces are listed, the product number index at the back of the book will have find the piece you're looking for. No number, but have the name? Check out the alphabetical index also at the back of the book.

That makes three ways to find a particular piece:

  • year of issue
  • product number
  • product name

Bottom Line

Discovering Snowbabies is a terrific little book that is essential for Snowbabies collectors and is considered the most up-to-date and comprehensive book available. The valid values shown makes this an important book in valuing a collection for insurance purposes, as well as an excellent reference to have when adding older pieces to complete a collection.

The book is published by Pioneer Communications, Inc. well-known for their collector publications Village D-Lights, Collectors News and Collectors Editions.

Publisher: Pioneer Communications, Inc.
Format: Softcover Paperback
Date: October 2009
Pages: 272
ISBN: 978-1-934816-12-7

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