Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Hobby House Press; 2 edition (April 1, 1996)
Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Mr. Consalvi's book was a godsend when I first started to determine the values of my Steiff teddy bears. However, we are now in the year 2001, and the book is in danger of becoming outdated with regard to its price guides and the values of Steiff collectibles. Additionally, many new bears and animals have been made since 1990 but are not included in this edition, except for the Disney animals up to 1995.A new, revised and up-to-2000 or 2001 3rd edition needs to be released ASAP.In the meantime, puzzled Steiff collectors should look for a copy of "Steiff Sortiment 1947-1999" by Gunther Pfeiffer. ("Sortiment" here means "Assortment".) When used in conjunction with Mr. Consalvi's book, both provide a comprehensive look at Steiff's many world-famous toys, both old and new, but Pfeiffer's price guides are accurate up to 1999. Also, the new "Sortiment" has (at last!) an English translation from the German, making it much easier to locate your Steiff bear or animal.
This is a great reference book for contemporay Steiff collectors. It focuses on the 1980-1990 Steiff pieces, their editions & values, photos.
I am fairly new to collecting Steiff and found this book was caught between the begginer and slightly more ecperienced collector. Some very good pictures and an in depth price guide which could have been just a little better organised. Several Steiff pieces that I looked for I couldn't find, I am not sure if it because they were made outside the time scale for this book. I would say a good addition and informative although I am back here at looking for something better.
My parents have many Steiff animals that they purchased when they lived in Germany in the 80s and 90s. I wanted to try to seel some of them, and while I knew that this book could not give current values, I assumed it would give descriptions which I could use in advertising these bears. Nope....just lists. Cannot see any value in owning this book.
This book arrived quickly and in excellent condition. Although the information in it is over 10 years old, it is still a valuable tool for Steiff bear owners.
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