Collector’s Corner: Betty Boop Collectibles from the United Kingdom

By Leonard Ellis

With the Olympics just ending, and a focus on London and the United Kingdom fresh on my mind, I was reminded of  the home of one of Betty’s true collectibles.  Many of us know the name Wade from the Wade Whimsies that were included in boxes of Red Rose Tea.  Wade has been associated with fine pottery since the early 1800s.  From their factory in the U.K., they have been producing fine, limited-edition Betty Boop figurines since 1996.  What is especially inspiring about their products and dedication to quality is that they continue to produce these figurines in their U.K. facility, opting to limit the production to 2,000 pieces, and in many cases as few as 75 pieces!

One reason for the limited edition, and for Wade producing Betty Boop figurines in the first place, is C&S Collectables.  David Chown and Russell Schooley first approached Wade in 1992  with the idea of commissioning limited-edition works.  Four years later, their first Betty Boop figurine was released, a production run of 2,000 pieces, Betty sitting on a green mound (grassy knoll?) with legs to the side.

I want to take a moment here to commend C&S  for their vision to produce a highly collectible series in their home country,  rather than tens-of-thousands in an off-shore factory.  Just as vintage items  are few and far between, sometimes rather pricey, so too are limited-edition pieces such as these.

And since we are coming up on a really fun holiday – Halloween – here’s a piece done by Wade in 2007, Limited Edition of 750 pieces.

Speaking of Halloween, here are some additional items.

* 1998, Good Stuff Corp made three styles of stuffed soft vinyl dolls.  Each is 15 inches tall, with a sewn loop and suction cup attached to Betty’s head.   The three styles are:
(a) Sewn orange and green-trimmed skirt, gray coat with pumpkin, holding orange trick-or-treat bag in right hand.  Gray vinyl legs and gray tail, gray cat ears sewn on top of head.
(b) Sewn black full-length dress with spiders and webs, gray cobweb collar.
(c)  Sewn mid-calf pumpkin dress, orange and green striped shirt and stockings.

*  A nine-inch vinyl Baby Boop doll from 1991.  Made by PRESENTS division of Hallmark, she has jointed arms and legs, wearing a bright orange pumpkin outfit.

* Liquid-motion pen from 1994, from Bright Ideas, San Francisco.  Betty  flies around on a broom, opposite side has her name  and heart-shaped cameo.

* 1984 Paper Moon Graphics greeting card #HW002-95, Betty as a witch.

* 1988 Paper Moon Graphics Postcard, “Halloween Boop” #661-042.

* A rare find, a 1938 Pathescope UK 9.5mm silent film, titled “Betty Boop’s Halloween Party” #421.

*  Lastly, a 1996 Texas Lottery scratch-off ticket, Betty in a black dress as Dr Frankenstein, Bimbo as the “monster.”

Happy collecting!

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Collector Leonard Ellis is the author of The Definitive Guide to Betty Boop Memorabilia (With Values), published by Hobby House Press. If you have questions or comments for Leonard, ask them here. He may not be able to personally answer them all, but several interesting ones may become the topic of a future Collector’s Corner post.

 

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84 thoughts on “Collector’s Corner: Betty Boop Collectibles from the United Kingdom

  1. I looking to sell my collection of Betty Boop collectibles.
    Currently I have an estimated 150 different pieces .
    Can you suggest a web site I can search to sell my collection
    Thank you

  2. I also am looking for a website or a person who is interested in buying a collection of betty boop ,,,,a large selection,,Thank you

  3. Iam a big Betty Boop fan and Iam interested in buying all kinds of Betty Boop collectibles. Feel free to contact me if you have a list of Betty Boop stuff for sale! ;)

  4. I am Betty Boop #1 fan in the whole wide world!! I will buy any thing for something that has Betty Boop face on it. So if yall want to sale something, sale it to me.I will be happy to work with you.

  5. I have a Betty Boop “Garter” with the Letter (dated 1984) actually addressed to Ms. Evelyn King from King Features. Would you or someone you know possibly be interested in buying these items, ( the “garter”,and the Betty Boop Letter sent to EVELYN KING from King Features)?

    • My wife has been collecting Betty Boop for over 25 years. She has recently decided to sell the complete collection. Based on a quick shelf count estimate, I believe over 2,000 items.

      You can see them at http://www.picturetrail.com/Dan_Lockwood and go to the album named Collectibles. The first few pictures are of my car and bike related items and are not for sale.

      If anyone is interested or could help direct me to a site that would better show off the collection, I would greatly appreciate it.

      We’re in the Great St. Louis MO area.

      Thanks for your time reading this.

      Dan

  6. My mom has a huge collection of Betty Boop items- from wall clocks to figurines to plates to lithographs to music boxes and much more. Only serious ofers will be accepted. Would rather sell collection -but it must be looked at on our terms and time. Please contact me if serious at fmoffilmland@gmail.com

  7. Seeking to sell complete set of 11 original signed works of art from mid-1990’s that were used to create posters/cards. Photos available. Looking to sell to highest bidder. If interested, please contact bill@itsofrc.com with request for more details and photos to be sent to you.

  8. Dear Gentelemen : My wife is a very big Betty Boop fan, she hopes That the Cartoon Network will show all her cartoons, on that channel in the near future! She also thinks that should make a feature jive action “Betty Boop Movie”.

  9. Hi- I was wondering what happened to all the old archived postings and pictures? I had alot of my colleciton pictured on this site and can’t find it…. Was it saved, perhaps?

  10. Have a ton of Betty boop collectors items to sell. Please contact me if interested. I can give a good price for entire collection .. Contact Lia 9169956213

  11. My father bought an 8 mm black and white Betty Boop cartoon for me when I was a small child–purchased between 1938 and 1945. It is still in original box with the price sticker still visible — .49 !!! Purchased in Kansas City Mo. The film is I am sure very brittle from age. I would like to know how to go about selling it.

  12. My wife has been collecting Betty Boop for over 25 years. She has recently decided to sell the complete collection. Based on a quick shelf count estimate, I believe over 2,000 items.

    You can see them at and go to the album named Collectibles. The first few pictures are of my car and bike related items and are not for sale.

    If anyone is interested or could help direct me to a site that would better show off the collection, I would greatly appreciate it.

    We’re in the Great St. Louis MO area.

    Thanks for your time reading this.

    Dan

  13. Hi I have a massive collection of Betty boop memorabilia that I am maybe wanting to seel, Items range from figures, snow globes, paperweights, to kitchen stuff like coffee pots, tea pots, salt and pepper shakers, glasses, bowls etc and t-shirts, flip flops, slippers etc and cards, posters all in all there is over 200 items and I am just wondering where the best place to auction/sell these items. I have looked all over the Internet and some of the pieces I have I haven’t been able to find so dont even have an estimated price for them. I don’t want to be ripped off as I know some of the things I have are worth a lot of money. Please help. Many thanks

  14. I have a very rare betty boop leather jacket by American toons. It is in mint condition anyone who might have an interest let me know.

  15. Hi,

    I have a large Betty Boop figurine holder. It is fibreglass & made up to look like a stack of old school film rolls with a gorgeous Betty on top. I purchased it from a Betty Boop collector years ago but unfortunately now have to sell it. If there is anyone interested please email me at steph_rasche@hotmail.com

    Looks beautiful as an antique on its own (I currently use it to house cds) or with other Betty Boop collectibles. Totally unique!

    Thanks – Steph

  16. I have 4 different Betty Boop collectible items which come with Danbury Mint certificate of authenticity. If anyone is interested in purchasing these items please email me at cdickey723@yahoo.com and I can send photos. No items have ever been displayed and are slim their original packaging.

  17. I have a large collection of Betty Boop items, most of which are still in their original packaging.
    The items include clocks, frames, bags, lighters, cookie jar, dolls, christmas decoration, metal plaques, plant pot holder, ornaments, playing cards, cups, bowls and much more.
    South London based and looking to sell the whole collection if possible rather than item by item.
    Pictures available on request via email snpatel@talk21.com

  18. Hi. I would like to sell the majority of my collection. The listed website has pictures that I took. I have added, more since these pics were taken, but you get the idea. Have been collecting since I was in my twentys and am now in my fifths. The password is married. Let me know if you are interested.

    Bobbi

  19. I wondered if someone could help with a Betty Boop figurine valuation. She is sat on a motorbike, possibly a Harley, wearing a pink outfit, white bra and black boots. The motorbike is red. Its about 11 inches high and 13 inches long. I have seen others but different colours. Any help would be appreciated

  20. I am have a few Betty Boop Items I want to sell. I would like to show a picture of the items on this web site. Need some instructions

  21. I have a betty boop collection of 17 statues and a betty boop coop crock tea pot, i am selling them as my nan sadly passed away and she was bettys biggest fan, meaning that everything is in perfect condition. Please feel free to e-mail me or call the number that can be found at the top of the add on the website.
    Thanks

  22. My 96 grandmother just passed away and she was a huge Betty Boop Fan. We are looking to sell her Betty Boop collection of over 200 items including shirts, figurines, jewelry, accessories, movies, dolls, etc. There is also a very nice Tiffany glass style lamp that is in new condition. We are looking to sell the whole lot together for $250 including the lamp which is over $150 new by itself. We would like to clear it out as soon as possible because sale of the house is pending. Contact and replg to this post if you are interested. My grandmother would love that get collection would go to someone who would appreciate Betty Boop like she did. Thank you :) I have pictures of the collection and we have even added some now things as they were found.

  23. I have about 20 mint condition Betty Boop Wacky Wobblers which have been discontinued and are selling on sites upwards of about $50 each which I am thinking about selling. I have been collecting them since I was a young girl. Feel free to email me about buying them if you are interested (hippos_lagoon@live.com.au)

  24. we have over 100 peices of betty boop from tin signs ,to light switch covers,picture frames,in our colorado store,need to sell all been sitting on them for months,please email me for more details and prices and i can send pics of all we have

  25. I have 10 pieces of Danbury Mint collectible Betty Boop items that my great-grandmother left behind that I’m looking to sell. There are 2 large Christmas ones that plug in/light up, one large collectors 3-D plate, and 7 different figurines. I have pictures. Am wondering if anyone is interested in this, or can advise me on where to sell it? I do have pictures if anyone is interested! Thanks.

  26. MUST GO

    I have been collecting Betty Boop items for YEARS and due to some recent changes, I must sell ALL of it! I am in terrible need of the money. Most items are in great condition, and some are so-so.

    Here is a list of what I have:

    Hair brush and stand (never used!!)
    Stamps (with authentication papers)
    Lunch box
    Magnets
    Bags
    Guitar picks (framed)
    Notepads
    Pencils
    Socks
    Small Betty Statues
    Pudgy Bag/Purse
    Ornaments
    Betty Boop Bank
    Betty Boop Cookie Jar
    Tin signs (some are one of a kind)
    Mugs
    Shot Glasses
    Necklaces
    and SO MUCH MORE

    I will send pictures upon request. Willing to sell items individually as well as all together! Prices will vary but ARE NEGOTIABLE!! :)
    Thank you!!

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  28. I have betty boop collection for sale. It was in a curio cabinet in my office – I am now retired and have no room for it. Are you interested?

  29. Came across a betty boop 8mm movie..witches clutches, by coast films (app 50 Ft). I have been searching various sites and have not seen this title anywhere. Does anyone no if this has 8 mm has any value and if so where can I find it’s value?

  30. Hi Claire,
    I saw your email on the internet regarding Betty Boop collections wanted to know if you would be interested in purchasing my Betty Boop collection? I just recently moved into a new home and no longer have the room for them they are all brand new in the original boxes if interested please let me know and I will download the pictures. I’ve been collecting them for over 14 years for when I had a little girl pass it on to her but unfortunately she is into ninja turtles and not Betty Boop. Just my luck Betty Boop was my passion and still is but for it to sit around in my attic without enjoying them I would rather sell them and have someone that would appreciate them as much as I did

  31. I have a few Danbury mint collection of betty boop porcelain dolls in the original boxes and coa for sale..”claudia_p_hernandez@hotmail.com

  32. I’m looking to sell all my Betty Boop things. I have pictures that I can email to you in your interested. Lunch boxes, pictures, bags, magnets, lights, alarm clock, cookie jars, trash can, shower curtain and much more!

  33. I have a huge Betty Boop collection over 200 plus pieces plus yolanda Bello porcelain dolls have boxes coa’s looking to sell all of it

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