So I’ve mentioned I know a little bit about everything, but these collectibles are something I’m not totally versed in: Breyer Horses. I’ve come across many of these on my recent scouting adventures so I wanted to learn more (and then share with you what I learned).
Make sure it’s an AUTHENTIC Breyer Horse
I reached out to a friend of mine who has a Breyer Horse collection from her younger years. Here are a few pointers on what to look out for when buying or collecting:
Authentic Breyers have raised marks on their back legs (the flank). The mark includes year of production, manufacturing country, “C” for copyright, and a company marking (could be “BMC,” “B,” “Breyer,” “Breyer Molding Co.,” or “Reeves”).
Pro Tip: If it was made before 1960, it may not have a raised mark. A sticker or a hang tag would verify the authenticity – however, those usually don’t survive over the years.
Check out the CONDITION
It’s all about the ears – well, at least one part of the value is. Breyer Horses are collectors’ items, but they are also toys for horse-crazy kiddos and sometimes they get a little wear and tear. Ears are the first to go or get nicked. Condition plays a big part in value, so if you’re looking to sell, try to find models in good condition (with all their ears).
Want to know the VALUE?
My best suggestion is look up past sales for similar models – eBay, forums, collector’s guides, etc, are all great resources. That will tell you what the market has been willing to pay in the past. Just make sure to note when they sold. Certain Breyer Horses go in and out of style, like most collectibles - so what may have been a top seller years ago may no longer be today.
Not sure WHAT you have?
A great resource is Identify Your Breyer (http://www.identifyyourbreyer.com/). They have a ton of information in one place where you should be able to identify which Breyer you have which can then help you determine the value.