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Check your curio cabinets. Precious Moments, the favorite figurines of grandmas everywhere, can lead to a precious paycheck — if you have the right one that is. The porcelain collectible line has churned out saccharine statues for about 30 years now, and a particular discontinued piece can be worth 50 times more than its original $15 price tag.

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“God Loveth a Cheerful Giver” is giving sellers big bucks on sites like eBay and Amazon thanks to its exclusive status as one of the “original 21.” Back when the brand debuted in late ’70s, buyers could start their collections with this statue and 20 others. The company discontinued this specific design a few years later, making it one of collectors’ most coveted characters.

The statue of a little girl with a cart full of free puppies is pretty cute on its own, but its valuation might make your heart swell a little more. Some overly optimistic estimates top $2,000, but more realistic numbers will still have you running to check your attic.

Recent eBay sales have topped out at $275 and $250 – not too shabby for a mass-produced collectible. As a particularly beloved Precious Moments design, some might go for even more than that.

“The appraised value for a circa 1977 original Precious Moments figurine ‘God Loveth the Cheerful Giver’ in excellent condition is $750,” says antiques appraiser Dr. Lori Verderame, Ph.D. But just like other collectibles, wear and tear can impact the value, as well as artistry, provenance, date of production and the number of pieces in the production run.

Either way, it’s worth a look. While other Precious Moments might sell on the secondhand market for less than $5, this particular exception might be one you’ll “loveth.”

(h/t TODAY)

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“Today” has a lot of people looking through their Precious Moments collections for a figurine called “God Loveth a Cheerful Giver,” said to be the most valuable of all. Amazon

This is the headline that started it all: “Your Precious Moments figurine could be worth thousands.”

The “Today” show touched off a little frenzy when a story on Tuesday about Precious Moments collectibles pointed out one particular figurine that might be worth a stack of bucks.

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The iconic child figurines with their recognizable teardrop-shaped eyes hail from Carthage, Mo., where the company is based, and have been around since the 1970s.

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The figurine suddenly in the news is called “God Loveth a Cheerful Giver” and was one of the original 21 Precious Moments collectibles released in 1979, according to “Today.” It depicts a little girl giving away free puppies.

That figurine, widely considered the most valuable of all Precious Moments pieces, “has had valuations placed on it … in excess of $2,000,” Paul Burton, a spokesperson for Woolvey Fine Antiques & Collectibles, told “Today.”

“I don’t believe I have seen one actually sell for more than half of that, although they are still occasionally listed for sale in that price range,” Burton said.

The figurine originally retailed for $15 but now sellers on eBay ask hundreds of dollars for it, though it’s unclear how many actually get that much. It was discontinued in 1981, according to Replacements, Ltd.

“There really isn’t another stand-out I can think of that would be close to this price,” Burton said.

Those words set off a minor commotion on Facebook, where comments ranged from “maybe we should have held onto mom’s Precious Moments after all” to “do you have this one, Grandma?”

“Today” noted that if you find one of the figurines, small chips and cracks can dramatically diminish its worth.

Which means if it fell off Grandma’s shelf, you might be out of luck.

Precious Moments Figurines that Originally Sold for $15 Could Be Worth Serious Money Now

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If you have a Precious Moments figurine sitting in your house, take note: It could be worth some serious cash today.

According to Today, the Precious Moments figurines from the “Original 21” collection that was released in 1979 are considered vintage collectibles and could be worth up to $750.

The publication reports that the most prized “Original 21” piece is called “God Loveth a Cheerful Giver,” according to an expert. The statue features a blonde child with a bow in her hair, holding a sign that says “FREE puppies” and standing next to a wheelbarrow full of dogs. Originally, the price tag for the item was $15, but now it asks between $150 and $750 on eBay.

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Parents reports that if you have an entire collection of the “Original 21” set, you could potentially sell them all for thousands of dollars.

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According to Today, those who think they are in possession of these prized vintage items should pay special attention to how old the item is (the older, the pricier) and if it was a limited edition, as not every Precious Moment item will rake in bundles of cash.

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Also, any defect on the items will significantly lower the price tag, including chips and scratches. Paul Burton, a spokesperson for Woolvey Fine Antiques & Collectibles, recommended to Today that people should dust their figurines with a makeup brush and wash them gently with mild, soapy water if necessary, but be careful not to get any water inside.

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And while they won’t bring in nearly as the “Original 21” collection, other Precious Moments items are going higher than asking price on eBay, including the Disney Precious Moments figure featuring Cinderella and Prince Charming called “Your Love is a Perfect Fit,” which displays a boy putting a glass slipper on a girl. The statue is now worth anywhere from $80 to $100.

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Their sweet, teardrop eyes and angelic expressions have made Precious Moments figurines beloved collectors’ items for years — and if you have any gathering dust on a shelf, it may be time to take a second look.

Today, there’s a thriving online market for classic Precious Moments memorabilia, and one figurine in particular could be worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars. It’s a porcelain sculpture called “God Loveth a Cheerful Giver,” and it is one of the original 21 Precious Moments collectibles released in 1979.

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“God Loveth a Cheerful Giver” is one of the most valuable classic Precious Moments figurines.Amazon

The cute piece portraying a little girl giving away free puppies originally retailed for $15, but today it can sell on eBay for hundreds of dollars. One recently sold for $188, and another for $250.

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If you’re very lucky, though, you could potentially fetch a much higher price. The “God Loveth a Cheerful Giver” figurine “has had valuations placed on it … in excess of $2,000,” said Paul Burton, a spokesperson for Woolvey Fine Antiques & Collectibles, which specializes in selling retired and limited-edition figurines.

“I don’t believe I have seen one actually sell for more than half of that, although they are still occasionally listed for sale in that price range,” he told TODAY Home in an email.

Either way, it’s a pretty great return on investment — and it makes this 1979 figurine “probably the most valuable” item in the Precious Moments collection.

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“There really isn’t another stand-out I can think of that would be close to this price,” Burton said.

A few limited-edition Precious Moments collectibles, like this one signed by Precious Moments sculptor Hiko Maeda, can sell for a few hundred dollars on eBay, and other figurines from the peak of the Precious Moments craze, such as this 1981 musical figurine, “Silent Knight,” can still fetch more than $100.

The 1981 Precious Moments figurine, “Silent Knight”eBay

They aren’t all big sellers, however, since many pieces from that period have very little value now, Burton said.

If you’re lucky enough to have a “God Loveth a Cheerful Giver” figurine on your shelf, it is more likely to fetch a good price if it’s in excellent condition, as even a small chip or crack can dramatically reduce the item’s worth.

Also, before you put post the figurine on eBay or bring it to an antiques dealer, make sure you clean it well, Burton suggested. Use a soft makeup brush to dust the porcelain sculpture and, if needed, wash it gently with mild, soapy water, making sure not to get any water inside.

Bottom line: Check your china cabinets — you could be hanging onto a Precious Moments treasure!

This article was originally published on Oct. 17, 2017 on Today.