She has been on hundreds of magazine covers - on TV Guide more than 30 times. The thousand-dollar cover features Little Ricky, the child of televisions first pregnancy, at a time when censors wouldnt even let you say the word on air.
Little Ricky dolls that followed the birth sell for hundreds of dollars today. But the top doll is Lucy herself in a 1953 rag doll worth a grand or more. Lucy paper doll and coloring books start at $50.
Find out about other collectibles described by The Saturday Early Show's Tony Hyman in the Collectibles Archive or visit Tony Hyman's Web site.
If you think you have a collectible worth a lot of cash, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "What's It Worth?" in the subject line. Or write to "What's It Worth?" The Saturday Early Show, 514 West 57th St., 6th floor, New York, N.Y. 10019.
Posters and lobby cards from movies with Hope or her three with Desi Arnaz are
collectible but mostly inexpensive. Look for Lucy phonograph records, sheet music, trading cards, tablets, calendars, notebooks, watches, dolls, mugs, scripts, tickets, and props. Theres even a cigar-band set featuring Lucy.
Lucy was incredibly popular with advertisers. She sold soap, toothpaste, cosmetics, soft drinks, carpet, cars, beer, wine, and lots more. Her Sunday comic cigarette ads are worth $100 each today.
Rule of thumb? If its got Lucille Ball (or any of the Ricardos) on it, someone wants it.
Information and props provided by Ric B. Wyman, author of "For the Love of Lucy: The Complete Guide for Collectors and Fans" (Abbeville, 1995, $39.95).
If you have Lucy items from the 1950s or '60s, you may reach the author through his Web site, www.fortheloveoflucy.com.
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