Recognising H.P.D Hard - Plastic Doll Desease

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Hard Plastic Doll desease (HPD) is the blight of any collector of vintage hard plastic dolls. Some makes included Pedigree, Rosebud, Roddy, Tudor Rose and many more.

Below is a list of instructions to follow below, to assist you to avoid purchasing an item infected with HPD. Please be aware that any doll with this desease is considered worthless to other collectors. Experienced collectors will instantly recognise the symptoms and in the interest of your fellow collectors, dolls exhibiting any signs of HPD, AT ANY STAGE, should NOT be offered for resale.

1) Write to the seller and as well as asking about any faults etc, always ask the seller (who may not already know their item is effected with this desease) if the doll has any odours like that of vinigar, amonia or pear drop sweets. These are the types of odours which are associated with HPD and purchase of a doll with this type of odour should be avoided. Please be aware that this is a CONTAGIOUS doll desease and speads in time via micro size fungal spores through the air. Any doll that is in the vasinity of it will also become effected, rendering it too worthless.

2) Many eBay sellers are very reputable people who will not deliberatly mislead you. Though always protect yourself. When you spot something you are considering buying, scrutinised the photos listed and if you spot limbs which exhibit fading towards the end which gets lighter the closer it gets to the hands or feet of the doll. Can be a sign of HPD. The stage following this will result in the hands and feed crumbling away, this stage will be visible in any pictures listed.


Any doll with the desease should be burned immediately. Also wash your hands before handling any of your other dolls.



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