The Value of "Gone With the Wind" Collectible Plates

By Hazel Baker

"Gone With The Wind" has inspired a great deal of merchandise and many collectibles, including collectible dolls and plates. Beginning in 1978, several commemorative plate sets were issued to pay homage to this film classic. These plates depict classic scenes from the movie as well as some of the costumes worn by the film's stars.

First Series

There were four different series of plates released between 1978 and 1993. All of these showed famous scenes from the movie. The first series, issued between 1978 and 1985 by the Edwin M. Knowles china company, were originally worth $21.50 to $29.50 and as of 2010 had a secondary market resale value of $40 to $110.

Second Series

The second series from 1988 to 1990 was also issued by the Edwin M. Knowles china company. These plates are known as the Golden Anniversary Collection, and as of 2010 had a secondary market resale value of $50 to $110 depending on the design of the plate. Of the 12 plates in the series, the most sought after and most valuable are the "Frankly, My Dear," "The Burning Of Atlanta" and "The Proposal" plates.

Third Series

The third series of plates was a limited edition issued from 1991 to 1993 by the Bradford Exchange and is known as Critics Choice. These plates are often sold in complete sets and individual plates had a secondary market value as of 2010 of anywhere from $30 to $120.

Fourth Series

The fourth and last series were issued between 1993 and 1995 and were made to commemorate the original costumes designed by Walter Plunkett. These plates are unique because instead of depicting scenes from the movie, they showcase some of the dresses worn by Vivien Leigh in the film. The complete set is usually sold for $225 to $250 online and individual prices for plates vary, depending on the costumes that they depict.

Considerations

Buying these plates individually or as a set online is an easy way to find the particular series that you are looking for. Research any online seller before purchasing them, paying special attention to comments and reviews from previous customers.

About the Author

Hazel Baker has been writing professionally since 2003. She covers e-commerce, technology and legal topics for various online publications. Baker has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with a minor in history from Point Loma Nazarene University.