If you have a Precious Moments figurine in a box in the attic, you might want to get it out and dust it off. Indeed, it turns out that some of those cute figures are worth a bit more today than you might think. But what is “Precious Moments,” and why have the figures become so valuable?
The tale begins on New Year’s Day, 1939, when Precious Moments creator Samuel John Butcher entered the world. Born in Jackson, a city in Michigan renowned as the place in which the Republican Party first met, he was the middle child of five. And it seems his family didn’t have two cents to rub together in his youth.
Not too long after his birth, Butcher’s family resettled in Redding, in rural California. There he spent a lot of his time on art, hiding under the table in the dining room, sketching and drawing. However, he couldn’t hide his ability, as it soon became apparent to everyone around him.