Baby Crissy dolls were manufactured by the Ideal toy company (no longer in existence). The "Classic" issues of Baby Crissy dolls (dolls made from the original molds) were produced from '73 to '77, then re-issued from '80 to '82. She was a very popular doll and still has a following to this day. She came in both a white version and a black version. Baby Crissy was actually a baby doll version of the popular Crissy doll that was manufactured from '69 to '74.
Baby Crissy was a "grow-hair doll". While most of the hair on her head was short, rooted, and didn't adjust in length, she had a hole in the top of her head (usually referred to as a "grow hole") that a long, thick lock of hair came out and you could adjust the length of her hair, via a cord and pull ring, to various lengths. Many collectors refer to this as a ponytail, but that's not totally accurate. A ponytail is when the hair from the entire head is drawn back and gathered to hang loose from the back of the head. This is actually an adjustable fall.
Baby Crissy is a very large doll: about 24 inches long. That may not seem that big to an adult, but for a 4-foot-tall child she was rather a handful and somewhat cumbersome to carry around (it's ironic that the baby version of Crissy was larger than the '69 to '74 pre-teen Crissy doll). She's very similar to the Play Pal dolls that Ideal manufactured in the mid-'60s, and according to one Crissy doll expert I know, she was sculpted by the same person that sculpted the Play Pal dolls.
When Baby Crissy was first issued, she came dressed in a 2-piece romper outfit. The white doll's outfit was typically pink, while the black doll's outfit was typically lavender. Of course, as with any mass-produced doll, sometimes the white doll came in the lavender outfit and the black doll came in pink. As production continued through the years, her outfit changed from the 2-piece outfit to a 1-piece romper, usually referred to as a "bubble romper". This romper was a white, smooth, thin cotton fabric trimmed in gingham - sometimes yellow and sometimes green (pictured above), however there seem to have been more yellow produced than the green. This outfit tied around the back of the neck, and had a flower print on the top front. There was a slit in the back of the bubble romper to allow access to the pull string to adjust her hair length. The 1982 Baby Crissy dolls came in the above-pictured pink gingham 2-piece outfit which was very reminiscent of the early '73 versions, except that this issue wore bloomers. In '82 Ideal went wild with gingham. Seems like all the 1982 Crissy dolls (not just the Baby Crissy dolls) had gingham outfits. None of the '77 - '82 Baby Crissy dolls were issued with socks or shoes.
Her boxes also changed style over the years. There were 4 different box designs that spanned the years from 1973 to 1982:
The first box was short and square with the doll placed in a sitting position. The box that contained the black doll had photographs of a black girl playing with a black doll, and the white doll's box had pics of a white girl playing with a white doll.
The second box was thick heavy cardboard which was taller with the doll placed in a standing position. It was a rather unusual box, because it only had one photograph of a white doll on the front, for both the white and black version. If the box contained a black doll, there would be a sticker slapped on the front of the box stating that the box contained a black doll.
The third box was the same size as the second, but it was a 2-piece box that had a heavy-duty cardboard bottom and a lightweight cardboard front that lifted off. The front portion of this box was extremely thin and flimsy, and had a thin plastic cellophane window that the doll peered out of. Because this box top was of such poor quality, many of these box tops are damaged and the windows have come either partially or totally unglued. They did not age well.
The fourth box (pictured above) was a one-piece thick cardboard box that opened from the top. This was the only issue of box that was completely wrapped in plastic shrink-wrap. This issue is somewhat hard to find with the box still wrapped.
From '73 to '82, she was made from the same mold, so there is no preference amongst buyers over one year to the next. Since she was the same doll, an early '80s doll will realize the same price MIB as an early '70s doll. The early 70s dolls' arms and legs were made with "magic skin". Magic skin was a foam-filled vinyl that had a tendency to deteriorate and discolor over time. Some of the worst examples have turned their limbs to a nasty-looking green/gray (like the doll is diseased). Ideal produced the later versions ('77 to '82) with hard plastic limbs. Some transition dolls can be found having both magic skin and hard plastic limbs (i.e. one plastic arm / one magic skin arm. One plastic leg / one magic skin leg). This is why I prefer the early '80s dolls, because of their plastic limbs. I hate magic skin.
In the late '80s/ early '90s, she was re-issued, but none of them even closely resembled the '73 to '82 versions. They were smaller and had different face molds. Some didn't even have growing hair, instead they were drink-and-wet dolls. Some had molded hair. These dolls just don't have the appeal to collectors as the early versions do, and don't sell for much on today's secondary market (even NRFB).
The rarest of all Baby Crissy dolls (if you can call any doll that was mass-produced "rare") is the 1982 version in the Pink Gingham 2-piece outfit. That issue was only available for one year and is relatively the hardest to find. Seems you only find them NRFB. I've never seen a loose 1982 Baby Crissy listed. I've seen them sell for as high as $250 (NRFB), whereas the earlier issues NRFB sell for about half that.
I've bought and sold about a dozen Baby Crissy dolls over the years. I now have only 1 in my collection, pictured above. She is the '82 issue, and her box is still wrapped in the original plastic from the factory. She is very hard to come by in this condition. I only have the 1, because due to their size these dolls take up a lot of space, especially in their boxes. I don't care for baby dolls, but I've always had a soft spot for Baby Crissy.