All Original. This phrase is often used at online auctions and other doll web sites to describe a particular doll.
Hard to find. Common abbreviation used at online auctions and other doll web sites.
Mint In Box (factory mint-condition doll in original box).
Mint in Package. Similar to MIB. Denotes that all accessories are still in their original packaging.
Mint No Box (pristine-condition doll, no box).
Near mint. Interchangeable with "excellent" when describing a doll's condition.
Never Removed From Box.
Original Swim Suit.
Barbie® Doll Identifiers/Descriptors
'59 original Barbie®, white irises, blue liner, holes in feet, body material whitens with age.
'59, same as original Barbie®, but no holes in feet.
'60, blue irises, more gently curved eyebrows.
'60, new vinyl used for body that retains its color over time.
'61, new hair texture, hollow body that's lighter in weight.
Twist 'N Turn® Waist
A moveable waist common to Barbie® dolls of the mid-1960s and beyond. Some Barbie® dolls have a variation of this waist.
Pricing Guide value of a particular doll. This is not necessarily the amount you can get selling it on the secondary market. Value may vary from guide to guide.
Actual price you can expect to sell a particular doll for. Prices vary over time and due to a number of other factors. See online auction sites for market values.
Barbie® Collector Exclusives, Editions and Collections
BarbieSM Fan Club Exclusive
Barbie® dolls sold by Mattel through the BarbieCollector.com online shop, and available only to members of the BarbieSM Fan Club.
Black Label™ Collection includes some of Barbie® Collector's most sensational dolls designed for the adult collector. **
Barbie® dolls produced in quantities of more than 35,000*, and are designed for collecting and displaying. Most dolls come in showcase packaging that includes a doll stand and a Certificate of Authenticity.
Barbie® dolls sold in the United States by Mattel through the Barbie® Collector mail catalog or the BarbieCollector.com online shop only. (This exclusive policy applies to the United States only. Dolls may be sold to retail customers outside the United States.)
Gold Label™ Collection dolls are produced in numbered editions of 25,000 worldwide or less, available at select retailers.**
Hard to Find
Hard To Find items are currently available in the U.S. only from Barbie® Collector catalog, online at BarbieCollector.com and select retailer(s).
Barbie® dolls produced in quantities limited to 35,000* or less. They tend to feature special fabrics and details that set them apart from other dolls, and are designed for collecting and displaying. Most dolls come in showcase packaging that includes a doll stand and a Certificate of Authenticity.
Barbie® dolls sold by Mattel through the BarbieCollector.com online shop only.
Pink Label™ Collection includes some of Barbie® Collector’s most beloved keepsake dolls, serve as an invitation to collecting, and are available where Barbie® dolls are sold. Pink Label™ dolls do not have a quota limit. **
Platinum Label™ Collection dolls are sequentially numbered editions of less than 1,000 worldwide, available at select retailers.**
Keepsake dolls with no more than 50,000 produced worldwide.**
Celebrity (Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis, etc.) and/or character (Lucille Ball as Lucy Ricardo) collectible dolls.
All Barbie® dolls produced beginning in 1972. (An "accepted" date among many collectors for the beginning of the Modern Barbie® era.)
All Barbie® dolls produced before 1972.
C Grading System
A system used by some collectors to rate the condition of your dolls. Designations are C-1 through C-10. C-1 is the poorest possible condition. C-10 is factory mint and NRFB (never removed from box).
Dolls created originally for a specific store, catalog or company. Most dolls in the Barbie® Collector line also include a doll stand and a Certificate of Authenticity and come in showcase packaging.
Mint & Complete
Pristine outfit and all accessories in mint condition.
Those other than Mattel who buy and sell Barbie® dolls
Mattel does not guarantee that any doll will increase in value. Some dolls increase in value, some decrease and some remain the same.
*beginning in 2000
**part of the tier structure introduced in 2004