Collect Barbie Dolls For A Profitable Hobby

Published: 20th August 2008
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The first Barbie doll was introduced to the world at the New York toy fair in 1959. Since that time millions have been produced and sold worldwide. As a result,Barbie doll collecting has become a popular hobby. It is estimated by Mattel that over 100,000 people collect Barbies. Most of these are female with an average age of 40. Each one of them on average buys 20 Barbie dolls every year.

Barbie underwent many changes in appearance over the years. The first Barbie had a ponytail hairstyle and wore a zebra striped one piece swimsuit. She was copyright dated 1958 on the back and on the bottom of the right foot was marked Made In Japan. If you find one of these dolls in excellent condition you have a collector's treasure which is worth a condsiderable sum of money.

Vintage Barbie dolls are considered by collectors to be those made between 1959 and 1972. Later dolls are considered to be modern. There are many collectors of the special edition dolls which Mattel made in later years. To be a real collectors item these later Barbies must be in the original box and in mint condition. There were several series of these which were made in varying quantities.

The lowest tier Pink Label collectible Barbies were made with no limit to the number produced. The Silver Label dolls were a limited edition of up to 50,000 and were distributed worldwide. Gold Label Barbie dolls were made in an edition of up to 25,000. The top tier is the Platinum Label dolls which were limited to 1000 dolls. These label edition dolls are much sought after by collectors. They must be in mint condition in the original box to have value as a collectors item.

Barbie doll collecting is popular in many countries around the world. Pre 1972 vintage Barbies are the most sought after and many are still to be found in garage sales,flea markets,thrift stores and such like places. Most people know nothing about vintage Barbie dolls or their values. As a result there are lots of them still out there waiting for the right collector to come along and find them. The thrill of the hunt can be almost obsessive and can get an avid collector out of bed to be an early bird at garage sales or flea markets. It's all worth it when that early Barbie is purchased for a song and carried home triumphantly to join her sisters in a collection.


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