What makes a Barbie vintage?

What makes a Barbie vintage?

What makes a Barbie vintage?

Vintage Barbie dolls on the market from 1959 to the late 1960s are especially prized among collectors. Often, these Barbies had bendable legs or red hair, and they are considered some of the most rare and valuable. Today, the price of a mint condition Barbie from this era can run close to $25,000.

How do you know what year a Barbie was made?

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What are old Barbies made of?

According to Yvonne Shashoua, a conservation scientist and chemist with the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen, some old Barbie dolls manufactured in the early years after her release in 1959 contain polyvinyl chloride, or PVC.

Are Barbies from the 80s worth anything?

Price tag: $1,000 The Glory of the '80s Barbie was released quite recently in 2017. Its value comes from its limited quantity of only 100 manufactured, and a boxed, pristine version could reap $1,000.

Are vintage Barbies toxic?

Old Barbie dolls, Fisher Price Little People figures and My Little Pony dolls from 1970s and 1980s were among the vintage plastic toys found to contain toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and even arsenic, which means that they wouldn't comply with modern-day US and European safety laws.

How can you tell when a Barbie doll was made?

  • Look for markings on the back of the head on the neck or along the hairline. If you have the original box or the original clothing the doll came with, these will give you some clues as to the date the doll was manufactured.

Where did the clothes for Barbie come from?

  • All the early Barbie clothing and dolls were made in Japan. The zippers in the clothing have YKK on the zipper pull. Metal snaps in clothing may carry the mark of * 5 0 0 or K 5 I 0 (there may be other markings too, but this is what we found on 10 garments from this era).

When did the first Barbie doll come out?

  • Denise Van Patten is an expert on dolls and doll collecting, an author, and the owner of several online doll collecting outlets. The first Barbie dolls were unveiled at the New York Toy Fair in 1959.

What's the difference between a 1962 and 1963 Barbie?

  • Ken from 1963 was indeed a little smaller than Ken from 1962. The size of the neck or more precisely the button on which the head is placed can give you a clue as well as the year of the doll. Take the 1961 Barbie Bubblecut, it had a smaller neck than the 1963 Bubblecut doll.

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