ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Vintage Barbie Collectibles

Updated on November 7, 2015


Barbie | Source

Vintage Barbie Collectibles

A few years ago Barbie became fifty! Some Barbie dolls are now vintage, and many are collectible. Now, Barbie dolls are issued in limited editions for such things as the millennium.

In the beginning it was just Barbie and Ken. Now, there are a myriad of friends. This allows more dolls to be issued. Yet, Barbie has become a collectible, at least some older and rarer editions.

Today, Barbie has transportation and a house. In the future how many Barbie related items will be considered collectible? That cannot be answered, but wait long enough and almost anything can become rare enough to be collected.

Intro Image: This is an Amazon image allowed by he affiliate program.

Inside the Barbie Dolls of the World/Ellis Island Launch Party

Be Careful

Only some Barbie dolls are collectible. And those are worth much more if they are still in the box, and complete with everything that was issued with the box. It is easy to go to the thrift store and think this is a great bargain. We once found about ten different Barbie dolls locked in a display case in a thrift store with what looked like great prices. We have long ago learned to check collectibles with which we are not familiar, so we went home and looked up the prices. Fortunately, we did not buy the dolls, or it would have been a loss.


NIB is short for NEW IN BOX. Unless this is how a Barbie is being sold, beware. Collectors want new in box dolls, not nice but used and placed back in a box dolls.

On eBay, many sellers have empty boxes for sale, so someone could buy a box and add the doll to it. The doll may not be the right issue. But the price goes up in the bidding. Avoid this trap.

World's biggest Barbie doll collection | World record breaking number of dolls

Buy a Book

As with any collectible, a great price guide that also shows such information as the number released and years of release is invaluable.

Barbie Collector Dolls Part 1

Welcome to the Dollhouse

Barbie Dolls on Coins

The Perth Mint produced a beautiful, colorized Barbie coin to celebrate the 50th anniversary.

But, Not All Barbie Dolls Are Collectible

Many Barbie Dolls, even older ones, are not collectible. Some are less desirable because of the condition of the dolls Others are just too plentiful. Always check the value before buying, unless you just like a particular doll. It is like other areas of collectibles, some have higher value and others have little.

Please leave your comments.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • favored profile image

      Fay Favored 

      2 years ago from USA

      How can anyone go wrong with a Barbie doll? That's what I've always thought. Never knew that they weren't all collectible.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I loved playing with Barbie and I had Midget and Alan as well. Thanks for the memories!

    • rainydaz profile image


      6 years ago

      I still have memories of playing Barbies with my friends. My Barbie had a set of wigs. I was the envy of all my friends.

    • ninakreativa profile image


      6 years ago

      The first barbie I bought costed a lot and I had to borrow the money to buy it :) I remember som girls had a whole collection of barbie dolls, lots of dresses and accessories for these toys. Nice lens.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      I remember my first barbie and I have to use my own money to buy it. This lens brings back memory.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Talk about ageing gracefully! Barbie @ 50 still going strong! :))

      Love the collection here...

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Wow! Some very remarkable collections here!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)