You, too, can become fluent in the language of Barbie® doll collectors worldwide
with these commonly used terms!
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
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
'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.
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