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Black Label Barbie Dolls

An Unofficial Tier

The Black Label Barbie is a hard one ti describe. The best way to define Black Label are would be to say it is a level somwhere between the Pink and Silver Labels.

Black Label Collection includes some of the most sensational dolls designed for the adult collector.

Often Black label Barbie Dolls are of a celeberity.

Diana Ross Barbie Doll

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Jinx Die Another Day Doll
Haley Berry Barbie

Jinx bond girl barbie

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Collector Terminology

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

#1 Ponytail - '59 original Barbie®, white irises, blue liner, holes in feet, body material whitens with age.

#2 Ponytail - '59, same as original Barbie®, but no holes in feet.

#3 Ponytail - '60, blue irises, more gently curved eyebrows.

#4 Ponytail - '60, new vinyl used for body that retains its color over time.

#5 Ponytail - '61, new hair texture, hollow body that's lighter in weight.

A/O - All Original. This phrase is often used at online auctions and other doll web sites to describe a particular doll.

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.

Book Value - 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.

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).

Collector Edition - 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.

Customized Dolls - 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.

Direct Exclusive - 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™ - Distinct dolls featured at fine retailers with no more than 25,000 pieces created worldwide**

HTF - Hard to find. Common abbreviation used at online auctions and other doll web sites.

Limited Edition - 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.

Market Value - 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.

MIB - Mint In Box (factory mint-condition doll in original box).

MIP - Mint in Package. Similar to MIB. Denotes that all accessories are still in their original packaging.

Mint & Complete - Pristine outfit and all accessories in mint condition.

MNB - Mint No Box (pristine-condition doll, no box).

Modern Barbie® - All Barbie® dolls produced beginning in 1972. (An "accepted" date among many collectors for the beginning of the Modern Barbie® era.)

NM - Near mint. Interchangeable with "excellent" when describing a doll's condition.

NRFB - Never Removed From Box.

Online Exclusive - Barbie® dolls sold by Mattel through the BarbieCollector.com online shop only.

OSS - Original Swim Suit.

Pink Label™ - Keepsake dolls at quality retailers **

Platinum Label™ - Dolls produced in editions of less than 1,000 pieces worldwide, including premium one-of-a-kind dolls**

Secondary Market - Those other than Mattel who buy and sell Barbie® dolls.

Silver Label™ - Classic themes available at select retailers, with no more than 50,000 pieces created worldwide**

Timeless Treasures - Celebrity (Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis, etc.) and/or character (Lucille Ball as Lucy Ricardo) collectible dolls.

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.

Vintage Barbie® - All Barbie® dolls produced before 1972.