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Identify Your Vintage Ponytail Barbie

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Which Ponytail Barbie do you have?  There are 6 versions of the vintage ponytail Barbie, and their value varies from a few thousand dollars to a few hundred.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 15 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Examine your ponytail Barbie.  Note her facial features, skin color, feet, feel of her torso and hair. 
  2. Note the markings on Barbie's behind.
  3. Does your doll have white irises, severely arched eyebrows and holes in her feet/copper tubing in legs?  Is the original swimsuit black and white zebra? Is her skin faded white?  Does her torso feel solid?
  4. If all in #3 above is true, and if your doll's markings are Barbie™/Pats.Pend./©MCMLVIII/by Mattel/Inc, then you have a #1 ponytail Barbie. This doll can be worth several thousand dollars.
  5. If your Barbie meets all of the criteria in step 3 and 4 EXCEPT that she does not have holes in her feet/copper tubing, then you have a #2 ponytail Barbie doll, which also can be worth several thousand dollars.
  6. If your Barbie meets the criteria of step 4 EXCEPT that the doll has blue irises AND the eyebrows are curved, THEN you have a #3 ponytail Barbie doll. #3s can have blue OR brown eyeliner and they sometimes smell like crayola crayons. This doll is worth several hundred dollars.
  7. If your Barbie meets the criteria in step 5 EXCEPT that her skin tone is tan, then you have a #4 ponytail. #4s and above only have blue eyeliner.
  8. If your Barbie meets the criteria in step 5, EXCEPT that the body is hollow (not solid) and the doll is marked Barbie® and NOT Barbie ™ then you have a #5. #5s were also the first to come as a redhead, so if you have a redhead, its a #5 or #6.
  9. Finally, IF your Barbie wears an original red jersey swimsuit, and it has a slightly chubbier face, you most likely have a #6. Some experts do not differentiate between a #5 or a #6, and there is little difference in value.
  10. You know for sure if you have a #6 ponytail if the markings read "Midge™/© 1962/Barbie®/© 1958/by/Mattel, Inc" (only #6s produced in 1963 and 1964 had this marking).

Tips:

  1. Reproduction ponytails were produced by Mattel in the 1990s.  Reproductions are marked Barbie/©1958, 1993/Mattel, Inc./Malaysia. 
  2. Differences can be subtle to an untrained eye; if you are having trouble, find some photos on the Internet or a Barbie value guide to show you differences in eyebrows and skin tones.

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