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Happy birthday, Barbie… the beloved doll turns 63

Would you believe that your beloved Barbie doll turns 63 this year? Barbara Millicent Roberts
simply and better known as Barbie, celebrates her birthday on March 9, 1959. Barbie was
created by Ruth Handler, founder and president of Mattel, one of the largest
toy companies, in response to watching his own daughter play and live vicariously through
her paper dolls.

Courtesy of Mattel

Over a billion Barbie dolls have been sold to date.
Adults and children love this doll like no other. The people who grew up with Barbie were the driving force behind her wild success as a collectible, and not just in current sales.

Vintage 1960s Twist N Turn Barbies in Mod Era Outfits (Cindy Hammerquist)

“All the precious toys from the Barbie era, like GI Joe or baseball cards or whatever, people played with them and they got damaged and disappeared. That’s what makes them so precious” “Said Cindy Hammerquist, professional Barbie doll collector and owner of Fab City Toys here on Long Island. “People often call me and say, ‘I have a Barbie, like new, in the box. from the early 80s”, and unfortunately many of these dolls have no value because they were not meant to be played with. with. These are the dolls to be played with that are not played to death, so these dolls potentially have value.

Hammerquist has been collecting dolls for over 20 years.

“I’ve been playing with Barbie and collecting her since I’ve been alive,” she said. “I went to the Barbie National Convention and felt like I just found my people.”

European 1960s Bubblecut Barbie Side Part (Cindy Hammerquist)

The convention is held in a random city each year. The first convention was held in Queens in 1983. The Barbie Doll Collectors Convention will be held in Chicago on July 6th.

“It led me to find a group of collectors and learn a lot more about Barbie,” Hammerquist said. “I then started collecting vintage Barbies from the 1960s.”

Barbie was launched at the American International Toy Fair in Queens in 1959. Hammerquist said Barbie had a lot of history here on Long Island; many sales representatives involved with Toy Fair lived on Long Island at the time.

“When I moved to Long Island about 11 years ago, I started advertising that I was buying vintage Barbies,” Hammerquist said. “One of the first collections I received was from two sisters, which included duplicates of everything; I just had to go into business and become a merchant.

Hammerquist is always on the lookout, always helping doll owners appraise and sell their collections of all dolls, not just Barbie, though it specializes in vintage dolls.

Do you want to check the value of your own collection or work with a doll dealer to eventually sell your collection? Find Cindy from Fab City Toys by email [email protected] or by phone at 516-508-DOLL (3655).