Barbie debuted in 1959 at a toy fair. Thanks to Barbie founder Ruth Handler, anyone can buy the playroom staple today. But if you held on to some of the rarer dolls, you'll probably be able to make a profit from them, especially if they're in good condition. Quite a few popular Barbies are worth a staggering amount these days; the most expensive vintage Barbies can sell on eBay for thousands of dollars. Collectors spend a lot on the dolls – the more unique they are, the better.
So, take a look around your mom's garage to see if you threw any spare Barbies into a box. You may just have a valuable investment on your hands.
Twist 'N Turn Barbie (1966): $1,795Photo: eBay
Marie Antoinette Barbie (2003): $1,299Photo: Mattel
This extravagant Barbie carries handcrafted roses, and her gown is accented with lavish gold trim. She's modeled after Marie Antoinette, the ill-fated 18th century French queen. In 2003, Barbie founders released the intricate doll as part of the Women of Royalty series.
If you held on to her since then, you can compete with sellers on eBay and list the doll for a whopping $1,299.
Pink Jubilee Barbie (1989): $795Photo: Mattel
My Size Barbie (1992): $385Photo: eBay