Vintage Mattel Skipper Dolls
Vintage Mattel Skipper Dolls were a range of dolls made by the American toy manufacturer during the second half of the 20th century.
History & Description
Mattel introduced Skipper in 1964 as Barbie’s little sister. When she was first manufactured, Skipper was meant to be a little girl around ten years-old, although older versions of Skipper were later introduced. She was released as an alternative for mothers who objected to Barbie’s more adult look and body.
Skipper was continuously produced from 1964 until her retirement in 2003. During her almost fifty-year lifespan, Skipper had numerous different body changes and was re-sculpted many times.
Guide for collectors
Vintage Mattel Skipper dolls are occasionally sold through national auction houses. However, there is a larger and more varied selection of Skipper dolls frequently advertised on eBay.
It is widely accepted among collectors that only the original 1960s Skipper dolls are truly collectible and are of much higher value – in quality and styling –than future reincarnations. Nonetheless, vintage Skipper dolls do not particularly achieve high prices at auction, especially when compared to other vintage children’s dolls like Barbie.
The most sought after examples of Skipper dolls are those manufactured in the 1960s and early-1970s. In addition rare Skipper accessories or dolls that have never been removed from the box are especially desirable to collectors.
For more information on vintage Skipper dolls, collectors should visit the following websites; Collect Dolls, Fashion Doll Guide and Doll Reference.
otable auction sales
On April 27th 2012, two Skipper dolls with outfits, cases and accessories in their original box, circa 1964, were sold on eBay for $635.
On March 19th 2012, a Twist ‘n’ Turn Skipper doll with bendable leg, circa 1968, was sold on eBay for $294.27.
On August 5th 2005 at Garth’s Auctions in Delaware, Ohio, six Mattel dolls in their original boxes, including a Skipper doll, circa 1960s, realised a price of $250.
On February 26th 2006 at Philip Weiss Auctions in Oceanside, New York, a Skipper doll never removed from the box, circa 1960s, realised a price of $230.
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