Hope you all have been well! I just got over the head cold and now that my son is in preschool, I'm sure I'll be down and out with a lot more in the future.
When I was home a few weeks ago, my mom picked these up at a garage sale for me.
Barbie trading cards! Two unopened boxes!
I have collected cards in the past. Not Barbie cards but basketball cards. I'm not sure how much these are going for secondhand but I do know that some unopened boxes of sports cards from certain years (like Michael Jordan's rookie year for example) can be very pricey. But I'm not like other people.
So I opened them. :)
And they display just like a standard box of sports cards. With the cardboard cutout.
The packs are pink and look like this. The titles of the cards are "Celebrating 36 years of Barbie" by the Tempo company.
The cards show dolls from 1959 to 1995. In addition to the standard common cards, there are also cards that form subsets like Sporting Barbie, Swimsuit Barbie, Barbie and Friends, At Home with Barbie and Christmas Barbie. There are also special insert cards like The Beginning, Bride Barbie, Ken & Barbie or Birthday Barbie. Those odds show that I'm guaranteed to get some of these special cards because I have the entire unopened box.
So on my first pack I opened...busy girl...
...Quick Curl Barbie...
...Tropical Barbie from the Swimsuit subset...
...Solo in the Spotlight...
...Slumber Party from the At Home with Barbie subset...
...And the entire cast of Sun Sensation dolls from the Barbie and Friends subset.
Here is a card from the Sporting Barbie subset, Hot Skatin' Barbie.
Here are some of the special insert cards from the special subsets like "The Beginning." There are 8 and I have all but one. This one is Roman Holiday.
And this is Barbie-Q!
A Ken and Barbie card. I got all three of these ones. They have pictures on the front and back and they are numbered.
I love these Ken and Barbie ones.
I even got one of the special bride cards! Unfortunately I got two of the same ones.
They are individually numbered and have some kind of pop out on them. I couldn't figure out how to pop it up and didn't want to ruin it so I just left it as is. This is a pretty bride doll though!
Then I pulled this card.
The card reads: Congratulations! You have just made history!! You are one of only 36 people worldwide to have the privilege of redeeming this card to receive the entire Barbie insert collection of the number below. To receive this rare limited collection you must send by "Certified Mail" this card and include a certified $2.35 stamped self addressed DL sized envelope to: Tempo Trading Cards (address). This wild card will be returned punched, with your 20 insert card collection. Number 16 of 36.
I laughed and couldn't believe my luck. This card is over 20 years old and I cannot find Tempo Trading Cards current email or anything anywhere (they are apparently in Australia.) I thought of just sending them a snail mail just to see if they might, still have something or if they have destroyed them all. Not sure but it doesn't hurt to try right?
And being a former card collector, I do not like saving unopened boxes of cards....for this reason!
It was so much fun to open these. I got the entire set twice over, now I just need some of my old sports cards pages to display them in. I could even use that binder I got in the Barbie Collectors Club kit.
So friends, did you collect these cards back in the day? Collect other Barbie cards? (I have the larger cards that came out in 1990.) Let me know in the comments!
Still working on taking pictures of all the fun goodies I got from my dad so I'll get those up in the next post. Until then!