Terms For Describing A Doll's Condition
NIB - New in Box
The doll has never been removed from its original box and the original packing
material has never been removed. Doll has never been on display.
MIB - Mint in Box
The doll has been removed from the box for display; however, the doll is in
excellent (almost new) condition with minimal signs of wear*. The doll has
original box, as well as original certificate of authenticity and paperwork.
COA - Certificate of Authenticity
The doll includes the original paperwork certifying its origin and maker. This
is not imperative to assuring the doll is authentic as all dolls are signed on
the neck/behind the ear/on the back or have a sticker with the artist's
signature and the doll's edition number.
EUC - Excellent Used Condition
The doll has been on display for a certain amount of time (usually a few years,
but this depends on the collector). The doll may or may not have original box
and paperwork. The doll is in very good condition, with minimal to some signs of
*Signs of wear include fading of color on parts of the costume (especially when
exposed to sunlight), scuff marks on vinyl or porcelain, gems or sequins or
beads missing from costume, damage to shoes (esp. around the heels), tears or
rips or other holes in costume, wear or damage to any original accessories hats,
teddy bears, etc.) mold or mildew on parts of costume, smoke damage (i.e. the
smell of smoke is very apparent and the costume has smoke stains on it), loose
stitches or grommets in costume.
The doll is missing original accessories. Missing accessories (i.e. hats,
jewelry, shoes, bags, teddy bears, flowers, etc.) lower the doll's overall
The doll is severely damaged - for example, the doll is broken in some spot
and/or the costume is severely damaged (severely ripped or faded). The value of
the doll is greatly affected.
The doll had a previous injury (in most cases, a break, crack, chip, or shatter)
which was repaired. The doll's value is still greatly affected by repairs.
Please indicate the professional or institution which performed the repair and
where the damage had original occurred.
The doll is near total destruction and the only use is for salvage parts (taking
parts which have not been damaged for use in other dolls).
Please note: We do not provide appraisals or opinions on value. Please do not
email us asking us "how much is my doll worth" or "how much can I sell this doll
for" Value is relative from collector to collector and we are not a free
appraisal service. You are expected to do your own research and determine your
asking price for your item. We will alert you if we believe that the doll may be
damaged or missing original accessories.