#892 Barbie and Ken (Tennis Set) Gift Set (1962/1963)
This set came with two straight-leg dolls in their plain white boxes; Bubblecut Barbie or Ponytail (#850) Barbie, and flocked hair or painted head (#750) Ken.
Barbie was dressed in her red one-piece swim suit, red open toe shoes and pearl earrings. Ken wore red swim trunks, red and white striped terry-cloth lined jacket and cork sandals or some boxes he wore red swim trunks, yellow towel and cork sandals. Both dolls had black wire stands. Barbie’s white box included the blue Barbie and Ken booklet as well.
The clothing consisted of nearly the complete #941 Tennis Anyone ensemble; Jacket, socks, shoes, tennis book, sunglasses, tennis racquet and tennis balls. The white tennis dress was replaced with a white scoop neck playsuit. Ken had the complete #790 Time for Tennis ensemble; shirt, sweater jacket, shorts, socks, shoes, sunglasses, tennis racquet and tennis balls. Each tennis ensemble for Barbie and Ken include two tennis balls, but the gift set had a total of two.
This beautiful set also included Barbie’s pretty yellow silk sheath dress, orange gathered pak skirt, pink bra and panties, orange clutch purse, orange open toe heels, red wide pak belt and pearl necklace. Ken also had a pair of white undershorts, green corduroy pants, green socks, red and green sport shirt, and brown shoes with white tops.
The set was featured in the Mattel Catalog in 1962 and 1963. It retailed for $15.00.
This tennis dress was NOT included with the gift set. She wore a white scoop neck playsuit instead.
#857 Barbie Mix 'n Match Gift Set
This set is almost identical to the #857 set that was released in 1960. This set comes with a #5 ponytail dressed in her black and white striped swim suit or a #6 dressed in her red one-piece swim suit. Only other changes in 1962 from the 1960 set is Barbie wore a wrist tag and had an updated pink booklet with Barbie and Ken's picture on the front.
Barbie and Ken Mix 'n Match (Tennis) Gift Set - Montgomery Wards Exclusive
This set is identical to the #892 Barbie and Ken Tennis Set, but there was an option that included a blue carrying case which held both Barbie, Ken and all their clothes. You could also purchase it without the carrying case. The complete set retailed for $13.77, and without the case it sold for 10.99.
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Pictures from the 1962 and 1963 Montgomery Ward Catalog