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REFRESHER: What are Beanie Babies?
Beanie Babies are stuffed toys created by H. Ty Warner, an American toy manufacturer who established the company Ty Inc. in the year 1986. They are filled with plastic pellets instead of soft stuffing. They are available in several different forms. The original 9 Beanie Babies hit the market in 1993. Chocolate the Moose, Splash the Whale, Spot the Dog, Squealer the Pig, and Legs the Frog, among others, became a raging hit. A few years later, Warner released mini versions of these toys known as Teenie Beanies. These miniature Beanie Babies also proved to be equally popular.
Paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for a stuffed animal might sound absurd, but the most expensive beanie babies in the world costs upwords of $500,000.
In this article, we'll look at the most valuable, most expensive Beanie Babies in the world.
1. Princess the Bear – $500,000
Made in 1997, Princess the Bear was created as a tribute to the Princess of Wales, Princess Diana. The stuffed animal was intended to inspire Beanie Bear fans and anyone else whose heart was moved by the cute toy to contribute to the memorial fund of Princess Diana. It is not known how much money the toy managed to attract, but it nonetheless was a lovely tribute to the beautiful princess. This wonderful princess bear toy comes in a beautiful mix of white and purple. And the chest has a white-colored rose and the body is purple. It also comes with a delicate white rose accessory pinned to its chest.
This is the most expensive Beanie Baby ever sold. When it comes to plush toys, you really can’t get any better than this one! You’d be lucky to be able to get one of these in mint condition. In addition, several rarest versions of this toy are filled with PVC pellets.
2. Lefty the Donkey and Righty the Elephant – $50,000
Back in 2006, a technician and doting dad managed to get these stuffed toys signed by Hillary Clinton for his kids.
One decade later, these stuffed animals have only appreciated in value and demand. However, it’s worth knowing that this version of Beanie Babies is not at all rare as new designs and styles were produced in 2008. These two Beanie Babies are valued at $50,000. However, taking into account the value of Hillary’s signature, this value is anticipated to increase over time.
3. Brownie the Bear – $20,000
Brownie the Bear is an attractive Beanie Baby that is one of the 9 original Beanie Babies. It was introduced in 1993 but was soon taken off the market after it appeared. Brownie has a brown triangular nose and black eyes. Also, it has no poem. Another version of this Beanie Baby called Cubbie was introduced. It was less valuable than the original Beanie Baby, though.
4. Valentino the Bear – $19,000
Valentino the Bear is a charming Beanie Baby that looks like a miniature adorable bear. Not to be confused with Valentina the Bear, who is the female version of this Valentine’s Day exclusive plushy toy line. He has a big brown button nose and black button eyes. His chest has a red love heart and his neck has a red ribbon tied around it. The bear comes in a mix of faded white and red for a stylish look. Some of them also have brown noses. However, a few versions of this stuffed toy come with a defect that has significantly increased its demand and value among people. While a normal version of this toy will fetch many dollars, one with an incorrect name tag will fetch $19,000.
5. Claude the Crab – $10,000
Claude the Crab is the only Beanie Baby that has a poem dedicated to his name. The wonderful toy is designed to look like a real-life crab. And it is famous among Beanie Babies fans because of its crab-like design. It is created from an orange, green, and blue tie-dyed material with a white underside. The lovely Beanie Baby has two black thread antennae, two big pincers, black button eyes, and eight legs.
6. Halo the Angel Bear – $7,500
This beloved Beanie Baby was introduced and created in 1998. However, the toy was retired quickly. The bear symbolizes a Guardian Angel of a kid with its Wings and Halo. A rare 1998 Halo the Angel Bear will have a white star on its white fur. An error on the poem itself and errors on the Tush tag are other rarities. A valuable Halo the Bear will have a Korean Tush tag and its nose and eyes should never exactly match in color.
7. Seaweed – $7,000
This Beanie Baby was released in the year 1996. The first offspring of this toy were limited in number because there were many mistakes that had to be corrected from the original edition. The original tush tags had many mistakes.
Here are a few things you should look for on the tag if you find a Seaweed that is an original version.
1. The birthday is written in numbers.
2. There is no stamp inside the tag in the original versions of this Beanie Baby.
3. In addition to this, there is no heart or star.
Also, it is important to note that the instant correction made on the original edition of this stuffed toy decreased its price and value in the market. However, the toys that have 4 tush tag imperfections can sell for $7,000.
8. Peanut the Elephant – $7,000
This sweet stuffed toy was made in the year 1995 and is now regarded as one of the world’s rarest Beanie Babies. She was made in grey, purple, powder blue, and dark royal blue. This Beanie Baby has a long trunk and black button eyes. She also has a small knotted tail and two big ears on either side of her head. Peanut the Elephant was taken off the market in 1998.
9. Gobbles the Turkey – $6,750
Gobbles was introduced in 1997 and was retired two years later. It is a brown turkey with red wingtips and a red head. This popular Beanie Baby has a red wattle under the chin, a yellow beak, and black button eyes. The toy also has a white, red, and brown fan tail and yellow feet.
10. Snort the Red Bull – $6,500
Snort the Red Bull was introduced in 1997 and was taken off the market one year later. This Beanie Baby has a cream-colored nose and black button eyes. He also has inner ears, two horns on his head, and cream-colored hooves. The toy’s red tail has a knot in it.
11. Patti the Platypus – $6,000
Patti the Platypus is one of the earliest versions of Beanie Babies. A few versions of this stuffed animal fetch a good price. For example, the Patti the Platypus Beanie Baby which is in Magenta color is in great demand among children and collectors because the magenta-colored represents the first and oldest version of Beanie Baby. Other than that, the magenta color is unique and makes the sweet toy even more cutest.
12. Nana the Monkey – $4,000
This adorable stuffed animal was among the first Beanie Babies produced. It was introduced in 1995 and taken off the market the same year. The stuffed animal has brown fur with a lighter brown tail, feet, hands, and face. Plus, Nana the Monkey features black button eyes. And this toy has no poem.
13. Pinchers the Lobster – $3,500
Ty, Inc. introduced this Beany Baby as part of the original nine Beanie Babies. It was released in 1994 and retired in 1998. This Beany Baby is made from red material. The stuffed toy has black threaded antennae and black button eyes. Apart from this, Pinchers has two big claws protruding from the sides and front. Pinchers the Lobster was initially introduced as “Punchers the Lobster”, which is believed to be a spelling mistake. These original toys are more valuable than subsequent editions.
14. Digger the Crab – $3,500
The company Ty, Inc. released Digger the Crab in 1994 and retired it in 1995. While there were other editions produced, the most valuable are from the 1st generation. The popular Beanie Baby is made from a bright orange material. Subsequent editions were created from a bright red material and were not as valuable as the original orange Beanie Babies. This cute Beanie Baby has black thread antennae and black button eyes. Plus, it has 2 big pincers and 8 legs and comes with a beautiful poem on its tag.
15. Employee the Bear – $3,000
Ty, Inc. released Employee the Bear in 1995. The Beanie Baby was given as a present to the sales representatives of the company. Just 300 of these toys were created. Half of the bears created have a green ribbon and the other half of the bears have a red ribbon. And these Beanie Babies are without hanging tush tags.
16. Mystic the Unicorn – $2,700
While many special editions of this Beanie Baby were created, an original edition Mystic the Unicorn that was produced back in 1994 is the most desired by people and is the rarest. This stuffed toy has a sparkling horn, blue eyes, and rainbow mane. A rare Mystic the Unicorn will have mistakes on the tag.
17. Peace the Bear – $2,500
This Beanie Baby was released in 1997 and was taken off the market in 1999. Before it was retired, Peace the Bear was handed out as a promotion during a baseball game. It is a rainbow-colored, tie-dyed bear with a big black nose and black button eyes. The tie-dye effect they have means that every single Peace the bear toy is one of a kind! How many more exclusive can you get? Not many plushy toys from Beanie Babies are tie-dyed; another popular one includes Iggy the Iguana.
The toy comes in two shades but no two Peace bears are the same. The stuffed toy also has a peace symbol embroidered on its chest. Peace the Bear is the first Beanie Baby that has an embroidered emblem. On the other hand, there are rare Beanie Babies that have no peace symbol on their chest and they are worth much more than the bears that have the peace sign.
18. Chef Robuchon – $2,500
This cute Beanie Baby was introduced in August 2006. He was produced to promote the opening of the restaurant L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in New York. Just 200 of the bears were created. Journalists, chefs, and other few invitees got this bear along with a red invitation card to a private function that would take place prior to the opening of the restaurant.
The toy is produced from a beige-colored material. He has a big black button nose and black button eyes. He wears the hat and uniform of the chef. The uniform has a blue, white, and red collar. The Beanie Baby holds a menu with Chef Robuchon’s Potato Puree recipe written inside.
Is your kid an aspiring chef? If they are, consider giving them one of these rarities for their next birthday! This adorable toy might be just what they need to inspire them to follow their dreams.
19. Hoppity the Bunny – $2,000
Hoppity the bunny is part of a trio consisting of: Hippity, Hoppity, and Floppity. This lovely pink toy was released in 1996 and taken off the market in 1997. The 2nd generation of this Beanie Baby has many tag mistakes which were corrected later. Tush tag mistakes include the Roman Numeral “II” representing the 2nd generation of these toys and the alphabet “r” not present in the word “surface.”
20. Bubbles the Fish – $1,000
Bubbles the Fish was released in the year 1996 and had many more generations. It is a black and orange striped fish. The thing that made this toy so valuable is its mistakes. Many editions of this Beanie Baby had errors, so they were immediately corrected to leave a few unobserved by people and hence are more valuable. The 3rd generation of this Beanie Baby has the wrong color thread through its mouth. And the 4th generation of this toy has the wrong tush tags.
Extra: McDonald’s Teenie Beanie Babies
Aside from regular Beanie Babies plush toys, McDonald’s also released Teenie Beanie Babies, way back in the 90s. These were made for kids who are around the age of 5 years old, though many plush toy buyers older than 5 enjoyed them as well. The plush toys come in a miniscule size, and were marketed to be included as part of Happy Meals purchases.
The Beanie Baby craze only amplified with these Teenie Babies! These Teenie Babies had a charm of their own, though most of them did not sell for prices above regular Beanie Babies. These were all eventually retired in 1999, when McDonald’s decided to discontinue their Teenie Baby line.
What are Beanie Babies Tag Errors?
The Beanie Baby tag errors are errors on the tags of Beanie Babies. This refers to defects, mistakes, or anything that is not correct about the tag. The Beanie Baby tag errors have a huge impact on the value of the Beanie Baby. Most of them, however, impact the selling value of the Beanie Baby plush toy negatively.
For example, Valentina the bear often had an extra space at the end of the stitched poem in its tush. Others include having the wrong year stitched on the tag, an extra space between two words, or even a wrong letter on the last word. Some Beanie Babies have an extra spot where the name of the stuffed toy should be stitched.
This has an impact on the selling value of Beanie Babies as these Beanie Babies can be easily mistaken for fake mimics or copies. In some rare cases, tag errors may increase the value simply because the error can be seen as a rarity on its own.
Either way, tag errors should be taken into consideration when buying a Beanie Baby, especially if you’re thinking of reselling it later. You may find that the Beanie Baby you purchased is worth more than you thought, but you may also end up losing a lot of money if the Beanie Baby has a major error.
So, above are the twenty most valuable beanie babies in the world! If you’re lucky, you may be able to find one of these rarest collector’s items at eBay. These are some of the most expensive Beanie Babies that you can find in the market today. They are very popular among collectors and kids who love these stuffed toys.
These crazy beanie baby value and costs may seem a bit too much for you. But just remember that you don’t have to pay a fortune for a Beanie Baby. The most important thing that makes up a Beanie Baby worth is that you have fun while you're collecting them!