These Beanie Babies Are Now Worth a Small Fortune
If you enjoyed collecting Tamagotchis and Spice Girls lollipops back in the day, we’ve got some good news for you. If you kept their little heart-shaped tags intact and stored them in protective plastic boxes to keep them safe from grime and annoying siblings, then your collection of Beanie Babies could be very valuable.
It’s no secret that Beanie Babies are worth a fortune nowadays. Let’s take a peek at some of the most valuable and see if you have any in your own personal collection.
Large Wallace and His Squad
Topping the list is the Beanie Baby named “Wallace.” It is quite rare and comes in a larger size. Along with Wallace, there are also two regular-sized Wallaces, as well as Cashew and Huggy.
These toys are highly sought after by collectors, and if you want to buy all of them, it would cost you almost one million dollars. Just imagine all the new friends you could make with that amount of money!
Patti the Platypus
It turns out that the most desirable Patti Beanie Babies are the ones that come in bright magenta, the first color Patti appeared in. The other colors available for Patti are fuchsia, maroon, and raspberry, which looks almost identical to magenta.
However, collectors are particularly drawn to the original magenta Patti because it holds a special significance in the collecting world—first editions are always the most valuable.
Blackie the Bear
Blackie the Bear is a Beanie Baby that has different values based on its “generation.” This means that depending on when it was produced, it could be worth more or less.
Determining its specific generation can be a bit challenging, so finding the right information might take some effort. Good luck with your search discovering the generation of your Blackie!
Claude the Crab
Cited among the most expensive Beanie Baby is Claude the Crab, reportedly going for $18,000. Perhaps it’s because he is said to be the only one with a poem dedicated to him. The poem goes like this: “Claude the crab paints by the sea; A famous artist he hopes to be; But the tide came in, and his paints fell; Now his art is on his shell!”
Some collectors might consider him priceless because of this one-of-a-kind poem and the story it tells about his artistic endeavors by the seaside. So, it’s time to get searching through your attic or basement for this buried treasure.
We will call this the crown jewel of Ty’s Beanie Babies. It is the most expensive Beanie Baby, also known as the Princess Diana Bear. Princess Bear was released in October 1997 in a royal purple shade, and it comes with a purple ribbon and a white rose emblem.
Interestingly, for the release, there were only a dozen original bears. This limited edition has a price tag of around $500,000.
Bubbles the Fish
Bubbles the Fish, with its yellow and black stripes, is another Beanie Baby that has become a gem in the world of collectibles. It was originally introduced in 1995 and then retired in 1997. Nonetheless, it is also one of the rarest and most expensive among the other Beanie Babies, with staggering prices as high as $129,000.
There is no doubt that it has certainly swum its way into the hearts of collectors around the world.
Say hello to Batty, a beanie baby that debuted in October 1997. We can say that one of the features that set it apart from the designs of the other Beanie Babies is the velcro strips sewn on its wings.
One of the reasons that made its popularity soar was that it drew its inspiration from a beloved children’s book, “Stellaluna,” which was released four years before Batty. As the years went by, some retired versions of Batty came out with tag errors which also boosted its rarity and appeal.
Another gem from the collection of Ty’s beloved Beanie Babies is the Piccadilly Attic. We are sure even some of the most passionate beanie baby collectors haven’t seen Piccadilly Attic because it is one of the rarest and most sought-after ones.
This bear is uniquely dressed like a clown with its many colorful stripes, and like a classic clown, it has a big round red nose. A Piccadilly Attic can sell for up to $125,000.
Lefty Donkey / Righty Elephant
Ty’s Lefty Donkey/Righty Elephant Beanie Babies is a 4th of July patriotic theme toy. While usually, Beanie Babies stayed clear of politics, in 1996, Ty released their first version of Lefty the Donkey and Righty the Elephant.
Funny enough, this beanie was released just in time for the face-off election between President Bill Clinton and Republican Bob Dole and Independent Ross Perot. While they released it again in subsequent years, the rare versions from 1996 have sold for around $50,000.
In 1995, Beanie Babies released “Weenie” the Wiener dog. And he is not only extremely cute, he’s also worth quite a bit of money these days!
Weenie is valued at $2,500, but depending on the condition and the buyer, a Weenie Beanie Baby could sell for as much as $500,000.
Scoop the pelican was only available for purchase from 1996-1998, so it’s considered one of the more rare classic Beanie Babies.
So if you have a Scoop Beanie Baby and it’s in fantastic condition, it could be worth anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 now.
Original Liberty Bear
There are many versions of the Liberty bear. Some are red and blue stripes or tie-dye, but it’s the original Liberty that will really bring in the big bucks.
The original Liberty is white with an American flag embroidered on its chest, and it’s now worth as much as $75,000.
Jolly the Walrus
Jolly the walrus Beanie Baby has big white tusks and an adorable mustache. It was only on the shelves for one year from 1997 to 1998, so there are very few Jolly’s out in the world today.
Therefore, in perfect condition, it’s valued at an amazing $75,000. And even if your Jolly isn’t in mint condition, it could still be worth several thousand dollars.
On Valentine’s Day 1998, The Dalmatian Beanie Baby named Sparky is both adorably cute and extremely rare as it was only in circulation for one year from 1996 to 1997.
the magenta bear was born. Today, she could be worth as much as $57,000.
What’s interesting about the Valentina Beanie Babies is that many of the tags has errors such as the year 1999 instead of 1998, the letters “TY” in capitals instead of lowercase, and a space between the last letter and the exclamation point on the tag. And one of these “errors” actually makes a Valentina more valuable.
The Dalmatian Beanie Baby named Sparky is both adorably cute and extremely rare as it was only in circulation for one year from 1996 to 1997.
Today, the average Sparky Beanie Baby is selling for $55,000, but if there is a white star on the tag, you could get as much as $90,000.
Lips the Multicolored Fish
Lips the multicolored fish Beanie Baby with bright red lips was only available at the 1999 Gift Show, and therefore, it is a fan favorite among collectors.
You may notice that your Lips Beanie Baby has a tag that says “Tiny the Chihuahua” by mistake. But don’t worry, no matter what the tag says, this little guy could go for as much as $53,000.
Twigs the Giraffe
Technically, two different Beanie Babies were given the name Twigs, a snowman and a giraffe. And while Twigs the Snowman isn’t worth much these days, Twigs the Giraffe absolutely is.
In fact, a Twigs Giraffe could sell for up to $45,000 if it’s been taken well care of all these years.
Pinchers the lobster Beanie Baby was one of the original animals the brand produced. And although his design is simply, Pinchers is worth up to $35,000 now.
Make sure to check if your Pinchers has the first edition tag as that would make it far more valuable than some of the later releases.
Steg, the super cute stegosaurus Beanie Baby is now worth an incredible $50,000. But it’s important to note that there are far more counterfeit Stegs in circulation these days than the authentic design.
To check if your Steg is the real deal, look for flat eyes, three symbols on the left side of the tag, and the year 1995.
Condition Is Crucial for Beanie Baby Sales
Now, it’s important to note that these valuations are based on Beanie Babies that are in fantastic or mint condition. That means they are in the original box, have plastic around the tag, or essentially look and feel brand new.
Condition is important when it comes to selling old Beanie Babies; some collectors will still purchase those that have been played with and loved, but they will likely be worth a whole lot less.
Get the Best Possible Price for Your Beanie Babies
Finally, you should know that in order to get the highest possible price for your Beanie Babies, it absolutely matters where you sell them.
It’s unlikely that you’ll get $50,000 at a yard sale, so instead, if you have one of these valuable toys at home, you should contact an auction company or collector. They will not only ensure your Beanie Baby is set at the right price, but also that those who are willing to pay top dollar know it’s available for sale.