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All about…Claude the Crab

Monday, October 18th, 2021

the truth about claude the crab beanie baby

– CLAUDE’S BEANIEPEDIA PAGE CAN BE FOUND HERE –

If you are reading this article, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard all the rumours on the internet that Claude is a “rare Beanie”, made even rarer if it has so-called “tag errors”.

Sadly, those rumours aren’t true. Claude is one of the most common Beanie Babies available and those tag errors we keep hearing about are either not errors at all or were so mass produced that the “errors” are as common as a correctly spelled tag.

So what’s the TRUTH about Claude?

Before we go into that, here’s a little more information on the infamous crustacean.

A little about Claude…

Claude’s style number is 4083.

His body, legs and pincers are tie-dyed a beautiful blue and brown colour, with the exception of his white underside. He has little black eyes and black thread antennae that are knotted at the end.

claude beanie baby close up

Tag Generation

Claude came with either a 4th or 5th generation hang tag (see our swing tag guide for more information) and a 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th generation tush tag (see our tush tag guide).

The picture below is an example of Claude with a 5th generation hang tag and 6th generation tush tag.

Claude the Crab Beanie Baby with 5th generation hang tag and 6th generation tush tag

Birthday

Claude’s Birthday is on 3rd September 1996.

Poem

Claude’s poem is as follows:

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!

Variations

Claude also has an adorable McDonald’s Teenie Beanie Baby counterpart who was released back in May 1999!

Claude doesn’t have a matching Beanie Buddy. However, the tie-dyed version of the Digger Beanie Buddy bears a similar resemblance!

So what is Claude REALLY worth?

After hearing the truth that he isn’t really worth thousands of dollars, I’m sure you’re wanting to know what Claude is REALLY worth?

I have written a handy guide on how to figure out the answer to that question (and the value of other Beanie Babies), which you can find in the link below.

What Are My Beanie Babies Really Worth?

As stated in the guide, the easiest way to find out how much he is worth, is to see what Claude actually SOLD for on eBay. After all, a Beanie Baby is only worth what someone is willing to pay.

SEE CLAUDE SOLD PRICES ON EBAY UK

SEE CLAUDE SOLD PRICES ON EBAY US

By using this guide, we can see that Claude sold for $5.50 in August 2021 and $3.25 in September 2021 which would create an average of around $1-5.

How much is Claude beanie baby worth?

There is another version of Claude who had a 4th generation hang tag with his name all in capital letters, like the example shown below.

This version is worth slightly more as it is slightly less common, fetching up to around $10.

What about the high sold values on eBay?

If you look down the sold listings, you may find sold prices that are also on the high side. There are various reasons for this.

Fake sales: A seller can “buy” their own Beanie using a different account, or get a friend to buy it for them. This creates a false high value, making it seem like there is a lot of interest in the particular Beanie. A buyer never has to pay for the item for it to show up in the sold listings. These sales will normally have only one bidder with zero/very little feedback.

Money Laundering: When criminals are trying to move money around, what better way than to hide it through a legitimate-looking sale on eBay.

Vigilante “buyers”: The bidder is on a mission to take down sellers who are trying to sell their Beanie for way too much money. They bid on the item, taking it off the market and never pay for the item. It teaches the seller a valuable lesson…not to overcharge for Beanies. Unfortunately, this also ends up in the sold listings, making things more confusing.

I hope this article was helpful to you in figuring out the true value of Claude, as well as giving you a little more information on him.

–  CLAUDE’S BEANIEPEDIA PAGE CAN BE FOUND HERE –