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Top 10 Rare Beanie Babies

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

When Beanie Babies were first introduced to the public back in 1993, they weren’t considered a collectable. It wasn’t until 1999 that the real Beanie Baby collecting craze began. Even now the original craze has died down, Beanie Babies are still treasured by collectors, with some still fetching a considerable amount of money today.

Like with all collections, some factors determine the rarity and value of the Beanie Baby. Since most of the earlier Beanie Babies were given to children to play with, the condition of the Beanie plays a massive part in it’s value. Some of the older toys, before they became a collector’s piece, have been badly damaged through play and general wear and tear. A mint condition 1st generation Beanie Baby is a considerably rare find and very valuable.

A lot of the 1st generation Beanie Babies had their tags removed so children could play with them. Those without tags are worth considerably less than a Beanie Baby with it’s tag still attached. If the tag is in mint condition, this makes the Beanie Baby more collectable. A creased tag will significantly decrease it’s value, possibly even by half depending on the damage.

Some Beanie Babies were released with mistakes that were quickly corrected, such as misspelling of the name, it was produced in the wrong colour or the name was changed entirely. Because the Beanie Babies with production mistakes were only in limited supply, this increases their rarity.

A number of Beanie Babies were produced as limited editions which are sought after by collectors because of their limited production.

Below I have listed the top ten rare Beanie Babies. This list is in alphabetical order and not in order of rarity or value.

10. Brownie the Bear

Brownie was one of the Original Nine beanie babies produced back in 1993.

He was made from a medium brown material with a tan coloured muzzle and had the signature Beanie Baby black button eyes.

Brownie was only released with a 1st generation tag, and as such has neither a birthdate or poem.

He was later renamed Cubbie and those with the original Brownie tag are worth a considerable amount.

9. Derby the Horse (Fine Mane)

Derby was introduced on to the market on 6th March 1995.

The poem in his swing tag reads:

“All the other horses used to tattle
Because Derby never wore his saddle
He left the stables, and the horses too
Just so Derby can be with you!”

His birthday was on 16th September 1995.

Four versions were produced of the tan-coloured horse: a version with no star and a fine yarn mane, no star with a coarse yarn mane, a coarse yarn mane with a star and a fluffy mane version with a star.

The fine mane version made with twenty strands of fine yarn is by far the most sought after.

Later he was produced with only eight strands of a coarser yarn, which was on of the more common versions of Derby.

8. Humphrey the Camel

Humphrey the Camel was introduced on 25th June 1994.

He was a tan-coloured camel with black button eyes and black stitching for his nostrils.

Humphrey is considered to be incredibly rare with only 25,000 of him ever produced!

He was later made into one of the original nine Beanie Buddies in 1998 and a McDonald’s Teenie Beanie Baby in 2000.

Because he was only ever released with 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation swing tags, he does not have a birthday or a poem.

He was one of the first Beanie Babies to retire on 15th June 1995.

7. Nana the Monkey

Nana the Monkey was introduced on 17th August 1995.

She is made from a medium brown coloured fabric with a tan-coloured face, ears, hands, feet and tail and features black button eyes and black stitching for her nostrils.

Nana was retired relatively quickly and re-introduced under the name “Bongo”, making the Beanie Babies with the original Nana tag highly valuable because of it’s limited production.

Nana was only released with a 3rd generation swing tag, and as such does not have either a birthday or poem. She was retired later in 1995 to make way for Bongo the Monkey’s release.

6. Peanut the Elephant (Royal Blue)

Peanut the Elephant was introduced on 3rd June 1995.

Her poem reads:

“Peanut the elephant walks on tip-toes
Quietly sneaking wherever she goes
She’ll sneak up on you and a hug
You will get
Peanut is a friend you won’t soon forget!”

She was first released in a Royal Blue colour, presumably as an error in production and was later re-released in a light blue colour instead.

The original Royal Blue colour Peanut the Elephant is considered one of the most rare and valuable Beanie Babies available and fetches a high price on the secondary market and at auction, if you can find her.

The Royal Blue version is a dark blue colour with light pink on the inside of her ears and features black button eyes.

Peanut the Royal Blue Elephant was later released as a Beanie Buddy in 1998 and a McDonald’s Teenie Beanie Baby in 2000.

5. Peking the Panda

Peking the Panda was introduced on 25th June 1994.

He is white on his main torso with black limbs, a black band over his body, black ears, black eye patches and a black tail.

He fetches a considerable price on the secondary market and at auction as he was only released with 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation swing tags and as such has no birthday or poem on his tag.

Peking was retired on 7th January 1996.

4. Punchers the Lobster

Punchers the Lobster was introduced on 6th January 1994.

The name “Punchers” is thought to have been a spelling error as those Beanie Babies with the name Punchers disappeared from the shelves and were replaced by the renamed Pinchers the Lobster.

Those with the Punchers swing tag are among the rarest and most valuable Beanie Babies in existence, selling for a considerable amount of money on the secondary market and at auction.

Punchers is made from a bright red material and features black button eyes and black thread antennae. He was retired later in 1994 to be replaced by Pinchers the Lobster.

3. Quackers the Duck (Without Wings)

Quackers the Duck was introduced on 25th June 1994. Originally he was shipped without wings but later re-introduced with the missing wings.

Around 780 of the wingless Quackers Beanie Babies were shipped making them incredibly rare and valuable. At auction and on the secondary market he sells for a substantial amount of money.

The version with the missing wings was only released with 1st and 2nd generation swing tags so they didn’t have a birthday or poem inside the tag.

Quackers is made from a bright yellow material with a bright orange bill and feet. He has black button eyes and black stitched eyebrows giving him a cute expression.

The wingless Quackers was retired on 7th January 1995.

2. Spot the Dog (Without Spot)

Spot the Dog was released on 8th January 1994. Oddly, he was first introduced without a spot.

Later versions of Spot the Dog included the missing spot, making the earlier “spotless” versions highly valuable a auction and on the secondary market.

Spot is made from a white material with black ears, a black patch on the left hand side of his face and a black tail. He features the usual black button eyes and a black button nose.

Because the spotless Spot the Dog was only released with 1st and 2nd generation swing tags, he has no poem or birthday.

Spot the Dog without a spot was retired on 13th April 1994 and replaced with the version with the spot included.

And finally……

1. Teddy the Bear (Brown with Old Face)

Teddy was introduced on 25th June 1994. The bear was released with two different styles of face (an old face and a new face) and was created in six different colours: brown, cranberry, jade, violet, teal and magenta.

The brown version with the old style face is the most sought after and fetches a hight amount at auction and on the secondary market.

It is made from a brown material and features black button eyes and a black button nose. It’s muzzle is more pointed in appearance and made to look like and older style teddy bear.

Teddy was released with no poem and no birthday.

It was retired on 7th January 1995.


The Original 9 Beanie Babies

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

It was 1993 at the World Toy Fair in New York City. Nine small, plush-like toys were introduced to the world, styled in various animal forms. But these were plush toys with a slight difference in that instead of the usual stuffing which previously filled children’s plush toys, these would be partially filled with PVC plastic pellets, nicknamed “beans”, giving a unique appearance. This gave you the ability to pose them in various different ways. These bean-filled animals would become what is now known as the “Original Nine” Beanie Babies.

Originally the critics were sceptical of their appearance, giving them horrific nicknames like “road-kill” due to their somewhat flattened appearance when lying down, but little did they know that Beanie Babies would be a worldwide phenomenon!

At first, they didn’t catch on, but when they did, they were a global success! Millions of Beanie Babies were sold around the world, with hundreds of different characters coming on to the market. Ty had a simple marketing strategy, and that was to keep it simple! Each character would only have a few colours of fabric and simple facial features. Every Beanie Baby adorned a red heart swing tag with the word “Ty” on the front in white. The first generation tags were simple double-sided tags with the name and style number written on the rear. Poems weren’t introduced until the fourth generation of swing tags. Tush tags were small fabric tags which initially were white with black lettering (later changed to red lettering) and were attached to the Beanie Baby’s rear end.

So now it’s time to introduce you to the Original Nine…

Chocolate the Moose

“Licorice, gum and peppermint candy
This moose always has these handy
But there is one more thing he likes to eat
Can you guess his favourite treat?”

A dark brown moose with orange antlers, Chocolate did not receive a poem until he was released with a 4th generation swing tag. The poem suggests that his favourite treat is chocolate, and you’ve got to love the pun, Chocolate Moose! Chocolate was one of the last of the Original Nine to retire, doing so on 31st December 1998.

Cubbie the Bear

“Cubbie used to eat crackers and honey
And what happened to him was funny
He was stung by fourteen bees
Now Cubbie eats broccoli and cheese!”

Poor Cubbie. I’m not quite sure what’s funny about being stung by fourteen bees. Actually Cubbie wasn’t really his original name. When the cute little brown bear was first introduced, it was under the name “Brownie”. Shortly after it’s release, Brownie was retired and was re-introduced as Cubbie. The two are identical in every way except for the name difference. Cubbie went into retirement on 31st December 1997.

Flash the Dolphin

“You know dolphins are a smart breed
Our friend Flash knows how to read
Splash the Whale is the one who taught her
Although reading is difficult under the water!”

It is indicated that Flash the Dolphin and Splash the Whale are good friends, with Splash being the one who taught clever Flash to read. The adorable grey dolphin has her birthday on 13th May 1993. Flash and Splash were retired together on 11th May 1997 and Echo the Dolphin took her place.

Legs the Frog

“Legs lives in a hollow log
Legs likes to play leap frog
If you like to hang out at the lake
Legs will be the new friend you make!”

Legs is a bright green coloured frog who was introduced 8th January 1994. His eyes were slightly different to the other Original Nine, in that they were black buttons with a green ring around the edge. According to his poem, Legs loves to play leap frog and hang out by the lake. His birthday is on 25th April 1993. Legs was one of the easier of the Original Nine to get hold of with him being available all over the place. He was retired on 1st October 1997.

Patti the Platypus

“Ran into Patti one day while walking
Believe me she wouldn’t stop talking
Listened and listened to her speak
That would explain her extra large beak!”

Patti has had four different colour changes in her lifetime! She was originally released in a magenta, almost red colour but has also been fuchsia, maroon and raspberry! She was born on 6th January 1993 The original magenta version is incredibly rare and fetches a lot of money when sold.

Pinchers the Lobster

“This lobster loves to pinch
Eating his food inch by inch
Balancing carefully with his tail
Moving forward slow as a snail!”

Pinchers was originally released under the name “Punchers”. This is thought to be a spelling error as Punchers was quickly retired and came back as Pinchers. He is bright red in colour with cute black button eyes and black thread antennae. Pinchers was also later released as a McDonald’s Teenie Beanie and a Beanie Buddy. Pinchers’ birthday is on 19th June 1993 and didn’t retire until 1st May 1998.

Splash the Whale

“Splash loves to jump and dive
He’s the fastest whale alive
He always wins the 100-yard dash
With a victory jump he’ll make a splash!”

Splash is a black and white orca whale who was introduced on 8th January 1994. He makes a great pair with Flash the Dolphin as according to Flash’s poem, Splash was the one who taught her to read. He has the signature black button eyes. Splash was one of the first of the Original Nine to be retired and did so on 11th May 1997.

Spot the Dog

“See Spot sprint, see Spot run
You and Spot will have lots of fun
Watch out now, because he’s not slow
Just stand back and watch him go!”

Spot was strangely first released missing a spot. This “spot-less” Spot was quickly taken off the market and later re-introduced with the spot. The version with the missing spot is one of the most valuable and sought after Beanie Babies around. Spot is a white coloured dog with black ears, a black patch on the left side of his face and the majority of those released have a black spot on his back. Spot was retired on 1st October 1997.

Squealer the Pig

“Squealer likes to joke around
He is known as class clown
Listen to his stories awhile
There is no doubt he’ll make you smile!”

Squealer was introduced to the market on 8th January 1994. He is a pale pink pig with a slightly darker pink snout, ears and curly tail. His cute little black button eyes are just calling out for a cuddle. He was one of the longest running of the Original Nine, only retiring on 1st May 1998. His birthday is on 23rd April 1993.