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All about…Valentino the Bear

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

 

Valentino Beanie Baby

– VALENTINO’S BEANIEPEDIA PAGE CAN BE FOUND HERE –

In this article, I want to talk about the infamous “brown nose” bear that has been subject to an astronomical amount of misinformation.

Valentino has unfortunately been targeted by some media outlets as being a “rare” Beanie Baby. Sadly, you are not going to make thousands of dollars from selling him.

Not to say that there aren’t any rare Valentino bears, as there certainly are. However, the vast majority are very common bears.

I will go into more details shortly, but first a little more about this Valentine’s Day bear.

A little about Valentino…

Valentino’s style number is 4233.

He is a brilliant white colour with black button eyes and a larger, dark brown nose. Tied around his neck is a red satin ribbon. On his chest is an embroidered, bright red heart.

Valentino Beanie Baby embroidered heart

Tag generation

Valentino was released with either a 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th generation hang tag (see my swing tag guide for identifying hang tags) and a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th generation tush tag (check out my tush tag guide).

Below is an example of a Valentino bear with a 4th generation hang tag and a late 4th generation tush tag.

 

Birthday

Valentino’s Birthday is on 14th February 1994. He is a Valentine’s Day bear after all.

Poem

Valentino’s poem is shown below:

His heart is red and full of love
He cares for you so give him a hug
Keep him close when feeling blue
Feel the love he has for you!

Valentino Beanie Baby poem

 

Variations

Valentino was also released as a large Beanie Buddy. This Beanie Buddy version features a red mesh ribbon instead of the satin ribbon of the Beanie Baby. The Beanie Buddy also has a red nose.

Valentino Beanie Buddy

So what is Valentino REALLY worth?

The best way to figure out the value to any Beanie Baby, including Valentino is by using the guide in the link below.

What Are My Beanie Babies Worth?

As I mentioned further up the page, Valentino has made his way on to several clickbait articles claiming that he is worth thousands of dollars. The only purpose for these news articles is to drive traffic to their website by making you think that you have a rare Beanie.

The claim is that Valentino is worth more if you have certain “tag errors” or if he has a brown nose. Sadly, both of these claims are untrue. ALL Valentino bears have a brown nose. Every single one of them. Also, 99% of the time tag errors are not true errors, especially on Valentino.

However, there are definitely Valentino bears that are rare, just not for the reasons listed in the clickbait articles.

A Valentino with a 2nd generation hang tag is certainly worth a good amount money, anywhere between $150-700 depending on condition and whether it’s authenticated. Even a 3rd generation tag can fetch up to $70 authenticated and in mint condition.

For a 4th or 5th generation bear however, the value is drastically reduced as this was when Valentino became mass produced. Its value is around $1-15 dependent on condition.

What about the high sold values on eBay?

If you have found several high sold prices on eBay, there are several reasons for this, which I will explain below.

Fake sales: A seller sets up another eBay account, they list the Beanie at a high price, they then “buy” their own Beanie and it shows up in the sold listings, even though they have never paid for that Beanie. It drives interest to that Beanie, making people think that it must be worth something if someone has paid so much for it

Money Laundering: Criminals can move money by using selling a low value item at a very high price. It looks like the money went on a real sale.

Vigilante “buyers”: When sellers list Beanies for a high amount, vigilante bidders  teach them a harsh lesson by “buying” the Beanie, but never paying for it. It wastes the time of the seller, but this also makes the sale show up in the sold listings.

Take a look at the sold prices of Valentino on eBay in the links below:

SEE VALENTINO SOLD PRICES ON EBAY UK

SEE VALENTINO SOLD PRICES ON EBAY US

As you can see from the sold listings, those who have “bought” these high value Valentino bears have suspiciously had no feedback, have been bought by a low/zero feedback buyer or been re-listed. In other words, they never actually sold for that price.

Some examples…

Here is one example below, which shows that the seller had zero feedback. You can also see that the sale never went through as the seller re-listed the item.

What is Valentino Beanie Baby worth

Another example shows the seller with zero feedback.

Valentino Beanie Baby value

Here is another “high value” Valentino “sold” to a low feedback bidder who is no longer a registered user, which indicates the account may have been banned/deactivated.

Valentino Beanie Baby value

There are countless similar examples, but here are just a selection to give you the general idea of the problems around the false information surrounding Valentino and how clickbait articles that circulate these rumours just create disappointment to genuine people.

Hopefully this article has been useful in shedding a little light on the rumours surrounding Valentino.

– VALENTINO’S BEANIEPEDIA PAGE CAN BE FOUND HERE –

What are my Beanie Babies worth?

Monday, June 1st, 2020

Updated for Winter 2020

I get a lot of questions asking what Beanie Babies are worth. The answer to this is…it depends.

As a general rule, Beanie Babies with 1st, 2nd or 3rd generation hang tags (the heart shaped tag) have the most value (for more information on hang tags, see my tag generation guide). If the tag has anything other than the word “Ty” (a yellow star, Beanie Babies, Beanies, etc), then it is probably worth around $1-5, but there are exceptions to that rule.

For example, there are some Beanie Babies that are worth a lot (e.g. Chef Robuchon), who were released in limited quantities, thus making them rare and valuable.

However, there are some very misleading articles out there on the internet (most notably the article in the Cosmopolitan) that claim Rainbow is worth about $50,000 and a Valentino with a tag error is worth $100,000! That simply isn’t true. These articles are pure click-bait and completely misleading (and downright frustrating for collectors).

Just to clarify, Rainbow is one of the most common Beanie Babies available, and Valentino, even with a tag error, was so mass-produced that he is worth no more than a Valentino Beanie Baby with the tag spelled correctly. The only Valentino bears worth more than a few dollars are those with a 2nd or 3rd generation swing tag, and even these aren’t worth anywhere near $100,000!

There are no Beanie Babies worth these silly prices being quoted. Ever.

So what are Beanie Babies really worth?

As with anything, Beanie Babies are only worth what someone is willing to pay, but there are ways of finding out what a Beanie Baby is currently selling for.

One of the simplest ways to find this out is to go to eBay, type in the name of the Beanie you’re looking for followed by “beanie baby“. For example, we’ll search for how much Rainbow is actually worth.

First, we’ll type “rainbow beanie baby” into the search box, which I’ve highlighted in red.

How to find out the value of Beanie Babies

You’ll see below that there are Rainbow Beanie Babies that are on sale for extortionate amounts, claiming they have “errors” and they are “rare”. Ignore these listings. This is what people are trying to sell them for, not what they actually sold for.

On the left, scroll down the filters until you come to “Sold items“. Click on it and it will highlight this and “Completed items“.

What is the value of my Beanie Babies?

This will bring up a new list of results. What things actually sold for.

I usually look at the lowest amount that a Beanie Baby has sold for as there are fake bidders who will bid their own item up in value to gain interest and these can sometimes show up in the sold listings, creating a false impression of what a Beanie Baby is worth.

Next, click on the box on the right that says “Ended recently” and change this to “Lowest price + P&P“.

How much are my Beanie Babies worth?

As you can see in the picture below, this changes things completely. The Rainbow Beanie Babies that were going for $1000 or more change to around $1-5. This is Rainbow’s true value.

How much is my Rainbow Beanie Baby?

Here are a few more listings to give you an idea…

How much is Rainbow Beanie Baby worth?

This method can be used for any Ty product. Just replace the word “beanie baby” for “beanie boo“, “attic treasure“, “ty classic” or whatever product line you’re searching for.

Click here to go to eBay US to find out how much your Beanie Baby is worth

You can also use the same method for eBay in the UK. Just follow the same instructions on eBay UK to get the value of your Beanie Baby in GBP(£).

Click here to go to eBay UK to find out how much your Beanie Baby is worth

I hope you find this article useful. Happy searching!