Top 10 Most Expensive Beanie Babies
Beanie Babies were a huge hit in the 1990s, but they quickly faded into relative obscurity. The once-popular children’s toys now draw a different crowd — collectors.
Some of the same tiny stuffed animals that once sold for only a few bucks now sell for thousands of dollars on the secondary market. As a rule, the more unique the Beanie Baby, the more valuable it is, which means that certain versions with slight variations in styling or even rare errors in production often command the highest prices.
Top 10 Most Expensive Beanie Babies
Compiling a list like this can be a bit difficult because there’s no real consensus regarding the valuation of Beanie Babies. Browse around online and you’ll likely notice that the most expensive Beanie Babies have a wide variety of prices, depending on where you look.
In this article, GOBankingRates lists the top 10 Beanie Babies that fetch the highest prices on eBay. To weed out fraudulent listings, only those from experienced sellers with a large number of positive feedback for items they’ve sold have been included. In addition, Beanies sold at auction must have received multiple bids. Items that show as having been sold and relisted were excluded.
The prices listed below are sold prices — the amount the buyer paid as opposed to the price at which the seller listed the Beanie.
10. Humphrey the Camel — $1,300
Humphrey is a cute camel with splayed legs who was produced in different versions, each with its own shade of brown. The earliest version, which recently sold for $1,300, was introduced on June 25, 1994, and retired one year later.
This is one of the few Beanies that truly is valuable, as only 25,000 were produced, according to Beaniepedia.
9. Valentina the Bear — $1,499.99
As you might guess, Valentina was born on Valentine’s Day 1998. The seller claimed that there were errors and oddities on the tags and loop and in the included poem. Undeterred by the exorbitant price, an eager buyer snatched this Valentina up for $1,499.99.
8. Gobbles the Turkey — $1,600
Gobbles is a cute brown turkey with a yellow beak and red on his head and wings. He was released on October 1, 1997, and was retired on March 31, 1999, which means he had a longer production run than some.
Despite that, a seller and a buyer agreed that this Beanie, which had PVC pellets and tag errors, was a collector’s item worth $1,600.
7. Employee Teddy the Bear, Red — $1,650
Employee Teddy the Bear’s value stems from the fact that just 300 were made, according to Beaniepedia. Ty employees and representatives received them as gifts in September 1997. Half of the bears had a red ribbon and half had green.
6. Insect Prototype — $1,999.99
This Beanie is a one-of-a-kind prototype that never made it to market. The certificate of authenticity, issued by Becky’s True Blue Beans, described it as tie-dyed coral with a brown belly and red legs. Insect had a Pax Trading Corp. tag.
5. Clubby the Bear — $2,500
Ty produced several versions of Clubby in several different colors. The original is bright blue in color and has a tie-dye ribbon around his neck and a Beanie Babies Official Club button on his chest. Clubby was released on May 1, 1998, and retired on March 15, 1999.
4. Spot the Dog — $2,999.95
Spot the Dog — in this case, the version without spots — was on the market from Jan. 3, 1993, to April 13, 1994. He’s a white dog with black on the undersides of his ears, around his left eye and cheek and on his tail.
3. Coral Casino Bear — $3,299.99
Coral Casino is a pink/coral bear with black eyes and a black button nose. Just 588 were produced, according to Beanipedia — Members of the Coral Casino Beach Club at the Santa Barbara Biltmore Hilton received them as gifts in December 2001.
Ty Warner signed each swing tag, adding to the bears’ value. The buyer of this particular Coral Casino also received a certificate of authenticity from Becky’s True Blue Beans.
2. Peanut the Elephant — $4,000
Peanut came in several different versions, including the royal blue one with peach-colored inner ears that recently sold for $4,000. It had a short run — it was introduced in on June 3, 1995, and retired on October 2, 1995, because its color was a production error, according to Beaniepedia.
1. Quackers the Duck — $4,700.99
Quackers was introduced in April 1994 and retired in January 1998. The version that sold for $4,700.99 was the more common one with wings, but Ty also made one without wings that was on the market for just over a year.
Good To Know
People often find a trunk of old Beanie Babies and get excited when they see the prices that people have listed examples for online. Sadly, that doesn’t really tell you much about their true value.
A collector’s item is only worth what someone will pay, not what the seller asks. If you have some Beanie Babies to sell, find out what rare examples look like then look for consistent sales in the same price range, not at the outliers.
Remember to research collectible Beanie Babies using reputable dealers before you flip the toys online. Unscrupulous individuals sometimes post phony listings with exorbitant prices to drive up prices. Overpricing may be part of the reason only a small percentage of the high-price Beanies listed on eBay actually sell.
Branford Shaw contributed to the reporting for this article.
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