Most Valuable Beanie Babies
Remember the Beanie Babies craze of the 1990s? Somehow, those little plastic pellet-stuffed toys became more valuable than gold and diamonds.
People rushed to buy the Ty toys, snatching them up and flipping them on the internet or storing them for later, hoping they'd appreciate in value. Fraudsters created counterfeit Beanie Babies and sold them for thousands of dollars. Heck, eBay built itself on Beanie Babies. At the Beanie Baby craze's height, one out of 10 sales were for the little plush toys.
Of course, the Beanie Baby market crashed, hard. In 1999, the bubble burst, seemingly overnight, rendering most of the stuffed animals worthless. But there's still a market for Beanie Babies. While most Beanies sell for just a few bucks, some sell for hundreds or even thousands each.
These are the most valuable Beanie Babies sold today, based on eBay sales.
75. Flutter With Yellow Wing
Bottom line: Flutter the Butterfly has two large, tie-dyed wings and a black body. But this one variant messed up, and her entire right wing has been colored yellow.
We're not sure if this is a known variant that collectors look for or just a single error that makes this Flutter unique. Either way, this yellow-winged butterfly drove a 21-bid war among eight buyers to nearly $200 from a starting price of $0.99.
A note on Beanie Baby values: There's a lot of weird stuff going on with eBay. There are numerous Beanie Babies that ostensibly have sold for thousands of dollars but were offered from sellers with no feedback and purchased by no-feedback buyers. Those identical Beanies could be had for $5 on other listings. To cut down on the spam/possible money laundering/price-fixing, we did our best to find authenticated Beanie Babies (because who would drop big bucks on a possible counterfeit?) and real buyers and real sellers.
74. Princess Diana Bear
Bottom line: This Beanie Baby was made two months after Princess Diana's death, with all proceeds benefiting the Princess of Wales' memorial fund. The rarest ones are made with PVC pellets.
It's also one of the most referenced Beanie Babies on those "most expensive" lists. It's not hard to find these Beanies listing for thousands of dollars on eBay, but it is impossible to find one that seems like it actually sold for thousands.
One U.S.-based seller had a lot of four authenticated, Indonesian-made Princess Diana Bears, and they sold for around $200-$250. The Indonesian variants are the most valuable.
73. First-Generation Goldie the Goldfish
Bottom line: Goldie the Goldfish was released on June 25, 1994, and retired at the end of 1997. She's a bright-orange fish with black button eyes.
There are six generations of tush tags for this guy, and the most valuable is the original, first-gen version with both the first-gen tush tag and the first-gen swing tag.
One of these sold for $207.50 after three bidders battled it out on eBay.
72. Korean Coral
Bottom line: Coral the fish is a tie-dyed fish using the same fabric as Garcia the Bear.
The one that sold for $219 on eBay was made in Korea and had third-generation Korean swing tags and first-generation Korean tush tags.
It was deemed "ultra rare" and "MWMT," meaning "Mint with Mint Tags" by Becky's True Blue Beans' certificate of authenticity.
71. Second-Generation Valentino
Bottom line: You might have heard that the Valentino bear is worth thousands of dollars. He's not. Most of them will sell for a few bucks, but those with the second- and third-generation swing tags can sell for a few hundred bucks.
This one, which has the second-generation swing tag, sold for $228.50 on eBay after 27 bids from eight bidders.
70. Steg the Stegosaurus
Value: About $300
Bottom line: Steg the Stegosaurus is a tie-dyed dino with black button eyes and a row of ridged "spikes" on his back.
We've seen a few of these on eBay selling for $325 to $350 but took the "best offer" unpublished sale. We're pegging mint-conditioned Stegs at being worth about $300 on the top-end.
69. Billionaire Bear 13
Bottom line: Billionaire Bear 13 was given to Ty employees during the 2010 Christmas season. He's fuchsia colored, has a gold ribbon tied around his neck and a gold dollar sign on his chest, which means he's one heckuva high roller.
The Billionaire Bear 13 that sold on eBay had a starting bid of $249, with three bidders pushing it up another $58 over seven days.
68. Gray Happy the Hippopotamus
Bottom line: Happy the Hippo was released on June 25, 1994, and retired a year later on June 3, 1995. He came in lavender and gray, with the gray version only being available with the first-, second- and third-generation swing tags.
A "museum quality" gray Happy the Hippo sold for $325 after 35 bids in 2021.
67. New Face Jade Beanie Baby
Bottom line: While Ty made tons of completely unique Beanie Babies, the company also made a series of Beanie Baby teddy bears that came in different colors.
There were seasonal versions and holiday versions of the classic Teddy, including this rare jade colored one.
66. Fine Mane Derby
Bottom line: There were four versions of Derby the Horse made: fine mane with no star, coarse mane with no star, coarse mane with star and fluffy mane with star.
The Derby with the fine mane is the rarest of all versions and one of the rarest versions of all Beanie Babies. It's called a fine mane because the original fine-mane version used 20 strands of fine yarn. He was retired in the same year of his release in 1995, according to Beaniepedia.
One in fantastic quality sold for $350 on eBay.
65. Old Face Magenta Teddy
Bottom line: The brown-colored Teddy with the old face is considered the rarest. But perhaps the magenta, old face version is another rare one as well?
This one sold for $400 flat on eBay.
62. New Face Teal Teddy (Tie)
Bottom line: According to Beaniepedia, Teddy the Bear was released on 1994 with six different colors and two faces — either an "old" or "new" face.
This one is colored teal and features the new face. It is "museum quality" and sold for $450 on eBay.
62. Billionaire 9 (Tie)
Bottom line: This Billionaire bear has a deep-red fur with a gold ribbon, gold dollar sign, and is dotted with sparkles.
This bear was given out to Ty employees in 2006 to commemorate the company's 20th anniversary.
The poem associated with the bear reads:
"Join together and give three cheers
To celebrate our 20 years
I’m grateful for your helping hand
In making Ty the finest brand!"
One sold for $450 in July 2021.
62. First-Generation Daisy the Cow (Tie)
Bottom line: Daisy the Cow was released in June 1994 and retired in September 1998.
This first-gen Daisy was certified as being in immaculate condition in 2000 and seems to have been kept in the same plastic container since then. It sold for $450 on eBay.
61. Nana with Bongo Sticker
Bottom line: Nana the Monkey was released on Aug. 17, 1995, but was very quickly retired, then underwent a name change to Bongo.
According to Beaniepedia, these Beanies that still have the Nana tag are some of the most sought-after Beanie Babies.
One sold for $460 after six bidders fought it out for the rights to this Nana.
60. Peanut the Royal Blue Elephant
Bottom line: Peanut is a very sought-after Beanie released by McDonald's. It was (and maybe still is) a Beanie with a counterfeit problem due to its value.
One authenticated one sold for $500 after 54 bids.
59. Rex With German Tags
Bottom line: This Rex Beanie Baby is a third-generation Beanie and is exceptionally rare because it has German tags.
The multicolored, cuddly dinosaur stomped a $510 hole in someone's wallet after a short, seven-bid war on eBay in April 2021.
58. Korean Four-Line Squealer the Pig
Bottom line: Squealer the Pig is a first-gen Beanie Baby that was released on Jan. 9, 1994, and was retired in May 1998, making him one of the longest-running original Beanie Babies.
The one that sold for $550 on eBay had a four-line Korean tag.
57. Korean Four-Line Pinchers
Bottom line: An original Beanie Baby, this Pinchers is exceptionally rare because it only has four lines on the tag and was made in Korea. Most first-gen tags had five lines and were made in China. The missing line is "Machine washable."
One of these was snapped up after a single bid for $559.99 in July 2021.
56. Summer Olympics Libearty
Bottom line: This Libearty is rare because it has a swing tag that says he was born on the Summer Olympics of 1996. But the Olympics are overly protective of their Olympic name, so subsequent versions of the swing tag removed the Olympic reference.
This patriotic Beanie sold for $610 after 42 bids.
55. Cranberry Teddy (With Geman/Korean Tags)
Bottom line: This Cranberry Teddy is extra rare because it has German and Korean tags.
It's a second-generation Beanie that sold for $650 on eBay in May 2021.
53. Yellow Prototype New Face Teddy (Tie)
Bottom line: There's a bit of mystery behind this one.
According to the letter of authenticity, this is a "Yellow New Face Teddy" prototype bear with a "mystery new face" that's "one of a kind."
So while it might not be on most people's Beanie Baby bucket list, simply because most people don't know it exists, it sold for $710 on eBay in May 2021.
53. Red Ribbon Violet Employee Teddy (Tie)
Bottom line: This violet Teddy Beanie was never sold at retail, as only 300 of them were made for Ty employees. Plus, only 150 of the 300 bears were given a red ribbon. That makes the Red Ribbon Violet Employee Teddy one of the rarest Beanie Babies in the world.
One "museum quality" bear sold for $710 after 50 bids in May 2021.
52. Peace Pastel Prototype
Bottom line: This Beanie Baby, which was authenticated by Becky's Ture Blue Beans, is an "ultra rare" prototype used to make the Pastel Peace beanie.
The listing says there is "only one like it," and someone scooped it up for $800 in April 2021.
51. Wingless Quacker
Bottom line: This Beanie is a wingless Quacker the duck. The original version, released in June 1994, had no wings. Which is a very strange kind of error, is it not?
The wingless version is highly collectible, and an authenticated one in "immaculate" condition sold for $851 after a bidding war.
50. Embroidered Humphrey the Camel
Bottom line: Beanies with embroidered tush tags are some of the rarest on the market.
These embroidered tags were only manufactured in Canada and only have a date of 1994. The rumor is that these tags were manufactured by mistake.
This embroidered Humphrey the Camel sold for $1,136 after 14 bids.
49. Korean Five-Line Brownie
Bottom line: Brownie the Bear was the original name for Cubbie. He's identical to Cubbie and was only released in Korea. The only way to tell whether or not it's a Brownie is with the attached hangtag.
Brownie only comes with a first-generation Korean hangtag. One authenticated one sold for $1,200 in June 2021.
48. Third-Generation Slither
Bottom line: To be honest, we're not sure why this third-gen Slither is so expensive. It might be because its hard to find one that's in such good quality due to the Beanie's shape.
Whatever the reason, this third-generation slither sold for $1,225 after 74 bids from nine individual bidders in April 2021.
47. First-Generation Blackie the Bear
Bottom line: Blackie the Bear, while perhaps not having the best name, is one of the rarest Beanies.
According to the Beanie Babies Price Guide, a mint condition first-generation Blackie is the most difficult to find out of all the first-generation Beanies.
This one sold for $1,425 after seven bidders duked it out over 53 bids.
46. First-Generation Chilly
Bottom line: Chilly the Polar Bear was one of the original Beanie Babies and is made with a smooth white fabric, black button eyes and is laying down. He's rare, so he has a counterfeit problem.
The one that sold was authenticated by Becky Estenessoro and given the grade of "museum quality." A bidding war of 27 bids drove the price up from a starting bid of $1 to $1,825.
45. First-Generation UK Cubbie
Bottom line: The very first shipment of the "original 9" Beanie Babies shipped to the United Kingdom in 1994 and had red heart hangtags with a CE mark.
These kind of Beanie Babies are some of the rarest. An authenticated first-generation U.K. Cubbie Beanie sold for $1,975 in June 2021 after 20 bids.
42. Piccadilly Beanie Baby (Tie)
Bottom line: Piccadilly, a colorful jester bear, was released on May 30, 1998. He came in two versions: a blue and green version, and a rainbow version which featured a costume with red, orange, blue and green stripes. Both versions are valuable.
Most Beanie Babies have rhyming, four-line poems, but Piccadilly's only says five words:
"Laughter Is the Best Medicine!"
42. Wrinkles Beanie Baby (Tie)
Bottom line: Wrinkles, a sweet-faced, light brown bulldog, has all the wrinkles of a real bulldog, and is probably just as expensive (if you don't factor in vet bills, that is). He was released in the summer of 1996 and was retired two years later.
The poem on his tag reads:
"This little dog is named Wrinkles
His nose is soft and often crinkles
Likes to climb up on your lap
He’s a cheery sort of chap!"
42. Twigs Beanie Baby (Tie)
Bottom line: Twigs was first released in January of 1996. He was sold for nearly two and a half years before he was discontinued in mid-1998.
Before he was retired, the golden giraffe was also offered in a mini, collectible version with McDonald's Happy Meals.
41. Hippity Bunny Beanie Baby
Bottom line: In addition to seasonal bears, Ty released some limited edition bunny Beanie Babies for Easter. Hippity was a light, minty great color with light pink ears and a green ribbon around his neck.
The poem on his tag reads:
"Hippity is a cute little bunny
Dressed in green, he looks quite funny Twitching his nose in the air
Sniffing a flower here and there!"
39. Scoop Beanie Baby (Tie)
Bottom line: Scoop, a pelican Beanie Baby, had the biggest beak of any Beanie Baby bird. The dark, slate blue material used to make his body was also used to make Lefty the donkey and Crunch the shark.
Some Scoop versions had tons of errors, with the most valuable having as many as eight mistakes.
39. Doodle Beanie Baby (Tie)
Bottom line: Doodle the rooster was a pink tie-dyed Beanie Baby with gold and black button eyes, a yellow beak and a red felt comb.
He was first released in 1997, and he was actually retired pretty quickly because of a clash with Chic-fil-A. The restaurant chain had a mascot with the same name, so Doodle was discontinued, and a similar rooster named Strut was released in his place.
38. Spangle Beanie Baby
Bottom line: Holiday-themed teddies were some of Ty's best-selling Beanie Babies. This Independence Day-themed bear featured a stars and stripes flag pattern on his body and a solid colored face, which came in white, blue and pink.
36. Weenie the Dachshund (Tie)
Bottom line: Weenie the Dachshund was one of a few Beanie Baby dogs that looked like actual dog breeds. His brown coat, black button eyes and long body look just like a real Dachshund.
He was the first Beanie Baby that could stand up on four legs.
36. Nuts the Squirrel (Tie)
Bottom line: Beanie Baby collectors go nuts over this 1996 squirrel Beanie Baby. The light-brown critter features a cream-colored belly and a fluffy brown tail, selling on eBay for a whopping $4,000.
His poem reads:
"With his bushy tail, he’ll scamper up a tree
The most cheerful critter you’ll ever see,
He’s nuts about nuts, and he loves to chat
Have you ever seen a squirrel like that?"
35. Mel the Koala
Bottom line: Mel the Koala was released on Jan. 1, 1997. A different version of the cute gray koala was also offered as a part of McDonald's line of Beanie Baby prizes, but the regular Ty version is more valuable.
His tag reads:
"How do you name a Koala bear?
It’s rather tough, I do declare!
It confuses me, I get into a funk
I’ll name him Mel after my favorite hunk!"
Seems a little dated, but that's to be expected from something produced decades ago.
34. Fifth Generation Hissy the Snake
Bottom line: Hissy the snake was first released in 1997. Between then and his retirement in 1999, several generations were produced, including this fifth-generation version. Each had slightly different coloration, with this one featuring a light green belly and a marbled teal upper.
While first-generation Hissy snakes tend to sell for the most, all versions are valuable when kept in good condition.
32. Lefty and Righty (Tie)
Bottom line: We don't like straying into politics, but we'll let this one slide because the two rival Beanie Babies were sold together. Lefty and Righty 2000 were released in June 2000, representing the Democratic and Republican parties. Lefty is a donkey, and Righty is an elephant — both featuring festive, red and blue stars on a white background.
Lefty's tag reads:
"This November make a note
The time has come for you to vote
Pick me when you have to choose
I’m a Beanie, you can’t lose!"
Meanwhile, Righty's tag reads:
"On and on the race will go
Who will win we just don’t know
No matter how this all will end
You will always be my friend!"
If only politics were actually that positive!
32. Honks the Goose (Tie)
Bottom line: Honks the goose isn't as loud as she sounds. Her mission in life is to make it to the warm, sunny South for winter on her soft, speckled grey wings. Her orange beak matches her orange, webbed feet, and the black stitching on her nostrils matches her shiny button eyes.
She was only sold for a few months, making her one of the more difficult-to-find Beanie Babies; she was released on Aug. 31, 1999, and retired less than four months later on Dec. 23.
23. Batty the Bat Beanie Baby (Tie)
Bottom line: Batty was released in summer of 1997 and had a two-year run before being retired in 1999.
The soft, brown bat had two unique features that made him stand apart from other Beanie Babies: His ears and paws are made of brown felt, and his wings have attached Velcro so collectors can connect them.
23. Lips the Fish (Tie)
Bottom line: Lips the fish was released in 1999, with his tag reading cheerfully:
"Did you ever see a fish like me?
I'm the most colorful in the sea
Traveling with friends in a school
Swimming all day is really cool!"
His tag had two extra spaces, and Lips Beanie Babies with both errors are worth the most.
23. Original Clubby Beanie Baby (Tie)
Bottom line: The first Clubby Beanie Baby was released in 1998. While he wasn't very rare, he was exclusively sold to those who joined the Beanie Babies Official Club by buying an inexpensive kit. In total, it cost around $15 for the kit and the Clubby bear.
The original Clubby turned out to be wildly popular, and Ty actually struggled to keep up with the demand. Eventually, 10 different Clubby editions were produced to appease irritated customers, but the first Clubby is by far the most valuable.
23. Kuku the Cockatoo (Tie)
Bottom line: Kuku the cockatoo was in high demand when he was released in May 1998. Most Beanie Babies were made with only fabric, aside from their eyes and occasionally their noses, but Kuku featured a large tuft of light pink fur sprouting out of the top of his head — just like a real cockatoo!
His cheerful poem reads:
"This fancy bird loves to converse
He talks in poems, rhythms and verse
So take him home and give him some time
You’ll be surprised how he can rhyme!"
23. Chip the Cat (Tie)
Bottom line: Chip the cat was one of the trickiest and most expensive Beanie Babies to produce, requiring more than 20 pieces of fabric for each stuffed toy. She has brown fabric on part of her body, black on the other half, and a white belly and white paws. Instead of plain black eyes, her eyes are a glowing shade of gold. The cute kitty was introduced on May 11, 1997, and was retired on March 31, 1999.
Her colorful poem reads:
"Black and gold, brown and white
The shades of her coat are quite a sight
At mixing her colors she was a master
On anyone else it would be a disaster!"
23. Turquoise Teddy Bear (Tie)
Bottom line: This turquoise teddy Beanie Baby is somewhat of a mystery. It was listed with very little information, but it appears to be Teal Teddy style 4051. While the seller on eBay described it as turquoise, it appears to be more of a teal-green color with a matching bow.
It features the new style of Beanie Baby facial features, but we don't know much more about him. Still, someone must have thought he was special because he sold for a startling $5,000.
23. Congo the Gorilla (Tie)
Bottom line: Congo the gorilla looks very similar to Bongo the Beanie Baby, with a prominent brow and a black nose that any gorilla would be proud of. Like most collectible Beanie Babies, versions of Congo with an error on the tag are worth more. Some Congo Beanies were released with a Hippity tush tag by mistake.
His poem reads:
"Black as the night and fierce is he
On the ground or in a tree
Strong and mighty as the Congo
He’s related to our Bongo!"
23. Brutus the Rottweiler (Tie)
Bottom line: Brutus the Rottweiler isn't a brute at all. Featuring soft, fuzzy, black fabric with a brown muzzle, paws and tail, the sweet pup is all snuggles.
He was first introduced on Dec. 29, 2006, but an updated version of Brutus was released in 2014 with bigger eyes and posed in a seated position.
23. Pouch the Kangaroo (Tie)
Bottom line: Pouch the kangaroo comes with a fun surprise. The light-brown collectible Beanie Baby has cute button eyes and a black nose, and hiding in the pouch on her belly is a miniature brown joey. She was released on Jan. 1, 1997, and retired in March 1999.
Pouch's poem reads:
"My little pouch is handy
I’ve found It helps me carry my baby around
I hop up and down without any fear
Knowing my baby is safe and near."
22. Maple the Bear
Bottom line: Maple is, unsurprisingly, a Canadian Beanie Baby. He was the first bear made exclusively in a country other than the United States, released on Jan. 1, 1997. He was retired 1.5 years later.
The white teddy has a Canadian flag proudly displayed on his chest and a matching red ribbon around his neck. Maple was actually going to be called Pride, so some Maple bears were accidentally released with the name Pride listed on their tush tags.
21. Glory the Bear
Bottom line: Glory, glory Hallelujah! If you happen to have a Glory Beanie Baby teddy in great condition, start singing, because it might be worth thousands of dollars. Gloria was made only in the United States, first released on May 30, 1998. The white bear is adorned with red and blue stars and has a festive American flag embroidered on his chest.
His patriotic poem reads:
"Wearing the flag for all to see
Symbol of freedom for you and me
Red white and blue — Independence Day
Happy Birthday USA!"
20. Stinky Ty Beanie Baby
Bottom line: The only thing stinky about Stinky the skunk is how expensive he is. Released on June 3, 1995, and retired on Sept. 28, 1998, Stinky sold on eBay for over $6,000.
He didn't have a poem or a birthdate on his tag until a fourth-generation Stinky was released.
19. Jake the Mallard
Bottom line: Not every version of Jake the Mallard is considered rare. This version, which sold on eBay for $6,900, has mismatched dates. The swing tag is labeled 1997, while the tush tag is labeled 1998.
The poem also has punctuation errors. Funny how mistakes can make a toy more valuable.
16. Scorch the Dragon (Tie)
Bottom line: Scorch, a magical dragon with iridescent wings and a sweet little red tongue, was released on Sept. 30, 1998.
He was retired just over a year later, but he remains the first Beanie Baby to utilize the more textured, "curly" fabric.
16. Ty Santa Claus Beanie Baby Bear (Tie)
Bottom line: Holiday the Teddy Bear, introduced at the start of the holiday season in 1997, was the first holiday-themed Beanie Baby.
He's an ordinary teddy bear, only with a red scarf and hat with white trim.
16. Magic the Dragon (Tie)
Bottom line: There's something magical about a pure-white dragon, which is exactly why Ty dubbed this Beanie Baby "Magic." Magic is made of plush white fabric with round, black button eyes and a light pink nose. Magic's most entrancing feature, however, is her shimmery, iridescent white wings and long, curled tail.
She was released on June 3, 1995, and retired on Dec. 31, 1997. Interestingly, some versions of Magic had pale pink wing stitching while others had hot pink stitching. The hot pink version is considered more valuable because fewer copies of it were produced.
15. McDonalds Ty Britannia Beanie Baby
Bottom line: There are two variations of Britannia the Bear, and the one sold for over $7,000 was the less common version.
Both are versions are brown bears with a union flag on the chest and a red bow, but the more rare version has a flag patch rather than the more common embroidered flag. Britannia was retired the summer of 1999.
14. Snort the Bull
Bottom line: Snort the bull was first released on Jan. 1, 1997, but his birthday is on May 15, 1995. Interestingly, he wasn't the first bull Beanie Baby made by Ty.
Snort was a replacement of a bull named Tabasco, which came under fire for copyright infringement. The two bulls were very similar and share a birthday, but Snort has colored hooves while Tabasco does not.
13. Ringo Baby Racoon Beanie Baby
Bottom line: Ringo, a classic raccoon Beanie Baby with black button eyes, a white muzzle and adorable thread whiskers, was released on Jan. 7, 1996.
He was retired two years later, but mint condition Ringo's are still extremely valuable.
12. Claude the Crab
Bottom line: Claude the Crab was originally produced in 1996.
The most valuable Claude the Crab Beanie Babies are these first-edition versions, particularly the ones with errors that set them apart from the rest.
The tag on the bottom has two different errors, and the Ty swing tag has an extra space in the middle.
10. Curly Beanie Baby With Errors (Tie)
Bottom line: As mentioned before, Beanie Babies with errors can be much more valuable than ones with perfectly printed tags. Curly has appeared with Peace tush tags and Teddy tush tags, and some have been found with several more errors. This one, sold for $9,000, had 15 different errors.
Curly was often given away at professional sporting events, including several pro baseball, basketball and football games in 1998.
10. Freckles the Spotted Leopard (Tie)
Bottom line: Freckles is an appropriate name for this spotted leopard. With brown and black button eyes, a sweet, pinkish nose and black whiskers made of thread, Freckles was a big hit when he was released in 1996; Leopard print was the cat's pajamas at the time.
Most Freckle Beanie Babies have a listed birthdate of June 3, 1996, but some tags had an error listing a birthdate of July 28, 1996, instead.
9. Mystic Unicorn With Errors
Bottom line: Mystic, a pure white unicorn, was released on Oct. 25, 1997.
She comes in four different variations, including one with an iridescent horn, one with a tan horn and fine mane, one with a tan horn and course mane, one with an iridescent horn and a course mane and one with an iridescent horn with a furry mane.
This version, which sold for $9,861, has an iridescent mane and a course tail.
7. Iggy the Iquana (Tie)
Bottom line: Iggy, a tie-dyed iguana with cute, protruding eyes a felt spine along his back, was released on June 15, 1998. There are four different versions of Iggy, and this particular one was neon colored with a cute, forked tongue sticking out.
Ty also made an iguana named Rainbow, and the tags were switched so often that any incorrect tags aren't considered to add rarity value.
7. Hoppity and Floppity (Tie)
Bottom line: The remarkable $10,000 sale price is slightly deceptive because the listing included both Hoppity and Floppity, two Beanie Baby bunnies released for Easter.
One is lavender and the other is light pink, and they were both released at the beginning of 1997 in preparation for the holiday.
6. Jabber the Parrot
Bottom line: Jabber the parrot Beanie Baby loves to talk. The brightly colored bird is one of the most colorful Beanie Babies, and that's one of the reasons he's so valuable. With six different colors and 17 pattern pieces making up each Jabber toy, he was one of the most time-intensive Beanie Babies to produce. This expensive Beanie Baby was released on May 30, 1998, and retired on Dec. 23, 1999.
The poem on his tag reads:
"Teaching Jabber to move his beak
A large vocabulary he now can speak
Jabber will repeat what you say
Teach him a new word every day!"
5. Hope Beanie Baby
Bottom line: We all need some extra hope in our lives. This type of Hope, however, costs about the price of a used sedan.
Hope, a tan colored bear with white paws and a white muzzle, features closed eyes and is holding her paws together in prayer.
4. Halo the Angel Bear, Brown Nose
Bottom line: There were several versions of Halo the bear released, and this one is particularly rare. While all of them were white bears with iridescent wings, most had black noses. This one, however, ahs a brown nose.
Her birthday is Aug. 31, 1998, and she was retired just over a year later in November 1999.
3. Gobbles Ty Beanie Baby
Bottom line: Gobbles is a picture-perfect Thanksgiving turkey until you look at her tag. She was released on Oct. 1, 1997, for the upcoming holiday, and several errors can be found on this particular specimen, including P.V.C. pellets and an error on the last line of the poem.
Errors or not, the poem and the stuffy are both cute:
"Gobbles the turkey loves to eat
Once a year she has a feast
I have a secret I’d like to divulge
If she eats too much her tummy will bulge!"
2. Patti Magenta Platypus
Bottom line: Patty, introduced on Jan. 8, 1993, was the sixth of the original nine Beanie Babies. Several versions of Patty were released between her launch and her retirement in 1998, including one in fuchsia, magenta, raspberry and maroon.
This version is extra rare because her tags are written in both English and French, her tush tag is missing Ty's stamp and her tag has several minor grammatical errors. If only our mistakes made us more valuable, too!
1. Valentina the Bear
Bottom line: Valentina, a bright, fuchsia-colored bear, is related to the similar Valentine Beanie Baby Valentino. While Valentino is white with a fuchsia heart embroidered on his chest, Valentina is fuchsia with a white heart.
She was released on Jan. 1, 1999, and was retired less than a year later. Unsurprisingly, her birthday is Feb. 14, 1998. Both she and Valentino are rare, but Valentina is usually harder to find.