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 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 of dollars, and several sell for over $1,000 each.
These are the most valuable Beanie Babies sold today, based off on eBay sales.
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.
30. Flutter W/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 collector's 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.
29. 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.
28. 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.
27. 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.
26. 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 couple of hundred bucks.
This one, which has the second-generation swing tag, sold for $228.50 on eBay after 27 bids from 8 bidders.
25. Steg the Stegosaurus
Value: Approx. $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-$350 but took the "best offer" unpublished sale, while we also spotted one which sold for $306.
We're pegging mint-conditioned Stegs at being worth about $300 on the top-end.
24. Billionaire Bear 13
Bottom line: Billionaire 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 13 that sold on eBay had a starting bid of $249, with three bidders pushing it up another $58 over seven days.
23. 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.
22. 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 the in the same year of his release in 1995, according to Beaniepedia.
One in fantastic quality sold for $350 on eBay.
21. Old Face Magenta Teddy
Bottom line: The brown-colored Teddy with the old face is considered the most rare. But perhaps the magenta/old face version is one of the rare versions as well?
This one sold for $400 flat on eBay.
18. 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.
18. 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 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.
18. 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.
17. 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 and valuable Beanie Babies.
One sold for $460 after six bidders fought it out for the rights to this Nana.
16. 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.
15. Rex with German Tags
Bottom line: This Rex Beanie Baby is a third-generation Beanie and is exceptionally rare because it has rare 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.
14. 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.
13. 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.
12. 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.
9. 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.
9. 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.
9. 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.
8. 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.
7. 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.
6. 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.
5. 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.
4. 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.
3. 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.
2. 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.
1. 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.