TY Collectable Beanie Babies 2012
Retired Beanie Babies and Todays Value
Beanie Babies are still highly collectable and a valuable market.
Retired Beanie Babies are being resold today all over the Internet.
When shopping for Beanie Babies claiming to be “Rare” or “ultra rare” be sure to ask and see all tags, front to back, inside and out! This also goes for the famous Princess Beanie Baby.
*3 Things to look out for when shopping for not so “Rare” Beanie Babies*
1. Biggest giveaway is the pink or red stamp on the inside of the TUSH tag.
The numbers on the inside represents the factory numbers where it was reproduced in china.
These types of Beanies are mass produced, so sorry it’s not rare
2. Look on the tush tag, if there is a star next to TY and it also says PE pellets and handmade in china than sorry it’s not rare
3. If the swing heart tag has just the name, birthdate and Poem in combination with the above then sorry it’s not rare.
There is only 3 exceptions to these rules:
1. Rare color
2. factory mistakes
3. Very limited change in design
These are valued between $500-$5000
For instance, it’s red instead of blue or they used a different material or they forgot the wings or the eyes are blue instead of green or they misspelled the word beanie.
*How can you tell Beanie Babies are rare?*
It’s actually simpler to point out rare beanies. When buying any beanie baby, make sure its been stored properly.
There are 2 things to look for before buying:
1. Mint ( clean, brand new condition, smells new)
2. 2 Mint Tags ( no rips ) actually, just make sure it has both tags, I prefer to have a tag than no tag, even if it has stains or discoloration. This is just my preference.
To really be honest, the swing tag can have minor damage, just as long as it’s attached and readable.
Anyone will buy the rarest of beanies just as long as it is readable and not torn with no pen marks. There is only a very slight difference in value.
It’s still valued about 35%-%75 less without tag. Depending on which beanie it is.
Rare signs list:
1. All rare TY beanies have only a TY on the swing. The slimmer the TY, the more valuable it is. BEWARE of this feature because you may mistake a Beanie Baby for a TY Attic Treasure.
2. No star on Tush tag
4. PVC pellets
5. Capital i’s look like lower case L’s on the swing tag
6. Name and style number in combination with all of the above 1-5 are the rarest beanie babies
7. Old face, usually slimmer than the new face beanie babies or eyes very far apart on the bears almost inline with the nose.
8. Swing tag with star and original beanie babies are still rare depending on the year on the tush tag!
What’s the value of my beanie baby?
Mint with mint tags being worth the higher amount
Princess bear (PE or PVC with no space in poem on swing tag) $300-$800 today
Princess bear (PE or PVC with no space in poem on swing tag, made in Indonesia) $1000-$5000
Princess bear (PE or PVC with no space in poem on swing tag, made in Indonesia or china, has a Pale green stem and white rose with pale yellow stitch) $2000 – $8000
These are valued based on 1-7 on rare signs, with the highest value being an older beanie and mint with mint tag or MWMT:
Cranberry teddy- $800-$2500
Chocolate moose- $400-$2200
Peanut light blue- $400-$2200
The rest of original 9- $500-$2700
Mystic unicorn – $350-$2100
Inch worm – $500-$2700
Very limited edition Teddy’s $800-$2500
All other Teddy’s (stand up) 1993-1998 -$500-$2700
All bears (laying down on belly)- $150-$500
Now of course it majorly depends on how much people are willing to pay.
There are under 100, if even 50 styles of beanie babies that have all these qualities, above are some of them.
Keep in mind that these values are based on 1 through 7 on rare signs list above. If they do not comply with rare signs 1-7, all retired beanie babies are worth between $1.00-$25.00 per Beanie Baby.
A massed produced Princess Beanie Baby is worth $1-$25
An unnumbered Princess bear (PE or PVC with no space in poem on swing tag, made in Indonesia $2000-$5000….. Today’s retail value $$75-$275 PVC being the most valuable Indonesian princess.
Now you are the expert! Go out and get them!
If you come across any of these truly rare Beanie Babies, don’t let them slip through your fingers!
Teenie babies retired are valued between $5-$25
Beanie Buddies retired are valued
Note: lots of factors fluctuates value wether its mint with tags, still in original packaging, has a rare beanie, year, etc.
If you really want to know why people get to buy them cheap is because people been selling them cheap, you just have to be patient and that rare beanie baby, will be yours!
If you want to get top dollar for your beanie baby, be patient, make sure it’s rare, take lots of pictures, sell it with a case and start bidding at .99 with free shipping and list it for 10 days on eBay. Don’t worry, if it’s that great you’ll get good money!
Remember value and today’s retail is much much different! Retail value is about 5-25% of its VALUE.
The reason for this is because of its size and why it was made, it was easy to collect and keep in good condition, it was made as a collectable. So to find an old doll is easy. It’s not like cabbage patch kids or American girls, rainbow bright, holly hobby, my little pony, Barbie, strawberry shortcake, gi joe, popples, pound puppies and all those other vintage or antique dolls that were made to be played with, that were super popular. It’s very hard to find one of those ills in mint condition, people want and will pay big bucks to get their hands on those old dolls.
My advice would be to really sort out your beanies, take all the retired pe pellet dolls and sell them as a lot at 50 cents- $1.00 a piece. Don’t forget shipping.
Take all your PVC dolls and sell them individually. If you have any double tush tag beanies or Indonesian beanies, really do your research. Tell me about them and I will help you.
Message me if there’s a beanie you want and I’ll tell you how you can get it!
Message me if there’s a beanie you have and you want to know how much you can sell it for and I’ll give you the answer.
Remember that retail values change monthly, weekly and even daily.
These are examples of tags you would like to see in your collection:
Last photo is just a variety of swing heart tags out there
Chocolate moose old faced on left and rare tush tags:
I’ve been doing a lot of research as to what day of the week beanie babies should be listed on eBay for sale.
Saturday and Sunday is the best day. Or list it on a day that the auction will end on a Sunday evening.
Red oval stamps 400, 401 or whatever number you have on the inside of the tush tag, ARE NOT RARE!
Stamping on the inside of tush tags are very common on retired beanie babies. See for yourself, check out your collection! Retired meaning pre 1998.
Errors on tags… The only type of tags with errors that get the big bucks are the ones that have the wrong name or the wrong poem or the wrong beanie baby number or a completely wrong name and poem. Before you can sell any of these, you need to get it authenticated and sell with certificate. Too many fraudulent dolls out there.
Beanie baby Authentication companies: true blue beans has the best prices http://www.truebluebeans.com/
And I love you Beanies located in hawaii if you’re out of town they will send you a digital copy online in my opinion, digital copies are just as good as hard copies. Save ink!