Beanie Babies – the soft plush toy that every nineties kid owned – are selling for thousands of pounds on eBay.
Back in the nineties, it was cool to collect soft plush toys, whether you were a boy or girl and the reason was Beanie Babies. Fast-forward 20 years and you might have bought more than you thought when adding the latest Beanie’s to your growing collection.
Like many collectors’ items, ‘rare’ Beanie Babies have multiplied in value over time. What was once bought for a few pounds can now be sold for a fortune. We’re talking life-changing money here!
Beanie Babies launched in 1991 and became a popular collectible throughout the mid-late nineties. According to Fortune, Beanie Babies made up a staggering 10% of all eBay sales at the height of their demand. When you see how much the cuddly toys are worth now, you’ll be desperate to find one in your attic.
In 2015, one couple purchased a Beanie Baby for around £8 at a car boot sale — then discovered it was one of rarest versions in the world, worth tens of thousands.
The teddy was one of less than 100 Princess Diana memorial bears made and it sold on eBay for circa £22,000. However, the rarest of these is a Princess bear known as a “ghost version,” selling for near £450,000.
With that, we\ve searched through countless listings to discover just how much these rare Beanie Babies are selling for. Some of them are incredibly valuable. Check to see if you have any of these Beanie Babies– because you might be sitting on a gold mine.
Peace — £23,000
This bright beanie has distinct differences in the tie-dye colouring from bear to bear, making each one unique and highly valuable. In addition, there are nearly 50 confirmed variations in this Beanie Baby’s tags, country of origin, and pellet type. Finding and selling this Beanie Baby could bring you a whopping £23,000
Claude the Crab — £8,000
I vividly remember owning this one and I’m so disappointed I have no clue where it is now! Claude the tie-dyed crab was released in May 1997. This cute and colourful crustacean is selling for up to £8,000 online and it’s not even in mint condition! The seller claimed he was REALLY worth £80,000, errors and all — so £8,000 is a great deal. You can tell it’s not a fake Claude if you find a ® above the ™ on its tush tag, and a space before an exclamation point on the swing tag.
Millennium the Bear — £4000
Released in January 1999, this magenta bear celebrated the highly-anticipated new millennium. Believe it or not, the spelling mistakes found on the swing tag, the tush tag, or both are what makes this toy more valuable! For example, on some of these bears, the word “millennium” is spelled with just one n. Different combinations of these errors have created a variety of Millennium beanies, with the most expensive worth £4,000!
Employee Beanie Baby — £1250
In 1997 employees of Ty Inc. were given an exclusive employee bear. Fans desire this collectible so much they were recently willing to pay £1250! To check if it’s an Authentic Employee Beanie Baby, look for a 1993 or 1995 red and white 2nd generation label on the bottom.
Coral Casino Beanie Baby — £600
According to Beanie Baby collectors, there were only 588 of these bears made, with each swing tag numbered and signed by Ty Warner, the creator of Beanie Babies. After 19 bids, this Coral Casino beanie went for a jaw-dropping £600 on eBay.
Peanut Beanie Baby — £315
The precious elephant was released in 1995 and in two shades of blue: light and royal. There are several Peanut imposters out there, but experts claim the royal blue elephant must have a black and white label while some of the fakes have a red and white bottom label instead. In addition, the label must have the copyright year 1995 on it. If you see a Peanut with any other year on its label, it’s unfortunately a counterfeit. After 39 competitive bids, this royal blue edition sold for £315.
Humphrey Beanie Baby – £285
This is one of the Beanie Babies that’s most prone to counterfeits, but authentic versions will have a black and white label dated 1993. According to The Sun, Humphrey was the first Beanie Baby to officially “retire.” Humphrey was valuable back then, and even more so now! Experts say counterfeits of the camel may have plastic pellets in its legs, while the authentic version only has the pellets in its body, not in the legs.
Photo credits: Sophie Christie/ The Sun, Caitlyn Walz/ Complete Set, and Housing Works Thrift Shops/ Flickr