Beanie Babies are no ordinary stuffed animals. Quite the sensation back in the 90s, Beanie Babies still causes frenzy among collectors today. And unlike in the 90s, some Beanie Babies are incredibly rare and very expensive. Unlike an ordinary stuffed toy that may go for $10, certain versions of Beanie Babies will easily fetch thousands of dollars. The toys are stuffed with plastic pellets instead of the traditional stuffing (PE and PVC), making the Beanie Babies soothingly flexible. The toys are made by Ty Warner Inc. (now Ty Inc.)How much could a stuffed animal go for, you ask? Here is a review of the five most coveted and most expensive Beanie Babies in the market today.
5. Patti the Platypus
Patti the Platypus is as adorable as his name sounds. One of the earliest versions of Beanie Babies, he is still a hit sensation among collectors and is worth more than his weight in gold. Patti the Platypus is not as rare as you would expect. However, some versions of this Beanie Baby stand out from the rest and fetch in quite a good price. The Magenta colored version, in particular, is in high demand among collectors. Why? Because the Magenta colored is the first and oldest version of the Beanie Baby; besides, the color is unique and makes the cute platypus even more adorable. The magenta version of Patti the Platypus is the fifth most expensive Beanie Baby as it has an asking price of $6,000.
4. Claude the Crab
The only Beanie Baby with a poem dedicated to his name, Claude the Crab is among the most adorable and most coveted Beanie Babies. With a detailed design that resembles a real-life crab, Claude demonstrates the reason behind the Beanie Babies’ popularity among kids and collectors alike. He comes in a blend of diverse colors that include shades of dark-blue, rich greens, mellow browns, and an elegant cream undershell.
Although it is ranked as the fourth most expensive Beanie Baby, there is controversy about Claude the Crab’s real value. He is listed for $10,000 on eBay and other online commerce platforms, but upon confirmation the seller put this figure at $100,000, citing typing mistakes as the reason for the confusion. Nevertheless, collectors place his value at around $10,000, and it is yet to be seen whether he will reel in the $100,000.
3. Valentino the Bear
Valentino the Bear is almost perfect by all accounts. He is an adorable Beanie Baby that resembles a miniature adorable bear. However, unlike an ordinary bear, Valentino the Bear has a good choice of color as he comes in a blend of red and faded white for an elegant look. However, certain versions of this Beanie Baby come with an imperfection that has substantially increased its value and demand among collectors. Although an ordinary version of Valentino the Bear will go for several dollars, one with a misspelled name tag will fetch up to $19,000. This spelling mistake is found in only a small proportion of Valentino the Bear Beanie Babies, and it is what sets them apart from the rest.
2. Lefty the Donkey and Righty the Elephant
Combine adorable looks with an insatiable demand among collectors and an autograph from one of the most notable women in global politics and you have incredibly expensive stuffed animals by the names Lefty the Donkey and Righty the Elephant. In 2006, an Avionics technician managed to get Hillary Clinton to sign these two Beanie Babies for his daughters. 10 years later, these Beanie Babies have only appreciated in demand and value.
It is important to note that this version of Beanie Babies is by no means rare as new styles and designs were produced in 2008. However, these two units in particular are the only ones of their kind and consequently very hard to come by. And if you are lucky enough to see them on sale, then be prepared to dig deep into your pockets. Lefty the Donkey and Righty the Elephant are valued at $50,000, which was the asking price from their owners. Considering the value of Mrs. Clinton’s autography, this value is expected to inflate steadily over the coming years.
1. Princess the Bear
Princess the Bear is more than just another stuffed animal or Beanie Baby; it is a piece of a tragic history. Produced in 1997 after the Beanie Babies craze had begun subsiding, Princess the bear does not belong among the original batch of Beanie Babies. However, it is very much a Beanie Baby and crowns all the rest when it comes to looks and price. Princess the Bear was made as a tribute to Princess Diana, the Princes of Wales.
It was meant to motivate Beanie Bear lovers and anyone else whose heart was moved by the adorable stuffed bear to contribute to the princess’ memorial fund. It is not certain how much money the bear managed to attract, but it nevertheless was an appropriate and adorable tribute to the adorable princess. Princess the Bear comes in a beautiful blend of purple and white. The body is purple and the chest features a white rose. There is no question about Princess the Bear being the best Beanie Baby in the market right now, and consequently it is very rare and pricey. It is listed for $500,000 on eBay, which is a fair price for not only an adorable bear but also a piece of history.
Beanie Babies may not cause as much of a buzz today as they did in the 90s, but they still hold their legacy as adorable works of art. While some Beanie Babies will go for less than $100, some truly exceptional ones will fetch an awe-inspiring price. Ideally, the most expensive Beanie Bears are hard to find, and those that are available for sale are steadily increasing in value. If you are an ardent Beanie Babies collector, then these five stuffed animals are what to look for. And if you can afford to spare $500,000, then you can be crowned king/queen of the Beanie Babies and own a part of history with the Princess the Bear Beanie Baby.