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.
20. Jake the Mallard Duck – $900
Sweet Jake the Mallard Duck was introduced as a Beanie Baby by Ty, Inc. in 1998 and quickly retired less than a year later at the height of the Beanie Baby Collector faze. As everyone seemed to know these toys were a fad that could be profitable, Jake is one of the sweetest Beanie Babies created. Jake is colorful, plush and features a poem on his tush tag. Jake was also often counterfeited making the authentic Jake the Mallard Duck more valuable. An original Jake the Mallard Duck is worth at least $900 today.
19. Bubbles the Fish – $1,000
Before “Finding Nemo” came out in movie theaters, Bubbles the Fish was a popular Beanie Baby. The stuffed toy debuted in 1996 and had several further generations. Bubbles is a sweet orange and black striped fish. The thing that made Bubbles so rare and valuable is, as with most rare Beanie Babies, its errors. Several of Bubbles the Fish editions had errors, so they were instantly corrected to leave a few unnoticed by the public and therefore, more valuable. The third generation Bubbles has the wrong color thread hand sewn through its mouth. The fourth generation of Bubbles features incorrect tush tags. The most valuable Bubbles the Fish were made in 1996 with errors on the tush tag including words not centered.
18. Humphrey the Camel – $1,200
Humphrey the Camel is one of the nine original Beanie Babies created in 1993. There have been several editions or generations of this particular Beanie Baby. The rarest and most valuable can be worth anywhere from $500 to $1,200. Humphrey the Camel was retired in 1998 which is about the time that collectors began trying to grab the latest fad in toys to resell at a later date as the rare versions became more valuable. As people realized the value of Beanie Babies, counterfeiting became common. An authentic Humphrey the Camel, for example, has a black and white tush tag with a red heart shaped swing tag. The body is filled with “beanies” but not the legs. The fur is also a darker shade of brown on a real Humphrey the Camel. A very rare Humphrey the Camel has one bag leg sewn on backward.
17. Hoppity the Bunny – $2,000
The adorable pink Beanie Baby, Hoppity the Bunny, was released in 1996 and retired just a year later. Hoppity can be seen in a couple different versions including pink and blue. Who doesn’t want a stuffed pet bunny named Hoppity? The second generation of Hoppity the Bunny featured several tag errors which were later corrected. Obviously the originals with the tag errors in mint condition are worth a lot of money. Tush tag errors include the letter “r” missing from the word “surface” in the description and the Roman Numeral “II” instead of “2” representing the Second Generation of these Beanie Babies. A rare version of the second generation Hoppity the Bunny Beanie Baby could be worth $2,000 or more.
16. Chef Robuchon – $2,500
The Chef Robuchon Beanie Baby was released in August 2006 as part of a promotion of the opening of French chef Joel Robuchon’s New York City restaurant L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon at the Four Seasons Hotel. Only 200 of the bears were produced. The bear is beige with black eyes and nose. It wears a chef’s uniform and hat. The collar is red, white and blue. Blue stitching on the front of the uniform says “Joel Robuchon New York”. Each bear holds a menu in its paws with a recipe written inside. Because this was a promotional bear and so few were produced, the bears are worth a lot. Chef Robuchon also passed away last year making the bears even more valuable to collectors. A Chef Robuchon Beanie Baby is worth between $1,500 to $2,500.
15. Peace the Bear – $2,500
Peace the Bear Beanie Baby was introduced in 1997 and retired in 1999 at the height of the Beanie Baby collector craze. The Peace Bear replaced Garcia the Bear. The original tie dyed bears come in two shades but no two are exactly the same. The bears feature a peace symbol embellished on its chest. This was the first Beanie Baby with an embroidered emblem. There are very rare Peace Bears with no peace symbol and those are worth much more than those with the peace sign. Other Beanie Babies that are bears include Blackie, Teddy, Valentino, Curly and Garcia. All are widely popular. Peace the Bear can be purchased for as much as $2,500. Before it was retired, this Beanie Baby was given out as a promotion during an Oakland A’s/Boston Red Sox baseball game.
14. Mystic the Unicorn – $2,700
A first edition Mystic the Unicorn Beanie Baby may be worth as much as $2,700. Although several special editions of the Unicorn were made, an original edition Mystic the Unicorn that was created in 1994 is the most coveted by collectors and is the most rare. Mystic the Unicorn has a fine rainbow mane, blue eyes and a sparely iridescent horn. A rare and more valuable Mystic the Unicorn will have errors on the tag.
13. Employee the Bear – $3,000
Employee the Bear was introduced by Ty, Inc. in 1995 and given to the company’s sales representatives as a gift. Only 300 of these Beanie Babies were produced. The bears feature a new face and are bright violet in color with stitched magenta threading. Half of those produced have a red ribbon and the other half have a green ribbon. Employee the Bears do not have hanging tush tags. All tags are sewn into the bear. These rare Beanie Babies are worth between $2,000 to $3,000.
12. Digger the Crab – $3,500
Digger the Crab was introduced by Ty, Inc. in 1994 and retired the following year. There were other editions created, but the most valuable are from the first generation. The popular Beanie Baby is bright orange. Later editions were bright red and not as valuable as the original orange Diggers. Digger the Crab features black button eyes and black thread antennae. Digger has eight legs and two large pincers and comes with a poem on its tag. The most valuable Digger the Crab Beanie Babies must be first edition and in good condition. These range in value from $300 to $3,500.
11. Pinchers the Lobster – $3,500
Pinchers the Lobster was introduced by Ty, Inc. as part of the initial 9 Beanie Babies. It was released in 1994 and retired four years later. The very first Pinchers had an error on the tush tag. These were misprinted as “Punchers the Lobster”. These original Beanie Babies are more valuable than subsequent editions. Pinchers is a dark red and a simple shape. It features black button eyes and black threaded antennae. It has two large claws protruding from the front and sides. A rare first edition Pinchers the Lobster with a misprinted tush tag can be worth as much as $3,500.
10. Nana the Monkey – $4,000
Nana the Monkey was one of the first Beanie Babies created. It was released in 1995 and quickly retired the same year. The reason for its retirement was because its name was changed to “Bongo the Monkey”. The monkey has brown fur with lighter brown face, hands, feet and tail. It has black button eyes. Nana the Monkey does not come with a poem. An original Nana the Monkey with “Nana” printed on the tush tag is worth a lot of money. These Beanie Babies are worth between $3,000 and $4,000.
9. 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.
8. Peanut the Elephant – $7,000
Peanut the Elephant is one of the rarest of all Beanie Babies, if it’s the right color. The original Peanut the Elephants were created in dark, royal blue in 1995. This was actually an accident in with the dye. A subsequent Peanut the Elephant Beanie Bay was a much lighter, powder blue which was popular with children. Peanut the Elephant was retired in 1998. Peanut was also created in purple and gray. The rarest Peanut the Elephants are worth the most and are the Royal Blue version. This Beanie Baby could be worth as much as $7,000.
7. Seaweed the Beanie Baby – $7,000
Seaweed the Beanie Baby is an adorable little guy that could be worth a lot today. The original cuddly brown sea animal debuted in 1996 at the beginning of the Beanie Baby craze. Seaweed’s first offspring were limited in number because there were several errors that had to be corrected from the original. The original tush tags had several errors. If you find a Seaweed Beanie Baby that is an original version, here are things to look for on the tag. The birthday is written in all numbers, not written out as most Beanie tags do. The there is no stamp inside the tag in the original versions of Seaweed. There is also no star or heart. Although it seems as if these poor original Seaweed Beanie Babies would not be worth much, because of the quick correction to the tag, the originals are actually worth far more than future generations of Seaweed. The very first Seaweed Beanie Babies with four tush tag imperfections can be found for between $7,000 and $30,000.
6. Halo the Bear – $7,500
Halo the Angel Bear made its debut as a Beanie Baby in 1998 and was quickly retired. This is one of the first special edition Beanie Babies as well as a beloved Bear. Not only does this bear symbolize a child’s Guardian Angel with its Halo and Wings, but the rarer the better. A rare authentic 1998 Halo the Bear will have a rare white star on its white fur, not a yellow star like more common Halo the Bears. Other rarities include errors on the Tush tag including an error on the poem itself. A more valuable Halo the Bear will feature a Korean Tush tag and its eyes and nose should never exactly match in color. A valuable and rare 1998 Halo the Bear Beanie Baby could be worth over $7,000.
5. Claude the Crab – $10,000
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.
4. Valentino the Bear – $19,000
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.
3. Brownie the Bear – $20,000
Brownie the Bear was one of the 9 original Beanie Babies and could be worth between $4,000 and $20,000 today. This first generation Beanie Baby was retired soon after it appeared. Another version of Brownie was “Cubbie” which is identical but much less valuable. This original Beanie Baby featured brown fur and a tan snout. It had no poem. Bears are the most popular Beanie Babies, but because Brownie was featured in the first collection, it’s more valuable to collectors. Brownie was also retired soon after its debut so there are not many available. This all adds to the value of this classic Beanie Baby.
2. Lefty the Donkey and Righty the Elephant – $50,000
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 – $500,000
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.