Beanie Babies are stuffed animals made by Ty Inc. Ty was founded by Ty Warner who promoted the line in specialty stores and gift shops. The Ty company's famous special "posable lining" is under stuffed with plastic pellets (or "beans") rather than stuffing (see PVC and PE), giving Beanie Babies a flexible and cuddly feel. A Beanie Baby is essentially a fancy bean bag in the form of a stuffed animal.

The original nine Beanie Babies launched in 1993 were Legs the Frog, Squealer the Pig, Spot the Dog, Flash the Dolphin, Splash the Whale, Chocolate the Moose, Patti the Platypus, Brownie the Bear (later renamed "Cubbie") and Punchers the Lobster (later renamed "Pinchers").

The line became a phenomenon in the late 90s when Beanie Babies became both a fad and a collectible. Ty decided to stop making Beanies in 1999, however, consumer demand made Ty Warner change his mind. He continues to run Ty Inc. and design new Beanie Babies to this day.

Teenie Beanie Babies, an offshoot of the Beanie Babies line, were made by additional manufacturers for a few McDonalds Happy Meal promotions.

Beanie Babies began to emerge as popular collectibles in late 1995, and became a hot toy. Ty systematically retired various designs, and many people assumed that all "retired" designs would rise in value the way that early retirees had. The craze lasted through 1999 and slowly declined after the Ty company's announcement that they would no longer be making Beanie Babies. The line was brought back with completely new styles in early 2000 as a result of an online vote over whether more Beanies should be released. Many believe that the mass retirement and subsequent revival were a publicity stunt, but Beanie Babies had fallen out of favour with many children by the time the line was relaunched.

In recent years, the popularity of Beanie Babies has continued to fade. Some of the more common styles can be found fairly cheaply. New Beanie Baby designs continue to be released, and increasingly include bears and limited edition items. On December 27, 2007, Ty made a massive retirement of its Beanie Baby line, retiring over 240 styles of Beanie Babies, leaving only licensed characters, key-clip versions of popular Beanie Baby styles, popular store exclusives and country exclusives as current. On January 2, 2008, Ty introduced a "replacement" line called Beanie Babies 2.0, the next generation of the beanbag toys. While the aforementioned current styles will continue to be produced and special Beanie Babies will be released, the remainder of future retail styles will be produced under the new line, in which collectors can purchase their Beanies and use a scratch-off code to go online and play with their new pet in a virtual world, much akin to other collectibles like Neopets and Webkinz.

Princess Diana Beanie Baby

Bought one in 1997 and wondering what the value is today?
Take a look at this page: Princess Diana Beanie Baby for recently sold princess Diana Beanies.

What are the most valuable beanie babies? Some fetch up to $20.000,00 so have a look in your attic and see if you can become rich.

If you're searching for value, scroll down to see the prices of recently sold beanie babies.

Updated: 2 September 2021

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Beanie Babies value and price guide

What's your Beanie Babies worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

Item Title Date Price
lot 48 ty beanie baby bears still have tags stored in a Lot 48 Ty Beanie Baby Bears Still Have Tags Stored In A 10/2021 $15.00
1970 s matchbox beanie beanbag baby tanya horsman shoe 1970 S Matchbox Beanie Beanbag Baby Tanya Horsman Shoe 09/2021 $70.00
corolle bebe baby doll 12 vinyl cloth beanie body 1995 Corolle Bebe Baby Doll 12 Vinyl Cloth Beanie Body 1995 09/2021 $39.99
20 porcelain sleeping life like baby doll l minardi 20 Porcelain Sleeping Life Like Baby Doll L Minardi 10/2021 $30.00
mattel beanie baby doll 1970 Mattel Beanie Baby Doll 1970 09/2021 $6.50
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Beanie Babies forum

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Comments (4)
Donna - August 22, 2020
It amazes me that an item (beanie baby Valentino in this case) can be listed as "rare", "hard to find" etc bht on eBah there are 4800+ listed-same bear, same condition, same mistakes etc. One will sell for $3000 and the next one for $7.50. Am I missing something or are people just crazy? What makes one worth 50 times more than another?
Good point and no idea! It seems that a lot of expensive Valentino bears have some kind of (tag) errors... But why some are worth more, I don't know... Beanie Babies Valentino.
Marlene - July 31, 2020
Male, shaggy blond hair, Patten 259, Item 656, another number on tag 8406. Value?
Sarah - March 22, 2020
Sold on ebay doesn't necessarily mean sold..when you go to sold listing, click on the title it will say bidding has ended, seller relisted or one like it. They could have had an offer but apparently too low for reserve price. Most of the babies that I clicked into had not sold. Unless you know a secret to ebay (that i'm not aware of) I would love to know! Just FYI
Hi, yes, you're absolutely right. It's really difficult to get an accurate list of 'truly' sold items. I now have changed my settings to most recently sold. This way the data is more reliable instead of the highest priced listings. Thanks!
Rob - July 3, 2014
I have a huge Beanie Baby collection for sale in mint condition. Over 4,000 Beanie Babies with many collectable and very valuable Beanie Babies in this collection. Even the rarest of rare Beanie Baby, the royal purple Princess Diana Bear with PVC pellets made in Indonesia. This is just one of many valuable Beanie Babies in this collection, comes with many catalogs and individual show cases. For more information or a copy of the inventory list please send email $4,500 for everything.
I'll forward replies. You can also try eBay Rob!