25 Most Valuable Beanie Babies: Value and Price Guide

Valuable Beanie Babies

When Beanie Mania scored 100% on the Tomatometer last year, it reignited a discourse long forgotten. Why are Beanie Babies so popular? Why did consumers go wild over them in the Nineties?

From the day Beanie Babies entered the American market in 1993, the PVC Pellet stuffed toys became a country favorite. “Somebody offered me a hundred thousand dollars. I said no,” those were the words of a Beanie Babies collector regarding the value of her stuffed toy.

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Although you can buy a new Beanie Babies for $10 today, a classic model can fetch you about 500 to 1,000 times more dollars. The most expensive model listed on eBay today is Princess Diana and she sells for a hundred thousand shy of a 1 million dollars.

Here’s a detailed guide on the most valuable Beanie Babies today, and how you can appraise them on your own.

Top 25 Most Valuable Beanie Babies

No.
Name
Color
Year
Price
1
Princess Diana
Royal Purple
1997 – 1999
$900,000
2
Peace
Tie/Dye
1997 – 1999
$179,000
3
Baby Nut
Brown
1996
$156,000
4
Digger the Crab
Red
1995
$100,000
5
Libhearty
White + USA Flag
1996
$75,000
6
Valentino/Valentina
Red + White (vice-versa)
1995 – 1999
$60,000
6
Curly
Brown
1996 – 1998
$60,000
8
Snort
Red and White
1995
$55,250
9
Hippity, Hoppity, and Floppity the Bunnies
Mint, Blush, Lilac (Respectively)
1994 – 1998
$50,000
9
Lefty the Donkey
Red and White stripes + Black hooves and nose
4th July, 2000
$50,000
9
Gobbles
Brown body, red, white and yellow highlights
1997 – 1999
$50,000
9
Steg the Dinosaur
Green-Yellow-Brownish-Orange splatter
1995
$50,000
13
Millennium Bear
Bright Purple
1999
$49,750
14
Halo I
White, Iridescent wings
1998 – 1999
$44,500
15
Erin the Bear
Bottle Green
1998 – 1999
$41, 451.48
16
Waddle
Black, White, Yellow bib, Orange beak and feet
1995
$40,000
17
Baby Kuku
White body, Pink crown, grey feet and beak
1997
$38,500
18
Clubby
Royal Blue
1998 – 1999
$35,000
19
Hope the Bear
Cappuccino
1999
$27,765.72
20
Maple Bear
White + Canadian Flag
1998
$27,500
21
Halo II
White + Gold
2000
$25,000
22
The End Bear
Black + Gold Bowtie
Aug. 31 – Dec. 23, 1999
$23,000
23
Tuffy the Terrier
Brown + Coffee
1997 – 1998
$20,000
24
Holiday Teddy
Brown + Red & White Christmas hat
1997
$15,000
25
Squealer the Pig
Pink and White
1993
$14,444

Let’s get into the details.

25. Squealer the Pig

Year: 1993

Price: $14,444

Beanie Baby "Squealer" the Pig"1st Generation-An Investment
Beanie Baby “Squealer” the Pig”1st Generation-An Investment (Source: eBay)

Squealer the Pig is one of the OG Beanie Babies models. Its PVC pellet stuffing made it a fan favorite. The squishy pink plush toy has two distinct tags – the hangtag is from China, while the tush tag is from Korea.

24. Holiday Teddy

Year: 1997

Price: $15,000

Ty Beanie Baby 1997 Holiday Teddy -Bear 1996
Ty Beanie Baby 1997 Holiday Teddy -Bear 1996 (Source: eBay)

The initial plan with the Holiday Teddy was to make one yearly, but it didn’t quite work out. Beanie Babies’ first attempt bombed because it had too many irredeemable errors leading to immediate cancellation.

23. Tuffy the Terrier

Year: 1997 – 1998  

Price: $20,000

The retired 1996 Ty Beanie Baby Tuffy The Dog
The retired 1996 Ty Beanie Baby Tuffy The Dog (Source: Etsy)

Triple T was a stuffed Terrier that trended from the summer of ’97 to winter ’98. Beanie Babies discontinued its circulation due to its multiple production errors. For one, Tuffy has a Korean manufacturing number indicating it’s a special issue.

22. The End Bear

Year: Aug. 31 – Dec. 23, 1999

Price: $23,000

The End Bear 
The End Bear (Source: eBay)

Worried about the Beanie Craze in America, Ty proposed to close down the business and held out The End Bear as its final product. That didn’t last long in capitalist America, and the company returned almost immediately.

Notwithstanding its failure to cancel its business, Ty Warner didn’t make any more End Bears past Dec. 23, 1999.

21. Halo II

Year: 2000

Price: $25,000

Halo II Beanie Baby
Halo II Beanie Baby (Source: Etsy)

Based on popular demand, a year after the first Halo’s retirement Beanie Babies designed an upgrade – Halo II. This one had different gold wings and a halo making it more beautiful and valued than its predecessor.

20. Maple Bear

Year: 1998

Price: $27,500

Maple The Bear-1996 McDonalds Ty Beanie Baby
Maple The Bear-1996 McDonalds Ty Beanie Baby (Source: eBay)

Little patriotic Maple Bear was a special-edition stuffed toy designed as the first export out of America. The company embroidered the Canadian Flag (with a maple leaf in the center, hence the name) on its chest.

19. Hope the Bear

Year: 1999

Price: $27,765.72

Ty 1999 Beanie Baby - Hope the Praying Bear
Ty 1999 Beanie Baby – Hope the Praying Bear (Source: Etsy)

Religious collectors, especially Christians, were Beanie Babies’ target audience when Hope The Bear entered the market. Unfortunately, the little praying stuffed toy had way too many errors to remain in circulation, so it had a short-lived existence.

18. Clubby Bear

Year: 1998 – 1999

Price: $35,000

First Clubby beanie baby official club set with errors
First Clubby beanie baby official club set with errors (Source: Etsy)

Following its widespread success, Ty created variations of the Beanie Bear, making Clubby the first one to wear a button. As expected, it’s high-valued because of its status as a forerunner.

17. Baby Kuku

Year: 1997

Price: $38,500

TY Beanie Baby Kuku the Cockatoo with ERRORS RARE RETIRED Bird 1997 1998
TY Beanie Baby Kuku the Cockatoo with ERRORS RARE RETIRED Bird 1997 1998 (Source: Etsy)

This new Beanie Baby is worth five figures because it’s a 1997 issue fresh from the factory. Everything is still intact including the tush and hang tag serving as proof of its handcrafting and authenticity.

16. Waddle

Year: 1995

Price: $40,000

Waddle Beanie Baby "China" Rare
Waddle Beanie Baby “China” Rare (Source: eBay)

Waddle the Penguin spent one year in the market because of tag errors. This particular one is a never-before-used Beanie Baby hence the high price tag.

15. Erin, The Bear

Year: 1998 – 1999   

Price: $41,451.48

TY Beanie Baby Erin
TY Beanie Baby Erin (Source:Etsy)

Ty Warner designed Erin the Bear, especially for Ronald McDonald Charities, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Although the company didn’t release the model until 1998, its Tush tag lists 1993 as its date.

The Bear carries a blister pack with the wrong spelling of the company’s manufacturing location address.

14. Halo I

Year: 1998 – 1999

Price: $44,500

Your pick
(Source: eBay)

Limited-edition Halo the Bear didn’t spend much time in the market, but it still left a lasting impact. Although there were a few variations, the most valuable of all is the original brown-nosed version, and you can already imagine why.

The exclusivity and uniqueness of a limited stock item always attach a premium to its value. Also, Halo I’s wing fabric was iridescent, unlike the second issue.

13. Millennium Bear

Year: 1999

Price: $49,750

Extremely RARE Ty "Millennium" PE pellet Beanie Babies Collectible
Extremely RARE Ty “Millennium” PE pellet Beanie Babies Collectible (Source: Etsy)

Like many collectible companies around 1999, Beanie Babies created a special version to mark the turn of the Millennium. This limited-edition Bear stopped production in November, so if you hadn’t copped one by then, your chances of finding it were slim.

Beanie Babies typically sold out within hours to a few days of hitting the market, so collectors had to be proactive.

12. Steg the Dinosaur

Year: 1995

Price: $50,000

TY Beanie Babies STEG ULTRA RARE NEW
TY Beanie Babies STEG ULTRA RARE NEW (Source: eBay)

Nothing like a multicolored splatter Stegosaurus to spice up a little child’s life. This rare plushie only comes in the Green-Yellow-Brownish Orange hue mix. It’s a first edition with the famous PVC pellets.

11. Gobbles

Year: 1997 – 1999  

Price: $50,000

RARE TY Gobbles The Turkey original Beanie Baby
RARE TY Gobbles The Turkey original Beanie Baby (Source: Etsy)

Despite its evident factory errors, stuffed Turkey reigned supreme for two years between 1997 – 1999. First, the tag had excess spacing, misplaced stamps, and trademark signs. In no time, the factory recalled it from the market, leading to increased demand.

How does that work? Since the stuffed toy had already entered the market and children got a hold of it, every other technical error became irrelevant. The consumers just wanted their Gobbles, and since production stopped, it became a rare item, and the rest is history.

The natural forces of Demand and Supply came to work, driving Gobbles’ value through the roof.

10. Lefty the Donkey (Democrat)

Year: 4th of July, 2000

Price: $50, 000

RARE 2000 TY BEANIE BABY " LEFTY" THE DONKEY AUTOGRAPHED BY HILLARY CLINTON
RARE 2000 TY BEANIE BABY ” LEFTY” THE DONKEY AUTOGRAPHED BY HILLARY CLINTON (Source: eBay)

Lefty the Donkey was a Democrat through and through with its red and white striped lines and black hooves and stars. This particular lot is so highly valued because of the special signature on its right side from the former Democrat presidential aspirant Hilary Clinton.

It’s also a special Democracy Day edition distributed in 2000.

9. Hippity, Hoppity, and Floppity the Bunnies

Year: 1994 – 1998

Price: $50,000

TY Beanie Hippity Hoppity Floppity Set Ultra Rare 2 Can Tags INVESTMENT QUALITY
TY Beanie Hippity Hoppity Floppity Set Ultra Rare 2 Can Tags INVESTMENT QUALITY (Source: eBay)

Don’t the names have a nice ring to them? These floppy-eared bunnies are extremely rare Beanie Babies, riddled with multiple errors. While these errors make for high value in today’s market, they led to a short-lived existence back in the Nineties.

8. Snort

Year: 1995  

Price: $55,250

Ty Snort the Bull Beanie Baby 1995 ONE Tag ERROR PE Pellets
Ty Snort the Bull Beanie Baby 1995 ONE Tag ERROR PE Pellets (Source: eBay)

Snort the Red Bull (formerly Tabasco) had a rocky start following an almost lawsuit from the already existing Hot Sauce brand Tabasco. When Warner changed the name, he also made minor adjustments to the plushie.

While original Tabasco has red hooves, Snort’s hooves are white. So, even though the update would fetch you a little over $55,000, finding the original can earn you way more.

6. Curly Bear

Year: 1996 – 1998

Price: $60,000

Rare Find Sealed Curly Beanie Baby 93/96 Dates with Brown Nose
Rare Find Sealed Curly Beanie Baby 93/96 Dates with Brown Nose (Source: eBay)

Curly Bear was the ultimate “Thanks for Coming,” “Party Favor” at sporting events in the late Nineties. People who couldn’t get a Beanie Babies stuffed toy at the store were thrilled to get a second chance at sporting events.

Naturally, consumers didn’t mind paying exorbitant fees to attend games, provided it promised the chance of owning Beanie Babies Curly Bear.

6. Valentino/Valentina Bear

Year: 1995 – 1999

Price: $60,000

Valentino/Valentina Bear 
Valentino/Valentina Bear (Source: eBay)

People already went wild over Beanie Babies, then the manufacturer thought, “Why not make them go wilder?” introducing the Valentine’s Day special. God Forbid you forgot to get your lady love or child a Valentino/Valentina Bear on Feb. 14 between ’95 – ’99, you’d get an earful.

The Valentine’s Day special editions came in classic lover’s day colors with a White Bear with a Red ribbon bowtie holding a Red Heart. In 1999, the company tried a reverse color design of Red Bears and white hearts, but it didn’t last past the year.

You can still feel the impact of Valentino/Valentina Bears today as you find knock-offs and even quality imitations on the shelves at the mall.

5. Libhearty

Year: 1996

Price: $75,000

Libhearty  
Libhearty (Source: eBay)

This Patriotic Beanie Baby is a snow-white stuffed doll with a red ribbon around its neck and the US Star Spangled Banner on its left chest. It was a special 4th o July edition to mark Independence Day in 1996.

4. Digger the Crab

Year: 1995

Price: $100,000

ULTRA RARE 1 OF 1 DIGGER TY BEANIE BABY
ULTRA RARE 1 OF 1 DIGGER TY BEANIE BABY (Source: eBay)

This eight-legged Crustacean with large pincers has multiple errors making it payday for Beanie Babies collectors. First it has multiple stitching, wrong proportions, wrong tag placements, and spacing errors.

3. Baby Nut

Year: 1996  

Price: $156,000

Rare Retired Ty Original Beanie Baby Nut 1996 Style
Rare Retired Ty Original Beanie Baby Nut 1996 Style (Source: eBay)

Some Nuts the Squirrel Beanie Babies came with extra whiskers on either side – a very rare error that makes it a coveted collector’s toy. If you get the one with one of the legs longer, you’ve hit the jackpot.

2. Peace

Year: 1997-1999

Price: $179,000

Peace
Peace (Source: Etsy)

This multicolored tie/dye bear with a Peace symbol emblem embroidered on its chest existed for only three years. Ty Warner first distributed it as a souvenir at the Oakland A’s v Boston Red Sox baseball game in 1997.

What’s most interesting about this plush toy is that every Peace Beanie Baby has a unique color gradient on its body because they were handmade.

1. Princess Diana Bear

Year: 1997 – 1999

Price: $900,000

Princess Diana Bear 
Princess Diana Bear (Source: eBay)

When the beloved people’s Princess, Diana of the English monarchy, passed away in a tragic accident, Ty Warner created a special stuffed bear Princess as a tribute. The stuffed toy became an instant hit with the public – children and adults alike.

The Royal Purple stuffed toy had Princess Diana’s English Rose Emblem as its pedigree. Unlike the other Beanie Babies, Princess Bear doesn’t have PVC pellets, yet it’s among the most valuable models ever created.

Perhaps it was the marketing pitch from the company offering its proceeds to Princess Diana’s Memorial Fund, or it was the idea of owning memorabilia of the people’s Princess that’ll never wave at children again. Whichever the reason, it worked in Princess Bears favor.

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It’s not surprising that most Beanie Babies stuffed toys were riddled with errors because the demand was at an all-time high requiring rapid supply. In a bid to meet that growing market demand, the company mass-produced in a rush leading to errors.

How to Value Beanie Babies

Valuing Beanie Babies is a learnable art. Simply follow these six basic rules;

Classification by groups

Because there were so many Beanie Babies, collectors grouped them into two broad categories: Common and Special-Editions. You probably already guessed that the latter brings in higher value due to its unique features and rarity.

Complete tags

Complete tags

Getting a stuffed Beanie Babies toy with a complete tag is one of the most accurate identifications you can get. Beanie Babies come with two tags – hang (ear) and tush (bottom) – which must match each other. They contain every information concerning the item.

The value depreciates once a tag is missing because that’s one less authenticity guarantee.

Stuffing content

Beanie Babies with fewer PVC pellets are worth more because they make the plush toys easy to maneuver. You have to feel the toy between your hands to determine its stuffing content. Also, based on the preceding explanation, you can try positioning it instead.

Certificate of authenticity (COA)

Obtaining a COA is the best alternative to losing your Beanie Babies tags, and it’s a reinforcement if your tags are intact. Either way, you can’t go wrong with a COA.

It’s especially important because Beanie Babies are so ingrained in the American DNA that selling a counterfeit is a crime. So, play it safe and consult a licensed appraiser, so you don’t fall prey to fake COA too.

Historical importance

Provenance is the reason limited-editions are the most valuable Beanie Babies ever. What special occasion marked the production of your model? Who owned it before the sale? These are the value-driving factors you must consider.

The condition of the listed Beanie Baby?

As much as special Beanie Babies are worth thousands of dollars, the condition can make or break its bottom line. The highest condition level is Mint which means every aspect necessary for valuation is intact.

Next is Near Mint, with slight wear and tear on the tags, then, Excellent (creased tags), Very Good (Missing or Worn Tags), Excessively Handled or Damaged (Missing Tags with worn fabrics).

Condition is important because Beanie Babies with intact tags have the highest value.

Concluding Thoughts

Before you rush to get your collection of Beanie Babies out of the attic, we have to warn you not every model fetches a high value. Only rare plushies with unique errors are worth thousands of dollars.

Also, note that Beanie Babies in the five and six-figure range are uncommon, so lower your expectations. Here are some key points to help you with a quick assessment;

  • Beanie Babies with fewer PVC pellets are higher-valued.
  • Princess Diana has been the most expensive model for the longest time, and
  • Complete tush and hang tags make perfect authentications because they’re detailed.

FAQs

How much are Beanie Babies Worth?

Beanie Babies are only worth as much as a buyer is willing to pay. That’s why the best way to determine its value is to check the Sold section of Auction sites. Typically, you can buy a new Beanie Baby for as low as $5 – $10, but the classic original models are the real cash cows. The auction at five figures and rare ones can reach six figures.

Where to Sell Beanie Babies

The most ideal place to sell a Beanie Baby is on eBay – after all, that’s where the craze originated in the Nineties. Alternatively, you can auction them on other online marketplaces like Etsy or collectors’ conventions.

Your sale location is important because it determines your audience since we already said a Beanie Baby is only worth as much as the buyer is willing to pay.

Why are Beanie Babies So Expensive?

Ty Warner released each model in limited supplies at select stores sidestepping popular chains like Walmart and Toys R Us. Collectors spent time looking for discontinued editions or trying to be the first to get new models in a bid to resell them at higher values.

Added to that, Ty Inc. christened each model with unique names, poems, and birthdays, making them relatable to the consumer.

The evolution of the internet only increased the value with the discovery of secondary markets like eBay. Today, the most valuable Beanie Babies cost so much because of their rich history and significance.

2 thoughts on “25 Most Valuable Beanie Babies: Value and Price Guide”

  1. hello my name is zach and i came across my parents beanie babys collection thats never been played with and i noticed you have a “25 RAREST BEANIE BABYS AND PRICE GUIDE” and i have some of those beanie babys you listed so i was wondering would you be intereted in buying my RARE beanie babys?

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  2. How do I find buyers? I have over forty (40) of the Beanies listed on the top 25 least. Also, where can it get AUDTHENTICIATION? My wife died Xmas Eve and her collection may be worth something. Anxious to sell!!!!
    Dean Fabro (925)409-7440

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