Beanie Babies® Values And Trivia

Collecting Beanie Babies® can be a challenge, especially trying to locate the older ones. Even though the value does flunctuate, it is a good idea to protect them either in a curio or in acrylic boxes.

How about some beanie baby trivia? (See end of article for answers)

1. Which Beanie do you think is Ty Warner's pet?

2. What Beanie shows all of its teeth?

3. What beanie's name is spelled the same backwards and forwards?

4. The first Beanie was manufactured in what country?

5. What was the reason the Victorian-Faced Teddies were retired?

6. Where and how are Beanie Babies® made?

7. Where were Beanie Babies® first introduced?

It is so easy to start collecting these soft and cuddly creatures. One glance and you are hooked. You purchase one and soon it becomes an obsession to people of all ages. I think it is a good idea to purchase the ones that you like. Just remember you cannot buy them all at once. The collectors that I've talked to said that it is the "˜thrill of the chase' finding not only the ones that you want, but also those you do not want. Avid collectors are those people that check stores quite frequently for new additions to their collection. It has now become a challenge.

Do not get in a hurry to purchase Beanie Babies® when they are first released. If you are patient the prices will decrease. Beanies that are retired after a month of so after their release, will be worth more than a beanie that has been on the market eight or nine months. Just be careful because there are many copycats. Always make sure the "˜Ty' name is on tush and hang tags. Also be aware there are variations to some of the Beanie Babies®. Variations occur because after they were introduced they were changed (possibly wings were added), color was changed so they would look better, or some were released as mistakes.

It will give you joy to watch your collection come together. On that note, you may want to consider where you will display your Beanie Babies®. Keeping them in a safe place and protected would be a concern. If at all possible, I would recommend a curio cabinet.

I would also recommend that you pay close attention to the hang or tush tag. Make sure the Beanie Babies® have the Ty symbol. Make sure that the hang tag, which is a little red tag, is kept attached to the beanie baby. To be a true collector, keep this tag in mint condition. There are very nice tag protectors to put over the hang tag. This will keep them clean, free from creases or tears. Just remember that if the hang tag is damaged or missing, the value of the beanie baby will be reduced by 50%.

The tush tag is made of material and is located on the bottom of the beanie. You will notice this tag has the Ty trademark (which is very important), the material content of the beanie, and the name of the beanie.

I would recommend preserving the Beanie Babies® if you are going to keep them for any length of time. Their fabric and the pellets in their bodies should be kept away from heat, light, humidity, and air pollutants. Do not keep them in sealed plastic bags or any type of bags. You can purchase beanie baby plastic acrylic boxes for safekeeping. It may be a good idea to purchase some acid free material to wrap around the beanies before inserting them into the plastic acrylic boxes.

The original Teddies that have the old face are worth between $300 and $400 each. Some beanies have been through more than one change. Of course, the value would also increase.

I would recommend subscribing to "˜Beanie Collector' magazine to keep updated on current prices. There are also web sites available to help you select these lovable creatures. To be a true collector, you should do your research in selecting beanies.

Answers to trivia questions:

1. Nip, the cat

2. Crunch, the shark

3. Radar, the bat

4. Korea

5. They were considered ugly.

6. Made in Korea, Indonesia, and China by hand.

7. Chicago area

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