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Becky Phillips & Becky Estenssoro

- About the Book

BEANIE MANIA:
A Comprehensive Collector's Guide

by Becky Phillips and Becky Estenssoro
Published by Dinomates, Inc.

Beanie Mania is sweeping the world! This book will help you catch Beanie Fever and join the many thousands of other people who collect the cutest toy ever made: Beanie Babies! What makes these toys so collectable? Besides being adored by children everywhere, Beanie Babies are prized by collectors because of the way they're marketed and made. Each year, Beanie Baby manufacturer Ty Incorporated "retires" a certain number of Beanie Baby models and introduces new ones. Ty also restricts the supply of Beanie Babies by selling them only through selected outlets.

The restricted supply of Beanie Babies, and the fact that many models are taken out of production, has created an exuberant secondary market for these cuddly collectibles. And that's not all -- manufacturing oddities and defects have added to the value of many Beanie Babies. Ty's never-ending quest to improve Beanie Babies has resulted in name changes, color changes, and design changes that all add value for collectors. Even the tags that come attached to Beanie Babies are extremely important to collectors. Since they first appeared in 1993, Beanie Babies have fueled a collecting craze that gets more sophisticated each year and shows no signs of slowing down.

That's why BEANIE MANIA is the essential guide for collectors and anyone else who just loves these little toys! The authors have a complete collection of Beanie Babies, which they lovingly document through gorgeous full-color photography in BEANIE MANIA. Page after glorious page documents the history of Beanie Babies, including color photos of prototypes, manufacturing abnormalities, subtle changes in coloring and style. Beanie Baby tags are also lovingly chronicled and displayed, along with Ty catalogs and other Beanieobilia. The book includes numerous checklists for collectors to use, along with current values and a one year price history for all retired Beanie Babies.

BEANIE MANIA is exactly what you would expect from a quality collector's guide: fanatical, detailed, accurate, lovingly devoted to every aspect of the Beanie Baby phenomenon. The book has become a collector's item itself, and is updated with each reprinting, assuring you will get the latest information about these remarkable toys, including:

  • A complete history and description, including professional
    color photographs, of every retired and redesigned Beanie
    Baby, and Beanie Baby prototypes.
  • Current values and a one year price history of all retired
    Beanie Babies.
  • Heart and tush tag chronology, photos and descriptions for
    all retired and current Beanie Babies.
  • Pages and pages of information packed charts, with Beanie
    Baby birth dates, retired dates and much more.
  • Beanie Baby trivia, such as Beanie Baby "mistakes,"
    (mistagged Beanies, tag misprints, manufacturing oddities,
    etc).
  • Collector fill-in charts, so you can keep track of your own
    collection.
  • A discussion of promotional events - McDonald's Teenie
    Beanie Babies and the Chicago Cubs Beanie Babies Opening Day.
    Includes descriptions and photographs of the Teenie Beanie
    Babies.
  • The authors' own Collectibility Ranking of each retired
    Beanie Baby.
  • Fully indexed for easy access to information.
  • And much, much more!

 

Copyright 1997 by Dinomates, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Please do not duplicate or distribute this file without permission from Dinomates, Inc. Reprint requests should be e-mailed to . Thank You!

 

- Excerpt

 

BEANIE MANIA:
A Comprehensive Collector's Guide

By Becky Phillips and Becky Estenssoro

INTRODUCTION

This price list is taken from the "Beanie Mania Bulletin," a newsletter published by the authors of the book, BEANIE MANIA: A Comprehensive Collector's Guide. For more information about the book, the newsletter, and the authors, please see the end of this file.

This current price list is based on the typical price range that the majority of collectors are paying for a specific
retired Beanie Baby. This information has been gathered from a variety of sources, including the authors' personal experiences with buying and selling at collectors shows and
online.

These prices are for Beanie Babies and tags that are in mint condition. If a heart tag (hang tag) is missing, the price is 50% off the going price of that Beanie Baby. If both the hang and the tush tags are missing, the price is up to 75% off the value of the Beanie Baby. If the heart tag (hang tag) is
creased, this must be noted by the seller and the price discounted according to the condition of the tag. A slight
crease would result in a 15% discount off the price of the Beanie Baby, to as high as 50% off if it is a mangled tag. All this information should be discussed between the seller and buyer, before a purchase is made.


Retired Beanie Baby Pricing List

By Becky Phillips and Becky Estenssoro

Retired Beanie Baby Pricing List
Beanie Baby Value as of 11/17/97

Ally, the alligator $15-$25
Bessie, the brown and white cow $20-$35
Bongo, the monkey with tan tail / b/w tush tag $100-$125
Bongo, the monkey with brown tail / red tush tag/no name $50-$75
Bongo, the monkey with tan tail / red tush tag/no name $35-$50
Bronty, the brontosaurus $450-$550
Brownie, the brown bear $1,000-$1,300
Bubbles, the black and yellow fish $45-$60
Bumble, the bee (third version heart tag) $300-$350
Bumble, the bee (fourth version heart tag) $350-$400
Caw, the crow $350-$400
Chilly, the polar bear $850-$950
Chops, the lamb $65-$85
Commemorative Card & Cubbie (May) $100-$125
Commemorative Card & Cubbie (Sept) $75-$100
Coral, the tie-dyed fish $70-$90
Derby, the fine mane horse $750-$1,000
Digger, the orange crab $350-$450
Digger, the red crab $40-$55
Dinosaur Set (Bronty, Rex and Steg) $1,100-$1,400
Doodle ( * ) $30-$45
Flash, the dolphin $45-$60
Flip, the white cat $30-$45
Flutter, the butterfly $500-$600
Garcia, the tye-dyed bear $55-$75
Grunt, the razorback pig $95-$120
Happy, the gray hippo $350-$450
Hoot, the owl $15-$25
Humphrey, the camel $900-$1,000
Inch, the inchworm with felt antennae $85-$110
Inky the tan octopus (without a mouth)
(first and second heart tag) $400-$500
Inky the tan octopus (with a mouth) $350-$450
Kiwi, the toucan $75-$100
Lefty, the donkey with American flag $115-$130
Legs, the frog $15-$25
Libearty/Beanie, the white bear with American flag $125-$140
Libearty/Beanie, the white bear with American flag $115-$130
Lizzy, the tie-dyed Lizzy $425-$525
Lucky, the ladybug with 7 felt dots $90-$110
Lucky, the ladybug with 21 small dots $325-$425
Manny, the manatee $85-$110
Maple, the Canadian bear with Canadian flag
(Pride tush tag) $350-$450
Mystic, the fine mane unicorn $125-$175
Nana, the monkey with tan tail / b/w tush tag $1,200-$1,500
Nip, the all gold cat with pink ears (no white on paws) $650-$750
Nip, the gold cat with white on face and belly $275-$350
Patti, deep fuchsia $650-$850
Patti, the platypus (raspberry) $600-$700
Patti, the platypus (magenta) $500-$600
Peanut, the royal blue elephant $1,900-$2,300
Peking, the panda bear $800-$900
Punchers, the red lobster $1,000-$1,200
Quacker, the duck with no wings $1,200-$1,400
Radar, the bat $75-$100
Rex, the tyrannosaurus $350-$400
Righty, the elephant with American flag $115-$130
Seamore, the seal $50-$75
Slither, the snake $800-$900
Sly, the fox, with brown belly $75-$100
Sparky, the Dalmatian $45-$60
Speedy, the turtle $15-$25
Splash, the whale $45-$55
Spook, the ghost $125-$175
Spot, black and white dog without the spot $1,200-$1,400
Spot, the black and white dog with the spot $20-$30
Steg, the stegosaurus $350-$450
Sting, the stingray $85-$100
Stripes, the orange and black tiger $200-$250
Tabasco, the red bull $125-$175
Tank, the armadillo 7 line (old tag) $100-$125
Tank, the armadillo 9 line (new star tag) (no shell) $100-$150
Tank, the armadillo with shell $35-$65
Teddy, old face-brown $1,000-$1,400
Teddy, old face-cranberry $750-$950
Teddy, old face-jade $700-$900
Teddy, old face-magenta $700-$900
Teddy, old face-teal $700-$900
Teddy, old face-violet $700-$900
Teddy, new face-brown $45-$75
Teddy, new face-cranberry $750-$950
Teddy, new face-jade $750-$950
Teddy, new face-magenta $750-$950
Teddy, new face-teal $900-$1,100
Teddy, new face-violet $900-$1,100
Trap, the mouse $550-$650
Tuck, the walrus $70-$90
Tusk, the walrus $60-$75
Velvet, the panther $15-$25
Web, the spider $600-$700
Zip, the all black cat with pink ears
(no white on paws) $1,200-$1,400
Zip, the black cat with white face and belly $300-$375

( * ) Even though the Rooster has not been officially
retired, the name "Doodle" has been retired and changed to
"Strut."

Manufacturing Oddities
Beanie Baby Value as of 11/17/97

Inky, with 7 legs $200-$300
Inky, with 9 legs $200-$300
Lefty, with no flag $200-$300
Lefty, with the flag upside down $200-$250
Libearty, with no flag $200-$300
Libearty, with the flag upside down $200-$250
Maple, with no flag $200-$300
Maple, with the flag upside down $175-$225
Righty, with no flag $200-$300
Righty, with the flag upside down $200-$250
Stripes, the orange and black tiger, with fuzzy-belly $250-$400

McDonald's Teenie Beanies
Teenie Beanie Value as of 11/17/97

Patti $9-$12
Pinky $12-$15
Chops $9-$12
Chocolate $9-$12
Goldie $7-$10
Speedy $7-$10
Seamore $7-$10
Snort $6-$8
Quacks $6-$8
Lizz $6-$8
Teenie Beanie Sets $60-$85

Copyright 1997 by Dinomates, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Please do not duplicate or distribute this file without permission from Dinomates, Inc. Reprint requests should be e-mailed to . Thank You!

About the Author

Becky Phillips and Becky Estenssoro are avid Beanie Baby collectors. Their authoritative "Price Guide" (posted weekly on the Beanie Mom web site) is relied upon by Beanie Baby collectors and traders all over the world. They have thoroughly researched the subject of Beanie Babies and are acknowledged experts. They have spoken on numerous radio talk shows across the country and have attended numerous collector's shows. "Our writing of BEANIE MANIA has been a work of passion and we are excited to present it to you!"

 

 

 

 


Copyright 1997 by Dinomates, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Please do not duplicate or distribute this file without permission from Dinomates, Inc. Reprint requests should be e-mailed to . Thank You!

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