One of the most popular items to collect in the 1990s and 2000s were Beanie Babies:
They made perfect gifts for loved ones and wherever you went, from theme parks to museums, souvenir shops were stuffed full of them.
For those who started buying in the 90s, you should look through your Beanie Baby collection as you might just have something surprisingly valuable.
These are the 10 most expensive Beanie Babies to buy (or sell) today:
10. Humphrey the Camel – $1,200
Humphrey the Camel was first launched in 1993 and was part of the original nine Beanie Babies. And over the years, there have been many different versions of Humphrey the Camel.
The original Humphrey was the first Beanie Baby to retire on June 15, 1995. And was discontinued in 1998.
Today, Humphrey the Camel could fetch you nearly $1,200. A rare Humphrey the Camel with its rear leg sewn on backward can very well bring in even more.
Be warned, there are many counterfeit Humphrey Beanie Babies on the market.
9. Nana the Monkey – $4,000
When launched, Nana the Monkey was only known as Nana, but this Beanie Baby was renamed Bongo in 1995:
However, the first Nana and the first Bongo babies were the same. Like a couple of other Beanie Babies, there is a widespread counterfeiting problem with Nana the Monkey.
If you have an authentic Nana the Monkey, then it could be worth nearly $4,000.
8. Iggy the Iguana – $5,000 to $15,000
Iggy the Iguana is available in various colors, including pastel, tie-dye, blue, and neon. With so many color variants, it is easy to get confused about whether you have an authentic Iggy or not.
However, if you do have a rare Iggy with a Quackers tag on the underside, it can fetch you a cool $5,000.
What’s more, if you have an Iggy that has no writing at all inside the label, it might just be worth a whopping $15,000.
7. Snort the Red Bull – $6,000
This cute red bull was originally named Tabasco, but Ty had to change the name owing to trademark infringement with the hot sauce company.
There are certain minor differences between the original Tabasco bull and Snort. Tabasco’s hooves are entirely red, while Snort the Red Bull has white hooves.
For either version of this Beanie Baby, you could easily earn over $6,000.
6. Gobbles the Turkey – $7,000
A mint condition Gobbles the Turkey can be sold for nearly $7,000.
In recent times, an almost new 1996 version of Gobbles sold for $6,667. 1996 is an important year for Gobbles, as it is the launch (birth) year of this Beanie Baby.
5. Hope – $16,000
The Hope Beanie Baby is a simple golden praying bear, but it is worth a whopping $16,000.
The bear has its eyes closed, and there is a poem written inside the tag at the back.
Hope Bears Beanie’s style number is #4213, and it was launched in 1998.
4. Jolly – $75,000
Jolly the Walrus launched in 1997 and retired just one year after.
This short production time for a Beanie Baby makes Jolly one of the most valuable. Serious collectors will pay around $75,000 to have it in their collection.
3. Batty – $125,000
With Batty the Beanie Baby we’re getting into life-changing amounts of money.
Batty the Bat can be worth up to $125,000:
The caveat: You’ll need the ultra-rare manufacturing defect version which included an extra foot to hit six figures.
2. Bubbles – $129,000
One of the most famous Beanie Babies (and most valuable) is the fish Bubbles:
A good condition Bubbles made in 1996 can be worth around $129,000.
However, there are many versions of Bubbles on the market. And it is the manufacturing error-laden Bubbles that is worth six figures.
1. Peace Bear (9 inches & 15 inches), Ringo the Raccoon, and Bones the Dog – $159,000
Peace Bear (two sizes), Ringo the Raccoon, and Bones the Dog make up a quartet that are the most valuable Beanie Babies amongst collectors.
Each of these Beanie Babies is valuable in its own right, for instance, the 9″ Peace Bear can fetch $5,000:
However, the four bear set is worth a life-changing amount of around $159,000 if bundled together.