The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute by Zac BissonnetteIn the annals of consumer crazes, nothing compares to Beanie Babies. With no advertising or big-box distribution, creator Ty Warner - an eccentric college dropout - become a billionaire in just three years. And it was all thanks to collectors.
The end of the craze was just as swift and extremely devastating, with rare Beanie Babies deemed worthless as quickly as theyd once been deemed priceless.
Bissonnette draws on hundreds of interviews (including a visit to a man who lives with his 40,000 Ty products and an in-prison interview with a guy who killed a coworker over a Beanie Baby debt) for the first book on the most extraordinary craze of the 1990s.
Top 10 Most Expensive Beanie Babies
How much is the Princess Diana Beanie Baby worth? Sadly, not $500,000
It's hard to forget the impact that the Princess Diana Beanie Baby had when it first came out. Introduced in October and released in December , the adorable purple plush bear served as a comfort to countless fans grieving the loss of the beloved royal just months after her death. The fact that the toy benefitted the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund only further stirred interest and excitement. More than two decades after the princess passed away, people today are still interested in the Princess Diana Beanie Baby and its mysterious value. Some are listed for thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.
There seems to be a problem serving the request at this time. In the second week of December , retailers who received the first shipment were limited to only 12 of the bears, leading vendors and collectors to think it was a limited edition and causing a holiday buying frenzy. When the company introduced the charity Beanie in , Ty never planned to offer a limited edition. They wanted the toy in stores by Christmas, but they needed approval from the managers of the memorial fund before they could start production. This was the only reason that each retailer was given only a dozen bears in December of that year. From the end of December to the early part of , the Beanie made its debut in Europe and Canada. Counterfeits were sold on the market as authentic.
Current Princess Beanie Baby Values
Princess is one of the most hotly debated Beanies that Ty has ever produced. This all stems from some enterprising individuals who attempted to change the facts to suit their needs and to falsely inflate prices. Many other sellers over the years have unknowingly followed suit. Unfortunately Ty Beanie Baby Princess is not worth thousands of dollars. Most of the stories out there raise the hopes of so many people. What is my Princess worth? We are not sure people even care anymore about the backstory.
Princess Diana Beanie Babies were created as a tribute to the Princess of Wales after her death in by toy company TY and are now worth a fortune. But through all the memorials and tributes dedicated to her, one of the most unusual and most valuable objects that pay tribute to the late Diana Spencer is a limited edition Beanie Baby created by TY and sold months after her death. In case you have a Princess Diana Beanie Baby hiding in your stash and are unsure here's what to look out for. They are deep purple with a white rose embroidered on the left side of the bear and a purple ribbon tied around the neck. Some Beanie Baby collectors even have the original tag still attached with the original dedication to Princess Diana written inside. Read more: This is the tragic reason Prince Philip walked behind Diana's coffin.
During the past 12 - 24 months on eBay there has been an ongoing scam with various sellers attempting to fool novice buyers into believing all Ty swing tags with errors are highly valuable. In almost all cases, tags with errors are printed in large volumes and they are not rare. Which means of course, they are not valuable either. Note 1: Values shown in this table apply to a Princess in like-new condition with mint swing and tush tags. Princess without a swing tag or a detached tag is worth only one or two dollars for souvenir purposes.