The most valuable beanie babies have lived on in demand long after the fad has died down. While it must in all fairness be noted that getting a top sales price for any of these is pretty difficult these days, there are still collectors shelling out big money for top of the line beanie babies to this day. Whether you have big money potentially waiting for you in that pile of old beanie babies is speculative at best, and in all honesty a bit unlikely, but the potential is there.
As the beanie baby craze died down two significant things happened to shape the current market for them today. There is no doubt concerning that fact that one factor is many beanie babies wound up in the garbage as kids outgrow them, as chew toys for pets, or just went to pieces from general neglect. The second factor is purely speculative, but it was long rumored that many wound up being destroyed at the warehouse. As the story goes, TY, the manufacturers for beanie babies, had a supply with no demand and rather than continue to pay to warehouse them simply discarded whatever they couldn't sell to other toy companies minus the famous beanie baby TY tag.
Whatever the truth is surrounding that scenario, it at the least seems reasonable that it could have occurred as Mattel, Hasbro, and countless other manufacturers have done the same thing. It must also be noted that the prices supplied are the high end value for beanies that are in perfect condition, stuffed animals and tags as well. It also goes without saying that these were counterfeited at an alarming rate while at the height of the craze, so be sure to match the characteristics of any beanie baby and its tags against a reputable guide to insure authenticity.
At number ten is Spot the Dog. before you get too excited, you need the variation of Spot which was produced without a spot. Over four million regular Spot babies were made, but only about 1,500 slipped through quality control. With that in mind it is understandable you'll likely never see one, and equally understandable it's price goes for around $1,900.
Peking Panda weighs in at number nine with a value of around $2,000. The draw to Peking Panda is and always has been the fact that it is the only genuine beanie baby that was ever produced which had eyes made from felt instead of black beads. he isn't easy to find, but he can be tracked down and is always a popular seller due to being so unique compared to all other beanies.
Quacker the Duck is another mistake that slipped out. The Quacker that carries value is the one which has no wings. Only 780 of these made it to the public which explains it's $2,000 price tag. The problem is many people tried pulling the wings off of a regular Quacker and tried to pass them off as the error. Some are very skillful, but the answer to authenticity always lies in the fact the fakes have seams, even if well hidden where the wings used to be.
Humphrey the Camel is the beanie baby people really do have that is worth money. Humphrey goes for around $2,000 and had a production run of only 25,000 units. Why Humphrey has remained so popular is still a mystery, but for some reason he sells as easily as any beanie baby ever produced and consistently brings in a big sale price.
At number six is Derby the Fine mane Horse. Again, this is another example of a variation although this one was not an error. The original run of Derby contained a mane made of twenty strands of hair. To cut costs TY later changed the production model to make the mane for Derby out of only eight strands. Far more eight strand models were produced of course, and the original Derby therefore holds a significantly higher value, somewhere in the range of $2,200.
At number five is the "Old face Teddy." Teddy was always a curiosity as his tag offered neither a birthday nor a poem about him, the only one known to have followed that model. Also, Teddy was made with a "Victorian teddy bear" face which consisted of a triangle nose. he isn't impossible to find, but it takes a lot of legwork to track him down. Currently Teddy is valued at about $2,800, but some reports have him as high as $3,000.
Brownie the Brown Bear is number four. Brownie was one of the original nine beanie babies. He was later renamed "Cubbie" and looks exactly the same, except the tag is different. Due to limited production and the the fact it was an original baby, demand for Brownie has never waned and holds a value of as much as $3,600.
While most collectors know all about Pinchers the lobster, what they don't realize is hat due to a misprint his original name was "Punchers." Punchers was one of the original babies as well and as he was corrected later his production run is extremely limited. Add in that like many of the original beanies tags were regularly ripped off of them and he is about as rare a find as it gets. As such his value is estimated at around $3,800.
Nana the Monkey was one of the earliest beanies around and was also later re-released as Bongo. Nana was one of the most popular of the line when released and has always held a high demand regardless of how long the craze has been dead. Some consider Nana to be the toughest to find in pristine condition as it was so cute kids couldn't help but play with it and cause normal wear. A mint sample of Nana still commands a price of somewhere in the neighborhood of $4,000.
The holy grail of beanies is and always has been Peanut the Royal Blue Elephant. The story behind Peanut is that the fabric used to make the first 2,000 was mistakenly threaded and therefore Peanut was made royal blue rather than the much lighter bluish gray shade of all future models. This was an instant sensation when released that skyrocketed to prices near $3,000 and has only gone up in value to around $4,500 today.
Whether you have any of these in your collection is definitely worth looking into. Some of these are in actuality fairly easy to find like Humphrey, and with the craze long dead, they can often be purchased in thrift stores and yard sales for next to nothing. The simple fact is that aside from die hard collectors, nobody keeps track of the value of these anymore and considers them worthless wastes of space. Let their negativity be motivation for your positive profit!