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The Top 10 Rarest Beanie Babies

Updated on October 24, 2012

Remember Beanie Babies?

They were the craze that swept across the globe. Those loveable bean-filled creatures that everyone had to have and collect. But which were the ones that were the most sought after?

There are a number of things that make a Beanie Baby rare. Mistakes in manufacturing significantly increases value, misspellings of the name that were quickly corrected make the Beanie Babies with the incorrect spelling more valuable and changes in name entirely make those with the original name incredibly rare. Colour changes can dramatically increase the rarity of those with the original colour.

Some Beanie Babies were made as part of a limited edition so these automatically become more sought after.

Condition also has a massive part to play in how valuable a Beanie Baby is. If the Beanie Baby is in mint condition this is when it's at it's most valuable, and so if the swing tag is creased this can decrease it's worth by half! An original 1st generation Beanie Baby is hard to find with the swing tag still attached, let alone in mint condition, as most of these were removed in order for children to play with.

So now to introduce you to ten Beanie Babies that all collectors want to get their hands on.

1. Derby the Fine Mane Horse

Derby was made in four different variations: fine mane with no star, coarse mane with no star, coarse mane with a star and fluffy mane with a star. The latter three were very common, but the fine mane variety is one of the rarest Beanie Babies available. This version featured twenty strands of fine yarn on it's mane. This was later changed to only eight strands when the coarse mane Derby the Horse was introduced. The fine mane Derby fetches a large amount at auction.

2. Nana the Monkey

Nana was a cute little brown monkey with a tan coloured tail. Nana's name was later changed to "Bongo" which made those with the original Nana tags highly collectable because of their limited production.

3. Brownie the Bear

Brownie was one of the "original nine" Beanie Babies that were ever released. The small brown bear was one of the first to have a name change as he was later renamed "Cubbie". Those with the original Brownie tags are highly sought after by collectors and incredibly hard to find.

4. Peanut the Royal Blue Elephant

Peanut was originally produced from a Royal Blue colour material. Because the colour had been an "error in production", it was taken off the market to be replaced with a lighter blue version of the elephant. The Peanut in the Royal Blue colour is considered one of the rarest and most valuable Beanie Babies ever made.

5. Humphrey the Camel

Humphrey the Camel was one of only 25,000 ever made making him pretty hard to get your hands on. If you were to find him at auction or on the secondary market he would set you back a fair amount of money.

6. Quackers the Duck Without Wings

Quackers was originally produced without wings. About 780 of these were shipped and sold before the wingless Quackers was taken off the market and replaced with a Quackers that included the missing wings. A wingless Quackers is one that collectors desperately want to add to their collection and is worth a lot of money when sold at auction.

7. Spot the Dog Without a Spot

Spot was strangely first released without a spot. This version quickly disappeared from the shelves and another version that included a spot took it's place. The spotless Spot the Dog is very rare due to it's limited production and you'll be hard pressed to find one at all, let alone in mint condition.

8. Punchers the Lobster

Punchers was one of the "original nine" Beanie Babies that entered the market. Later, apparently due to an spelling error, his name was changed to Pinchers, making the Beanie Babies with the original Punchers tag very valuable indeed.

9. Peking the Panda

Peking the Panda was introduced in 1994 and instead of the regular black button eyes that most Beanie Babies had, his were made from cloth. The difference in eyes, and because very few mint condition Peking the Pandas are left in existence, is what makes him highly collectable and worth a considerable amount at auction and on the secondary market.

10. Teddy the Bear with Old Style Face

Teddy the bear was released with two different faces, and old and a new style. There were also six different colours to choose from: brown, magenta, teal, cranberry, violet and jade. The brown version with the old face is one of those most valuable Beanie Babies available and highly sought after by collectors.

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      mrshyguy 3 years ago

      sweet i have a nana

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      grandbop 4 years ago

      Incorrect use of "it's" as an adjective. It is a contraction of a verb ("it is".)

      The apostrophe is misplaced and superfluous, in addition to

      being incorrect.

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      beaniepedia 4 years ago

      @fondaf2: Wow that's awesome! Is he the old or new face bear?

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      beaniepedia 4 years ago

      @benlvsbeinmessygibson: Valentino with the misspelled tag is probably worth about £5-6. You could try to sell it on eBay, but there isn't as much demand as there was in their heyday. But eBay would probably be your best bet

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      fondaf2 4 years ago

      I have a Jade beanie baby bear he don't have a hang tag and he has a tush tag he was a gift when in hospital.

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      benlvsbeinmessygibson 4 years ago

      i have an original misspelled Valentino origiinal ty beanie baby with original tag and outer plastic thingy how much would it be worth and were could i possible sell it in England

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      beaniepedia 5 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: I remember when I saw Humphrey the Camel for about £5. I'm kicking myself that I didn't buy it...

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      I do remember when beanie babies were a bit of a "mania". I would have been hard pressed to figure out which would be considered the rarest today. Some of these on the list are actually surprising to me.