Ty Beanie Babies

Supply and demand come into play on value

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It's hard to believe how long it's been since Beanie Babies first burst onto the toy and collectibles scene. They weren't instantly popular, but they did wind up being popular for a long time.

From standing in long lines in the 1990s for the latest Beanie Babies to the surplus of Beanies today, the bottom line is they're still collectible—just not to the wild collecting crazy extent they once were. You're not going to fund your kids' college tuition on the proceeds—unless, of course, you have a few sets of the originals, which might pay for a few years' worth of books.

Here's a roundup of resources and a few fun facts (and cute images) thrown in for good measure.

8 Uses for Old Beanie Babies

Red Beanie Baby bear

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You can't sell them, your kids or grandkids don't want any more. So what do you do with those bins of Beanies you have in the closet? Explore a few ideas, some crafty, some not, of what to do with all those cheap but still cute critters.

Where Should I Sell My Beanie Babies?

Beanie Baby bears

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FAQ: I have quite a few of mint condition Beanie Babies. Whom can I sell them to?

The short answer, of course, is the more directly you can sell to the perfect buyer, the better your return. Selling to a dealer gets you a wholesale price, as a dealer marks up inventory to cover costs. Selling online will find you a wide audience, but they may be bargain hunters, if your item is relatively common. Rarity will, of course, bring you the best value.

Beanie Babies: eBay Sold Prices

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eBay sellers can still make a tidy sum on some select Beanie Babies.

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The wives of PGA Tour golfers sell stuffed Beanie Babies to rsie money for charity during final round play July 11, 2004 at the PGA Tour John Deere Classic.

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Wives of professional athletes often get involved in raising money for charitable causes, and PGA golfers' wives are no exception. They partnered with Ty in the early 2000s to create a special fund-raising bear to support their causes, which were sold for only $5.

Ty Supports America's Men and Women in Uniform

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100 percent of the profits from the sales of the Hero Beanie Baby went to the United Service Organizations (USO).

Roger Federer Beanie Baby

Roger Federer Beanie Baby

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He's not only ranked among the top players in the tennis world and is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador—he's known to Ty Beanie Baby collectors as the Feder-Bear!

Patriotic Beanies

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Here's a small sampling of some patriotic Beanie Babies from Ty—no, not all Beanies are bears—including a British bear, too. Whether you're a Democrat or Republican, you can't deny the cuteness.

A Look Back at Ty Lawsuits

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Don't use the word Beanie! In June 1999, eBay had to make the following announcement: "We are in the process of re-naming the "Toys and Beanies Plush" category to "Toys and Bean Bag Plush." But it's not the only company Ty has had to fight over its trademarked term Beanie. It also has gone to court with companies (such as Target) over the manufacture of knockoff products.