Any respectable child of the '90s is all too familiar with Beanie Babies. These little pvc pellet-stuffed animals were the coveted presents for every birthday and holiday and a point of pride for after school play dates (you know you collected the mini collectibles from McDonalds too). I was even so caught up in the frenzy I dragged my family to a beanie baby conference (yes, I was that child and yes, those exist).
Even though the craze has died down, collectors continue to covet after rare Beanie Babies, in particular those with spelling mistakes, making them worth thousands of dollars. Nothing says collectors item like Pinchers the Lobster with a tag error that said Punchers! Sites like Ebay and Etsy have sellers posting Beanie Babies for thousands of dollars with the tag error stuffed animals listed as limited editions. Good thing my parents decided to sell the Disney VHS tapes and keep the Beanie Babies in a massive (we're talking way too many Beanie Babies) storage container in the garage. Looks like we're sitting on a mini fortune out there. Check out these 10 valuable Beanie Babies we've rounded up and profit off your childhood obsession (I definitely plan to).
10. Patti the Platypus
Patti was one of the original 9 Beanie Babies that launched in 1993. The magenta Patti is the most sought after version, so make sure you have the right color, any other shade of Patti is pretty much worthless.
Price: $19,500, purchase Patti here.
9. Princess Bear
Named for Diana, Princess of Wales, this little purple bear was an immediate and sought after hit. True story, when I was struggling financially in college I asked to loan some money from my dad and he mailed me this Princess Diana Beanie Baby instead. I never cashed it in and, if Ebay values it at $600,000, clearly that was a missed opportunity.
Price: $600,000, purchase Princess Bear here.
8. Claude the Crab
Nothing personifies a tie-dye crab quite like a French name, n'est pas? Ty Warner really knew how to pick some quality names.
Price: $40,000, purchase Claude here.
7. Peace Bear
This groovy bear is worth the same amount as one year at a private college. Snag yourself a few of these and you're fully funding 4 years of college...masters degree anyone?
Price: $35,000, purchase Peace Bear here.
For some reason I was never into the fish Beanie Babies as a child. Clearly that was a mistake. Find yourself a Bubbles with a busted fin and odds are you could add on an extra $50k to this price.
Price: $176,000, purchase Bubbles here.
5. Snort the Red Bull
While Snort is technically a bull, all I ever see when I look at him is a Razorback. Any Arkansas fans out there?
Price: $25,000, purchase Snort here.
4. Jake the Duck
Jake the duck -- this guy just screams hot commodity. I don't think I would have ever wanted a duck as a kid so maybe that's why these are so rare now?
Price: $50,000, purchase Jake here.
3. Valentino Beanie
Ah. A play off of Valentine's Day. See what they did there? Hit up Etsy and snag this guy for some serious cash.
Price: $40,000, purchase Valentino here.
2. Hippity, Hoppity and Floppity the Bunnies
These Bunny siblings with very original names are most valuable in a pack. Lucky you if you felt the need to have more than one beanie bunny as a kid!
Price: $30,000, purchase the bunnies here.
1. Piccadilly Attic
This guy is clearly a rare commodity because there is no way children wanted anything to do with it. The clown vibe is not a good look, but if you happen to own one of these creepy clown bears, cash out since this beanie is worth over $100,000!
Price: $125,000, purchase Piccadilly Attic here.