In 5 different auctions, 5 authenticated old-faced bears have been sold without hang tags. These Beanies, which have the 1st generation tush tags, are some of the most sought after creatures made by Ty. Like the Steiff Teddy bears, they may be the most collectible Beanies in existence. We often see these same bears with 1st generation hang tags sell for just under $600 and a 2nd generation hang tag Teddy often sells for just under $500. Losing the hang tag could reduce the value of these pieces by 78% to 82% depending on what hang tag they started with.
There are a lot of questions about what kind of value a Beanie Baby gains or loses by being authenticated by a reputable company. There aren’t a lot of recent examples of authenticated Bronty’s being sold. But there are bundles of the dinosaur trio: Rex, Steg, and Bronty that have been sold together. An authenticated Bronty is likely worth between $80 and $100. This would mean that not authenticating, at least in this case, reduced the price by as much as 70%.
As I look at this Bronty, there are a number of things I’m struck by. 1) the back of the hang tag comes out the shoulder of the animal. This isn’t usually how Ty’s hang tags are stuck on. 2) The hang tag is in the wrong spot. Ty puts Bronty’s hang tag in its left foot about halfway up. 3) The animal itself, looks a bit overstuffed to me. 4) While I can’t tell exactly from a photo, the material used seems incorrect. The colors are good, but the fabric looks like it might be a bit more like felt. This as compared to one we know to be real (which can be seen below). 5) The face on the sold Beanie Baby does not have a pronounced nose like the original Beanie Baby. More worrying still, this Beanie baby is used as the picture for multiple listings on Ebay. Stay away.
For some reason the cranberry Teddy is often considered one of the most desirable of the Teddy Beanie Babies. This old faced bear is reminiscent of the old bear designs and evokes a classic look that made Ty’s Teddy’s famous. A crossover collectible that appeals to both bear collectors and Beanie Baby collectors, these are some of the most valuable pieces a person can have in their collection. This Beanie Baby, authenticated by Becky’s True Blue Beans, sold for $520.
A 2nd generation wingless Quacker was sold on Ebay for less than $488.88. The condition of the Beanie Baby is labeled as “Museum Quality,” verified by Becky’s True Blue Beans. The last wingless Quacker to be sold for $182.80 on February 26, 2019, but it had a crease in the tag. Before that, in December, a similar unit was sold for $513.89 on December 27, 2018.
This one was sold for the best offer, which we presume, was somewhere south of its list price of $488.88.
This represents more than a 5.12% decrease in the price.
Two Authenticated Britannia Beanie Baby’s were sold in a bundle today on Ebay for $114.98. One of the Beanie Babies has the patch variation of the flag, one has the embroidered version, and both were made in Indonesia. Indonesian-made Beanie Babies are sometimes more desirable because of the fabric used in the product. For whatever reason, Ty’s Indonesian-made plush is rumored to be softer.
In the case of Britannia, the location where it was made has additional significance. Indonesian versions of Britannia had a flag that was sewn on as a patch. This is different than the plush toys made in China. Chinese-made Britannia’s had flags that were embroidered to the chest. At least that’s the conventional wisdom. It’s generally thought that the Indonesian production run was quickly ended. In the case of this auction, both Britannia’s were made in Indonesia. The one that has an embroidered flag, however, is a surprising find. That said, there are others on Ebay, so the distinction between how these Beanies were made in Indonesia and China is likely nothing more than rumors.
The most recent sale for Britannia is an authenticated Britannia marked of the same quality sold for $42.49. And, it appears, there are many listings of similar quality for Britannia’s that would have allowed the buyer to obtain almost identical versions of these two Beanies for $27 cheaper. It seems the buyer overpaid. Sometimes, I suppose, it pays to sell in twos.
We believe the buyer overpaid for these Beanies by 31%. Congratulations to the seller.