How to Value Ty Beanie Babies

By Kim Blakesley

Ty Beanie Baby value depends on the age, retirement, condition, original tags and desirability. It is important to know the value of the Beanie Baby when selling the item. Ty Beanie Baby collectors search the Internet, flea markets and other areas looking for that special or certain Beanie Baby missing from their collection. You can get top dollar from a Ty Beanie Baby collection by selling each item individually.

Purchase a book on retired Beanie Babies and the Beanie Babies Collector book. Visit the Ty website and view the most up-to-date listing of retired Beanie Babies.

Look up each Beanie Baby and locate the information concerning pricing. Read through the information to see if a flaw in the Beanie Baby or a missing tag will increase or decrease the value of the item.

E-mail or write Ty to ask about a value if a Beanie Baby cannot be found on its website or in a collector's book.

Examine each Beanie Baby and look for any defects such as rips, holes, stains and missing parts. Examine the tag for any tears or stains.

Value a Beanie Baby with no rips, holes, stains, missing parts and a perfect tag as "mint" condition.

Value Beanie Babies with slightly bent or stained tags and a body in perfect condition as "near-mint" condition. Calculate a price of 80 to 90 per cent of the "mint" price for sale value.

Value a Beanie Baby with a crease tag and perfect body condition at 65 to 85 per cent of a "mint" condition item.

Value a Beanie Baby with a missing tag at 45 to 60 per cent of a "mint" condition item. Value a Beanie Baby with rips, holes, stains or missing parts at 5 to 40 per cent of a "mint" condition item.

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The most up-to-date information on pricing and Beanie Baby retirement is found on the Ty website.

About the Author

Kim Blakesley is a home remodeling business owner, former art/business teacher and school principal. She began her writing and photography career in 2008. Blakesley's education, fine arts, remodeling, green living, and arts and crafts articles have appeared on numerous websites, including DeWalt Tools, as well as in "Farm Journal" and "Pro Farmer."