Did you know that the original Beanie Babies can sell up to $600,000? After their creation in 1993, they’ve become a popular collector’s item alongside the Beanie Babies 2.0 

Beanie Babies 2.0 are more commonly sold in today’s market. They are also a lot cheaper than $600,000.

You may be wondering, “How do I tell apart original Beanie Babies and Beanie Babies 2.0?”

Knowing the difference between the two can save your wallet if you choose to invest in them. Here are a few ways you can determine if the Beanie Baby you’re looking at is an original or 2.0.

Hang Tag

Your first step is to look at the hang tag. You may be lucky enough to have a first edition Beanie Baby on your hands!

First edition Beanie Babies will have the year 1993 or 1994 written on the back. Also, their tag will not open up like a book. 

First edition Beanie Babies include:

  • Flash the Dolphin
  • Chocolate the Moose
  • Spot the Dog
  • Legs the Frog
  • Squealer the Pig
  • Splash the Whale
  • Brownie the Bear
  • Patti the Platypus
  • Pinchers the Lobster

There are a few more Beanie Babies that were added to the first edition line in 1994. 

If you happen to have Pinchers the Lobster, make sure to check the spelling of “Pinchers” on your tag. There are a few rare tags that say “Punchers,” and have since increased in value.

Also, be sure to look for four-line poems and date of birth on the tag. This started in 1996, so if you don’t see that, you could have a pretty valuable Beanie Baby!

Beanie Babies 2.0 will have “2.0” on their tag. They also come with an online code that allows users to access an interactive website.


It is extremely likely that if your Beanie Baby looks a bit more scruffy, then it is an original. This year, the original Beanie Babys will turn 29 years old! Even with proper care, they will be a bit more fragile than the newer Beanie Babies.

Beanie Babies 2.0 were introduced in 2008, which means that they are at least a decade younger than the originals. They are easier to keep in mint condition.

Effective storage methods were discovered once people started collecting Beanie Babies. This means that the 2.0’s are most likely in better condition.

The Beanie Baby Itself

As mentioned before, there were originally nine Beanie Babies that were introduced in 1993, along with a few in 1994. These are the most well-known Beanie Babies, and they were never remade.

That being said, if you have one of the nine listed above in your possession, you have an original Beanie Baby.

Original Beanie Babies

Beanie Babies became revolutionary as they paved the way for collectors around the world. Though Beanie Babies 2.0 and Beanie Boos dominate the current market, you can still find original Beanie Babies.

The originals are worth more money but must be well-cared in order to sell them. No one wants to buy a Beanie Baby with a ruined tag or a missing eye. 

If you’re interested in selling your Beanie Babies, contact us for more information! 

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