Beanie Babies are classic toys that seem to get more and more valuable as time goes on - and it turns out there are certain rare versions of these stuffed animals that can bring you a small fortune if you've got one of them in your collection.
Beanie Babies, QPolitical reported, were so popular at their height that they made up a shocking 10 percent of sales on eBay at the time. Nowadays, some of the toys are worth so much that they've changed people's lives forever. One of the rarest is the Princess Diana Memorial bear, of which the company manufactured less than 100.
In 2015, a couple bought a $12 Princess Diana Beanie Baby at a car boot sale but soon discovered it was worth $25,000. There's even an extremely rare Diana beanie that sold for as high as $507,000.
The most amazing thing about Beanie Babies is the fact that they once sold for extremely low prices - which makes their current worth staggering. These collectible dolls are sought after all across the world, and the more rare they are, the more money they're worth. Here are some rare beanie babies that could be worth a small fortune.
The Peace beanie differs from bear to bear in color and configuration, which has made each one extremely valuable because of how unique they all are. There are also dozens of variations in the tags, pellet type and origin country. This doll could sell for as high as $30,000.
The Claude the Crab beanie, a tie-dyed doll released in 1997, has been selling online for up to $10,000 in less-than-mint condition. One of these sold online was listed by a seller who claimed it was actually worth $100,000.
Millennium the Bear was released in 1999 in celebration of the forthcoming millennium, and is extremely valuable depending on which one you have. There are spelling mistakes on the swing and tush tags of some of these bears, and depending on which error you've got yours might be worth as much as $5,000.
Employee Beanie Baby was given to employees of Ty, Inc. in 1997, and it has since become a sought after collectible for fans. Some even go as high as $1,600. An authentic Employee bear will have either a 1993 or 1995 red and white 2nd generation label on it.
The Coral Casino Beanie Baby was an extremely rare bear that only saw a run of 588 produced. These bears were particularly unique because they were numbered and signed by creator Ty Warner. One of these bears went for $760 on eBay.
The Peanut Beanie Baby, which was released in 1995, came in both royal and light blue. There are counterfeit versions around, so it's important to know what to look for - most notably, a black and white label on the royal blue edition. One authentic royal blue Peanut went for $395 on eBay.
Humphrey Beanie Baby is a particularly difficult one to sell because there are so many counterfeit versions. Authentic versions reportedly have a black and white label dated 1993. This bear, The Sun reported, was the first to retire, and is currently worth as much as $333.
There are other Beanie Babies that are worth a considerable amount of money, so make sure to do research if you've got any of these classic toys to make sure you're getting your money's worth.
Many readers expressed shock over the value of some of these rare Beanie Babies.
"I have the whole kitten caboodle of beanie babies, I even have the first episodes of McDonald's beanie babies when they were giving them out in happy meals. There still in the plastic wraps. Never been open," one QPolitical reader commented on the site's Facebook page.
"I would just like to find someone to buy them. I have ones that have been authenticated by Beckys true blue beans. It's very hard to believe that they sale for those prices," another added.
"I gave most of mine away about 5 or 6 years ago to a charity that was sending them overseas to children who had nothing. I only kept a couple that were my favorites. Also back in the day when all the frenzy was going on, someone had offered me $500 for my Diana bear so I took his offer, was able to purchase another one," another wrote.
Sources: QPolitical, The Sun, QPolitical/Facebook / Photo credit: Dominique Godbout/Flickr, Sophie Christie/The Sun, Caitlyn Walz/Complete Set via QPolitical, Housing Works Thrift Shops/Flickr via QPolitical