Ty Beanie Babies – 1999 Signature Bear

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Ty Beanie Babies – 1999 Signature Bear
  • TY Beanie Baby
  • 1999 Signature Bear
  • Mint with Mint Tags
  • Colorful design by TY
  • Ages 3 and up
The 1999 Signature Bear is a celebearity in his own right. Ty Inc. is known for its bears, and this is a great example of one. The light brown and gray speckled fabric of his coat gives it a rich appearance. Embroidered on his chest is a red heart that reads 1999 and Ty (as in Ty Warner, maker of the Beanie Baby) in white. A maroon satin ribbon with gold trim adorns his neck. His endearing face has a black button nose and eyes. This bear has neither a poem nor a birthday. He appeals to both boys and girls, and would be a great toy for a kid or a welcome addition to your collection. Surface wash only.








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Ty Beanie Babies

Did You Know?

The Start of the Craze

The Beanie Baby craze started with neighbors trading them in a Chicago Suburb. News stories followed the trend and the rest is history.

Ebay a Major Factor

Beanie Babies made up 10% of ebay's sales in the early 90's.

Original Line Up

Nine original dolls started the fame: Squealer the Pig, Spot the Dog, Flash the Dolphin, Legs the Frog, Splash the Whale, Chocolate the Moose, Brownie the Bear, Patti the Platypus, and Pinchers the Lobster.

Spicy Inspiration

Tabasco Sauce Inspired One Of The Most Popular Beanie Babies - Snort the Bull. Snort was originally named Tabasco the Bull but changed to "Snort" in order to avoid any legal issues with the brand. The first version actually had red feet, just like the color of the sauce!

Identification Made Easy

Beanie Babies were identified in two ways: their swing tag, which was the heart-shaped marker complete with a name and often a poem, and also their tush tag, which was usually found at the rear end of the doll.

Making Beanie Babies Different

Less Stuffing Was Used To Make Them Different and make them stand out more from their competitors.

In the Beginning - Exclusively Sold In Small Stores

When Beanie Babies were first introduced to the market, Ty Warner wanted them only sold in boutique shops and specialty stores - creating a sense of exclusivity.

Retirement Creates Demand

Ty Warner was a genius when it came to making his dolls more desirable than they already were. He created the concept of "retiring" his dolls so that consumers rushed to grab them while they could.

Huge Sales

Annual sales in 1998 for Ty Inc. were over $1.4 billion making the company the first-ever billion-dollar plush company, according to Fortune.

Employees Recognized for Success

In December of 1998, the company gave employees a Christmas bonuses equal to their annual salary.

Preventing Counterfeits

In their heyday, Beanie Babies were worth 50% less without those little cardboard hearts. This was partially due to counterfeit Beanie Babies being produced. The tags made the buyer know it was the real deal.

Beanie Baby Creator Driven

The creator Ty Warner was obsessed with the designed each toy, according to Zac Bissonnette's book The Great Beanie Baby Bubble. He went to the factories in China and Korea to oversee every little detail. If he didn't like a design, production would be halted which would drive up the prices for that particular design.


10 Things You Didn't Know About Beanie Babies by Kate Storey, countrylivingmagazine.com
12 Surprising Things You Never Knew About Beanie Babies, by Nicoletta Richardson, littlethings.com.