Beanie Baby Trading Cards are the lost collectibles of an era of popularity

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Beanie Baby Dolls

Beanie Babies began production in 1993 and went into full production in 1994. They did not have any real popularity until the second half of 1995. In 1996 “Miniature Beanies was released with McDonald’s Happy Meals. Everyone, even mom and dad, They had them. Their popularity went so far that even immigrants in the US sold Beanie Babies at swap meetings. At the beginning of the craze they were sold for 10 times what they were bought in retail stores.

Beanie Babies from 1996 to 1999 were bought by collectors for resale and it got to the point where they were no longer a valuable asset to get a good return on their investment. By December 31, 1999 Ty had to shut down production due to their over-saturation on the second-hand market. Nobody wanted them anymore. At the peak of their popularity, 10% of eBay’s sales were “Beanie Babies”.

On January 2, 2000, Ty re-started production of Beanie Babies two days after discontinuing production. Some say the restart is due to demand and others say the restart is due to an economic strategy from Ty. I can confidently say that the second-hand market was flooded with Beanie Babies to the point they couldn’t be given away, “even if you begged for someone to get them.” Ty restarted production on January 2, 2000, two days after ceasing production, production was in limited quantities, so people could not put them up for sale the same day they bought them and saturated the second hand market until to the collapse of value.

Beanie Baby Common Cards

* 1st edition, series 1 November 1998

* 1st edition, series 2 March 1999

* 2nd edition, series 3 July 1999

* 2nd edition, series November 4, 1999

The Beanie Baby Cards didn’t appear until November 1998 and were dead on arrival until early 1999 when it was announced that the cards would be withdrawn. After the cards were withdrawn, the remaining inventory quickly ran out. Following the announcement of their retirement, which led to a quick sell out, Ty released the Series 2 cards in March of 1999.

Beanie Babies Cards Edition 1 Series 1 had 504,000 boxes produced in early November 1998 and the cards weren’t that good. They were just images overlaid on images that were old technologies. By 1994 the sports card industry was producing stickers that went beyond just Ty’s design. My guess is that this is why Ty’s trading cards died on the shelves until obviously they were picked up.

594,000 boxes of the first edition of Series 2 were produced and released in March 1999 and sold out before hitting retail store shelves. The cards that hit retailers’ shelves had purchase restrictions and higher prices. Series 1 First Edition cards are poorly designed cheap and have no appeal and you can see in Series 2 First Edition cards the same poor design quality has been retained due to the popularity of physical dolls.

In July 1999, the 2nd Edition Series 3 cards were released. 751,332 boxes were released. The graphics have been updated and more pleasing to the eye. This series of cards is very pleasing to the eye and will most likely be a more desirable card for the average collector. If you’re looking for design quality, 2nd Edition Series 3 Cards are where you want to be. The backgrounds aren’t that blurry and the text is outlined in 3D. Series 1 and 2 are a big disappointment with regards to design technology produced in sports and comic cards in the second half of the 1990s.

November 1999 saw the latest version of the Beanie Baby trading cards. Series 4 of the 2nd edition released 620,000 boxes of cards to the public. These cards continued with the same design quality as the 2nd Edition Series 3 cards. As stated above, in December 1999 Ty announced the end of the Beanie Baby dolls and with that came the end of the cards as well. Even though Ty produced limited quantities of Beanie Babies in January 2000, the cards to this day have never returned.

Beanie Baby cards can still be obtained for $ 1.00 to $ 5.00 each on eBay, Ecrater, and other card markets depending on the seller. These cards are highly underrated due to the lack of desirability caused by the overproduction of Beanie Baby dolls. At the time of this article, going to eBay to find these cards will yield very few results for any single desired card. You would expect to come across hundreds and hundreds of these cards on eBay from a variety of sellers, but that’s not quite the case. Or have people given up trying to sell the cards they have or just don’t have any to sell?

These cards, all series were only produced for 1 year. From November 1998 to November 1999 it is for all animals past and present Beanie Babies. Sports cards, comics cards can have every player or character produced every year for many years. Not so for the Beanie Babies. These cards are a one-year collectible production of an extremely popular Ty product. There are many small trading card sets on the second hand market that have only been produced once and due to lack of popularity they don’t get any games.

Will these Beanie Baby cards ever reach the popularity of the dolls that made them possible? If I were to speculate on this, I would say that these cards will someday approach the popularity that dolls have. Will it happen in my life? As for anything collectible, this question cannot be answered. Popularity is something that happens through the thought of every single person multiplied into many. The only realistic thought that can be formulated is based on past collectible popularity items that have gained popularity today and that one day in the future will recognize these trading cards as an image of a past popular item that will bring value to the cards when they are. recognized.

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