It’s been decades since Beanie Babies were the trendy new toy, but many are being offered for thousands on auction sites like Ebay.
Some apparently rare Beanie Babies are listed on eBay for prices north of half a million dollars, with one seller asking $660,000 for a set of two Princess Diana special edition bears, and other sellers regularly posting Beanie Babies with prices in the tens of thousands of dollars.
Some jaw-dropping prices, to be sure — but is anyone actually buying?
Not at those amounts, says Dr. Lori Verderame, an antiques appraiser who often deals with Beanie Babies collections. She wants people to remember that the prices listed on eBay do not necessarily reflect an item’s value.
Verderame recommends that if people want to know if their collection is worth anything, they should take it appraiser like who deals with Beanie Babies. An appraiser can point to other places “where comparable pieces have actually been sold,” including toy collectors and certain websites, she said.