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Princess
 
Princess - Bear - Ty Beanie Babies
Ty family: Beanie Babies
Style number: 04300
Variety:  
Animal: Bear
Exclusive to:  
Special category: Charity
Birthday: none
Introduction date: October 29, 1997
Retirement date: April 13, 1999
Height: 9 inches
ST generation(s): Unique 4/5 (see * below)
TT generation(s): 6
Theme: In memory of

POEM
Like an angel, she came from heaven above
She shared her compassion, her pain, her love
She only stayed with us long enough to teach
The world to share, to give, to reach.

All profits of Ty from this collectible
will be donated to the

DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES
MEMORIAL FUND

Princess swing tag inside

Note - see the in-depth article about Princess for additional information on all of the swing and tush tags.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Princess was the first Beanie Baby used by Ty to raise funds for charity.

The Princess Beanie Baby is frequently thought or even misrepresented to be very rare and valuable. It is not. Ty produced millions of Princess bears and even the "first editions" sell regularly on eBay for less than $50. For more information on Princess values on the secondary market and a look at the Princess production timeline, read our Princess Versions and Values page.

* The swing tag on Princess has a 4th generation design on the front, but a modified 5th generation design on the inside. There is some question as to whether this should be considered a 4th or 5th generation swing tag. Princess has a 6th generation tush tag which was only seen with 5th generation swing tags. 5th generation swing tags were first used in early 1998, but the Princess swing tag appeared in late 1997. Early Beanie Baby and value guides list the Princess swing tag as 5th generation but "tag logic" suggests that based on the "construction" and "front side appearance" of the swing tag (as with all of the other Beanie Baby swing tag generations) and the unique 4/5 design of the tag; this tag should be classified as either a 4th generation swing tag or a "transitional" or "special" tag without a generation designation.

KNOWN ODDITIES
1. Princess with a Bones tush tag.
2. Princess with an Erin tush tag.
3. Princess with a Puffer tush tag.
4. Princess with a Quackers tush tag.
5. Princess with a Smoochy tush tag.
6. Princess with a Wrinkles tush tag.
7. Princess without the embroidered rose.

COUNTERFEIT ALERT

Counterfeit versions of Princess exist. Check for the following common indicators before purchasing this Beanie Baby:

   1. The counterfeit Princess has a "made in China" no-space swing tag and a P.V.C. tush tag.
   2. The fabric on a counterfeit Princess can be lighter or darker than the fabric on an authentic Princess,  which makes it difficult to identify a counterfeit solely based on fabric color.
   3. The fabric on many counterfeit Princess Beanie Babies looks more like flannel than the normal plush fabric used for Beanie Babies.
   4. When you run your finger against the nap of the fabric on a counterfeit Princess, it feels rougher than the fabric of an authentic Beanie Baby. When brushing lightly back and forth across the fabric of an authentic Beanie Baby the fabric is smooth and gives little resistance.
   5. The neck ribbon of a counterfeit Princess is well made but only finished on one side. The other side is dull. The ribbon on an authentic Princess is finished on both sides. The ribbon on some counterfeit Princess Beanies is also slightly wider than the ribbon an an authentic Princess.
   6. The stem of the rose embroidered on the chest of a counterfeit Princess may be slightly wider and fuller than the stem of the rose on an authentic Princess.
   7. The swing tag on a counterfeit Princess can have several flaws including uneven width of the gold border around the tag, incorrect red color and incorrect or off-center spacing of the writing inside the yellow star.

Note: It is possible for a Princess itself to be authentic but to have a counterfeit/replacement ribbon and/or counterfeit swing tag. Since the value of a Beanie Baby decreases so markedly when it has no swing tag, counterfeiters have been known to acquire authentic Princess Beanie Babies without their swing tags and/or ribbons and then add the counterfeit ribbons and tags to bring the value back up.



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