Information about counterfeit Beanie Babies

Counterfeit Beanie Babies

Counterfeit Beanie Babies began to appear in the USA and elsewhere in the mid to late 90s during the period when Beanie Baby values were skyrocketing on the secondary market. Significant efforts by Ty Inc., U.S. federal authorities and knowledgeable Ty collectors helped to reduce counterfeit production and distribution, but the number of counterfeited items was so high that even today, collectors are often surprised to discover their "prized Beanie" is a fake. Some counterfeiters became so bold they even mimicked known authentication services and issued counterfeit authentication certificates.

This section at tycollector.com will feature comparison photographs of counterfeit and authentic Beanie Babies and other Ty collectibles. Pending publication of our comparison photographs; here is a partial listing of the Beanie Babies known to have been counterfeited. This list is not all-inclusive but shows names of the more commonly-known counterfeit Beanie Babies. Please notify us if you know of additional counterfeit Beanie Babies not included on this list.

We pay $5 plus the cost of postage for any counterfeit Beanie Babies we don't already have in our collection. Counterfeits we purchase must be in mint condition with mint swing and tush tags. An * (asterisk) in the list below indicates counterfeit Beanie Babies we still need in our collection for reference and comparison photographs.

Our objective is to compile a comprehensive reference library of counterfeit Beanie Baby information for the benefit of all current and future Ty collectors. It saddens us when we see multiple bidders on eBay for an obvious counterfeit. In many cases the sellers themselves don't know an item they listed is counterfeit. Unfortunately though, there are also sellers who knowingly list counterfeits and count on the naiveté of new collectors to get the item sold.

The only protection a collector has against unscrupulous sellers is to learn as much as possible about counterfeit Beanie Babies or to avoid purchasing high value Ty collectibles that have not been authenticated by True Blue Beans, Peggy Gallagher or PBBags.

Counterfeits are known to exist for the following Beanie Babies:

#1 (bear)

1997 Teddy *

1998 Holiday Teddy

1999 Signature Bear

Billionaire

Billionaire 2

Britannia *

Bronty

Brownie

Bruno *

Bubbles

Buckingham *

Bumble *

Caw *

Chilly

Chinook *

Chops

Claude

Clubby *

Coral

Daisy (Harry Caray) *

Digger (orange)

Digger (red) *

Erin

Flash *

Floppity

Flutter

Garcia

Glory

Grunt *

Hope

Hippie

Humphrey

Inky (tan)

Jolly (black mustache) *

Kicks

Kiwi

Lefty

Libearty

Lizzy (tie-dyed)

Lucky (21-spot)

Maple

Maple (pink) *

Millennium *

Mystic *

Nana

Nip

Peanut (royal blue)

Peanut (pink ears) *

Peking

Pinky (red) *

Prance *

Princess

Quacker (without wings) *

Quackers (without wings) *

Quackers (bluish-green) *

Radar

Rex

Righty

Sammy

Scorch *

Slither

Smoochy *

Snowball *

Splash

Spooky

Spot (no spot)

Steg *

Sting

Tabasco

Teddy (new face, cranberry)

Teddy (new face, jade)

Teddy (new face, magenta)

Teddy (new face, teal)

Teddy (old face, cranberry)

Teddy (old face, magenta)

Teddy (old face, teal) *

Teddy (old face, violet)

Tracker

Trap *

Valentino

Web

Zip (all black)



* = Counterfeit Beanie Babies we still need in the tycollector.com collection