Ty Inc. (Illinois, USA) 1996 Freckles the Leopard Beanie Baby

$ 8.00

"Freckles" the leopard Beanie Baby has a speckled brown and tan on cream background body, glossy black and gold plastic eyes, soft fuzzy plastic textured nose, and black string whiskers.  Freckles was born on June 3, 1996, introduced on June 15, 1996, and retired on December 31, 1998.  Freckles rests on its belly, is filled with polyester fiber and P.E. pellets, and measures 5" across the arms and is 10" long including the tail.  The 5th generation swing tag is attached and is in very good condition.  The 5th generation tush tag is in good condition and the leopard is in good condition.

The Poem Inside the Swing Tag

From the trees he hunts prey
In the night and in the day
He's the king of camouflage
Look real close, he's no mirage !

About Beanie Babies

Beanie Babies are a line of PVC pellet-filled toys created by Ty Warner in 1991, reached their peak in popularity in mid-1990s, and ceased operations in December 1999.  Due to popular demand, Ty Inc. restarted in 2000 with a Beanie Baby named "The Beginning."  The nine original Beanie Babies released in 1994:

  • Legs the Frog
  • Squealer the Pig
  • Spot the Dog
  • Flash the Orca
  • Splash the Whale
  • Chocolate the Moose
  • Patti the Platypus
  • Brownie the Bear
  • Pinchers the Lobster

Beanie Babies have two identification tags:  the heart-shaped swing tag, and the fabric tush tag attached to the bottom.  Over time, the tags were redesigned to include poems inside the heart tag, date of birth, font changes, and the addition of yellow stars.  These changes are referred to as Tush and Heart tag "Generations," and there are currently 15 swing tag generations and 13 tush tag generations.  Some tags contain spelling and date errors which can lend greater value to the Beanie Baby.