Ty Inc. (Illinois, USA) 1997 Pounce the Cat Beanie Baby

$ 8.00

"Pounce" the cat Beanie Baby has a brown tie-dyed body, white feet, nose, and inner ears, glossy black and yellow plastic eyes, matte pink plastic nose, brown string whiskers, and brown embroidered mouth.  Pounce was born on August 28, 1997, introduced on December 31, 1997, and retired on March 31, 1999.  Pounce rests on its belly and is filled with polyester fiber and P.E. pellets, and measures 4" wide across the paws and is 8" long.  The 5th generation swing tag is attached and is in very good condition.  The 6th generation tush tag is in good condition and the cat is in good condition.

The Poem Inside the Swing Tag

Sneaking and slinking down the hall
To pounce upon a fluffy yarn ball
Under the tables, around the chairs
Through the rooms and down the stairs !

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.