Ty Inc. (Illinois, USA) 1998 Valentina the Bear Beanie Baby

$ 8.00

"Valentina" is a purple bear with a white embroidered heart on her chest and a purple bow tied around her neck.  Valentina was born on February 14, 1998, introduced on January 1, 1999, and retired on December 23, 1999.  Valentina is filled with polyester fiber and P.E. pellets and measures 5" across and 8 1/2" tall.  The 5th Generation heart swing tag is attached and is in good condition with light bend noted.  The 7th generation looped tush tag with morphing hologram is in very good condition and the bear is in pristine condition, with no flaws.  

The Poem Inside the Swing Tag

Flowers, candy and hearts galore
Sweet words of love for those you adore
With this bear comes love that's true
On Valentine's Day and all year through !

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.