|Third Generation Zip the Cat Beanie Baby|
There are now over two thousands of Beanie Babies to collect! This large quantity has forced many collectors to limit their Beanie Baby purchases to specific animal types or to focus on Exclusive Beanies.
While some retired styles, due to over production, are now worth less than suggested retail. Others that were produced prior to 1997, such as Peanut the royal blue elephant and Spot the dog (without a spot), are worth hundreds of dollars.
Back in the early 2000's, oddity collectors were paying big buck for Beanie Babies that had a manufacturing defect such as Beanie Baby bears that were missing their chest emblem. However, there does not seem to be a high interest in such oddities at this time.
Beanie Babies 2.0