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Frequently Asked Questions

There are many confusing issues surrounding Beanie Baby trading cards. On this page, I will attempt to answer to the best of my ability questions that have been posed to me frequently, and which may be of general interest to people trying to get started collecting these cards. If you would like other questions answered, please email me.

Q. Will Ty Introduce a Series 5 (This question was put to Ask Ty)


A. I've been so busy with some great new . . . . I’ll just say IDEAS, that I haven't had a chance to even think about a new series.

So there we have it. It doesn't look like a Series 5 any time soon. But lets keep asking!

Q. What are the rookie cards.  I have some birthday cards with rookie on (ie squealer) and some without (ie velvet), help. A. While most Americans may think this is obvious, it can certainly be puzzling for our European friends. This is a term from Baseball cards and indicates the first season for a new player. This does not affect the value of Beanie cards at all, but for baseball cards, the rookie cards are generally the rarest and most valuable.
Q. How do you tell the colors of the Ty foil cards

A. Let's start with Series 1
     Series 1 come in Red, Blue, Silver and Gold
     On the Original 9 cards, the color is whatever the "Original 9" is written in. This is usually in the top left corner of the card. For the Pinchers shown on the Series 1 chase page, the card shown id Red.
    For Retired cards, It is the color of the Retired circle. The Left shown is a Blue Lefty
    For Birthday and Rookie cards, the color is the color of the Beanies name. However, it is not a solid color on the Red and Blue, but graduates to gold. The Silver and Gold cards are a solid color. The Tabasco shown is Red.

    For Series 2, the foil colors are Blue, Green, Silver and Gold
    The Rare Bear cards are distinguished by the color of the words "The Bear" under the name banner. Take a look at the card on the Series 2 chase page. It is a Green Libearty.
    The Retired cards have an colored oval in the bottom left of the card. An example of this is shown on the Series 2 Canadian page. At the bottom of the page is a Gold Bumble
    The Birthday and Rookie cards again use the color of the Beanie name. The Series 2 chase page shows a blue Peanut.

    Series 3 contain a lot of different cards, but the basic colors are Teal, Magenta, Silver and Gold. As in previous series, the gold cards are numbered.
    Retired cards: These are the ones that everyone really hopes to get in Series 3. It is easy to know if you have one because it is card but not rectangular. Both long sides of the card are cut. These cards are also numbered. To tell the color of these cards, just look at the background color.
    Next in line are the Classic commons. These are the same as the commons from Series 1 and 2 except they are marked as classic common cards. These cards are uncolored.
     Then there are the Beanie and Buddy cards. These are the clear acetate cards (plastic) with one curved side. Up one side of the card is the name of the beanie. This determines the card's color.
    Birthday/Rookie cards. These too are determined by the color of the Beanie's name.
    And finally there are the Wild cards. These are the ones with the ring of stars around the Beanie. It is the color of those stars that determine the cards color.

Q. In Series 3, there are special cards in a case. How big is a case ? A. For all of the Ty card releases so far there are 6 boxes in a case. Each box holds 24 packs with an average of 8 cards per pack plus some for of special insert. For series 1 the inserts were a puzzle card and the checklist. In each box was an oversized card called a slider. For series 2, the pack inserts were the trivia card and the checklist. Boxes of cards had the poster which showed all of the series 1 cards on one side and the series 2 on the other. For series 3, the pack inserts are the sticker cards and the checklist. The boxes contain a tear-a-bear card inside of which is limited edition card. Also in series 3 for the first time there is a special insert in the case. Series 4 followed the same format as Series 3
Q. The prices in Mary Beths magazine are a lot higher than your prices. How can you do this ? A. Well, I wish I could charge what Mary Beth says they are worth. However there are a number of basic reasons. The first is that the lead time to print a magazine is long, almost 2 months. So the prices you see in there are the prices from about 2 months ago. When a new series of cards first come out, the prices are high, but then drop quite rapidly. After some time the prices will stabilize and then creep up. At this point in time Series 1 prices are rising while 2 and 3 are dropping. The second reason is that those prices are "retail" prices. These are the prices you could expect to pay in the Mall or in a boutique store. They have to pay rent on the building, pay for staff etc. On the web, things work differently and I don't have those costs. Its just me and my house full of Beanie cards. The third is that the real value of the cards is set by you the buyers of the cards, not the sellers. If the cards are priced too high, then they will not sell. I price the cards based on the bulk costs that I am able to get them for. By buying in bulk, I expect to get better prices than buying them individually. That is how I make a little bit from every sale.
Q. I have a Series 2 retired card which has both a silver and a green retired symbol on it. Is it worth anything A. In all of the Ty beanie card series, there have been a number of different types of error cards. Interestingly many of the errors seem to only occur in one series. The most common category of error is a mis-registration error, where something, including the retired symbol in this case, is printed in the wrong place. The silver one that you mention is actually just the hole in the other parts of the card where it was meant to be printed. It is hard to put a value on these cards. While some people are prepared to buy them because they are an oddity, most people don't want them and consider that it detracts from their value. So in this case it really is that they are worth what someone will pay for them.
Q. Who or what is Cyrk and what is their relationship to Ty A. Cyrk is a completely separate company that does marketing and promotional programs for various companies. One of these companies is Ty and they have the responsibility for running the membership programs that brought you Clubby, Clubby II the Clubby buddies and the Trading cards. All of the products that they produce and ship are authorized by Ty and produced as if they were Ty products.

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