| These cards pre-date any of the Ty Beanie
Baby trading cards. They were created in 1998 and were not sold
through the traditional Ty retailers. They were created by Les and
Sue Fox, the authors of the very popular Beanie Baby handbook and
used the same photographs as appeared in the book. They were produced
by West Highland Publishing. They clearly had intended to produce
follow on sets since the box is marker "Inaugural Edition". Unfortunately
their disagreement with Ty prohibited the Fox's from producing any
more Beanie baby related material and so the Fox's have now turned
their attention to the collecting of US coins.
There are a total of three types of cards
in this set which are:
NEW INFORMATION It
appears that there were in fact some cards that were signed by Les
Fox. Take a look below under Prize cards. In addition, he created
at least one promotion set of the bonus cards for media distribution
that were signed by both Les and Sue Fox.
- Common Cards
- Bonus Cards
- Prize Cards
A box of these cards contains 36 packs, with each pack having
10 cards. There are no inserts at all.
There are 100 common cards numbered 1 through 100. On the back
of each card is the name of the Beanie, its number, birth date,
total produced and the number expected to survive in the year
2008. The information is surrounded by a bunch of multi-colored,
animated beans wearing different kinds of hats. On the fronts
is a framed picture of one or more Beanies. Most of the cards
have the Beanies poem around the outside. The set also includes
the Teanie Beanies and these have Burgers and Fries around the
border. Retired Beanies also have a little retired symbol on them.
Bonus cards are very similar in form to the common cards except
that they use gold printing on them. These cards are very rare
with estimated odds of finding one about 1:18 packs. There are
a total of 11 bonus cards.
The box states that there
were over 2,000 prize cards in Series 1 and the value of these
prizes was worth over $20,000. Thanks to a very kind donation
by Les Fox, I can now show everyone what the prize cards looked
like. He also confirmed my suspicion that very few of these cards
were ever turned in for the prizes.
Signed Prize Card
Les and Sue Fox update
For those who like to keep up with Les and Sue Fox, they are
currently busy with a number of ventures, including one called
Help Save a Life, which
is trying to raise funds for a kidney transplant for Mr. Ivie.
I was pleased to have won an auction (2005) for a set
of signed gold cards. In addition
here is what Les had to say in an email:
"Some of my latest ventures can be seen at: www.FA500.com
In addition to fundraising
for the Ivies, and possibly other people who need kidney transplants
after that, Sue and I are working on a new celebrity photo book
about famous people who died young. With any luck, we will publish
later this year. To be honest, I don't expect to get a # 2 NY
Times bestseller again, and I'm very happy that it happened even
once in my life!" He went on to say "If you like, you
can make the first announcement anywhere about our new celebrity
photo book. The title is not yet public. The subtitle is: "100
Celebrities Who Died Young." "
I encourage everyone to help Les out and to check out his