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The Beanie Baby Handbook Paperback – August, 1998

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Crazes come and crazes go. Hula-Hoops twisted themselves into oblivion, deely-boppers never quite made it out of the 1980s, and the worldwide obsession with the Spice Girls, well, without Ginger should the others now hang up their Union Jack micro-dresses as well? But one craze that isn't going anywhere is the obsession with Beanie Babies, those oddly endearing beanbag animals. This craze becomes easier to comprehend when you realize some retired Beanie Babies are fetching several thousand dollars at auction. With random Beanie Babies being retired every year, who knows what your Bongo the Monkey or Gobbles the Turkey will be worth in a few years? Beyond the mercenary level, Beanie Babies are also fun little toys to have around (but remember, keep the tag on or the value is seriously diminished). Les and Sue Fox's The Beanie Baby Handbook is an essential reference guide for Beanie Baby fanatics. Every known Beanie Baby is pictured in full color, with an estimate of its 1998 value and a speculative value for the year 2008. (Although this is only an estimate, who knows if Beanie Babies will hold their value like Microsoft stock does). Also included is some sensible advice for collectors--don't blow your life savings on one Beanie Baby; spend within your means! The Beanie Baby Handbook is jam-packed with essential Beanie tips and topics, and even includes the lyrics to the (unofficial) Beanie Baby song, "I want it! I want it! I want a Beanie Baby!" Sing it loud, folks. --Naomi Gesinger --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: West Highland Pub Co; 1998 fall ed edition (August 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892141019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892141019
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,857,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

New York Times bestselling authors and art experts Les and Sue Fox have been in business for more than 30 years. Together, they have appraised and sold more than $50 million worth of art and collectibles, including a groundbreaking auction of Rare American Gold Coins at the Plaza Hotel in 1988. The Foxes live and work in Bergen County, New Jersey. Aside from brokering fine quality 19th and 20th Century American and European art they are also avid collectors of art, and own a beautiful collection of American paintings and folk art which they enjoy on a daily basis.
In addition to art, which has always been their passion, the Foxes have built or renovated 20 luxury homes. And they created a series of commemorative United States coins for collectors which were combined with the autographs of America's 1976 Bicentennial coin artists and two U.S. Presidents, Gerald R. Ford, and George H.W. Bush. (See more on our website at www.EaglesOfAmerica.com.
Les and Sue have developed a unique program for people with art for sale. Instead of the traditional options of either selling to an art dealer, or consigning to auction, the Foxes applied their creativity, knowledge and financial resources to invent a new option: Selling art to a broker (us), who would then sell it at auction as a 50-50 partner. There is a delicate balance of determining a fair price for art, and still leaving room for the likelihood of a reasonable profit for both partners (you and us.) But so far our track record has been excellent. We will be posting testimonials by some of our many satisfied customers.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
How a company like Ty lets this so-called authority write books like this is crazy! What does he do buy them - randomly throw values at them... You try to sell the beanies at his prices. Good luck. So misleading, wish he would stop ruining the market.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
I think that this book was a diffident wast of money. It has little if any info on beanie babies. All it is is a cookbook. Take my advise and save your money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bob on May 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
check it. site got alot of reviews explains alot 'bout stuff.

its...a cookbook, think so anyways: 1. lots of people say so

b. books got a cake on the front 3. yeah people say so

theirs my proof got it all set for ya have fun ;)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
I really injoyed the book. Others who don't like it must be nuts. It tells you the birthdates and full colored pictures and current values and the values in 2008. Also when it is likely to retire. It also gives you the poem on the certain beanies tag and the 10 most vauluble beanies and if you want to look up a certain beanie it is easy because it's in alphabetical order.Other beanie book don't always have the correct value or don't have it at all and gives no further info. The only problem with the book is that it only gives you guesses when it will retire. Other than that i would recomed it. I wish that they made one for 1999!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1998
Format: Paperback
I havent read the first couple of editions of this book but I found this one to come in handy. I collect Beanie Babies for my 8 year old neice and I use this book to keep track of the ones she has and the ones she desperatley wants!...I'm sure the prices are off a bit but who of you knows how much money a plush toy with a perfect tag will be in the year 2000!!?? Chill...The Authors are just estimating.
Of all the Beanie Babie books that I have seen out there, I feel that this book is the best and that it is funny and interesting. One thing I would do in the next addition would be to leave out all the extra fluff of games and food and just stick to the Beanie Babie stuff. Also, the authors might want to lighten up on all the family/self photograpghs....We want to see Beanie Babies...Not your family album!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katie Bradshaw on January 14, 2014
Format: Paperback
When I first got this book, the Beanie Baby craze had hit a high point. My sister and I would read it over and over again for the articles on different Beanie Babies at the time, and dream of all the rare Beanie Babies we'd probably never have. As we got older, so did the craze, and all we were left with was a glorified cookbook. However, the recipes in this book are actually quite good. One recipe in particular has been my most favorite over the years: the gingersnap recipe. I can't remember the exact name of the recipe, so I haven't been able to find it online. All I can remember is the delicious taste of those sweetly soft ginger cookies with a side of milk and fresh out of the oven. The only reason why I want this book again is solely for this recipe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1998
Format: Paperback
This edition of the Beanie Baby Handbook amazes me! It tries to be as up-to-date as possible, which is difficult in the world of Ty.
There are separate sections for current, retired, and Teenie Beanie Babies. The book also includes an offer to join the Unofficial Beanie Baby Fan Club, lyrics to Beanie Baby songs, news flashes, etc. Great photos, too!
Each Beanie "profile" has the Beanie's photo and also lists its birthday, poem, and miscellaneous information about that Beanie.
I definitely recommend this book! :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S.C. on July 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
We were collectors of those precious beanies back when it was the rage. Aside from the monthly magazine (Mary Beth's something), this book became our official beanie guidebook! Each page has a beautiful colorful picture of each beanie with important information for that beanie. I used to droll over the beanies that we couldn't get because they were retired. Secondary market prices were ridiculous! This handbook includes information on the original beanies and others up to 1998 (I think!).
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