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Surf for a Beanie Baby

Rick Chandler

Are you looking for a particular Beanie Baby or just want to talk to other collectors? Well, the Internet is Beanie heaven.

Here are seven of the most popular Beanie Babies Internet sites.

The official site of the Ty Corp. Includes the latest Beanie news, chat and designs. Also offers the Official Beanie Babies Fan Club.

Beanie Babies Collectible Exchange. Among the best sites to buy, sell and trade Beanies with other collectors. Has produced 75,000 transactions in 1998.

Features a search engine for Beanies, the Beanie Rumor Mill and a trade calculator.

A Beanie auction club which requires registration, boasts 8,000 members and has auctioned 26,000 items since August.

Features a fully-automated on-line store and free Beanie Baby-Gram Internet postcard service.

Ever wonder how crazy Beanie collectors can really get? A video documentary about the hobby’s most hard-core fans is available here.

America Online

AOL’s Bean Bag Collectables Board is one of the most popular spots in which to buy and sell Beanies.

Ty, Inc. may have started the bean bag toy craze, but they aren’t the only company currently in the market. Hot on their trail are Bamm Beano’s, a teddy bear plush toy similar to Beanies which feature baseball player names.

“Bamm Beano’s are actually the hottest bean bag toy on the market right now,” said Ron Ficklin, owner of Beanie Mania in Minden, Nev. “These are selling well because they’re bringing men into the hobby.”

Bamm Beano versions of Ken Griffey, Jr. and Mark McGwire are trading at a lower price than vintage Beanie Babies, but that may change. The company which makes them is preparing a line of NFL bears, and a pending company name change could send prices skyrocketing.

Some other versions of bean bag toys are also popping up, including a line depicting the Spice Girls, and another consisting of different space aliens. The most bizarre?

“Definitely ‘Meanie Babies,'” said Ficklin, referring to a bean bag line which features creatures such as Pancake the flattened road-kill cat, Pukin’ the Toucan and Buddy the Dog, which has a pair of Monica Lewinsky’s panties in his teeth.

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