Ty Inc. (Illinois, USA) 1997 Stretch the Ostrich Beanie Baby

$ 10.00

"Stretch" the ostrich Beanie Baby has a brown and white body with a band of white fluff around the base of the neck, tan legs, neck, and the underside of the wings, and is finished with glossy black and tan plastic eyes and a tan felt beak.  Stretch was born on September 21, 1997, introduced on December 31, 1997, and retired on March 31, 1999.  Stretch sits on its bottom and is filled with polyester fiber and P.E. pellets and measures 6 1/2" long, 3 1/2" wide, and 11 1/2" tall.  The 5th generation swing tag is attached and is in good condition, with only the slighted surface wear.  The 6th generation tush tag is in good condition and the ostrich is in pristine condition, with no flaws.  

The Poem Inside the Swing Tag

She thinks when her head is underground
The rest of her body can't be found
The Beanie Babies think it's absurd
To play hide and seek with this bird !

About Beanie Babies

Beanie Babies are a line of PVC pellet-filled toys created by Ty Warner in 1991, reached their peak in popularity in mid-1990s, and ceased operations in December 1999.  Due to popular demand, Ty Inc. restarted in 2000 with a Beanie Baby named "The Beginning."  The nine original Beanie Babies released in 1994:

  • Legs the Frog
  • Squealer the Pig
  • Spot the Dog
  • Flash the Orca
  • Splash the Whale
  • Chocolate the Moose
  • Patti the Platypus
  • Brownie the Bear
  • Pinchers the Lobster

Beanie Babies have two identification tags:  the heart-shaped swing tag, and the fabric tush tag attached to the bottom.  Over time, the tags were redesigned to include poems inside the heart tag, date of birth, font changes, and the addition of yellow stars.  These changes are referred to as Tush and Heart tag "Generations," and there are currently 15 swing tag generations and 13 tush tag generations.  Some tags contain spelling and date errors which can lend greater value to the Beanie Baby.


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