Ty Inc. (Illinois, USA) 1998 Butch the Terrier Beanie Baby

$ 5.00

"Butch" the Bull Terrier dog Beanie Baby has a white body with brown spots on the eye and hind quarter, pink inside the ears, glossy black plastic eyes, matte black plastic textured nose, and black embroidered mouth.  Butch was born on October 2, 1998 and retired on December 23, 1999.  Butch rests on its belly, is filled with polyester fiber and P.E. pellets, and measures 5" across the paws and 9 1/2" long.  The 5th generation swing tag is attached and is in good condition with just the slightest hint of wear along the crease.  The 7th generation tush tag with morphing hologram is in good condition and the dog is in very good condition. 

The Poem Inside the Swing Tag

Going to the pet shop to buy dog food
I ran into Butch in a good mood
"Come to the pet shop down the street"
"Be a good dog, I'll buy you a treat !"

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.