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Appreciation, Thanks & Credits would not be possible without the generous contributions of Ty products, photographs, information and advice from Ty collectors all over the world. We extend our sincerest thanks and appreciation to everyone who contributed, with special recognition to the following individuals and businesses:

H. Ty Warner for starting it all. We can easily imagine a world without iPhones, wide-screen TVs, Facebook and Starbucks, but not a world without Beanie Babies.

Wanda Whitley for giving us our first Beanie Baby as a Christmas present in Hanau, Germany. Wanda inspired our dream of a Beanie Baby museum.

Karen Holmes, editor of Ty Beanies Tracker Third Edition, for advising us on all things Ty, and helping us to fill so many empty spaces on our Beanie Baby shelves.

Karen Boeker, a knowledgeable collector and reseller, for providing so many of the hard-to-find Beanie Babies and Beanie oddities for our collection. Even more thanks Karen, for the first shiny apple in our collection; Tyra with pom-poms.

Phyllis Miceli, who provided many of the photographs of prototypes shown at our site. Phillis also helped us locate other collectors who specialize in these rare and exotic collectibles.

Marc Ehrman at Fabric Friends & Dolls, for always going the extra mile to help us obtain newly released Ty products for the museum project.

Alan de Andrade Soares (São Paulo, Brazil), for helping us to obtain the Brazil exclusive Teeny Tys Chasers and Woody Woodpecker Beanie Babies set for the collection at

Xavier Rodriguez (East Chicago, Indiana), for providing helpful information and personal assistance with obtaining numerous Ty collectibles that weren't available in our area.

Zac Bissonnette (New York City), for his book The Great Beanie Baby Bubble, published in 2015. Thank you Zac, for visiting us in North Carolina and including information about us in your book.

Contributors to the Museum Collection

Collectors, retailers, resellers and others who helped us by donating/gifting unusual or hard to find Ty memorabilia and plush items for museum exhibits.

Alexandra Blacker - October Films
Becky Estenssoro - Illinois
Karen Boeker - Texas
Tammy Conlee - Illinois
Mark Ehrman - Maryland
Tina Fruth - Ohio
Paula Kyle - Virginia
Sharon Mahler - Ohio
Leslie Naumann - Texas
Kevin Rathbun - Florida
Debi Rice - Texas
Bobbi Tervo - Wisconsin
Dianne Wall - Indiana
Jonathan Bart Young - Philippines

CVS - Fayetteville, NC
Claire's #6278, Fayetteville, NC
Hank's Cards - New Jersey
Inspirations Gift Shop - Aldershot, UK

Collectors & Enthusiasts

Enthusiasts and collectors who have helped us by providing information or reporting typos or other mistakes we inadvertently made at the site.

Andrew Vurlumis
Brian DeWilde
Chloe G.
Lucy Martin
Peter Case, UK
Marlene Seuffert
Rosaleen Rosado
Shelby Weatherly
Sara Armstrong
Steve Moss - Cardiff, Wales, UK

Reference Sources

Internet Sites

  • (inactive since 2007)
  • (Ty collector cards)
  • (discontinued)
  • (discontinued 2010)
  • Bottega Beanies (Japanese site, inactive)
  • (inactive since March 2011)
  • (discontinued 2011)
  • (discontinued 2011)
  • (discontinued)
  • Ty Facebook page
  • The Ty Plush Archive

People & Blogs

  • Barbara Gorniak - information and photos on Chef Robuchon Beanie Baby
  • Darcie Smith, Odessa, Texas - information and photos on Doby Beanie Baby
  • Natalie Bell, Essex, UK - information about Beanie Baby swing tags
  • Natasha Cupido, West Sussex, UK - information about Princess Beanie Baby
  • Sonya Saville - information about Beanie Boos
  • Suzanne Bryan, Winchester, Indiana - Information on Princess Beanie Baby
  • Vicky Krupka - extensive listings of Beanie Baby oddities
  • Vicky Russell - Information about Frankenteddy Beanie Babies
  • Yvonne Brothers - information about Princess Beanie Baby


  • Bean Plush Field Guide, 2nd Edition, Edited by Dan Brownell, Krause Publications, 2008
  • The Beanie Baby Phenomenon!, Peggy Gallagher, 1997
  • Beanie Collector magazine, Spring 1998, Trend Masters Publications
  • Beanie Mania, Becky Phillips and Becky Estenssoro, 1997, Dinomates, Inc.
  • Beanie Mania II, Becky Phillips and Becky Estenssoro, 1998, Dinomates, Inc.
  • The Great Beanie Baby Bubble, by Zac Bissonnette, 2015, Portfolio / Penguin
  • Ty Beanies Tracker, Third Edition, Edited by Karen Holmes, Bangzoom Publishers, 2007


  • Mary Beth's Bean Bag World Mouthly, Vol. 3, No. 5, February 2000
  • Mary Beth's Bean Bag World Counterfeit Digest #1, October 1999
  • Mary Beth's Beanie World Monthly supplement - How to Protect Yourself from Counterfeits
  • Mary Beth's Beanie World Monthly supplement - Counterfeit Digest #2
  • Mary Beth's Beanies & More, Collectors' Edition #5, September/October 2002
  • Mary Beth's Beanies & More, Collectors' Edition #7, January/February 2003