Ty Beanie Baby Tags
Almost every Beanie Baby comes with a heart-shaped paper swing tag (sometimes called a hang tag or heart tag) attached with a plastic connector to its ear or other appendage. When a collector talks about the "generation" of a Beanie Baby, it is actually a reference to the generation of the swing tag attached to the Beanie. Ty is up to the 20th generation of Beanie Baby swing tags. As a general rule, the earlier the generation of the swing tag; the older (and generally more valuable) the Beanie Baby.
Beanie Babies also have a small rectangular cloth tag sewn into one of their seams, normally on the bottom of the Beanie. This is commonly referred to as a tush tag. As with the swing tags, there are different generations of tush tags.
Ty created custom swing tags and tush tags for some categories of Beanie Babies.