1.Check Ty's Web site (see Related Sites) to determine if your Beanie Baby is retired. Ty's site lists all Beanies and their comparative values.
2.Consult Beanie Baby collector's guides for another viewpoint or if you don't have access to the Internet.
3.Check the Internet or a collector's guide to determine if a flaw on your Beanie Baby will lessen, or increase, its worth.
4.Write to Ty through its Web site if you can't find a price for your Beanie on the Web or in a collector's book.
5.Look up values online at the Beans & Bears Web site and subscribe to its monthly print magazine.
Beanies with manufacturer's errors, like missing tails or spots, are not assigned preset values, but they may be worth a lot of money.
Hang-tag errors are easily fixed and not worth much, but tush-tag errors may have significant value.
Assessing Your Beanies
6.Examine the tags on your retired or flawed dolls.
7.Consider Beanies with perfectly preserved hang or tush tags and no factory defects to be in "mint" condition.
8.Value Beanies with slightly bent tags at 80 percent to 90 percent of the top price. These Beanies are in "near-mint" condition.
9.Give Beanies with creased tags - those in "excellent" condition - 65 percent to 75 percent of the maximum value.
1..Price Beanies with missing tags at 45 percent to 60 percent of the optimum value. These Beanies are said to be in "very good" condition.
1..Reduce the value of Beanies with worn fabric, tears, stains or missing parts - those that do not meet the "very good" standard - to 5 percent to 35 percent of the top price. Steps:
1.Examine your glass items to determine what condition they are in. Items that are worn, scratched or chipped will be worth less than identical items that are undamaged.
2.Purchase a glass valuation guide. If you collect a certain type of glass, get a guide that is just about that type, as it will have more details. Try to find a book with a lot of color photos, which will help you locate your items more easily.
3.Match your pieces to those listed in the book and read the value that is estimated.
4.Go to glass shows, conventions and sales and compare your pieces to those on display.
5.Talk to collectors and dealers and get their opinions about the value of your items.
6.Have your collection appraised by someone with experience in glass collecting. You will have to pay for an appraisal, but it will be very thorough and detailed and give you a lot of information.
Tips: Understand that the appraised value of a piece may be different from the amount you are able to sell it for. Market conditions vary with demand.