Timeline – 1998 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, July 19, 1998.

It was a big fad back in the late 1990s. Beanie Babies were plush animals filled with plastic pellets.  The nine original characters introduced by Ty Inc. in 1993 were Legs the Frog, Squealer the Pig, Spot the Dog, Flash the Orca, Splash the Whale, Chocolate the Moose, Patti the Platypus, Brownie the Bear and Pinchers the Lobster.They didn’t sell well at first, but Ty released each generation in limited quantities that were retired before the next generation came out. In 1996, tags were added that identified their date of birth with a four-line poem about the character.

Beetle Bailey Bobbleheads


This set of figures from the early 1960s is one of the most sought-after Beetle Bailey collectibles. They occasionally show up on eBay for about $80 apiece and a complete set sold a few years ago for $240.

I used to have a few of these in my room when I was growing up in Greenwich, Connecticut. As I remember it, they were produced by a marketing company owned by New York Giants defensive end Andy Robustelli and sold at The Sports Shop on Greenwich Avenue.