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The Original Coca-Cola Bean Bag Plush
Collection:

 

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Dealer/Distributor Set (never released to public) (1996)
(no swing tags)

These six characters are each unique and almost prototype-like in construction and design. Indeed, they were the original Coke beanies and are similar to the first commercial release (Spring '97) in some respects. Each sports a distinctive plastic Coca-cola chest button. The seal has the same plastic nose as the polar bears. One of the bears has a very unique blue and white Coca-cola cap. The penguin has a stuffed green cotton and vinyl delivery cap, a prototype for all subsequent delivery caps. Other minor differences are apparent upon close examination. This set was never sold, and was given to select Coca-cola Distributors/Dealers in 1996. Apparently, they were produced in a limited edition of 500 sets for this exclusive use. These beanies never carried swing tags, and have tush tags dated 1996.

Street Value: Approximately $600/set.

Spring Set '97 (1st release)
(#0107, #0108, #0109, #0110, #0111, & #0112)

This is the very first set of Coke beanies produced for commercial sale. Released to national, regional, and individual mass line retailers in the spring of 1997, the Coca-cola beanies quickly became one of Cavanagh Group International's most successful ventures ever! The manufacturer's suggested retail price was $5.99 each. Each beanie was sold with the distinctive Cavanagh (1997) "bottle cap" swing tag and dated (1997) tush tag.

Street Value: Approximately $45/set.

Christmas Set '97
(2nd release)
(#0101, #102, #103, #0104, #0105, & #0106)

The second set was released before Christmas 1997 to national, regional, and individual mass line retailers in the US and Canada. Designed with hangers on top of their heads for use as Christmas tree ornaments or for hanging shelf display in stores. Manufacturer's suggested retail price was $5.99. Cavanagh (1997) "bottle cap" swing tag and dated tush tag.

Street Value: Approximately $45/set.

Winter (Heritage) Set '98
(3rd release)
(#0114, #0116, #0124, #0132, #0133, and  #0140)

This is the first set released as a part of the "Heritage Collection" to authorized Cavanagh Heritage Collection dealers in the US and Canada in the Spring 1998. It also represents the third general release. This is also the only set to date featuring a non-animate object (Coke Can in Sun Glasses) as one of the beanie characters. Manufacturers suggested retail price was $5.99. Cavanagh (1997) "bottle cap" swing tag and dated tush tag.

Street Value: Approximately $36/set.

"Everyday" Set  (Spring '98)
(4th release)
(#0127, #0131, #0135, #0136, #0137, and #0152)

A fourth set was released in mid-1998 to mass line retailers in the US and Canada. This new Everyday Set was to represent the fun of drinking Coca-Cola literally "every day".The set introduced two new creatures (Whale #0137 and Husky #0136), which were available only in this set. Manufacturer's suggested retail price was $6.00. Cavanagh (1998) "bottle cap" swing tag and dated tush tag.

Street Value: Approximately $36/set.

Christmas Set '98 (5th release) (#0118, #0120, #0123, #0141, #0142, and #0155)

The fifth set produced was a second Winter issue released in August 1998 to mass line retailer. The Whale and Husky were no longer a part of the set (having never been very popular). Manufacturer's suggested retail price was again $6.00. Cavanagh (1998) "bottle cap" swing tag and dated tush tag.

Street Value: Approximately $36/set.

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Christmas (Heritage) Set '98
(6th release)
(#0167, #0168, #0169, #0170, #0171, & #0172)

The sixth set produced was a second "Heritage"  release in September of 1998 to authorized Cavanagh Heritage Collection dealers. A completely redesigned and larger Reindeer (#0168) was introduced with this set, and all of the beanies were significantly enhanced in terms of outfits and caps. This was probably the most attractive and interesting set produced in 1998. Manufacturer's suggested retail price was again $6.00 per piece. Cavanagh (1998) "bottle cap" swing tag and dated tush tag.

Street Value: Approximately $36/set.

"Sports" Set  (7th release) May '99
(#0261, #0262, #0263, #0264, #0265, & #0266)

The newest release by Cavanagh Group International is this set of six colorful beanies representing the sports of soccer, skiing, baseball, football, hockey, and basketball. Planned for delivery in May 1999, the beanies in this set are the most ornately dressed and decorated so far. All of the bears are the new, 1999 design as first seen in the Spring GCC release. All have the classic Cavanagh "bottle cap" swing tag and tush tag, both dated 1999.

Pre-production photos of this set posted on the Cavanagh web page (and also on this site) showed the "original" bear design. However, the original, older design was apparently never produced, and retailers instead received the redesigned bears in this and all future sets.

Street Value: Approximately $36/set.

"Everyday Set" (Spring '99)
(8th release)  (swing tag numbers pending)

"Winter" (Fall '99)
(9th release)  (swing tag numbers pending)

Cavanagh is currently intending to release an eighth and ninth set of six Coke beanies, using the new bear design, for 1999. These sets will be shipped to mass line retailers, such as Eckerd Drugs, Walgreen, etc. starting in July or August. Swing tag numbers, detailed descriptions, and production details are not yet available. As with the Sports Set, it is anticipated that these new beanies will have the classic Cavanagh "bottle cap" swing tag and tush tag, both dated 1999.

Street Value: Approximately $36/set.


 The Special Edition Exclusives
Collection:

 

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Gift Creations Concepts Exclusive Fall '98 (#0166)

This exclusive "delivery bear" beanie was released in mid-1998 to Authorized Gift Creations Concepts (GCC) retailers as part of the Cavanagh "Heritage Collection". Also shown above is the exclusive GCC two-pack carrier.  Manufacturer's suggested retail price was $19.99 for the set. Beanie has the Cavanagh (1998) "bottle cap" swing tag and tush tag.

Street Value: Approximately $35/set.

Parade of Gifts Exclusive '98 (#0165)

This exclusive set (bear and chair) was released n mid-1998 to Authorized Parade of Gifts (POG) retailers as part of the Cavanagh "Heritage Collection". A limited edition production run of 5,000 beanies and 2,500 sling chairs. Manufacturer's suggested retail price was $19.99 for the set. Beanie has the Cavanagh (1998) "bottle cap" swing tag and dated tag.

Street Value: Approximately $35/set.

White's Guide to Collecting Figures Exclusive Kissing Bears '97 (#0153-0154)

The first "kissing bears" set was produced in conjunction with White's Guide to Collecting Figures magazine in mid-1997. Special magnets in the nose of each bear pull them together in a "kiss". Limited to a production run of 15,000. Manufacturer's suggested retail price was $14.95 for the pair. Beanies have the Cavanagh (1997) "bottle cap" swing tag and tush tag.

Street Value: Approximately $65/pair.

 White's Guide to Collecting Figures Exclusive Kissing Bears '98 (#0182-0183)

A second "kissing bears" set was again produced in conjunction with White's Guide to Collecting Figures magazine in mid-1998.  Once again, a limited edition production run of 15,000 pairs was produced. The manufacturer's suggested retail price was $14.95 for the pair. These beanies have the Cavanagh (1998) "bottle cap" swing tag and dated tush tag.

Street Value: Approximately $25/pair.

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Gift Creations Concepts Exclusive Spring '99 (#0267)

Cavanagh's first glimpse at their completely redesigned Coca-Cola Polar Bear line was presented in this GCC "Heritage Collection" piece, the Polar Bear in Red Romper. Numerous changes to the traditional polar bear design are seen, including new overall shape, eyes, arms, paws, nose, and distinctive Coke smile!  Beanie has the classic Cavanagh (1999) "bottle cap" swing tag and tush tag.

Street Value: Approximately $20.

 Exclusive Millennium Set of  Four (#0277, #0278, #0279, & #0280)

This set of four exclusive beanies (two polar bears, a seal and a penguin) was produced in celebration of the forthcoming millennium with a release in June of 1999. Presumably a limited edition production run, it is unknown how many of these sets were produced for sale at the manufacturer's suggested retail price was $34.95 for the set. These beanies have the Cavanagh (1999) "bottle cap" swing tag and dated tush tag.

Street Value: Approximately $35/set.

 Exclusive Coca-Cola Nascar Set of  12 (swing tag numbers pending)

In a unique, double licensing production, Cavanagh Group International is producing a set of twelve Nascar Coke beanies, each bearing the official number, team colors and autograph of each Nascar driver on an official satin jacket. The back of the jacket will have the "Coca-Cola Racing Family" Logo. The "drivers" will probably as follows: #20-Tony Stewart;   #28-Kenny Irwin;  #1-Steve Park; #10-Ricky Rudd;  #94-Bill Elliot; #88-Dale Jarrett;  #3-Dale Earnhardt;  #3-Dale Earnhardt Jr.;  #18-Bobby LaBonte;  #44-Kyle Petty;  #99-Jeff Burton; and #12-unassigned at this time. The set of 12 Coca-Cola Nascar Bean Bags are due to release in November. The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the set is $120 for the set, or $10 each. These beanies have the Cavanagh (1999) "bottle cap" swing tag and dated 1999 tush tag.

As of September 1, 1999, the design status of the these nascar coke beanies is unresolved.

Street Value: Approximately $120/set.


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The "World of Coca-Cola" Exclusives
Collection:

 

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World of Coca-Cola Atlanta (#0191)

Atlanta's World of Coca-Cola museum gift shop produced an exclusive polar bear in 1998. This beanie is available only at the gift shop, and was produced in very limited  numbers. The bear is dressed in a red fleece material shirt with the "World of Coca-Cola Atlanta" special logo.  Cavanagh "bottle cap" swing tag and tush tag (both 1998). Most have a special red "Exclusive" second swing tag.

Cavanagh redesigned this and all of their other new coke bears for 1999. The "new" #191 is illustrated above.

Street Value:Approximately $19 (old design); $15 (new design).

World of Coca-Cola Las Vegas (#0192)

The World of Coca-Cola museum gift shop in Las Vegas also produced an exclusive bear in 1998. This beanie is also available only at the Las Vegas gift shop. The bear is dressed in the same red fleece material shirt with a special "World of Coca-Cola Las Vegas" chest logo.  Cavanagh "bottle cap" swing tag and tush tag (both 1998). Also a special red "Exclusive" second swing tag.

Cavanagh redesigned #192 and all of their other new coke bears for 1999. The "new" version is illustrated above.

Street Value:Approximately $19 (old design); $15 (new design).

World of Coca-Cola 
(#0158 & #0159)

This exclusive pair was available at World of Coca-Cola museum gift shops in mid-1998. The bear (#0159) is wearing a red scarf with "Coca-cola" and snowflake print. The Seal (#0158) sports a white Coca-cola t-shirt. The Cavanagh "bottle cap" swing tag was modified post-production with a special "stick-on" label. Bear was re-released in it's original design in early 1999, only to be quickly replaced with the redesigned version in June.

The new version of #159 is illustrated above.

Approximate Street Values: Seal $65. Polar Bear $19 (old design): $15 (new design).

Everything Coca-Cola
(#0193 & #0194)

The initial "formal" exclusive pair was available at World of Coca-Cola museum gift shops beginning in late 1998. The male bear (#0193) is dressed in a black satin jacket with red satin trim. His female counterpart (#0194) has a matching red and black head ribbon and red satin collar bow. This pair is unique in being available only as a matched set - they are actually sewed together at the wrists! 

By mid-summer 1999, Cavanagh finally ramped up production to create four new characters as a part of the World of Coca-Cola collection. The bears were produced utilizing the "new" style. The complete set of six consists of two bear couples and a pair in nightwear (one bear and one seal. Cavanagh "bottle cap" swing tag, tush tag, and second special red "Exclusive" second swing tag.

Street Value:Approximately $25/ formal pair, $10/each others.


   The "Fast Food Connection" (USA) Exclusives Collection:

 
 

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McDonald's Owner's/Operator Convention '98 (no swing tags)

 This matched set was distributed to all attendees at the Annual McDonald's Restaurants Owner's/Operators Convention in Orlando, Florida. The male bear sports bright red vest with "1998 Worldwide Convention, Orlando" and the distinctive McDonald's "Golden Arches" logo. Twenty-thousand of these sets were produced, but most were quickly snapped up by convention attendees and they are almost never offered for sale on the secondary market. One of the most difficult sets to obtain, the female bear has a red fabric bow of matching red cotton material.  No swing tags or numbers, but a dated (1998) Cavanagh tush tag.

Street Value: Approximately $175/pair.

Manchu Wok - Christmas '98
(#0177 plus special second swing tag)

 Manchu Wok is a Chinese Fast-food restaurant found in Malls, airports, and other locations through the US and Canada. In order to purchase this exclusive Chinese bear, starting in November 1998, you had to buy any combo meal and (naturally) a large coca-cola.  For each meal you purchased, you were allowed to buy a bear for the suggested price of $2.99. The bear wears a red satin vest with yellow and green satin trim. Beanies have the 1998 Cavanagh "bottle cap" swing tag with special "Manchu Wok" second swing tag. Cavanagh tush tag.

Street Value: Approximately $12.


The Coca-Cola Collector's Club
and Cavanagh's Collectors Society Exclusives Collection:

 
 

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Cavanagh's Coca-Cola Christmas Collectors Society Exclusive '98 (#0151)

Cavanagh' s Coca-Cola Christmas Collectors Society was founded in late 1992 with the intent of providing special offerings to collectors of the distinctive Cavanagh Coca-cola collectible product line. Cavanagh Group International markets a variety of collectible items, including most of the Coke beanies illustrated on this web page. One of the benefits of membership in 1998 was receiving the first Collectors Society's beanie, a Coke bear sporting a red knit sweater with the Cavanagh reindeer logo. Twenty-five thousand Society beanies were produced and distributed to members worldwide. Cavanagh "bottle cap" swing tag and tush tag (both 1998).

Street Value: Approximately $35.

Cavanagh's Coca-Cola Christmas Collectors Society Exclusive '99 (#0126)

Cavanagh' s Coca-Cola Christmas Collectors Society provided a second beanie bear to all new and renewing members in 1999. This bear, unarguably a female, sports a bright red bow and red polka-dot satin shawl with red trim. Again, 25,000 Society beanies were produced and distributed to members worldwide. As usual, this fetching beanie has the classic Cavanagh "bottle cap" swing tag and tush tag (both dated 1998).

Street Value: Approximately $30.

1st Annual Collectors Classic Exclusive '98 (#0184)

Atlanta's World of Coca-Cola sponsored a special "collectors day" on October 24th, 1998. To celebrate the event, the Coca-cola store at World of Coca-cola offered a special beanie bear which had been limited to a single production run of only 1,800 beanies. The bear is dressed in a red fleece material shirt with the "Collectors Classic" special logo.  Cavanagh "bottle cap" swing tag and tush tag (both 1998).

Street Value: Approximately $35.

Cavanagh's Coca-Cola Christmas Collectors Society Exclusive International Beanie (1999)

A fifty-first issue of the new Coca-cola International Bean Bag Collection series has been announced for exclusive distribution to Cavanagh' s Coca-Cola Christmas Collectors Society members in June of 1999. This exclusive piece ("Totonca the Buffalo") is limited to one per Society member. Totonca is an extra representative on the United States in this series.

Street Value: Approximately $25.


The "Audio/Video Connection" Exclusives Collection:

 

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Blockbuster Video Exclusive '97
(#0144, #0145, #0146, #0147, #0148, and #0149 plus special break-away price tab) 

Cavanagh produced a special set of six Coca-Cola beanies for Blockbuster Video to sell during the 1997 Christmas holiday season. These exclusive beanies were only available with the purchase of any item valued at $25 or more, and in some cases, only with the purchase of a Blockbuster gift certificate (valued at $25 or more). The price of each beanie (once you had spent $25) was $5.99. In fact, the swing tag on this set is unique in having a special break-away price tab which lists the retail price directly. Unfortunately, many of the Blockbuster beanies have had this tab removed, and complete swing tags are rare on the secondary market. 

Street Value: Approximately $190/set.

Media Play/Musicland Exclusive Christmas 1997 (#0113)

  In an unusual move, Cavanagh produced a special single Coke beanie bear for exclusive sale at Media Play and Musicland stores in the US and Canada.  This bear was available only during the 1997 Christmas holiday season. An early limited production run of only 5,000 issues has made #0113 one of the rarest single Coke beanies. Several features differentiate this release from others by Cavanaugh. First, this is the only Coke beanie with the little plastic Coke bottle in the bear's left hand! All other Coke beanies are holding their Coke in the right hand (or paw, flipper, etc). Secondly, this beanie has a vertical line above his smile on the end of his snout - all bears produced since have only the classic, wide horizontal smile. Cavanagh (1997) "bottle cap" swing tag and dated tush tag.

Street Value: Approximately $225.

Media Play/Suncoast Motion Picture Company
Exclusive Christmas '98 (#0161, #0162, #0163, #0164,  plus "Exclusive to Us" special second swing tag)

With the demise of Musicland (now subsumed by Sam Goody), Cavanaugh  produced a special set of four Coke beanies for 1998 Christmas holiday season. These exclusive beanies have a special second swing tag made of fluorescent orange paper. This bright color is likely to fade rapidly, so owners should protect the special swing tag in an opaque tag protector.  Suggested retail price on these beanies was $6.99. Cavanagh (1998) "bottle cap" swing tag and dated tush tag.

Street Value: Approximately $75/set.


The Coca-Cola Collector Club Regional Chapter Exclusives Collection:


 

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Atlanta Chapter "Springtime in Atlanta" Annual Coca-Cola Collectors Club Exclusive 1st Moose Beanie (April 1997)

The very first regional Coca-Cola Collectors Club beanie was produced by the Atlanta Chapter's for their annual Christmas Party in December of 1997. A total of 140 of these exclusive moose beanies were produced. They sport a red t-shirt which simply states "1997, Atlanta Chapter, TCCCC. This moose is similar in size to the next one released in April 1998, but made of darker fabric and of a slightly different design.

Street Value: Approximately $225.

Atlanta Chapter "Springtime in Atlanta" Annual Coca-Cola Collectors Club Exclusive 2nd Moose Beanie (April 1998)

The Atlanta Chapter of the Coca-Cola Collectors Club issued it's second exclusive regional coke beanie for their annual "Springtime in Atlanta" convention during the second week of April 1998. A total of 145 of these exclusive Coca-Cola beanies were produced, all for distribution in the Children's registration packets.

Street Value: Approximately $125

Atlanta Chapter Annual Coca-Cola Collectors Club Exclusive Fawn "Whisper" Ty Beanie Baby (Christmas 1998)

This unusual exclusive beanie was given out at the Atlanta Chapter's annual Christmas Party on the 10th of December 1998. Total production numbers were 120 pieces. The chapter combined a genuine Ty Beanie Babies "Whisper" with an authorized Coca-cola commemorative t-shirt. This was the first (and will probably be the last) time such a combined product was produced for this purpose. 

Street Value: Approximately $50.

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24th Annual Coca-Cola Collectors Club National Convention Exclusive Frog Beanie (July 1998)

The National Coca-Cola Collector's Club produced this exclusive Coke frog for the 24th Annual Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1998. A total of 400 pieces were produced. 250 were given out in the children's registration packets. Another 50 was sent to each of the state chapters (one per state), with the remaining 100 being sold (in under 10 minutes) at the Club's sales table at the Minneapolis convention

Street Value: Approximately $55.

Atlanta Chapter "Springtime in Atlanta" Annual Coca-Cola Collectors Club Exclusive BunnyBeanie (April 1999)

The Atlanta Chapter of the Coca-Cola Collectors Club issued a fourth exclusive coke beanie for "Springtime in Atlanta" in April of 1999. A total of 200 of these exclusive Coca-Cola bunnies were produced, again for exclusive distribution in the children's registration packets.

Street Value: Approximately $65.

Midwest Chapter  Winterfest '99 Exclusive 
Bear in Red T-shirt Beanie  (February 1999 - exclusive numbered swing-tag)

The Midwest Chapter of the Coca-Cola Collector's Club produced their first exclusive collector Coke beanie for the February Winterfest meeting in Zanesville, Ohio in 1999. A total of 150 pieces were produced, and all were distributed at the meeting as a Breakfast Gift. Each of these exclusive little bears is individually numbered on the swing tag between 1 and 150.

Street Value: Approximately $65.

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Florida West Coast Chapter "Sun & Fun" Coca-Cola Collectors Club Exclusive "Millennium Bash Black Bear" Beanie (June 1999)

In celebration of summer and the forthcoming millennium, the Florida West Coast chapter of the Coca-Cola Collectors Club produced an exclusive black bear beanie for their "Millennium Bash" Party on Friday the 18th of June 1999. A total of 297 of these exclusive bear beanies were produced. Each wears a red t-shirt which says Millennium Bash, Sun N' Fun 1999, TCCCC. This moose is similar in size to the next one released in April 1998, but made of darker fabric and of a slightly different design

Street Value: Approximately $50.

Badger Chapter Annual Spring Pause Coca-Cola Collectors Club Exclusive Wisconsin Cow Beanie (May 1998)

The Badger Chapter (Wisconsin and adjoining states) of the Coca-Cola Collectors Club issued it's first exclusive regional coke beanie for their annual "Spring Pause" convention in mid-May 1999. Approximately 250 of these exclusive Coca-Cola beanie cows were produced and distributed with the registration packets to each attendee. Unfortunately, some of these beanies were smudged by the black paper used to wrap them in the registration packets.

Street Value: Approximately $50

25th Annual Coca-Cola Collectors Club National Convention Exclusive Horse Beanie (August 1999)

The Internatiional Coca-Cola Collector's Club produced this exclusive Coke horse beanie for the 25th Annual Convention in Dallas, Texas in 1999. A total of 400 pieces were produced. Most were given out at the welcome banquet, but a few were sold during the swap meet on Saturday.

Street Value: Approximately $50


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The International Coca-Cola Bean Bag Collection:

 

 

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Coca-Cola International Bean Bag Collection - March '99 (first release) (#0211, #0212, #0213, #0214, #0215, #0216, #0217, #0218, #0219, #0220)

In a bold and assertive move to expand into the collector beanie market, Cavanagh has commissioned a set of fifty different Coca-cola bean bag plush toys to be sold in five sets of ten every other month, beginning March 15th, 1999. Each of the fifty beanies represent one of the countries of the world where Coca-cola products are sold. Pictured here are the ten first releases: Reegle the Eagle (United States), Clomp the Elephant (Kenya), Curry the Tiger (India), Dover the Bulldog (England), Toolu the Toucan (Honduras),Toro the Bull (Spain), Masa the Lion (Mozambique), Rilly the Gorilla (Rwanda), Quala the Koala (Australia), and Strudel the Poodle (France). Approximately 2,200 authorized dealers will have these sets available, with a maximum order of 120 sets per dealer (smaller dealers limited to 10 sets per dealer). Thus, there should be plenty of these available for purchase. Each beanie carries its own national flag, and each has a distinctive hologram swing tag issued in a hard-plastic, locket-style, "bottle-cap" tag protector.

Street Value: Approximately $50/set of 10.

Coca-Cola International Bean Bag Collection - May 1999 (Second Release)  (#0221, #0222, #0223, #0224, #0225, #0226, #0227, #0228, #0229, #0230)

Cavanagh's second set of ten different Coca-cola bean bag plush toys will presumably be released in May or early June of 1999. These consist of Vaca the Longhorn Cow (Argentina), Baltic the Reindeer (Sweden), Zongshi the Panda (China),  Rifraff the Giraffe (Somalia), Croon the Baboon (Pakistan), Salty the Sea Turtle (Bahamas), Barrot the Parrot (Brazil), Can Can the Pelican (Cuba), Fannie the Fox (Germany) and Paco the Iguana (Mexico).  A unique feature of three of these beanies (Somalia, Pakistan, and China) is that they carry Coca-Cola bottles with the product logos in their native languages. All of the other International beanie produced so far carry bottles with the familiar Coca-cola trademark in English. As with the prior release, each beanie carries its own national flag, and each has a distinctive hologram swing tag in a locket-style, "bottle-cap" tag protector. 

Street Value: Approximately $55/set of 10.

Coca-Cola International Bean Bag Collection - July 1999 (Third Release) (#0231, #0232, #0233, #0234, #0235, #0236, #0237, #0238, #0239, #0240) 

The third of set of ten different Coca-cola bean bag plush toys is slated for a July/August 1999 release. These consist of Taps the Tapir (Venezuela), Gourmand  the Moose (Canada ), Rhiny the Black Rhino (Tanzania), Barris the Bear (Russia),  Badgey the Badger (Czech Republic), Ramel the Camel (Egypt), Pock the Peacock (Sri Lanka), Keykey the Snow Monkey (Japan), Waks the Yak (Nepal), and Lors the Wild Boar (Italy). As previously, a unique feature of three of these beanies (Russia, Egypt, and Sri Lanka) is that they carry Coca-Cola bottles with the product logos in their native languages. As with the prior release, each beanie carries its own national flag, and each has a distinctive hologram swing tag in a locket-style, "bottle-cap" tag protector.

Street Value: Approximately $65-85/set of 10.


The Australia/New Zealand Buddy Bear Collection:

 

Hungry Jack's Restaurants (Australia) mid-1997 
(no swing tags or numbers) 

This little pair was sold individually at all Hungry Jack's restaurants for $4.95AU with the purchase of any large hamburger. Hungary Jack's is the Australian equivalent to Burger King. They were apparently only available for a few weeks in mid-1997. These beanies sport a distinctive "Buddy Bear" tush tag. All of the Australian and New Zealand Coke buddy bear beanies are slightly smaller and thinner than the ones produced by Cavanagh. Produced by International Merchandising Concepts (IMC) in Australia.

Street Value: Approximately $50 each.

 Village Cinemas "Bubbles and Fizz"
(Australia)
Early 1998 
(no swing tags or numbers) 

A two-week release at the Village Cinemas Movie Theater chain in Australia. To purchase either "Bubbles" or "Fizz" required the purchase of a medium Coke and giant popcorn. These are perhaps the rarest Coke beanies of them all! Buddy Bear tush tag. The Coca-cola chest emblem on all of the buddy bears is a rather cheap-looking, flat, patch-style press-on, rather than a raised plastic button. Ribbon and bowtie are made of red plaid (tartan) material. Produced by International Merchandising Concepts (IMC) in Australia.

Street Value: Approximately $150 each.

Burger King New Zealand (Red Set)
1998 
(no swing tags or numbers) 

Sold individually throughout New Zealand at Burger King restaurants. Apparently only available for a few weeks in mid-1998. Required the purchase of a combo meal consisting of a large soft-drink (Coke, of course), large fries, and a deluxe hamburger. The buddy bear cost was $2.95NZ, bringing the total cost (with meal) to $12NZ. Both bears have red cotton muslin fabric accoutrements - the bear on the right sports a red vest with black cloth buttons and the coca-cola emblem. Buddy bear on the left is essentially identical to the Hungry Jack's Buddy at the far left. Buddy Bear tush tags. Produced by International Merchandising Concepts (IMC) in Australia.

Street Value: Approximately $75 each.

Burger King New Zealand (Plaid Set)
1998 
(no swing tags or numbers) 

This second set was also sold individually throughout New Zealand at Burger King restaurants. As with the similar Red Set, required the purchase of a hamburger combo meal in order to purchase each piece for $2.95NZ. "Female" buddy bear on the right is essentially identical to "Fizz", issued by Village Cinemas in Australia. Male buddy bear similar to "Bubbles", but with a complete collar of plaid material, rather than just a bowtie. Buddy Bear tush tags. Produced by International Merchandising Concepts (IMC) in Australia.

Street Value: Approximately $75 each.


 

The "K-Mart Set of Four" - Australia
The Easter Bunnies - Australia
The Chinese Bear Family - Hong Kong:

 

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K-mart Australia Set of Four
Fall 1998 
(flat swing tags, no tag numbers)

The same factory which produces Cavanagh's Coke beanies apparently produced this set of four Coca-Cola beanies for K-mart Australia in mid-1998. These differ slightly from the first Cavanagh release in the US. For example; the seal has no whiskers, and his cap is facing forward. The white polar bear has a red cap which faces backwards. The delivery penguin has no Coke button on the front of his cap (similar to some older #0108). Each of these beanies has a Cavanagh-style tush tag and a flat, unnumbered swing tag. Woolworth's and a few smaller retailers also had limited numbers of these beanies for sale recently.

Street Value: Approximately $75/set.

Australian Easter Bunnies Set of Four
March 1999 
(tush tags only - no tag numbers)

This unique set of four Coke "Easter Bunnies" was released for sale on March 9th, 1999. The rabbits were available for a one-month period only (or while supplies lasted), and were sold exclusively at QUIX Stores (similar to 7-11) which are attached to Mobil Gas Stations in Australia. In order to purchase a bunny, you had to buy a 2- litre bottle of Coke, bringing the purchase price to $5.99AU. To get the complete set of four, you spent $23.96AU plus tax. These bunnies sold out quickly at most QUIX stores in the larger Australian cities. Each rabbit has the distinctive Coca-cola chest button, but no swing tags. Tush tag also says "Coca-Cola". Produced by International Merchandising Concepts (IMC) in Australia

Street Value: Approximately $40/set.

Exclusive Chinese Polar Bear Family
April  1999 
(tush tags only - no tag numbers)

An exclusive "family" of four Coca-cola Polar Bears was released for sale on April 16th, 1999 in the People's Republic of China. These classic-style bears were packaged for distribution with the purchase of a two-pack of Coke or Coke products. In order to get all four members of the family (clockwise, from upper left: Pa Pa, Ma Ma, La La and Co Co), a purchase of a total of eight 1.25-litre bottles at the MSRP of $35HK was required. The total cost to get the entire set of four was approximately $140HK (about $18US) plus tax. Unfortunately, Co Co, the little boy bear with the most interesting attire (goggles and head phones), disappeared from most retailers within a day of release, making collecting all four extremely difficult. Pa Pa and Ma Ma are about 30 percent bigger than the classic Cavanagh polar bears, with Co Co and La La about 30 percent smaller.

Street Value: Approximately $160/set.

The German Coke Beanies:

 

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Exclusive "Coca-Cola Polar Bear in the Can" Summer 1998 
(tush tag only)

"Der Coca-Cola Polar Bär aus Der Dose" was a summertime promotional release issued by Coca-Cola Europe to announce the reintroduction of the classic Coke Polar Bear image in Germany. A total of 2,000 of these were to be produced. However, production problems resulted in only 1,800 ever being made. The little polar bear is much smaller than the standard Cavanagh bear, with an elongated shape to fit into the metal can it was distributed in. The can is steel and fitted with a snug, friction-fit inset lid. The little coke bottle this bear holds is of a different design. Its the older style bottle used on the larger Coca-Cola plush toys.

Street Value: Approximately $150/set (bear + can)

Exclusive "Christmas in July"   Polar Bear with red, white and green scarf Summer 1999

A second polar bear beanie was released in June of 1999 by Coca-Cola Europe wearing a red and white banded scarf with green yarn fringes. The shape of the little Coke bottle this beanie holds is unique to this release. It is similar to most of the other bottles, but the words "Coca Cola" are so small as to be barely legible, and the bottle is a bit fatter in the middle. In many ways, this is the "ugly duckling" of the Coca-Cola beanies. The snout is very wide and flat. The ears are nearly pinned back, and smile is broad but completely tucked beneath the bear's nose. A swing tag which states (in English) "This is not a part of toys. Please remove it this (sic) before giving this toy to a child" are printed on a plain white card (see below). Again only about 2,000 of these were produced. The tush tag on this release is large with red and white print on the front, and a black and white product description on the reverse. Made in Indonesia.

Street Value: Approximately $75 

German Summer Set (third release)  August 1999

This handsome set of five distinct beanies was released in August of 1999 by Coca-Cola Europe. Each of the characters is unique to this set.  The two polar bears resemble the prior two released in 1998 (in the can) and earlier in 1999 (with the red and white striped scarf. The seal and penguin look remarkably like the Cavanagh versions, and the little moose is unique to this set. All five have the swing tag which states (in English) "This is not a part of toys. Please remove it this (sic) before giving this toy to a child" are printed on a plain white card (see below). The tush tag is again large with red and white print on the front, and a black and white product description on the reverse. Made in Indonesia.

Street Value: Approximately $190/set 


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Coca-cola Bean Bag Plush Tush and Swing Tags:

 

Cavanagh Folding "book type" Swing Tag (USA)

K-Mart Flat "one piece" Swing Tag (Australia Exclusive) 

Coca-Cola International Bean Bag Collection (Hologram swing tag in special protector) 

Standard Cavanagh Tush Tag (USA)

Buddy Bear Tush Tag (Australia, New Zealand)

Hungry Jack's Buddy  Bear  Paper Insert (Australia Exclusive)

Burger King Buddy  Bear Paper Insert 
(New Zealand Exclusive)

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World of Coca-cola Exclusive
("stick-on" swing tag; #0158 and #0159)

World of Coca-cola Exclusive
(extra swing tag; #0184, #0191, #0193, #0194)

"Trink Coca-Cola" tush tag front side (Germany)

"Trink Coca-Cola" tush tag reverse side (Germany)


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