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Ty BBOC Edition 2 Series 4

Series 4 Quick Facts

Odd of finding cards
    Retired                  1:72
    Classic Common   1:24
    Beanie/Buddy        1:12
    Birthday                1:5
    Wild                     1:3

Number of Retired's
    Orange 117,600
    Purple    58,800
    Silver     29,400
    Gold        1,000
Total 206,800

Est # of cases     103,400
Est # of Boxes    620,400
Est # of packs 14,889,600

Series 4 Box

Series 4 pack

   Series 4 were first found on November 10th 1999 with first sightings again on the East coast. The format of the series is very similar to Series 3 with the same basic card groups. Numbering continues from where Series 3 left off, but in the reverse order i.e. starting with commons and increasing through the rarer cards. Gone though are the Tear-A-Bear and are replaced by a Lenticular Action Card. As with all previous series, Ty has autographed one of each card and as in the previous series, the signature has a small clear Ty heart embossed on top of it. There are a total of 164 distinct cards in this series.

Each pack contains a checklist, a sticker card, an artists proof card and 7 other cards. Most of these are common cards but some will be the more valuable chase cards. There are a total of 10 types of cards in this Series: 

Card Colors
    One of the most confusing things, for beginners and experts alike, is how to tell the color of each of the cards. As in all previous series, Ty has changed the colors and how that color is determined. For Series 4 the colors are:
  • Orange
  • Purple
  • Silver
  • Gold
    With Orange being the easiest to find and Gold the rarest. For Series 4 there should be only 100 of each of the Gold cards and they are all numbered. However, there are quite a few unnumbered gold cards out there and their values do not appear to be very high indicating that quite a lot of them exist. How to tell the color of each card type will be described in the relevant sections. The Retired, Beanie/Buddy, Birthday and Wild cards are colored

The End Card
Oh what a treat Ty saved for the last card (number 321) of the series and what turned out to be last series. This card is a limited edition card and it comes in Gold only. There are 400 of them and they are all signed. In addition each card comes with a printers plate and certificate of authenticity. While there are approximately equal numbers of each of the 4 printers plates (Black, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow), they do not appear to be tied in any way to the production number of the card.

    For those of you who cannot read teeny, tiny print, this is what it says on the back of the printer's plate.

Congratulations! You are one of the lucky recipients of a Limited Edition The End Bear Collector's card. Only 400 of these cards have been produced in Series 4, and each card is autographed by TY. To authenticate the rarity of these Limited Edition Collector's Cards, you are being provided with one of 400-issued "Printer's Plate" versions of The End Bear Collector's Cards. Four "plates" are required to print each card - one representing each of the four process colors: cyan, magenta, yellow and black. This plate represents the **** tones used int the printing of the original cards.

There have been reports of some people finding the printers plates but with no autographed card.

Retired Cards
    The Retired cards are not as shaped as they were in Series 3. Only the upper left and lower right corners are rounded, with the other two being square. Each card has a foil Retired Insignia in the upper left quadrant of the card and it is the color of this insignia that indicates the cards color. There are a total of 10 retired cards numbered 311 to 320. All retired cards are serial numbered on the back.

# Card Orange Purple Silver Gold
311 Ants 9408 4704 2352 100
312 Blackie 4704 2352 1176 100
313 Clubby 11760 5880 2940 100
314 Coral 4704 2352 1176 100
315 Curly 11760 5880 2940 100
316 Fetch 14112 7056 3528 100
317 Nanook 9408 4704 2352 100
318 Nibbly 18816 9408 4704 100
319 Pounce 14112 7056 3528 100
320 Rainbow 18816 9408 4704 100

Classic Common Cards

    The Classic common cards are any but common. With the odds of finding one of these at 1 in 24 packs, you should get only 1 per box. There are a total of 10 classic common cards in series 4 and are marked with "classic common" in shiny gold letters. They are called Classic commons because they are the same format of card as used in Series 1 and 2 cards. They are numbered 301 to 310.

Beanie/Buddy Cards

    There are a total of 16 Beanie / Buddy cards in 8 matches pairs. Unlike Series 3 they are not clear cards but has a mirrored finish to them. They come in 4 colors, with the color determined by the name of the Beanie or Buddy. Each Beanie card has a wavy right hand edge that matches with the corresponding Buddy, which has a wavy left hand edge. They are numbered 285 to 300. The most difficult of these to find are the Peanut and Princess cards, the most common Fuzz and Schweetheart

Birthday Cards

    There are 12 Birthday/Rookie cards that are in a landscape orientation. The name of the Beanie is on the left side of the card and on the right is an arc of solid color. It is the color of this arc that determines the cards color. All card colors have the Birthday printed in silver. Beanies that were introduced in 1999 have a yellow Rookie oval on them. They are numbered 273 to 284. All birthday cards have about the same probability of being found.

Wild cards

    There are a total of 15 Wild cards. All cards have a blue border. The color of the card is determined by the Beanies name at the bottom of the card. On the back are printed wild facts about the Beanie. The cards are numbered 258 to 272 and all are in about equal production ratios.

Common and Artist's Proof Cards

    There are a total of 100 cards in the common and AP sets. An artist proof card is distinguished from a regular common by a small gold stamp on the right hand side of the card that has the Ty logo overprinted with the words Artist's Proof. Since each pack contains only 1 Artist's proof and about 7 common cards, the AP cards are quite a bit more valuable. It does appear as though the same common cards that are rare are equally rare in the AP form. Card numbers are from 158 to 257 and both the commons and Artist Proofs share the same numbers.


    There are a total of 25 different sticker cards. These cards are supposed to glow in the dark, but they don't seem to do so for me. Each sticker is of a single Beanie and the sticker is the entire card with the exception of the "Glow in the Dark" label at the bottom. On the back of the card is the outline of the Beanie so that you can color it yourself. These are great for the younger collector !!

Issued Cards

    In each case of cards, which contains 6 boxes, is an Issued card. It is contained within a 4 screw down holder and the card itself is partially clear. There are two different Issued cards for June 15, 1996 and three different issued cards for Jan. 7, 1996.  They are marked as ? of 2 or ? of 3 respectively.

Lenticular Cards

    These cards are a new addition for series 4 and there is 1 in every sealed box. The card is about 4 1/4 inches square. As you twist or turn the card, the image of the Beanie moves. There are a total of 12 of these cards.

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