This tag was introduced in September, 1998 on the first Buddies. All Buddy hang tags look like a fifth gen. Beanie Babie hang tag (red front with white "ty", yellow star, outlined in gold, comic sans font). Yellow star has "BEANIE ORIGINAL BUDDY". Inside left side of tag says: "The Beanie Buddies Collection" followed with the registered mark (R in a circle), underlined, then a copyright symbol, "Ty Inc. Oakbrook IL.U.S.A.", another copyright symbol, "Ty Europe Ltd. Fareham, Hants P015 5TX, U.K.", another copyright symbol, "Ty Canada Aurora, Canada", then, "Handmade in Korea", (Some Buddies are made in China). Inside right of tag has the Buddies name followed by a TM, a short reference to the Beanie with the same name, & "www.ty.com". Note ~ the phrase "Beanie Baby" is red letters of a crooked kind of font. Back of tag is just like a fifth gen. Beanie Babie hang tag, "Please remove all swing tags before giving this item to a child", followed with a bar code, "Retain Tag For Reference", "For ages 3 and up", & "Surface Wash".
This tag was introduced in January, 1999. The type on this tag is the same as a first gen. except it seems lighter, like the first tag was in bold type face & this one is not. The only other difference is the European address is now: "Ty Europe Gasport, Hampshire, U.K."
This tag was introduced in April, 1999. It is the same as a second gen. hang tag with the exception it now has the corrected spelling of "Gosport" in the Ty Europe address.
This 1 inch, looped, white tush tag was introduced in September, 1998. On the front of tag is a red heart with "ty" in white letters in the middle of it & a black registered mark (R in a circle) on the bottom right of the heart. The back of tag says "TY, INC.", a copyright symbol, "1998" accross the top in red letters. Then in black capitol letters it says: OAKBROOK, IL., REG.NO.PA-1965(KR) ALL NEW MATERIAL CONTENTS: POLYESTER FIBER & P.E.PELLETS HAND MADE IN CHINA", then CE at the bottom. Note ~ some first gen. tags can include "IN CLOTH BAG" right above "HANDMADE IN CHINA". Also, some Buddies were made in Korea.
This tag was introduced in January, 1999. This looped, white tag is about 1 1/4 inches long, & has all red letters. The front of the tag has the same heart as a first gen. tag, but the registered mark is now in red. On the top of tag it says: "The Beanie Buddies Collection" followed by another registered mark. The back of tag is the same as the first gen. except for "Ty Inc" is not all caps & there is no comma or period. This tag can also say "IN CLOTH BAG".
This tag was introduced in April, 1999. This tag is like the second gen. tag with a couple of differences. This tag is a tiny bit longer. On the front of tag, "SHELL 100% TYLON", was added accross the bottom. On the back of tag, the phrase, "CONTENTS:", was changed to: "INNER CONTENTS". Also, the type on back seems a tiny bit bolder.
Most tag info I learned from Mary Beth's Bean Bag World Monthly magazine.