The three basic versions of first generation.
All tags with one flat sheet, the logo for the front and the reverse with style number, name, and care instructions.
1A – was produced from 1986 -1988
1B – was produced from 1988-1989
1C – was produced from 1989-1990
This will break down the 1st generation plush tag for a more complete understanding.
The 1a hang tag is the first “TY” hangtag ever produced. This tag can be found on plush produced from 1986 to early 1988.
This includes 1986 cats and dogs, the small heart plush, and the examples pictured in the 1988 catalog adding up to about 50 unique tags.
The 1B hang tag was introduced shortly after the 1988 catalog was issued. This tag has a more curved edge at the boarder of the bottom half of the heart.
1B “full banner” was only produced for one run limited to the sitting bear series including McGee, Snowball, Blackie, Cinnamon, Ping Pong, and Kasey.
1B “banner” and 1B “no banner” both were produced for second run and third run. Note the larger font size used on third run.
The tilting of the print on the reverse of the tag appears to be completely random.
The “banner” style tag can be found on any plush which have PVC pellets which would include nearly all plush styles.
The “no banner” style tag is limited to Jake, Mischeif, Ping Pong 1st Run, and all “SUPER” sized plush from the 1988 and 1989 collection catalogs (1987-1988 tush tag years). . These plush were produced without pellets and thus do not advertise “BEAN BAG”.
The 1c hang tag is commonly referred too as the TYWL (To You With Love) tag.
The reverse side of the tag is still unchanged from the 1b hang tag.
The “no banner” style tag is limited to Jake, Mischief, and all “SUPER” sized plush from the 1988, 1989 and 1990 collection catalogs (1987-1989 tush tag years). These plush were produced without pellets and thus do not advertise “BEAN BAG”.
This tag can be found on all styels featured in the 1989, and 1990 collection catalogs (1987-1989 tush tag years) which adds up to about 68 unique tags. Tag errors on different runs so far include: Fritz and Pritz, Freddy and Preddy, Chi-Chi Cheetah and Chi-Chi Cheetam. The entire series is likely duplicated by the nuance of a subtle font change that may not effect every name.
The TYWL hang tag was produced up to 1990 and was then replaced with the second generation hang tag.
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