Ty Beanie Baby – Champion the FIFA Bear ( USA ):
Ty Beanie Baby – Champion the FIFA Bear ( USA ). From the Ty Beanie Babies collection.
Plush stuffed animal collectible toy.
Mint with mint tags (with heart & tush tags).
Approximate size: 8.5 inches
One of the Teddy Bear style TY Beanies.
Released for the FIFA Soccer Tournament.
This Version has the USA Flag on it’s nose.
Inside the tag reads:
This Beanie does not have a birthday.
Introduction Date: 04/04/2002
Retirement Date: 06/14/2002
Style #: 04408
SWING TAG INFORMATION
Each swing tag contains information unique to the country represented by the bear. The Japan and Korea bears are available with one of two versions of swing tags, one in English or one in the country’s native language.
|EXTRA FIFA SWING TAG (front & back)
|CHEST BUTTON (close-up)
Ty produced 32 different Champion Beanie Baby bears; one for each country entered in the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament in 2002. Each of the bears was retired on the day its country was eliminated from the competition.
The tournament was hosted jointly by Japan and Korea. It was the first time this tournament was hosted by two countries. Brazil won the championship with a 2 – 0 win over Germany in the final game. FIFA is an acronym for Fédération Internationale de Football Association.
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