Beanie Babies - 1995 - made by Ty. Some called Beanie Babies road kill because of the flat design, but they became a huge craze when the inventor "retired" some of the most popular, making them valuable on collectible market. Some of the rarest designs sell for hundreds on EBay.
It was 1993.....Beanie Babies were EVERWHERE. Whatever card store you went into to buy a birthday card - you were bombarded with "WE'VE GOT THE LATEST BEANIE BABY HERE". Late night tv was all about rushing to the phones and "GET THEM NOOOOOWWWWWWW".
Did you get sucked in??
There's a family in LA that spent about $100,000 on them - thinking they would pay for their kids college. Not so much. Their son made a documentary called "Bankrupt by Beanies" about the family's experience. Read the whole story & check out the documentary here.