There also is no stamp in tush tag indicating a limited edition that was handmade. Secondly his name on the inside of the hang tag is in all CAPITOL letters which up until now has only ever been seen in Canada, but he doesn't have a Canadian tush tag to back that, and again makes him even more rare.
His hang tag is in mint condition and tush tag is near mint. The fact that he was made with P.V/C/ pellets, his birthday is numerically written instead of spelled out, Deutschland is printed inside his hang tag are all indicators that he is a really early and 1st and limited edition. This one is definitely a perfect addition to a serious collectors collection. There is alot of them out there with common errors, but this one is really 1 of 1 and not another like him. I hope you enjoy him in your collection as much as I have. Let me know if I can answer any questions you may have or would like additional pics or info.
Claude is made from a blue, green and orange tie-dyed material with a white underside. He has black button eyes and two black thread antennae. He has eight legs and two large pincers. Claude the crab paints by the sea A famous artist he hopes to be But the tide came in and his paints fell Now his art is on his shell! Claude was released on 11th May 1997.His birthday is on 3rd September 1996. Occasionally, Claude is seen with the wrong name on the tush tag. Some of the names that have been spotted are Inky, Snowball, Weenie, Digger and Legs. One some of the swing tags, Claude's name is in capital letters.
These have only been seen in Canada. On 14th March 1999, Claude was given out to season ticket holders who attended the basketball game between the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers. Claude was retired on 31st December 1998.This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Beanbag Plush\Ty\Beanie Babies-Original\Retired". The seller is "deaunrei_0" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.