I love bobbleheads. I’ve never been a major collector of sports memorabilia, other than baseball cards as a kid, but bobbleheads are right in my wheelhouse. They’re less expensive than signed balls or game jerseys or framed photos, but they capture my favorite memories just as well and fit nicely on a shelf. I’ve put together a little collection over the years and it makes me happy whenever I walk past it. When there’s a minor earthquake, they all nod at me in reassurance that everything will be OK.
Given all that, I was thrilled to find out that there is a National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum opening up in 2018. It will be located in Milwaukee, Wisc., and will celebrate not just baseball’s tchotchkes, but bobbles from all different sports and even other areas of pop culture like TV and movies. Click here to read more about their mission, and click here to see a sample of their collection.
The physical museum is expected to open in April, but in the meantime they have produced a limited run series of baseball bobbleheads that celebrate teams with multiple World Series titles. There are 16 teams represented (no Yankees, Dodgers, Braves, or Tigers, nor any team with one title or fewer), in the form of the club’s mascot holding a pile of trophies.
Only 1,000 of each bobblehead are being produced, with each one individually numbered on the bottom. They are available only on the museum’s online store, for a price of $40 (plus $8 shipping). Click here to order your own! More from the museum’s press release:
The Oakland Athletics’ franchise has nine World Series titles, with the first five won when the team was located in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Athletics won the World Series in 1910, 1911, 1913, 1929 and 1930, before moving to Kansas City in 1954. The Athletics moved to Oakland in 1968, where the franchise won World Series titles in 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1989. The Athletics’ bobblehead features Oakland’s mascot, Stomper, holding two replica World Series trophies with seven additional trophies on the base, which is in the shape of the Athletics’ logo. ... All bobbleheads in the series were produced exclusively for the National Bobblehead HOF by FOCO.
The museum sent me one as a gift and he’s already making friends with the rest of my collection. To give an idea of scale, here is Stomper standing next to Rickey Henderson and Vida Blue.
He’s the standard height that you’d expect from a bobble, but somewhat fatter on account of being an elephant covered in trophies.
If you like what you see, then here are some key links:
- Bobblehead HOF website
- Online store (including the option to design your own custom piece!)
- Direct link to order a Stomper bobblehead
Supplies are limited, so don’t wait too long. Go Stomper, go bobbleheads, and go A’s!