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Are Sports Bobbleheads Worth the money?

Jul 22, 2021
Are Sports Bobbleheads Worth the money?

Modern bobblehead dolls have become one of the most popular sports collectibles and can be found in ballparks and stadiums across the US and around the world, but some of the rarest and most valuable bobbleheads and dolls are oversized models measuring 14 inches and produced in Japan by Otagiri Mercantile, a company that promoted a number of smaller player dolls which became popular in the United States in the early 1960s. The manufacturer also made the advertising dolls for NFL football teams.


In the 1960s Major League Baseball stepped in and produced a series of papier -mâché bobblehead dolls. The 1960 World Series produced the first player-specific baseball bobbleheads: Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and: Roberto Clemente had the same face each. Over the next decade, a material change was made from paper to machete and ceramic bobbleheads are used for other sports and cartoon characters. 
    
Kenny Farrell, vice president of marketing and analytics for the Diamondbacks, says the bobblehead remains one of the most popular freebies. On August 2, 1997, the Minor League Birmingham Barons drew their dolls and bobbleheads at a game. 
Santo said the uniqueness and innovative power of bobbleheads will continue to sustain the popularity. Like any form of memorabilia, Bobble Heads brings fans together with sports characters and celebrities they love. 
    
Bobbleheads are so popular  because they are a foreign object to collect. Bobblehead collectors enjoy the fun and healthy pastime of making a little money when they decide to sell their collection. Whether sold for personal entertainment or as an investment: business with bobbin lace heads is booming. 
    
Bobbleheads have been around for centuries, but the sports craze is younger. The sports teams let them find sponsors and collect the tab in exchange for adding a sponsor logo to the Bobsled. The market for popular sports bobbleheads is a niche market where people prefer to gamble, ebay or auction. 
  
They appeared in the early 1900s as novelties in American sports, but it was not until the 1960s that they became more popular thanks to MLB. Interest in these collectibles began to wane in the 1970 "s, but interest in the collectibles picked up again in the late 1990" s.
Major League Baseball became one of the first sports to give its fans gifts during the 1960 World Series. In the seventeenth century, Buddha figures and other religious figures called temple buttons were made in Asia. The heads were made of papier-mâché and represented the players of each team, which was interesting. 
    
A bobblehead doll (also known as a bobblehead doll, nod or wobbler) is a kind of collector's doll. It should be stressed that a bobblehead can represent a person, a character, or a particular organization. 
    
Take for example, a sports bobblehead named after Hideki Matsui the New York Yankees baseball player.The value of bobbleheads is that they are limited products, which means that only a few are individually made and that the uniqueness and exclusivity of the bobblehead is preserved. Sport bobbleheads can be produced millions of times, but this uniqueness is nothing compared to a sport bobblehead with limited production and licensing. 
    

When the resale value exceeds $100, it is highly desirable and rare. If a sports bobblehead is manufactured in a limited volume, say 500 pieces, then the collector's item type has a higher value than a sports bobblehead, which is manufactured millions of times. 


Teams can schedule the promotions months in advance, but the production schedule is required. He estimates that there are still four million bobblers in the warehouses that were slated for giveaways last year. 

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