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Inside The Bobblehead Craze

"The bobblehead craze that has swept America actually started with the Minnesota Twins. During the 2000 season the team gave away four bobbleheads - Harmon Killebrew, Kent Hrbek, Tony Oliva, & Kirby Puckett. The team was surprised when fans lined up hours before the gates opened hoping to receive one of 5,000 Killebrew dolls last spring. They were even more surprised at the huge interest generated nation-wide. After giving away another 5,000 Hrbek dolls later that season, the team decided to give away 10,000 Oliva & Puckett dolls in attempt to meet the tremendous demand. The craze spread across the nation - fans came from all over the country, some camping overnite, to get one of the coveted dolls.

What started out as an innocent promotion to boost the teams' poor attendence turned into a cash generating machine for collectors & dealers. Dolls were spotted all over the internet often going for hundreds of dollars. Soon other teams began to give out their own dolls, then other sports NFL, NBA, NHL, & even WNBA got in on bobblehead mania. " This story appeared on the internet page "Simply Baseball Notebook Cover stories Summer 2001 by David Zingler. We were fortunate to be in the stadium for the Hrbek doll give away game. The following two dolls are now offered for your keepie collection.

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Kent Hrbek - Stadium Give Away -Bobblehead

   
       
Doll#15 Hrbek 1 Doll#17 Hrbeck 3  
Doll#15C - Authentic Commemorative Card (enlarge)
 
   
Doll#15A -Kent Hrbeck -front view $175 (enlarge)
   
Minneapolis Metrodome - June 17, 2000
 

On June 17, 2000 the scene outside the Metrodome in Minneapolis was unusual. A tent community had formed, surrounding the entire Metrodome as hundreds of fans gathered waiting for the gates to open. Some had been there for hours in order to be in the line that would receive one of the 5000 Kent Hrbeck Bobbelhead dolls that would be a part of the Stadium Give Away promotion. The gave with the Mariners was almost forgotten in the excitement of receiving the give away doll. The doll itself wore the Road Powder Blue uniform of the day with a TC helmet.

 

Doll#15B Kent Hrbeck      
Doll#15B Kent Hrbeck -Back view -(enlarge)
     
         
 

Kirby Puckett -2000 SGA Booblehead

       
       
0 Doll#16C Pucket-1
   
Doll#16C Authentic Commenorative- Card (enlarge)
 
   
Minneapolis Metrodome - August 12, 2000
Doll #16A -Kirby Puckett (front view) $50. (enlarge)
 

On August 12, 2000 when the Minnesota Twins were scheduled to play the Bluejays, fans flocked to the stadium, some even came the night before and camped out in order to be one of the l0,000 who would receive a Kirbky Pucket bobblehead doll. The early fans were fortunate enough to get their prize but many went home disappoined. We were one of the fortunate fans that just made it. So we are now willing to share this great collectors item with you. THe doll has the home pinstripe uniform and the m helmet as its head gear.

  Doll#16B Puckett 2  
Doll#16B - Kirby Puckett (back View (enlarge)
 
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