Sunday, April 27, 2014

Minnesota Twins ST Bobblehead Set (Part 7 - Year 2007)

2007 brought us back to the boring, remade versions of the 2006 SGA set.  This set includes Torii Hunter, Brad Radke, Billy Martin and Jack Morris.  Unfortunately there isn't much more to tell about the 2007 set.

Below is a comparison picture of the 2006 SGA set and the 2007 ST set.  

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Minnesota Twins ST Bobblehead Set (Part 6 - Year 2006)

The 2006 ST set is probably my favorite.  It includes 4 players from the 65 Heroes set.  Earl Battey, Tony Oliva, Harmon Killebrew and Bob Allison.  It's a really good looking set, part of the reason I like this set so much are the uniforms.  This set is also unique because the full 2006 ST set is actually 5 bobbleheads, but the 5th, Zoilo Versalles wasn't part of the 4 bobblehead set.  The only ticket holders that got him were the ones who purchased a specific season ticket plan and seats. Because of that, the entire 5 bobblehead set is very tough to put together.  I recently added the Versalles bobblehead to my collection.

Below I've uploaded the comparison picture of the 2006 ST set and the 2005 SGA set.  You'll notice that I only have 3 of the SGA bobbleheads because the other is the group of 10 1965 Heroes bobbleheads, which I'll blog about at a later date!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Minnesota Twins ST Bobblehead Set (Part 5 - Year 2005)

Here's the 2005 ST Set.  Joe Mauer, Shannon Stewart, Al Newman, and Paul Molitor.  Finally a set with at least a couple popular players in Mauer and Molitor.  Other than that - not much else to say!

Here's a picture comparing the 2005 ST set and the 2004 SGA set!  Notice Walter Johnson isn't included in the ST set, otherwise everything is the same.  

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Minnesota Twins ST Bobblehead Set (Part 4 - Year 2004)

Here's the 2004 Twins ST set.  Another pretty boring set.  Corey Koskie, Ron Gardenhire, Brad Radke, and Torii Hunter make up this set.

Obviously as you can see below, there are a few differences (finally) between the 2004 ST set and the 2003 SGA set.  Koskie has the same pose but is wearing a different uniform.  Same goes for Torii Hunter.  And beyond that the Twins replaced AJ Pierzynski and Eddie Guardado with Ron Gardenhire and Brad Radke.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Minnesota Twins ST Bobblehead Set (Part 3 - Year 2003)

2003 brought a pretty unremarkable set of bobbleheads...oh thats right, we already saw them in 2002. Cristian Guzman, Tom Kelly, Doug Mientkiewicz, and Jim Kaat.

Below is a comparison shot of the 2002 SGA set and the 2003 ST set.  I can't really say much more about this set!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Minnesota Twins ST Bobblehead Set (Part 2 - Year 2002)

Here's a look at the 2002 ST bobblehead set.  Includes the same 4 players as the SGA set did in 2001. Kirby Puckett, Bert Blyleven, Dave Winfield and Rod Carew.  The Twins introduced all season ticket holder bobbleheads on red bases, the main difference from SGA bobbleheads.

Below is a comparison of the 2001 SGA set and the 2002 ST set.  As you can see, the only difference is the base.  This is still a nice set of bobbleheads!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Minnesota Twins ST Bobblehead Set (Part 1 - Year 2001)

In March I did a 13 part series on each SGA bobblehead by year.  I'm doing another series showing the season ticket holder bobbleheads from every year.  These bobbleheads are given to full and partial season ticket holders.  Partial season ticket holders would only get 1 or 2 of these bobbleheads while full season ticket holders could get the entire set.

2001 is the first year the Twins gave season ticket holders a set of bobbleheads.  As you can see there isn't much difference in the 4 bobbleheads when compared to the 2000 SGA bobbleheads!  Harmon Killebrew, Kent Hrbek, Tony Oliva and Kirby Puckett make up the set of 4 bobbleheads.  Much like its 2000 SGA sibling set, this is one of the hardest ST sets to complete!  Why you ask?  Mainly because of the Hrbek and Killebrew bobbleheads (just like the SGAs!).

Below is a comparison of the SGA and ST sets.  You can see each bobblehead is almost the same with the main differences being a uniform change.  Also, the easiest way to tell if any of these 4 bobbleheads are ST or SGA...ST have the players last name on the front of the base.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Minnesota Wild Complete SGA Set - 2013-14

I blogged about the 2013-14 Wild giveaways back in December.  If you missed it, check it out here. As you know, I'm a big fan of how the Wild do their SGA bobblehead promotions.  To the serious and passionate collectors, a specialized box is almost as important as the bobblehead itself.  Compared to the Twins bobbleheads (for the most part) any generic plain white box will do.  If the bobblehead fits well, nobody will ever know if that was the original box or not - but really, its a plain white generic box - who the hell cares?  However, the Wild's bobbleheads have awesome boxes.  They are sharp, catch your eye and obviously are part of the collection.  Check them out below.  

The bobbleheads themselves are also great.  They are high quality, nice and sturdy pieces.  Dany Heatley, Ryan Suter, Zach Parise, Jason Pominville, and Jonas Brodin make up the 5 player set.  I've seen prices on these vary a ton.  Some have gone for $25 while others have reached $200 on eBay. You can see the entire set below.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Minnesota Wild Complete SGA Set - 2010-11

The Wild have done 2 different season SGA sets.  One in 2010-11 and one in 2013-14.  I'll blog about the 2013-14 set later this week.  This set named the 6 players on the Year X All-Time Team.  Included in the set were Niklas Backstrom, Andrew Brunette, Brent Burns, Mikko Koivu, Nick Schultz, and Marian Gaborik.  All come in specialized boxes, something I really wish the Twins would copy (instead of the generic plain white boxes).  At the time, this set was somewhat difficult to complete, but now you see these bobbleheads fairly often on eBay for relatively good prices too!

Monday, April 7, 2014

How to keep track of all these bobbleheads

This is a bit of a different blog post.  For the longest time I'd just try to remember the bobbleheads I have and the ones I'm most interested in acquiring.  Then I started a couple different excel spreadsheets.  My problem was continuing to update the spreadsheets as I ran across more bobbleheads.  I wasn't sure what  I should do.  I knew whatever it was that I'd end up picking, I wanted it to work for a long time but I didn't want it to be online.  I came to one conclusion...Microsoft Access.  It's a database tool, so really it should be perfect for me.  It's a huge time commitment tho, and that's my problem right now.  I update it when I have time and over the next couple of months, it should be complete - at least with the bobbleheads I own and some of the ones I'd like to own.  If you are looking for something to track you bobbleheads...depending on what you are comfortable with, Excel or Access should work for you!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Mini Mauer & Morneau

Since baseball season is finally here, I'm dedicating several blog posts to individual bobbleheads that aren't as common as some of the more recent Twins giveaways.  Most will have a Minnesota theme, but perhaps not all.  This is one of my favorite bobbleheads...before I got it, I didn't know much about it.  The Fort Myers Miracle did a giveaway of a Mauer/Morneau double bobblehead in 2007 - I believe. This is a fairly rare bobblehead, you'll see them every now and again on eBay and they aren't cheap either.  Also - its a mini bobblehead...standing roughly 4-5 inches tall rather than the typical 7-ish inches tall that most SGAs are.  To date the pair have 3 double bobbleheads in their honor!