Tuesday, November 29, 2016

New Addition - Bernie Gerl Bobblehead

Here's a recent addition of mine!  Bernie Gerl (click his name to learn more) has a fascinating yet tragic story.  The Duluth Huskies gave out this bobblehead earlier this summer.  Thanks to a friend of mine I was able to add it to the collection.  The Huskies kept this as a secret until the giveaway actually happened.  People waiting in line didn't know what bobblehead they were getting, even several Huskies employees didn't know.  Bernie Gerl didn't even know they were doing a bobblehead of him.  The Huskies worked with Bernie's family (who knew he'd absolutely love the bobble) to get the bobblehead produced.  This was quite a surprise to everyone in Duluth and a pretty memorable night at the ballpark.

Now, more about the bobble itself.  Obviously it has TONS of detail - which I love.  The catcher's gear is amazing.  The fact that the chest protector is being held is awesome.  And beyond that, its a nice heavy bobblehead.  I'd have to say...out of all bobblehead giveaways in 2016 (that I collect, which means anything related to Minnesota and their affiliates) this is the best one.  The detail, the weight, nothing is cheap about this bobble!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

New Addition - Bud Grant Bobblehead

I acquired this bobblehead a while ago and finally got around to getting some pictures of it.  I had only heard about this one from a buddy of mine who is a memorabilia dealer.  He had a picture of it and I was hooked.  Then he told me there were only 3 produced...ever.  I believe the 3 in circulation (really they aren't circulating anywhere) were prototypes.  The 2 guys that had them made, brought them to Bud to sign off on (after he originally gave the go-ahead).  Bud ended up not signing off on them so they weren't produced for retail sale.

I told my friend, if he ever got one or knew of one that was available, I'd definitely be interested in it. Luckily that day came and I was able to add it to my collection.  This one is priceless and I definitely spent a pretty penny but in my mind, its the star of my collection.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New Addition - David Ortiz

This might be my favorite minor league bobblehead from the 2016 season.  It's from the Salt Lake Bees, formerly known as a the Buzz (that's when Ortiz played for them).  It's a full sized bobblehead which I can't say is typical of minor league teams.  I love minor league bobbleheads and the teams and marketing efforts they put forth but many of them do something smaller than the standard (7 inch tall) bobblehead.  

Sunday, November 13, 2016

New Addition - Pheasants Forever

Another new add for me is a Pheasants Forever hunting bobblehead.  Obviously this is a noteworthy Minnesota non-profit group.  My mother-in-law found this bobblehead for me and I was pretty damn happy to add it to the collection.  It's just crazy to see what is out there and what you never know about until you actually set it in person (or through a picture if you happen to get lucky).  This one is damaged as I believe the barrel of the shotgun is missing, however, Im not going to worry about that until I find one in better condition!  

Friday, November 11, 2016

Charlie Brown Bobblehead - Twins Edition

Here's another new addition of mine.  This was produced by Forever Collectibles (yeah, I'm usually not a fan) and its a nice and heavy bobblehead.  There is a set of these that also include other characters from Peanuts.  Eventually I'd like to have the whole set, but for now, Charlie Brown will do!  

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

New Addition - Target Field Replica

I've been hunting for this stadium replica for quite a while.  I've known about it for a long time but have only seen it in pictures.  I thought I was possibly going to acquire it through a friend of a friend who has connections with the Twins, but the Twins employee who owned it couldn't part with it.  This is not the SGA version.  You'll notice 2 main differences, the first is on the outside base - it says "Target Field Inaugural Season 2010" in gold and the second difference is on the bottom where its numbered out of 1122.  There is 1 more difference, but hard to tell through pictures, it's actually significantly bigger than the SGA replica.  The story behind this is that the Twins had these made and gave them to Twins employees during the 2010 season.   

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

New Addition - Justin Morneau Target Field Exclusive

One of my latest additions is a Justin Morneau bobblehead.  I actually didn't know about this bobblehead until I found it.  I knew about its "set-mates" (Joe Mauer and TC Bear) as the Bear is one of my most wanted (yeah yeah, I'll update my want list at some point soon).  I believe this is a set of 3 that was only available at the Majestic Team Store at Target Field in 2010.  Pretty sweet bobble and I specifically like it because of the base!