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1961-1963 White Base Bobblehead
White Base Bobblehead
Red Sox Boy Face

1962 LA Nodding Head Baseball Doll For Dodger and Angel Fans
AKA the
"Don Drysdale" series.

1961-1963 White Base
Mascot Head

 KeyMan Collectibles  NEWSLETTER September 2017  
Bobbing Head, Bobblehead, a Nodder by any name
 Steven KeyMan
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  is as Sweet - By Steven KeyMan
Founder of Keymancollectibles.com, and a long time collector, Steven KeyMan has more than 30 years of experience in researching, and cataloging information on Baseball Memorabilia. Researching his own personal collection, and helping others find information on their collectibles, the website grew into the largest online resource for baseball memorabilia
 

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  The roots of the modern-day baseball Bobbing head doll AKA Bobble head, Bobblehead, and Nodder, dates back to the first nodding-head figures that were made in China during the late 1600s. Danny Goodman, the Los Angeles Dodger marketing Genius known as the greatest baseball paraphernalia salesman in the history of the game introduced the bobbing head doll to the U.S. market in 1956.

 The idea brought over from Japan, Goodman first sold the bobble head doll, a chubby player with rotund cheeks and a smile, at Gilmore Field, a former minor league baseball park that served as home to the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League. When the Dodgers moved to LA in 1958 the Dodgers adopted both Danny Goodman and the Nodder. By 1960 All Major League teams were selling bobble heads at the stadiums

 The colored base series of baseball bobbing heads were the very first dolls sold. They were issued from 1960-1961 and included only 12 Major Leagues teams. The series also included 3 Pacific Coast League teams. Each doll sits on a different color base. The Major League teams do not have the cities decal on the base as the PCL nodders do.

The 1961- 1963 White base, baseball series Bobbing Head doll was the first comprehensive series of major league baseball bobbing heads. They originally sold for $1.00 each! It included examples from 20 different franchises with several significant variations. The series included nine dolls featuring mascot heads. Also lumped into this series are four dolls of actual players. Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente, featuring facsimile autograph decals on the base, and a picture box.

A mini series was issued at the same time. They are literally smaller version of the White base series and measure about 4 1/2" tall. Most of the dolls were equipped with a magnet on the bottom of the base and were often seen adorning the dashboards of cars. It was a comprehensive set with all the Major league teams plus two individual players, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris.

In 1974 Danny Goodman marketed his own brand of Bobbing Heads. Famous Bobble Head Mascots. They were manufactured by Sports Specialties Corporation for distribution by Danny Goodman Concessions, Dodger Stadium, LA California, 90012. Made in Taiwan, the 7" Bobble Head dolls that stood on a round gold base, came in a red windowed box with white printing. The Bobblehead dolls were available in all 24 Major League teams.


 Known as S.A.M., Sports Accessories & Memorabilia, was licensed by Major League Baseball to produced a new line of baseball bobbleheads. Unlike the paper-mâché Bobbing Heads of the 1960's, the S.A.M.'s were made of Porcelain. Each nodder of the inguinal set that was issued in 1992 came with a C.O.A., and featured players such as Nolan Ryan, Ken Griffey Jr., Tom Seaver and Babe Ruth. Most of these figures had production runs between 3,000 and 5,000.

In 1993 S.A.M. issued bobbing head dolls that included Mickey Mantle, Pete Rose, Roberto Clemente, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson, Martinez Jackson, and Satchel Paige in a Kansas City Monarchs uniform. The company donated $1.00 to the Negro Leagues Baseball Players Association for each sale of the Jackson's, Mays, and Paige nodders. Martinez Jackson, father of Reggie played for the Newark Eagles.

 The first baseball team to offer a bobblehead giveaway was the San Francisco Giants, which distributed 35,000 Willie Mays Nodding Heads at a May 9, 1999 game. Sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle the 7" Bobble Dobbles, made by Alexander Global Promotions Inc. revitalized the bobblehead craze. The uniform number 24 Willie Mays promotion commemorate the 40th anniversary of Candlestick Park, which was the last year of the Giants playing at that stadium.

As stated by Danny Goodman the man that started it all, Bobble Head Dolls are "A favorite collectors item for fans of all ages."

 
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