At ballparks throughout the country, bobble heads are given out to fans that show up early. For instance, this year the Houston Astros will be giving out baseball bobble heads of 2 local legends, Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell. As a baseball memorabilia collector (click here to read my post about starting a baseball card collection), bobble heads intrigue me because they seem to be just toys on the surface. However, there are many of these figurines that are worth a substantial amount of money. What follows is a list of some valuable baseball bobble heads on the market.
- 1961 Mickey Mantle- Many people don’t realize that baseball bobble heads have been around for about half a century. One of the first oversized head figures was of Mickey Mantle. Originally, this bobble head sold for just $1.00. If only I had been alive back then, but I digress. In excellent condition, this Mickey Mantle bobble head can fetch close to $1000. Even if the bobble head is chipped or flawed in some manner, it’s still estimated to be worth around $500.
- 1960’s Dodgers Weirdos – The Los Angeles Dodger weirdo bobble heads are some of the most interesting characters you will ever see (to check out the weirdo bobble heads click here.) These goofy looking bobbing heads are incredibly rare and surprisingly valuable. The most expensive of this set are appraised at $5000. And you thought they were just silly toys.
- Houston Colt 45 Black Face- From 1963 to 1965 a set of black face baseball bobble heads were issued representing 16 of the 10 Major League teams at the time. Most of these dolls are very rare and valuable, but one of them stands apart from the crowd. The Houston Colt 45 doll is the most uncommonly found bobble head, and its book value is upward of $10,000. One of the things that make the doll unique is that, as the name of the team suggests, the doll carries a pistol. This may be the most highly sought after baseball bobble head around.
The next time your child wants to arrive at the ball game early to pick up a bobble head of his favorite player you should consider the lessons taught in this article. Who knows; your kid could end up with a very valuable investment.