Bobblehead Questions and Answers
"Baseball is like church. Many attend, but few
understand"--Wes Westrum, former major league catcher.
"There's one word that describes baseball: 'You never know.'"--Joaquin Andujar, former major league pitcher.
"You can observe a lot by watching"--Yogi Berra, Hall-of-Fame catcher
(Quotes from the highly recommended book Watching Baseball Smarter by Zack Hample)
At TwinsBobbleheads.com "Helpful Information and Great Service" is our motto. TwinsBobbleheads.com gets questions now and then about bobbleheads. On this page we will publish your questions and do our best to answer them. If we don't know the answer we will do our best to find someone who does. If not answered on this page, please don't hesitate to e-mail us your question. I (Dick) am not a collector of bobbleheads, so will probably have to refer most of your questions to my bobblehead expert, Ben. Answers will be signed by one of us, so you know who to blame or thank for the answer!
NOTE: Some information and pictures are given to us by collectors and we very much appreciate that. Please do not ask us for names or e-mail addresses as we will not give those out. We respect the privacy of all contributors to this web site.
Answers below are our best opinion as of the date of the question, which is noted at the end of the question. Obviously prices, bobblehead popularity, demand etc. change with time, so please take that into account when reading our answers.
Q1: What is the difference between the 2006 Torii Hunter GG and SGAR bobbleheads? [9/29/2007]
|Q2: Does a "crooked" head decrease the value of a bobblehead? [9/29/2007]|
Q3: How many known Twins prototypes are there? Do you know where I could find some? [9/30/2007]
|Q4: How come you don't put bobbleheads other than SGA and ST on your site? [10/2/2007]|
|Q5: Where do you get the prices in your price list? [10/02/2007]|
|Q6: Question about Katrina/SGA 65 Heroes COAs and prices. [12/22/2007]|
|Q7: Where can I see and buy Twins bobbleheads? [3/2/2008]|
|Q8: What do ST and SGA stand for? [4/3/2008]|
|Q9: Can you give me information on xyz generic bobbleheads? [4/4/2008]|
|Q10: For insurance purposes, how much is my bobblehead collection worth? [4/28/2008]|
|Q11: Are you selling any of those bobbleheads in that big section of them [Bobblehead Gallery]? [7/23/08]|
|Q12: Does an autograph increase the value of a bobblehead? [8/18/2008]|
|Q13: Do you buy bobbleheads? Where can I sell my bobbleheads? [8/18/2008] [Updated 8/3/2010]|
|Q14: If the Twins only give out 10,000 bobbleheads, why is my COA number higher than 10,000? [8/19/2008]|
|Q15: How can I tell if my bobblehead is genuine or a fake? [9/5/2008]|
|Q16: How much is a complete set of 10 of the '65 Heroes bobbleheads worth? [5/4/2009]|
Q17: How many sets of the 1987 world series team bobbleheads were there and how much would they be worth? [5/4/2009]
|Q18: What's the deal with the Twins only giving out two bobbleheads this season . Are they planning to add two more late in the season?|
|Q19: Do ST bobbleheads come with COAs? [9/4/2009]|
Q20: What happens to the value of the bobblehead if it does not come with the SGA card [COA] or game ticket? [2/25/2010]
|Q 21: What glue do I use to glue on a bobblehead head? [8/1/2010]|
|Q22: Do you know if there was a COA and if so, what the COA looked like for the 1987 World Series set of 25. [8/18/2010]|
|Q23: Does the Puckett HOF bobblehead have a black base bottom? [9-2-2010]|
|Q24: What is the number and value of Carl Pohlad bobbleheads? [9-19-2010]|
Q25: Do you have any information on the Matt Lawton bobblehead (year, value)? [2-10-2011]
|Q26: Question about Puckett World Series Hero Bobblehead and price trends of bobbleheads in general [10-2-2011]|
|Q27: Touching up bobblehead paint defects [4-23-2013]|
A: I assume you went here and saw the
descriptions and pictures of the Hunter gold glove bobbleheads:
The GG version, which does stand for gold glove, was the one given away at the Twins game. Hunter is holding the trophy which is part of the bobblehead. Here is a picture of that one:
Unfortunately a large percentage (1/3 or more) of those bobbleheads had the trophy part break off from Hunter's hands. Anyone who had a broken bobblehead could turn it in for a replacement.. Since the Twins had to order the revised replacements, it took quite awhile before fans received the reworked bobbleheads. (As a side note, I got a broken bobblehead, but it was extremely easy to fix with super glue, so I did not turn it in for a replacement). The replacement had the trophy as a separate piece which attached to Hunter's hands with magnets. This was referred to as the SGAR (Stadium Give Away Replacement). Here is a picture of that one:
Note the trophy at his feet. This is a separate piece and is just shown at his feet in the picture. It is not attached there. It attaches to his hands.
A: The simple answer to your overall question is "no". I think we are seeing an increased incidence in "turned head" syndrome, if you will allow me to call it that. Whether this is a result of a change in manufacturing process or a further deterioration in QC standards is fodder for speculation. My personal best guess is that the spring is heated to soften the hot glue and the head turns in the process of the spring cooling (almost all turned heads seem to be facing to the left when viewed from the front). It has always been a bit of a chore to find a given bobblehead with it's head on perfectly - and it seems to be becoming more of a challenge. I just got done going through 9 Cuddyers to find one with a straight head, no paint issues, level base, etc. and am not completely happy yet - I am, however, perhaps a bit fussier than most collectors. [I recently went through 6 Dan Gladden bobbleheads and did not find a single one I would call acceptable. Mostly the painting and molding of the base was horrible. Also the Northwest Airlines logo was put on crooked on most of them.--Dick--]
I think that a slightly cocked head should be viewed as par for the course, with no impact on value, and that finding lots of them on e-Bay is an indication only that there are lots of them "out there". Sellers, I suppose, would tend to send off the more pronounced examples first and retain the "better" ones for their more loyal customers and personal collections. I also have no quarrel with sellers using the word "mint" unless the piece has obvious issues aside from a turned head (the ones with the chin resting on the chest, for example). Please be advised that it is ALWAYS a good idea to ask questions of the seller if you wish to maximize your chances of getting an "issue free" bobblehead. Honest sellers will have no problem getting back to you quickly with as candid an answer as they can. Sellers who do not answer or are evasive, or do not address your questions completely should be avoided - there are simply too many reliable sellers out there to deal with the other kind.
The heads can be straightened, by the way. Just turn it a bit at a time - not enough to loosen it - until you get it where you want it. Many collectors will simply remove the head, carefully, scrape out the existing glue, and re-glue. It's not nearly as much trouble as you might think. But why bother? Unless the head is really on crooked, that's the way heads are!--Ben--
We have been thinking about establishing a section on this site for prototypes, special editions, commemorative sets, etc. but are a long ways away from making a decision on the idea. The only prototype we have a picture of is one of Guzman. We would welcome any further information and/or pictures visitors may be able to offer.
A: Brad mentioned that he is a prototype collector and has 20 prototypes (not all Twins of course)! He supplied this picture of a prototype Puckett SGA. Thanks Brad.
Q4: [This was feedback to our site, not specifically a question]. It would be cool to see all the Twins Retails catalog'd. Like the Rainbow Foods promotions and other rare ones like Carl Pohlad. And Protos.
Q6: Just wondering if you folks can clear up the confusion of the 1965 Hero's collection. I have seen complete sets of 10 with one COA certificate for all 10 and "Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund" written on it. Now I also see individual 1965 Hero's with individual COA's like those that come with the SGA's. I am 2 individual SGA's and 1965 Hero's set away from completing my 9 year old sons complete SGA collection. Just wondering which ones are which and what ones are you giving prices for on your website. Any info on this matter would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Lindy
A: Thanks for your e-mail. The
1965 Katrina Heros set was a set of 10 bobbleheads sold by
the Twins with some of the profits going to the hurricane
Katrina relief fund. They came with one COA for the entire
set. The SGA 1965 Heros were the same players given out as
stadium giveaways. They were slightly different in design
than the Katrina set. You got a random one of the ten if
you were lucky enough to make it through the gates before
they were all gone. I have been to all the bobblehead
giveaways and that is the only one I did not get even though
I was as far up in the line as I have ever been. Many think
there were nowhere near 10,000 given out. Anyway, those
were given out just like any other bobblehead giveaway
except you did not know which one you would get. They came
with COAs. To complete that set you had to trade for or buy
the ones you needed on e-bay or elsewhere. The prices we
list in our price guidelines are for the SGA bobbleheads,
not the Katrina ones.
The Twins Fest was the last one I could buy them at. --Greg
A: Probably the best place to both see and buy Twins bobbleheads is e-bay. Also, the pictures of all the SGA and ST bobbleheads are on TwinsBobbleheads.com along with much information about the bobbleheads. Check our gallery pages. As bobbleheads are given away they are for sale on TwinsBobbleheads.com, but sell out very quickly. If you want to see them in "person" you probably need to go to TwinsFest. The Twins Pro Shops also have a few bobbleheads, but the supply and selection is very limited.
Q8: What do ST and SGA mean? Thanks, Lexi
A: ST stands for "season ticket". Season ticket holders get special bobbleheads as a reward for buying season tickets. These bobbleheads usually have a red base with the player's name on it and no sponsor. SGA stands for "stadium give away" and are the bobbleheads given away to the first 10,000 fans at the bobblehead give away games. These bobbleheads have green bases and a sponsor's name on them.
Q9: I was wondering if you can answer a question. I just bought a 2002 Twins bobble head and it's from the Memory Company. It is a generic Twin's player but it is on a wooden stand and has the official logo of the MLB. It is 1/3000. Can you tell me about this?
A: We get questions like this quite often. While we are always happy to try to find info on specific bobbleheads, there are so many generic and retail bobbleheads out there that it is sometimes an impossible task. That is why we do not include such bobbleheads on our gallery pages. If you can supply a picture, that often is very helpful in tracking down information about your specific bobblehead. Also you can sometimes find information/price range by checking to see if your bobblehead is listed on e-bay.
Q10: I have the entire series of SGA bobbleheads, dating back to 2000. I purchased the set of 10 Katrina bobbleheads with one COA. For insurance purposes, what kind of value should I place on my collections?
Thanks for your time, you guys have a great web site!!!! --Rick--
A: That is an excellent question Rick and you are wise to be
thinking about insuring your collection. We maintain bobblehead price
guidelines on our site. If you haven't seen them, you can go directly there by
clicking on this link:
http://www.twinsbobbleheads.com/BobbleheadGallery.htm . Scroll
down the page to find the guidelines. The prices are based on e-bay sales.
Assuming you have all 10 of the SGA 1965 heroes, the average price from our guideline would be $1755 for your complete set of SGA bobbleheads. Unfortunately the Katrina set never was very popular and does not have a great value. $200 would be a great price for that. So, considering you have the whole complete set of bobbleheads, I would think they would be worth $2000 average price. We also have the minimum and maximum prices listed, but I would think insurance companies would be more interested in the average prices. Feel free to print that page and this answer as documentation if you wish.
Thanks for your kind words about our site!
Q11: Hey I was wondering if you are selling any of those bobbleheads in that big section of them?
A: I assume you mean the bobbleheads shown in our Bobblehead Gallery of Pictures and Information. No, TwinsBobbleheads.com does not have those bobbleheads for sale, but select bobbleheads may be available from the page contributor. Click here to go to his page to check availability.
Anything TwinsBobbleheads.com has for sale can be found on the Home page under "Twins Stuff for Sale". There you will find links to three pages: Bobbleheads/Statues, Posters, Misc. We have all the bobblehead and statue giveaways for sale, but we have very limited quantities of those and they sell out within a day or two of the giveaway.
A: Ordinarily we do not buy bobbleheads or other Twins stuff. Almost all of the bobbleheads and other Twins items for sale on the site we get from stadium giveaways. About the only place you can sell bobbleheads is on e-bay. You should check our price guide to get an idea of what your bobblehead is worth before listing it on e-bay.
As to marketing --- your best bet is always eBay for reaching the maximum number of people who might be interested. Your local craigslist (under "collectibles") is also a great place (and free).
A: I also received this answer from the Twins: "We give away 10,000 bobbleheads at the gate with another amount going to the sponsor."
A: [We get a lot of e-mail from fans who have bought bobbleheads on e-bay and then want to know if they are genuine. It is difficult to know without seeing them. The time to ask questions is before you buy. Ask questions until you get all the answers you need. If a seller is vague or won't answer your questions, run don't walk away from the deal; don't even consider buying it. Also, I would never buy a bobblehead without a COA. See Ben's comment about COAs below. ---Dick---]
The fake bobbleheads:
A: Since there supposedly were only 1000 of each of the 1965 Heroes in the 2005 SGA, these bobbleheads are more rare than the regular ones where 10,000 are given out. All 10 of these bobbleheads are listed in the price guideline on our web site at http://www.twinsbobbleheads.com/BobbleheadGallery.htm. Look under 2005 SGAs. Adding them up (as of 5/4/2009) the average selling price of the set of the 10 is $718. Would they be worth more as a complete set? That's a tough question. You'd like to think so, but I honestly doubt it. Why? Because no one is going to plunk down over $700 all at once to buy bobbleheads, let alone more than that. In fact the set might be worth less than if you sold them individually. Of course this assumes that by "worth" you mean what you could sell them for. They might well be worth much more than that to the collector who has no intention of selling them.
Figures [prices in our price guidelines] for the 1965 bobbleheads are based on very slow sales taking place over a long period of time and may not be a great indicator of current value - obviously, faster moving pieces have more "current" average values. This is why I think the high and low values need to be looked at closely as well.
Q18: Do you know if the Twins are planning to add two more bobblehead giveaways this season. They usually give out four, but only two are listed on the promotional schedule for the 2009 season. Thanks. --Judy--
A: Thanks for the question. I think we have all been wondering that. We finally have information from a reliable source at the Twins that there will be no more bobblehead giveaways this season. Not only that, but we may have seen the last of the bobblehead giveaways. This is information we received from the Twins:
"There are no additional bobblehead giveaways in 2009. Despite our best efforts, we could not locate a sponsor the dolls [sic]. We opted to subsidize two dolls in hopes that a partner would materialize for another two. Unfortunately, none did. Bobbleheads are among our most expensive giveaways and we couldn't justify subsidizing all four, especially since we also opted to pay for kids jerseys and other giveaways that didn't have sponsors.
If I might be allowed to editorialize on this subject, I believe that the lack of sponsors is a very lame excuse for not giving the fans what they have come to expect, and in my opinion, deserve. The Twins certainly CAN afford to subsidize two more bobbleheads. Saying they cannot is baloney! The revenue from Target Field next year will be HUGE. What does a bobblehead giveaway cost the Twins? I have no idea, but a reasonable guess might be $10 per bobblehead maximum, including design, manufacture and delivery of 10,000+ bobbleheads. OK, that's $100,000, a lot of money, but they probably make more than that on beer sales at one lousy game! The Twins are being cheap and cheating the very fans who are keeping them in business. If you feel strongly about this e-mail the Twins and express your opinion.
Q20: What happens to the value of the bobblehead if it does not come with the SGA card [COA] or game ticket?
I would not recommended that you remove and reattach heads just to make them straighter however, unless they are extremely crooked. See question #2 above.
A: Here is a picture of the COA that came with the 1987 set:
A: Thanks for the kind words about our site and thanks for asking this question. This was a new one on us! Here is Ben's answer:
Q24: How many Carl Pohlad bobbleheads were made? Any idea what they're worth? Thanks. Steve
(it seems to
Is it a good
time to sell
what type of
It you received the bobblehead at an Angels game, then you should ask the Angels to replace it. I know the Twins will replace any defective bobbleheads, and I imagine all the rest of the teams would be very accommodating in that respect also. They always make quite a few extras for that reason. You should be able to find a Contact email and/or phone number on the Angels web site. Good luck and let me know how it turns out for you.