Bobblehead Popes, Rome, Italy

Mind-Blowing Facts About Bobbleheads

Bobblehead figurines have evolved into ubiquitous emblems of sports and pop culture. But where did they come from — and why are they so popular?

Bobblehead Popes, Rome, Italy “People think they’re funny, they’re cute, they’re conversation starters. I don’t know why a bobbing head seems to make that much of a difference over a doll without a bobbing head, but it does.” — Warren Royal, Founder of Bobbleheads.com

San Francisco GiantsKidwiler Collection/Diamond Images/Getty ImagesWhen did bobbleheads as we know them today become a sports phenomenon? As it turns out, a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Candlestick Park in May 1999, when the San Francisco Giants gave away Willie Mays bobbleheads, is generally recognized as the first bobblehead event at any American sporting venue. The rest is history.

Some oversized bobbleheads have earned love from the Guinness Book of World Records. This bobblehead — made in support of Chuck Woolery&#39;s &quot;Naturally Stoned&quot; on the Game Show Network — held the record for &quot;Largest Bobblehead&quot; for more than a decade. It was finally surpassed when Applied Underwriters built a bobblehead more than 15 feet tall in 2016. Matthew Peyton Some oversized bobbleheads have earned love from the Guinness Book of World Records. This bobblehead — made in support of Chuck Woolery's "Naturally Stoned" on the Game Show Network — held the record for "Largest Bobblehead" for more than a decade. It was finally surpassed when Applied Underwriters built a bobblehead more than 15 feet tall in 2016. The Miami Marlins seized upon the bobblehead craze in 2012. When the team opened its new ballpark, a shrine to them was unveiled: a display case on the concourse, featuring 588 bobbleheads in all, representing players from all of the MLB teams. The Marlins were clever about it, too; a slight vibration in the display case keeps the heads forever shaking. Jason Arnold The Miami Marlins seized upon the bobblehead craze in 2012. When the team opened its new ballpark, a shrine to them was unveiled: a display case on the concourse, featuring 588 bobbleheads in all, representing players from all of the MLB teams. The Marlins were clever about it, too; a slight vibration in the display case keeps the heads forever shaking. There&#39;s even a Bobblehead Hall of Fame in the works. Brad Novak and Phil Sklar — two friends and longtime bobblehead fans — began a collection years ago, with plans to build a brick-and-mortar museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The building hasn&#39;t come to fruition, but the dream of a landmark dedicated solely to bobbleheads is still alive. “If mustard deserves its own museum, bobbleheads definitely deserve their own shrine,” Sklar <a href="http://www.wbur.org/onlyagame/2016/12/28/best-of-bobblehead-history" target="_blank">once said</a>. The Washington Post There's even a Bobblehead Hall of Fame in the works. Brad Novak and Phil Sklar — two friends and longtime bobblehead fans — began a collection years ago, with plans to build a brick-and-mortar museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The building hasn't come to fruition, but the dream of a landmark dedicated solely to bobbleheads is still alive. “If mustard deserves its own museum, bobbleheads definitely deserve their own shrine,” Sklar once said. For many, bobbleheads are a trinket one receives while attending a concert or sporting event. But don&#39;t be fooled into thinking they have no monetary value. People frequently sell off their bobbleheads at auction, with a New York Yankees bobblehead from the early-1960s selling for $59,750 in 2015. GLYN KIRK For many, bobbleheads are a trinket one receives while attending a concert or sporting event. But don't be fooled into thinking they have no monetary value. People frequently sell off their bobbleheads at auction, with a New York Yankees bobblehead from the early-1960s selling for $59,750 in 2015. Ah, the language of love, explained through … bobbleheads? On Season 8 of ABC&#39;s &quot;The Bachelorette,&quot; Chris presented Emily with custom bobbleheads of both of them upon meeting her. The gesture was precious, but the final result was not: Chris was eliminated before the end of the competition. Craig Sjodin Ah, the language of love, explained through … bobbleheads? On Season 8 of ABC's "The Bachelorette," Chris presented Emily with custom bobbleheads of both of them upon meeting her. The gesture was precious, but the final result was not: Chris was eliminated before the end of the competition. Nobody can avoid the bobblehead treatment these days. When Pope Francis visited the United States in September 2015, bobblehead likenesses greeted him. Other intriguing bobblehead creations include Barry Manilow, Martin Luther King Jr., and the cast of &quot;Jersey Shore.&quot; Anadolu Agency Nobody can avoid the bobblehead treatment these days. When Pope Francis visited the United States in September 2015, bobblehead likenesses greeted him. Other intriguing bobblehead creations include Barry Manilow, Martin Luther King Jr., and the cast of "Jersey Shore." Bobbleheads have also made their way into our polarized political climate, with presidential candidate versions becoming more commonplace. (One features Hillary Clinton in prison stripes.) American law journal “The Green Bag,” meanwhile, creates bobbleheads of Supreme Court justices. ROBYN BECK Bobbleheads have also made their way into our polarized political climate, with presidential candidate versions becoming more commonplace. (One features Hillary Clinton in prison stripes.) American law journal “The Green Bag,” meanwhile, creates bobbleheads of Supreme Court justices. The true sign of success in the United States? A holiday dedicated to a person, animal, food — you name it. So mark your calendar: January 7th is (of course) “National Bobblehead Day.&quot; Todd Warshaw The true sign of success in the United States? A holiday dedicated to a person, animal, food — you name it. So mark your calendar: January 7th is (of course) “National Bobblehead Day."