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I have recently shifted the focus of my baseball-themed collecting a bit.

My Baseball Library and SOM collections will always remain at the forefront, but I have started to look to items of a historical nature, such as old programs and scorecards.  I also decided make a bunch of additions to my bobblehead collection, which had been limited to Seattle issues.

As you can see, the bar has become quite crowded:

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Breaking the bar scene down into sections, let's start with the left side.

barleft0001.jpgProminently displayed on the left is the Ken Griffey Jr. '95 Slide bobblehead showing the winning run of the fifth game of the ALDS vs. the Yankees.

Behind the Griffey Jr. bobble are bobbleheads of Dave Niehaus and Raul Ibanez.

Next to Junior is a favorite: Buck O'Neil. O'Neil is perfectly captured in his Kaufmann Stadium seat, scorecard in hand. Next to Buck is Ichiro's 262-Hit bobbler.

Behind Buck and Ichiro are Willie Mays (The Catch) and Joe DiMaggio, both issued by the San Francisco Giants. The DiMaggio represents his time with the San Francisco Seals of the PCL.

Cutting in front of Ichiro to make a fine catch is an Everett Aquasox bobbler of Adam Jones. Behind Jones' glove is Fernando Valenzuela. To the right of Jones is an Everett bobbler of Dan Wilson.

You really can't see much of him on the far right, but the next one is Joel Pinero. The box behind Pinero has a Dustin Ackley bobbler.

barmiddle0001.jpgIn the center of the bar shot, we'll start with the front row. From left-to-right, we have Jay Buhner, Ichiro (again), Bobby Thomson, Willie McCovey, Babe Ruth (pitching for the Red Sox, no less), and Josh Gibson.

The Buhner was from an Everett promotion, and the McCovey came from a Tacoma game (Tacoma used to be the Giants' Triple-A affiliate).

The Thomson bobblehead is cool, in that it contains a voice chip that plays Russ Hodges' "The Giants win the pennant!" call.

In the second row with the outstretched glove is Grady Sizemore. To his right are a trio of Kansas City Royals -- Fred Patek, Cookie Rojas and Dan Quisenberry. After Quiz is Hank Blalock, followed by Jose Cruz Sr, Adrian Beltre (behind Gibson), and Orlando Cepeda.

There are two rows of boxed bobblers. In the first are Cal Ripken (2,131st consecutive game commemorative), a dual bobbler of Ken Griffey Jr and Ichico (Cooperstown Bound) and another dual bobbler capturing the memorable moment when Mark McLemore and Mike Cameron carried the flag out onto the field in 2001.

barright.jpgBehind them are Don Newcombe, Don Drysdale, Felix Hernandez in his Larry Bernandez identity, another of Hernandez wearing a King's Court t-shirt, and the Dan Wilson-Randy Johnson Mariners Hall of Fame Commemorative.

To the far right of the bar, we see some items that literally didn't fit into posting of the wide shot. Behind Cepeda is Manny Sanguillen, another Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm, and Sonics Brent Barry, Gary Payton and Nick Collison.

Just to provide a few more details on a couple of other items in the picture...there are two baseball card to the left, behind the hockey puck. The first is a Topps Archives Willie Mays Rookie refractor limited edition...autographed by Mays (there was a mail-in card in a pack that I opened).

Behind the Mays is an autographed Reggie Jackson from Upper Deck.

One last thing: the Sonics sweatband on the right (with the snow globe sitting inside) was game-worn by former Sonic guard Flip Murray.



-- Edited by seajaw on Friday 15th of November 2013 06:00:22 AM

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I decided to show off a few of the bobbleheads that were in the back rows, or in boxes.

Patek, Rojas & Quiz0001.jpgThe bobblers that are displayed sans boxes are generally those I picked up in places like Goodwill, or Value Village, and a few on eBay that came without their boxes.

That would be the case for all three of the Royals pictured here: shortstop Fred Patek, second baseman Cookie Rojas and closer Dan Quisenberry, all members of the Kansas City Royals' Hall of Fame.

I picked them up at a nearby Goodwill store.  They also had a Larry Gura, but I didn't have the extra money to grab it, as I was also snagging the Hank Blalock, Jose Cruz Sr., and Manny Sanguillen bobblers that night.  I had hoped to go back and get Gura later, but he was gone by then.

In fact, that was the same night I got the Jay Buhner Everett bobblehead (if I recall correctly) in a separate transaction about an hour earlier, so I was pretty tapped out by the time I left Goodwill.

Buck and Josh were acquired through eBay auctions.  In fact, I got two Gibsons.  Occasionally, teams seed their bobblehead promotions with "rare alternates."

Satch, Buck & Josh0001.jpgThe Gibson bobblehead has a Homestead Grays alternate.  What made that transaction so pleasureable was the fact that I thought I was only getting the Crawfords jersey version.  Imagine my surprise, when I open the box and saw both othem!

Given that bit of info, I wonder of the Cookie Rojas bobble is a rare alternate road jersey version.

The DiMaggio I got (and will picture at a later date) was for a Giants' Italian Heritage Night, which has an Italian flag graphic on the base. of the alternate version.

I'll get scans of that and the Mays bobble posted one of these days.

I believe the same Satch bobble was also issued in alternate promotions, with different jerseys.  I know of one, for instance, that a minor league team issued, but I don't recall the exact details.

It might have been the Portland Beavers.  I do remember that it was also quite a bit costlier, which would figure, since a Minor League promotion would likely have fewer bobbles produced.

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I really love the Buck O'Neil bobble.  I know that after he passed, the Royals started using the Buck seat to honor fans in the local community, though I don't know if that practice continues to this day.

The three Dodger aces -- Don Newcombe, Fernando Valenzuela, and Don Drysdale -- also came to me via eBay.

One of these days, I'll grab the smaller four-player bobblehead that features Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Ron Cey.

I've also seen a Duke Snider bobbler that looks pretty cool.  And a Koufax, of course.

Any others you want to get a better look at, let me know.



-- Edited by seajaw on Sunday 17th of November 2013 02:01:49 PM

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Very cool.  I so need a man cave!



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Tall Tactician wrote:

Very cool.  I so need a man cave!


We got so lucky when the bank foreclosed on the owner of a duplex we used to rent.  The new owner was going to double the rent we were paying at the time.

During the rush to find a new place, I had almost given up hope.  Then, this house appeared in the rental listings.

It was during a period of turmoil, as I was also recovering from a badly-broken left forearm.  We needed a big place to stash all of our stuff, plus have room for our son to roam around (a decent-sized yard was a necessity, in my view).

An open house was originally listed in the Sunday paper.  But it had been held Saturday (we have a special "bulldog" edition of the Sunday paper that comes out on Saturday), and the ad had carried over and appeared both days.

As a last resort, I called the number that was listed and was told to come on over.

The house was perfect for what I wanted, and I evidently made that very apparent.  The owner okayed us on the spot, and we started moving in the next day.



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Seajaw's Baseball Cave is like a museum and library rolled into one, including all the Strat games he has left to play.

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Quite impressive, you must be a baseball fan, lol.



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scorpio rising 2 wrote:

Quite impressive, you must be a baseball fan, lol.


Dang!  I was trying to keep it a secret! biggrin

By the way, nice to see you check in. wink 



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Finally...more from the bobble collection.

I promished looks at two classic San Francisco Giants issues, the Willie Mays and Joe DiMaggio bobblers.

Image.jpgImage.jpgImage.jpgWillie is seen in this classic making the play that defined his career (as if any single play could...): The Catch.

What a beauty this is, with Mays in stride, reaching out for the ball, which seems as if it's floating in the air.

In truth, the ball is affixed to the glove with a spring, to create the illusion.

This bobble is so sweet, I decided it deserved two views, the more " traditional" view -- in which Mays' back is toward us, as he is tracking down Vic Wertz's fly ball.

The second view is from the front, with Mays coming toward us.

The other bobblehead is Joe DiMaggio, which was distributed on Italian Heritage Night.

It apparently has a rare alternate version, on which the base has an Italian red-white-and-green color pattern.

DiMaggio, as you know, started his professional career with the San Francisco Seals of the PCL.

The Giants have become known for their eclectic bobblers over the year, having done the likes of Bruce Lee, Jerry Garcia and Tony Bennett, among others.



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Image.jpgJosh, at Strat Park!!!

This one is a beautiful bobbler, celebrating Josh Gibson's 100th birthday.

It was a 2011 promotional giveaway by the Bowie Baysox of the Eastern League.

The Sox are the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.

As you see, Josh gets the full treatment here, the only bobbler of my thread to pose at Strat Park.

The image behind Gibson is of the legendary slugger sliding into home plate in a game at Comiskey Park.

This promotion was part of the Baysox' annual Negro League Tribute Day.  Sean Gibson -- Josh's great grandson -- was on hand, along with a number of remaining former Negro Leaguers.



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Nice stuff my friend!

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M1Tanker wrote:

Nice stuff my friend!


Thanks.

My moving days are (hopefully) behind me.  I couldn't imagine having to do it again.



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Next up, a couple of iconic dates in baseball history.

Image.jpgImage.jpgThe first is Apr. 25, 1976, the day Rick Monday saved the American flag at Dodger Stadium.

http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20130827/american-flag-saved-by-rick-monday-40-years-ago-lives-on

The Los Angeles Dodgers commemorated Monday's act with this bobblehead Aug. 27, 2013, with the Cubs appropriately in town.

To the right is a more recent moment in baseball history, and no less important in it's own way.

It's the Baltimore Orioles bobbler commemorating the night Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played, Sept. 6, 1995.

Baseball was still reeling, after a lockout had prematurely ended the 1994 season.  The '95 campaign started late.

Through it all, Cal marched, game-by-game, toward the mark he had been pursuing since he sat out the second game of a doubleheader May 29, 1982.

The Ripken bobbler was issued July 24, 2007.



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Patek, Rojas & Quiz0001.jpg.

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I really love the Buck O'Neil bobble.  I know that after he passed, the Royals started using the Buck seat to honor fans in the local community, though I don't know if that practice continues to this day.

 


 Love looking over your baseball memorabilia.

 As weird as this may sound to some, outside of your Josh Gibson bobble heads & that sweet Wilie Mays one, the three Royals are my personal favorite that you have shared so far.

(And the Royals still have a Buck O'Neil Legacy seat they announce every home game to honor local individuals.)

 

Best,

-kb



-- Edited by kblues on Sunday 4th of January 2015 04:45:08 PM

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I don't think that's odd.

The Royals teams of those years are a fun bunch. I'm kinda disappointed that I didn't snag the Larry Gura bobble the night I got those three.

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