The Bobblehead Hall Pays Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr

This morning, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled the first Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Talking Bobblehead. The officially licensed bobblehead features the civil rights leader standing at the podium delivering his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech and includes audio clips of the famous speech. The bobblehead unveiling comes on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and marks the first talking bobblehead or the civil rights pioneer. The special edition bobblehead is being produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in conjunction with the estate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dressed in a dark suit, the Dr. King bobblehead is standing at a podium in front of multiple microphones. The bobblehead base bears his name along with the date August 28, 1963 – the date Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington. Each bobblehead is individually numbered to 19,630 and they are only available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. The bobbleheads, which are expected to ship in April, are $40 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order.

On August 28th, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., the African American civil rights movement reached its high-water mark when Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech to about 250,000 people attending the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The peaceful rally was the largest gathering for civil rights of its time. The demonstrators came together to demand voting rights and equal opportunity for African Americans and to appeal for an end to racial segregation and discrimination.

With a statue of Abraham Lincoln towering behind him, Dr. King was the last speaker among the civil rights leaders on hand. “I have a dream,” he boomed to the crowd, which stretched from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument. “that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal.’ I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.”

Dr. King ended his stirring 16-minute speech with: “When we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, Black men and white men, Jews and Gentile, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!’” Dr. King’s actions helped get the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed, which outlawed several types of discrimination. He later was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

“We are proud to release the first talking bobblehead of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as we commemorate his life and legacy on MLK Day,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “Dr. King is one of the most frequently requested when it comes to bobbleheads, and we’re thrilled to team up with his estate to provide people with the opportunity to honor and celebrate his life with this bobblehead.”

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Bobblesniper.com Is Now Live With A New Look

Welcome to the newest version of bobblesniper.com. I first launched this website in 2016 and here we are in 2023 with a new updated version. The format is much simpler, user friendly, faster and with more informative content than ever. There are currently hundreds of pictures that have been uploaded (and will continue to be added) under the categories of: Baseball Bobbleheads, Basketball Bobbleheads, Football Bobbleheads, Entertainment/Themed Bobbleheads and the Sniper Gallery.  The Sniper Gallery contains a mix of not only my display in the Bobble Cave, but many other collectors around the world. 

Throughout the years, so many collectors have reached out to have their favorite bobblehead or collection displayed on the website and that can certainly be done. Send an email at bobblesniper@gmail.com and include a hi-res image and I will size it appropriately to upload it to the site. 

NOTHING will be sold on this website. As you already know or are new to the bobble game, if you see an item within the pictures that you want, reach out to me to see if it’s available. Many have asked in the past if they can buy directly from the site and that isn’t an option. Contact me directly. 

Enjoy the upgraded version of bobblesniper.com and check back daily with new blogs and updated pics for your #1 source of bobblehead content. 

 

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It’s Official-All 11 Satchel Paige Bobbleheads Have Been Unveiled By The Bobble Hall

This morning, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum and NegroLeaguesHistory unveiled the officially licensed, limited-edition Satchel Paige Talking Baseball Bobblehead Series. The series of 11 talking bobblehead feature the Mobile, Alabama, native and Kansas City Monarchs legend who is considered the most famous player in the history of the Negro Leagues. The bobbleheads were produced in conjunction with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.

 The Paige bobbleheads, which all contain a historic audio clip are: Tip Your Cap, Hall of Fame 1942 in Jersey, Hall of Fame 1971 in Suit, 1940 Packard, Field of Legends, High Leg Kick, The Wind Up, Kissing the Baseball, In the Dugout, Relaxing in a Rocking Chair, and Signing Autographs.

 The bobbleheads are available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. The first nine bobbleheads in the series just arrived while the Kissing the Baseball and Signing Autographs Bobbleheads are shipping to customers in late May. Each bobblehead is individually numbered to 1,971 to commemorate the year of Paige’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The bobbleheads range in price from $40 to $55 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order, and a set of 11 is also available for $425.

A description of each bobblehead is below:

Tip Your Cap – Standing on a baseball cap base bearing his name, Paige is wearing a 1936 Kansas City Monarchs road uniform and tipping his cap with his left hand while holding his glove in his right hand. In the audio clip, Paige talks about his start in baseball.

Hall Of Fame 1942 – Standing on a replica of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, on a base bearing his name, Paige is wearing a 1942 Kansas City Monarchs home uniform and holding his Hall of Fame plaque. The backing of the bobblehead also features a replica of his Hall of Fame plaque. The audio clip includes an excerpt of his Hall of Fame speech.

Hall Of Fame 1971 – Standing on a replica of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, on a base bearing his name, Paige is wearing his induction attire while holding his Hall of Fame plaque. The backing of the bobblehead also features a replica of his Hall of Fame plaque. The audio clip includes a second excerpt of his Hall of Fame speech.

1940 Packard – Sitting on the front bumper of a blue 1940 Packard with his name on the driver’s side door, the dapper Paige bobblehead is wearing a suit and fedora while holding a harmonica. Paige was pictured in a similar pose in the June 2, 1941, issue of Life Magazine. In the audio clip, Paige talks about his rise in baseball from the Negro Southern League to the American League.

Field of Legends – Standing on a baseball-shaped base bearing his name, the Paige bobblehead, wearing a 1942 alternate Kansas City Monarchs No. 25 uniform, is a replica of the Field of Legends bronze statue found at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. In the audio clip, Cool Papa Bell talks about Paige’s tryout with the Cleveland Indians.

High Leg Kick – Ready to unleash a pitch on a baseball-shaped base bearing his name, the Paige bobblehead is wearing a 1943 Kansas City Monarchs home uniform with red trim. The uniform has Monarchs across the chest and No. 25 on the back. In the audio clip, Paige talks about traveling with Bismarck to the Wichita National Baseball Conference in 1935.

The Wind Up – Standing on a baseball-shaped base bearing his name, the Paige bobblehead is wearing a 1945 Kansas City Monarchs home uniform and going into a pitching motion. The uniform has KC across the chest with No. 18 on the upper left leg and on the back. In the audio clip, Paige talks about how he enjoyed traveling.

Kissing the Baseball – Standing on a baseball-shaped base bearing a replica of his autograph, the Paige bobblehead is kissing a baseball while wearing a white 1945 Kansas City Monarchs road uniform with Monarchs in gold across the chest and number 7 on the back. Paige, always ready to help the press, would often pose kissing the ball of the sport that made him famous. He is also wearing a blue cap with KC in gold. In the audio clip, Paige talks about how mastering control of his pitches led to success.

In the Dugout – Standing with his right foot on the top step of the dugout and his right arm resting on his knee, the smiling Paige bobblehead is wearing a 1946 Paige All-Stars uniform worn during his famous barnstorming tour against the Bob Feller All-Stars, the first tour during which teams were transported by airplane. He is also wearing a red cap with KC in white. In the audio clip, Judy Johnson talks about the great pitchers in the Negro Leagues.

Relaxing in a Rocking Chair – Sitting in a brown wooden rocking chair, the Paige bobblehead is wearing a 1947 Kansas City Monarchs jacket over his uniform. He is also wearing a blue cap with KC in white. Late in his career, Paige would add to his mystic by sitting in a rocking chair between innings in full view of the crowd. In the audio clip, Paige talks about his call up to the Cleveland Indians and batters opting not to bunt against him.

Signing Autographs – Standing on a base bearing a replica of Paige’s autograph, the Paige bobblehead, wearing a white uniform with Paige All-Stars across the chest in red trim with No. 25 on the back, is signing an autograph for a happy young fan. In the audio clip, Paige talks about how he got his nickname.

The well-traveled Paige was known for his longevity and attracting record crowds whenever he pitched. Larger-than-life thanks to his blistering fastball and legendary showboating, Paige dominated for four decades. In 1971, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the first electee of the Negro Leagues Committee. In his debut MLB season in 1948 at the age of 42, Paige became the first player who had played in the Negro Leagues to pitch in the World Series as he helped the Cleveland Indians win the title. Paige is still considered to be the oldest rookie in Major League Baseball history.

After first playing for the semi-professional Mobile Tigers, his hometown team, from 1924-26, Paige began his professional career in 1926 with the Chattanooga Black Lookouts in 1926. During his career in the Negro Leagues, Paige played for the Birmingham Black Barons (1927-30), Baltimore Black Sox (1930), Cleveland Cubs (1931), Pittsburgh Crawfords (1932-34, 1936), Kansas City Monarchs (1935, 1939-47), New York Black Yankees (1941), Memphis Red Sox (1943) and Philadelphia Stars (1946 and 1950). He was a five-time All-Star and appeared in the uniforms of an estimated 100 teams.

After two seasons with the Cleveland Indians, Paige played with the St. Louis Browns for three seasons until age 47 and represented them in the All-Star Game in 1952 and 1953. In 1965 at age 59, Paige was signed by the Kansas City Athletics for one late-season game and limited the Boston Red Sox to one hit in three innings. Along with saying that he “thrilled millions of people and won hundreds of games,” his Hall of Fame plaque states, “His pitching was a legend among major league hitters.” In addition to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Paige was also inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1972.

“We are thrilled to unveil this special Satchel Paige Talking Baseball Bobblehead collection,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “This first-of-its-kind series of bobbleheads gives fans the opportunity to hear Paige and other Negro Leaguers talk about Paige’s amazing career in their very own collectible bobblehead.”

“Satchel Paige was not only one of the elite pitchers in all of baseball history, his power at the gate owing to his outgoing personality and showmanship are an often-overlooked aspect in integrating baseball in 1947,” said Jay Caldwell, founder of NegroLeaguesHistory.com. “Paige brought together integrated audiences to watch the best baseball players the Negro Leagues had to offer and demonstrated they were the equals of the Major Leagues.”

The Satchel Paige Talking Baseball Bobbleheads will be on display for the first time at an event being held at Oak & Steel Pub on Sunday May 15, 2022, at 3pm. In addition, NegroLeaguesHistory.com will be introducing the Negro Leagues Celebration Series beer featuring Satchel Paige at the event on the 15th. The beer is brewed by Main & Mill Brewery in Festus, MO. The Oak & Steel Pub is located at 120 W 17 St, Kansas City, MO 64108.

 

The Nashville Soccer Club Kicks Off Their Home Opener With Two New Bobbleheads

Nashville has started the season with three wins, two draws, and three losses while playing all of their games on the road leading up to Sunday’s home opener. Today, the Bobblehead Hall of Fame in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has unveiled two bobbleheads of their mascot Tempo the Coyote and the second bobblehead is part of the MLS Classic Bobblehead Series featuring every MLS team. This bobblehead features the classic bobble boy look that first became popular in the early 1960’s. These are the first Nashville SC bobbleheads ever produced and are manufactured by FOCO.

The mascot bobblehead is $40 each and are shipping to customers in May. The Classic bobble boy bobblehead is $25 each and are in stock now. There is a flat-rate $8 shipping charge per order.

GEODIS Park officially opens its doors for Nashville SC’s first home match on May 1, 2022, when Nashville takes on Philadelphia at 3:00pm. Grab your Nashville SC team bobbleheads in preparation of what hopes to be a great season! 

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Arizona State Sun Devils Honor Dustin Pedroia With A Bobblehead

On April 15th, The Arizona State Sun Devils honored one of their best college baseball players in Dustin Pedroia with a bobblehead of his own. Nicknamed Pedey or Laser Show, this Hall of Fame Sun Devil never hit below .347 and had a career average of .384, starting all 185 games. To show his dedication to the ASU baseball program and in order to help ASU recruit better pitchers, Pedroia relinquished the last two years of his athletic scholarship. Given his stellar career at ASU, many scouts took notice of the 5’9 infielder and ultimately was drafted by the Boston Red Sox as the 65th pick in the second round of the 2004 draft. 

After spending 3 years in the Red Sox Minor League system, he was called up as an every day infielder. Pedey’s Red Sox career was absolutely dynamite but lingering injuries halted his progression and was forced to retire. Many Red Sox fans (including myself) were heart broken as there’s no other Red Sox player to ever play with the grit Pedey did. 

The first 1,000 fans in attendance received their Pedroia Sun Devil bobblehead last Friday to highlight his fantastic college baseball career.  From what I was told, these were not easy to snipe as an abundance of fans wanted to keep their memory of Dustin with them. Pedey was actually in attendance and often mingled with fans throughout the game. 

The bobble itself stands 8 inches tall and is VERY well manufactured. The crinkles within his jersey and baseball pants make the collectible much more authentic. Pedey is in a fielding action pose ready to pounce on a ground ball. All of the lettering from his nameplate to his jersey number are all raised. It definitely looks like a much “younger” Pedroia as he’s got a full set of hair. The sponsor emblem reads “Gila River Resorts & Casinos” which I would think that this particular casino had no problem ponying up for this promotion. 

The collectible comes in a plain white box with a clear window opening on the front. I was disappointed that there wasn’t a colored box displaying Pedey photos or his stats at ASU but one can’t argue with a free bobblehead giveaway. This bobblehead was manufactured by bobble factory and I would give this a strong 8.3 rating. The resin material is very heavy and the lettering like mentioned before, is very clean. If the box was more eye appealing, we’re looking at a 9.0+ rating. I’m super happy that the Sun Devils gave this promotional bobblehead out to fans as Pedey had such a great career at ASU and going forward with the Boston Red Sox.

 

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A huge thank you to Bobbles-One with the assist on these bobbles.