Rare 1960s Dodgers "Weirdo" Bobblehead Doll - "Grouchy"

Sold For: $1,560

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1760

Item Year: 1960

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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In the field of baseball bobblehead dolls, none are rarer than a set of seven issued in the 1960s by Kriess & Co., a Los Angeles manufacturer of toys, that were marketed mainly to gift shops. Known today as "Weirdo" bobble heads because of their outrageous facial features, these seven bobbleheads were dressed in Dodgers uniforms and came with either a tag around their neck or label upon the base bearing a humorous phrase relating specifically to that particular doll. (A set of identical dolls dressed in Giants uniforms, which are even rarer than the Dodger dolls, were also produced at the time, as were "blackface" variations for two of the dolls.) Offered here is the doll commonly referred to as "Grouchy." This particular example does not come with its original hanging tag, but we know from having seen other examples that the tags read "Nice Guys Always Finish Last" (in obvious reference to Leo Durocher's often quoted line, "Nice Guys Finish Last"). The offered piece (7.5 inches tall) remains in spectacular Near Mint condition. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).


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