Rare 1960s Dodgers "Weirdo" Bobblehead Doll - "Bathing Beauty" (1 of 2 Known Examples!)

Sold For: $10,800

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1758

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" bobbleheads 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 one of the two rarest dolls in the set: "Bathing Beauty." This is one of only two known examples of this doll, one of which resided for many years in the private collection of Hall of Fame outfielder Andre Dawson. The figure cradles a bathing beauty in his arms, with the team name, "Dodgers," lettered along the base. This particular example does not come with its original hanging tag, but we know from having seen the other example that the tag reads "I Got Her on a Fielders Choice." The offered piece (7 inches tall) remains in extraordinary Near Mint to Mint condition, making it one of the most desirable baseball bobblehead dolls in the hobby today. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open).

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