Archive for August 4th, 2008

Helena Brewers Bobblehead Giveaway MIA

The Helena Brewers were to have a giveaway of 250 Ryan Braun bobbleheads on August 1, 2008.  With this small an amount their value should skyrocket.  But did their fans actually see any of these bobbleheads this past Friday?  The answer is no.

As you know, I am the promo guy on here that keeps up with the hobby as far as dates and actual ids of bobbles being given and there is a major scoop here.  I usually like to call teams to see if there are perhaps any extras of a giveaway that they can either sell or send me.  Usually teams aren’t allowed to sell an item because it is deemed as a giveaway item so some teams just send the bobble and all I pay for is shipping charges.  Well when I called the Brewers today to inquire about possibly getting one, their GM Paul Fetz had told me that there had been a problem that the bobbles got “stuck in customs”.

Here’s where the plot thickens.  While doing an Ebay search I found 2 Helena Brewers bobbleheads for sale with no picture of the bobble, just a team logo, with the description reading “These are the same bobble that was given out Friday 8/1/08.    To top it off, the seller was in California, nowhere near Helena, Montana. 

Doesn’t it seem strange that the bobbles were never given to their fans, yet one individual, who isn’t even located in Montana would have these available to Ebay?  As we speak one is at over $60 dollars with just 8 hours to go and has a fair amount of bids on it.  The other he posts as “Buy it Now” for $89.95.  Maybe this individual knows someone in customs or better yet works on the docks himself to gain personal profits by stealing from teams.

If the seller would like a chance to explain this mystery, our email address is busleagues@gmail.com Feel free to contact us.

I as a member of Bus Leagues am proud to be on the case to provide our readers with the most accurate bobblehead/figurine information and feel great sorrow for fans in a small town like Helena, MT who get the rare occasion to collect something as rare as a bobblehead of one of their own heroes making it big to MLB and can’t do so because of incidents like this one.

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This Week in Bobbleheads Part 11

Four years ago the Goldklang group, owner of seven teams throughout minor and independent baseball, came up with the idea of a Bobble Election in which an equal amount of bobbleheads for each presidential candidate were distributed at their teams’ home game as a giveaway and the candidate whose bobble runs out first is declared the winner for their team.  Bush won in ’04, so who will it be this year McCain or Obama?  Best thing is you don’t have to be 18 in this vote.

Here’s how the rest of the week shapes up.

Springfield Cardinals 8/4/08 Colby Rasmus – Had a fantastic spring for the Cardinals and would have either played in this year’s futures game or had gotten the call to the bigs had it not been for a knee injury.

Yakima Bears 8/4/08 Dave Edler – Before moving into the cutthroat world of politics, Yakima Mayor Dave Edler played six seasons in the cutthroat world of professional baseball. The former Major Leaguer made his pro debut in 1978 with the Northwest League’s Bellingham Mariners, where his manager was current Bears skipper Bob Didier. On Monday, the club will honor Edler’s three-decade evolution from prominent prospect to prominent politician by distributing 1,000 bobblehead dolls “bear”-ing his likeness.

Buffalo Bisons 8/6/08 Ryan Garko – Another Bison alum tearing it up in Cleveland.

Hudson Valley Renegades 8/6/08 Presidential Bobble Election – Fans Vote – Renegades nation is the first to vote.

Bowie Baysox 8/7/08 Adam Loewen – Though down for 08 with an injury still high hopes for this young Bird to fly.

Brockton Rox 8/7/08 Presidential Bobble Election – Fans Vote – Rox fans get out and vote, McCain or Obama.

Mankato Moondogs 8/7/08 Curtis Granderson – Granderson is even now getting bobbles in a college affiliated league.  What’s the world coming to?

Princeton Devilrays 8/7/08 Jim Holland (GM) – Successful Appy Lg. GM decides to make himself a bobble.

Wisconsin Woodchucks 8/7/08 Robin Yount – Yount like manager Jim Gantner are also popular Brewers Alum in bobble form.

Charleston Riverdogs 8/8/08 Presidential Bobble Election – Fans Vote – McCain and Obama need your vote RDog fans!!!

Orange County Flyers 8/8/08 Gary Carter – Remember when Carter said he was more than willing to take the Mets managerial job even though nobody publically offered it to him?

Seattle Mariners 8/8/08 Yuniesky Betancourt – Fine young SS completes the Mariners set for 08.

Trenton Thunder 8/8/08 Tony Franklin “Champion” Bronze Statuette – Franklin holds the EL trophy in this bronzed rendition.

Wilmington BlueRocks 8/8/08 Clay Buchholz – Second former Rocks player to throw an MLB no hitter.  Lets hope there is no mistake in spelling his name like they did with Sanchez in 07.

Billings Mustangs 8/9/08 Edwin Encarnacion – Encarnacion in Spanish more or less means birth or beginnings.  This is where it began for the young Reds 3b star.

Boise Hawks 8/9/08 Humphrey “Heisman” (Mascot) – The lovable Hawk follows in former Boise star Jeff Samardzija’s footsteps in a football outfit.

Connecticut Defenders 8/9/08 Mike Lowell – Lowell never played here but Red Sox nation is part of their fan base.

Harrisburg Senators 8/9/08 Bob “Gump” May (HS Coach) – Local coach series continues since they ran out of players.

Lancaster Jethawks 8/9/08 Bill Dana – Jethawks fans collect another former astronaut bobble.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs 8/9/08 Chase Utley – Only for the kiddies, he’s among the top 3 in the Phil’s organization.

Mahoning Valley Scrappers 8/9/08 Travis Fryman – Former Tiger and Indian star gets his first managerial bobble.  His player bobble was for Cleveland.

Rockford Riverhawks 8/9/08 Ron Santo – Completion of the Cubbies HOF series.

Round Rock Express 8/9/08 Hunter Pence – Pence’s AAA stop before Astro’s stardom.

St. Paul Saints 8/9/08 Presidential Bobble Election – Fans Vote – Saints primaries now open!!!

Wisconsin Timberrattlers 8/9/08 John Anderson (ESPN) – Local sports radio personality.

Chicago Whitesox 8/10/08 Nick Swisher – Swish is the only Chisox in season bobble in 08.

New York Mets 8/10/08 Billy Wagner – Should be fun to see if he blows another save that day as well!!!

River City Rascals 8/10/08 Steve Brook – Faith night concert after the game with Brook’s band.

Sioux Falls Canaries 8/10/08 Presidential Bobble Election – Fans Vote – Chirp your vote as the polls continue.

Have a collection of bobbleheads you are looking to trade your extras of?  Do what the rest of the bobble community is doing by going to The True Bobblehead Board .  This board, which is proudly owned and moderated by me, has the most accurate listings of past, present and future giveaways, as well as real members with no aliases to create false member counts or hit counts by hitting F5.  Join up and trade today.