“It definitely seems like in small markets like ours, fans really get attached to these guys,” said Curt Nelson, the Royals‘ director of marketing. “It’s kind of a hometown thing. And it does give them an opportunity to come back to the ballpark, get a nice reception and have the fans interact with them again.”
Some bobbleheads have become so prized that fans have been known to enter a ballpark for the promotion and leave without viewing the game. And it’s no secret that many fans will sell the bobblehead for a profit to collectors. Dolls of Ripken recently distributed at Oriole Park are selling on eBay for upward of $30, while older, rarer versions of some bobbleheads are priced at more than $500.
“The bobblehead has really exploded each season to be something more than just a stadium giveaway but a collectible,” Avanessian said.
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