I’m not sure when I started collecting bobbleheads, but I imagine it was shortly after graduating college. I have so many of them that I had to pick and choose which ones would sit out on display at home. I have some shelves that they would sit on, but they’d get dusty. That’s when I started thinking about a cabinet or display case with glass doors, which would allow me to display them and not worry about having to dust as much. Somehow, this led to my father-in-law designing and then having a family friend build a cabinet for me as a holiday present. It’s 4 feet by 4 feet with 5 shelves and full size sliding glass doors. As of this post, there are 68 total bobbleheads in the cabinet with room for more to be added. It’s truly amazing, and I couldn’t be happier* with it.
Above, top shelf, left to right: Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito, Joel Quenneville, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Dave Bolland, Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith, Marian Hossa.
Above, second shelf, left to right: Don Imus (very rare!), Cyclones Mookie Wilson, Mets Mookie Wilson, Edgardo Alfonzo, Cyclones Bobby Ojeda, Cyclones Howard Johnson, Keith Hernandez, Mike Piazza 1, Mike Piazza 2, Mike Piazza 3 (with autograph on the back of the base!), Mike Piazza 4, Ralph Kiner and Bob Murphy, Mr. Met, Ceramic Mets guy.
Above, third shelf, left to right: Mini Johan Santana, Carlos Beltran, Pedro Martinez, Willie Randolph, WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Sid Rosenberg, Mini David Wright, Mini Francisco Rodriguez, Ceramic Whalers, Andy Roddick, NY Liberty’s Teresa Weatherspoon, NY Liberty’s Becky Hammon, NY Liberty coach Richie Adubato.
Above, fourth shelf, left to right: Robin Ventura (White Sox manager), Frank Thomas, Ohio State Heisman Winner Les Horvath, Ohio State Heisman Winner Archie Griffin, Big Ten Icon Jesse Owens (Ohio State), Big Ten Icon Drew Brees (Purdue), Big Ten Icon John Cappelletti (Penn State), Big Ten Icon Bronko Nagurski (Minnesota), Mini Chicago Wolves bobblehead, Walter “Clyde” Frazier, Bobby Holik, Mark Messier, Ceramic Rangers guy, Islanders Chris Osgood.
Above, bottom shelf, left to right: Troy Polamalu, Two Miller Lite/White Sox Beer Vendors, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Ulysses S. Grant. The following batch of bobbleheads were given away by the Columbus Clippers (minor league baseball team) in honor of the Columbus Bicentennial. They feature not just athletes, but people who have influenced the history and culture of Columbus: Auto racing legend Bobby Rahal, “Buster” Douglas, Woody Hayes, fighter pilot Eddie Rickenbacker, James Thurber, Olympic great Jesse Owens, Heisman Trophy winner and former Clippers coach Howard “Hopalong” Cassady, Columbus Zoo’s Jack Hanna, Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas and daughter Wendy.
*Nik and I mounted the cabinet to a wall in the sports room with the various screws and brackets we were given. I started placing bobbleheads in it and took two days off before returning to it and adding more. That is when tragedy struck. I was on a stepstool and heard a slight sound, and the next thing I know, the cabinet was leaning forward off the wall and bobbleheads started falling like crazy. In the end, the damage wasn’t too bad. Looking at the bobbleheads in the cabinet, you can barely tell that Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane and Brent Seabrook had broken parts. The only injury not fully recovered is a missing arm from Edgardo Alfonzo. Not gonna lie though, tears were shed in a moment of panic. I’d hate to have lost bobbleheads such as Imus and my autographed Piazza, among other rare ones that I have. Below is a picture of Nik doing major repair work with crazy glue.
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***Editors note on Jan. 15: A few people have asked how I got all of these bobbleheads. Most were game giveaways from the various teams. Maybe about 3-5 of them were bought on ebay. A handful were gifts, trades, bought in a store or a perk of my job.