The Hank Aaron Fan’s Guide to Bobbleheads

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The author’s personal collection of Hank Aaron bobbleheads

The bulk of my Hank Aaron collecting is confined to items from Hank’s playing days. However, I’ve made an exception for bobbleheads. What follows is what I believe to be a complete collection of Hank Aaron bobbleheads.

As a NEW feature, I’ve added a rating for how easy or difficult it is to find each bobblehead. Figures in parentheses correspond to numbers available and sold (last 90 days) on eBay as of August 25, 2017.

STADIUM GIVEAWAYS

2002 Milwaukee Brewers/Wisconsin Woodchucks

  • Issue date: July 27, 2002 (Wisconsin Woodchucks), August 11, 2002 (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • Production: 10,500 (500 with Woodchucks and 10,000 with Brewers)
  • Sponsors: Pick ‘n Save, Pepsi
  • Manufacturer: BDA
  • Uniform: Milwaukee Brewers home #44
  • Pose: Standing with bat on shoulder
  • Markings: 755 on bat, name on front of base, sponsors on back of base, various markings and stickers on bottom
  • Other notes: Also packaged with Ben Sheets and Richie Sexson as part of a mail-in offer by Pepsi.
  • Availability: Widely available (8/4)
  • Price estimate: $30-40 NIB
  • See box

2003 Greenville Braves

  • Issue date: July 5, 2003
  • Production: unknown
  • Sponsors: Advance Auto Parts
  • Manufacturer: AGP
  • Uniform: Atlanta Braves road #44
  • Pose: End of swing
  • Markings: name on front of base, sponsor plaque atop base, Bobble Dobbles sticker on bottom
  • Availability: Extremely tough (0/3)
  • Price estimate: $60-80 NIB
  • See box
  • Search on eBay

2003 Atlanta Braves

  • Issue date: September 19, 2003
  • Production: 12,000
  • Sponsors: Publix, Coca Cola
  • Manufacturer: AGP
  • Uniform: Atlanta Braves home #44
  • Pose: End of swing
  • Markings: name on front of base, sponsors on sides
  • Availability: Widely available (10/5)
  • Price estimate: $30-60 NIB
  • See box
  • Search on eBay

2010 Milwaukee Brewers

  • Issue date: May 16, 2010
  • Production: unknown
  • Sponsors: Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
  • Manufacturer: BDA
  • Uniform: Milwaukee Brewers home #44
  • Pose: At bat
  • Markings: name on front of base, “Wisconsin Cheese” plaque atop base, photo of Hank Aaron at bat behind bobble figure
  • Other notes: Scheduled for reissue of 500 at March 21, 2011 Cactus League game; however game was canceled due to rain
  • Availability: Widely available (19/8)
  • Price estimate: $15-20 NIB
  • See box
  • Search on eBay

2012 Eau Claire Express

  • Issue date: June 14, 2012
  • Production: unknown
  • Sponsors: Royal Credit Union
  • Manufacturer: AGP
  • Uniform: 1952 Eau Claire Bears home #6
  • Pose: End of swing
  • Markings: name on front of base, sponsor plaque atop base
  • Other notes: Mini-bobble, 60th anniversary of Aaron’s minor league debut
  • Availability: Very tough (0/0)
  • Price estimate: $70-90 NIB
  • See box
  • Search on eBay

2013 Milwaukee Brewers

  • Issue date: July 7, 2013 (regular season), March 3, 2014 (spring training)
  • Production: All fans (39,677) at regular season game plus 2000 at spring training
  • Sponsors: US Cellular
  • Manufacturer: BDA
  • Uniform: Milwaukee Braves home #44
  • Pose: Standing holding bat
  • Markings: name on front of base, 44 on bat (number of home runs), 31 on base (number of steals), sponsor on side of base
  • Other notes: 50th anniversary of Aaron’s 40/30 season
  • Availability: Widely available (10/17)
  • Price estimate: $15-25 NIB
  • See box
  • Search on eBay

2014 Atlanta Braves

  • Issue date: April 10, 2014
  • Production: unknown
  • Sponsors: Delta and Coca Cola
  • Manufacturer: unknown
  • Uniform: Atlanta Braves home #44
  • Pose: End of swing
  • Markings: “40th Anniversary #715” on front of base, sponsors on side of base, signature atop base
  • Other notes: (approximate) 40th anniversary of Aaron’s 715th home run
  • Availability: Widely available (5/17)
  • Price estimate: $30-40 NIB
  • See box
  • Search on eBay

2016 Lakeshore Chinooks

  • Issue date: June 4, 2016
  • Production: 1,000
  • Sponsors: Robert Haack Diamonds
  • Manufacturer: AGP
  • Uniform: Lakeshore Chinooks home #44
  • Pose: Standing with bat on shoulder
  • Markings: name on front of base, sponsor plaque atop base, 344 marker on outfield fence behind figure, crowned 755 on bat
  • Other notes: Part of the “Outfield Wall” series with Paul Molitor, Jim Gantner, and Robin Yount; also note that publicity photos showed the Aaron bobblehead with gray hair.
  • Availability: Moderate (7/2)
  • Price estimate: $30-40 NIB
  • See box
  • Search on eBay

2016 Gwinnett Braves

  • Issue date: July 16, 2016
  • Production: 2,500
  • Sponsors: Cool Ray
  • Manufacturer: Success Promotions
  • Uniform: Milwaukee Braves home #44
  • Pose: Standing with bat on shoulder
  • Markings: name on front of base, sponsor plaque atop base, “HOF 1982” on back of base
  • Other notes:
  • Availability: Moderate (4/0)
  • Price estimate: $40-60 NIB
  • See box
  • Search on eBay

2017 Atlanta Braves

  • Issue date: 2017 TBD
  • Production: 1
  • Sponsors: Atlanta Braves
  • Manufacturer: unknown
  • Uniform: Atlanta Braves home #44
  • Pose: Standing with bat on shoulder
  • Markings: name on front of base
  • Other notes: About six feet tall; a fan may be able to win it at the end of the season
  • Availability: Impossible (0/0)
  • Price estimate: $20K or more
  • See box

Note: There were also SGA statues distributed by the Atlanta Braves on April 12, 2007 (Turner Field) and August 18, 2017 (Sun Trust Park). Each statue matched the Hank Aaron statue at the stadium. These giveaways are sometimes included in various lists of bobbleheads.

 

OTHER AUTHORIZED RELEASES

1975 Milwaukee Brewers

  • Issue date: 1975 (often listed as 1974; however, Aaron did not become a Brewer until November 2, 1974, so this seems dubious)
  • Production: unknown
  • Distribution: Milwaukee County Stadium
  • Manufacturer: Sports Specialty Corporation
  • Uniform: Milwaukee Brewers home #44
  • Pose: Standing with ball in right hand
  • Markings: signature on front of base
  • Other notes: The side of the box includes directions for ordering more “dolls” by writing to Milwaukee Brewer Promotions via Milwaukee County Stadium
  • Availability: Widely available (13/4)
  • Price estimate: $40-60 NIB
  • See box
  • Search on eBay

1994 SAM

  • Issue date: 1994
  • Production: 1,000
  • Distribution: Retail
  • Manufacturer: Sports Accessories and Memorabilia (SAM)
  • Uniform: Atlanta Braves home #44
  • Pose: Standing with bat
  • Markings: “Henry Aaron 500 Homerun Club” on front of base
  • Other notes: Issued as part of 500 HR club series; very poor resemblance to Hank Aaron, even for a bobblehead; my box shows a $69.95 price tag.
  • Availability: Moderate (2/4)
  • Price estimate: $50-80 NIB
  • See box
  • Search on eBay

2001 Alexander Global Promotions

  • Issue date: 2001
  • Production: 1,000
  • Distribution: Retail
  • Manufacturer: AGP
  • Uniform: Milwaukee Braves home #44
  • Pose: Standing with bat
  • Markings: name on front of base
  • Other notes: Distribution was mainly in the South; production is believed to be about one-third that of other “Bobble Dobbles” from that same year. A variation featuring a Hall of Fame plaque was distributed two years later by the Hank Aaron Automotive Group.
  • Availability: Moderate (3/1)
  • Price estimate: $50-70 NIB
  • Search on eBay

2013 Forever Collectibles

  • Issue date: 2013
  • Production: 2,013
  • Distribution: Retail
  • Manufacturer: Forever Collectibles
  • Uniform: Atlanta Braves home #44
  • Pose: End of swing
  • Markings: name on front of base, “Atlanta Braves” and script lowercase “A” logo on base
  • Other notes: Retail outlets, including Turner Field; part of “Legends of the Diamond” series
  • Availability: Fairly tough (0/2)
  • Price estimate: $70-90 NIB
  • See box
  • Search on eBay

2014 Forever Collectibles

  • Issue date: 2014
  • Production: 360
  • Distribution: Retail (Turner Field)
  • Manufacturer: Forever Collectibles
  • Uniform: Atlanta Braves home #44
  • Pose: End of swing
  • Markings: “40th Anniversary,” “715,” and signature on plaque; large “715” on base
  • Other notes: April 2014 “Bobble of the Month” at Turner Field
  • Availability: Fairly tough (0/1)
  • Price estimate: $70-90 NIB
  • See box
  • Search on eBay

2017 Atlanta Braves “A-List”

  • Issue date: September 2017
  • Production: 1512 (63 cases of 24)
  • Distribution: Available to “A List” season ticket holders only, though the logistics of notification/distribution were something of a cluster
  • Manufacturer: unknown
  • Uniform: Milwaukee Braves home uniform #5
  • Pose: Standing, leaning on bat
  • Markings: Name on front of base, “1954 Rookie” on back of base
  • Other notes: Braves A-list members voted among various Braves all-time greats (Hank Aaron, Phil Niekro, Chipper Jones, Warren Spahn, Dale Murphy); A-list “memory points” used to purchase bobblehead
  • Availability: Moderate at the moment; however, I suspect availability will be short-lived.
  • Price estimate: $80-90 for NIB

CUSTOMS

In addition to the official releases above, which carry the approval of Major League Baseball, Hank Aaron, or some other authorized entity, private collectors, artists, and entrepreneurs have contributed to the Hank Aaron bobble universe by creating or customizing bobbleheads like the ones below. If you have a custom Hank Aaron you’d like to show off by adding it to this page, please send me an email along with a pic.

  • Indianapolis Clowns custom – This custom bobblehead portrays Hank Aaron on his first professional team, the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro Leagues, where he played shortstop and batted cleanup in 1952. Look closely and you’ll notice that it is made from the 2013 Atlanta Braves SGA Hank Aaron. What a great paint job!
  • Bobblehead City – This business allows you to create your own bobblehead, right down to player name, skin tone, uniform, and other variables–all for about $80 (painted) plus shipping. At one time, the site’s front page featured the Hank Aaron image above. However, it now features mainly “generic” players. UPDATE: The site appears to have been taken down.
  • Cat Man 755 HR  – Limited release of 44 by Canadian bobble maker “Cat Man.” Despite (or possibly because of) the cartoonish, South Park (or maybe Davey and Goliath) style of his bobbleheads, Cat Man has something of a cult following among the bobblehead collectors who even know his work exists. Registration/login is required, but you can learn more about Cat Man and his many bobbles at this site. As for prices, I have seen two of these “755 HR” bobbles sell on eBay, one at $90 and one at $100. NOTE: If you purchase a “Cat Man” of any player–not just Hank Aaron–note that they are VERY fragile. Anecdotal data suggest that nearly half are damaged during shipping.
  • Cat Man 1957 WS  – Limited release of unknown (to me) size. See notes above.

RELATED BOBBLEHEADS

In the early 1960s (c. 1963-1965), generic team bobbleheads were produced for each team. Additionally, “black player” bobbles were produced for each team except the Athletics, Giants, Pirates, and Twins. See this page for the best information on the Web.

None of these bobbles included names or uniform numbers; however, the two produced for the Braves (Milwaukee and Atlanta) could arguably be considered as part of a complete Hank Aaron bobblehead collection. A handful of notes on the topic–

  1. The Atlanta version (c. 1965) is identical to the Milwaukee version, except that the “M” hat decal the word “Milwaukee” on the base have been colored over.
  2. Both bobbles are very scarce, but the Milwaukee one is more so. In good condition, expect to pay around $500 for Atlanta and $1000 for Milwaukee.
  3. The “black player” bobbles are known to come in two variations: “realistic face” (includes eyebrows) and “traditional face” (smiling). Traditional is more rare. (I don’t know whether both variations exist for both Braves bobbles.
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4 thoughts on “The Hank Aaron Fan’s Guide to Bobbleheads

  1. Hi Jason, a card-collecting friend sent me the link to your blog because I am a huge Hank fan. I love this. I may have to take a good inventory of my bobble-heads to see what I may be missing or what may not have:>) Anyway, more importantly, you need to go to our online group of vintage card collectors at http://www.oldbaseball.com and check us out. We are nationally recognized by a lot of the vintage card sellerS at the National and regional shows as OBC. You might like what you see. And if interested in joining, please contact me for questions.

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    • Jason, I did notice that as well and will be going thru my mags to see what I’m missing there as well. I collect one of each of Hank’s cards up to present day. Still need some vintage oddballs. Would you mind sending me a personal email so I can ask you a question? Lynn

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