Saturday, January 7, 2017

Did You Know Today is a National Holiday?

My son can home from school yesterday with a folder he received in class that was full of birthday wishes.  His birthday is not until July 7th, so I asked him to explain why he was celebrating.  I was informed anyone who has a birthday during summer break gets to celebrate their 1/2 birthday.  In my son's case, he is 8 and 1/2 today. 

This got me thinking of all the  so called holidays that are made up to celebrate something.  I am sure you have heard of Boss's Day or Secretaries Day.  Most card collectors have heard of National Card Trading Day, although I am not for sure if it is always celebrated on a formal date.  There is another holiday celebrated today that some collectors may also be interested in:  National Bobblehead Day.  Not one to miss a celebration, I thought I would show off a few of mine.

This is the first bobblehead I ever received.  It was a Cardinals stadium give away in 2002 to celebrate Albert Pujols winning the Rookie of the Year in 2001.  I believe this was the third year the Cardinals gave away bobbleheads at games.  During the first few years, they would give away 2 per year to the first 20,000 fans of any age.  Now they have 4-5 bobblehead days each year for 25,000 fans 16 years and older.

This Bob Gibson was a Busch Stadium give away in 2004.  It was the first retired player the Cardinals featured on a SGA bobblehead. 

Minor league teams also give away their fair share of bobbleheads.  The Springfield Cardinals gave away 2,500 of these Matt Adams bobbleheads in 2012 to celebrate his 2011 Texas League Player of the Year award.  I drove almost 6 hours to attend the game to receive this and snag some in person autos.  I have a very understanding wife who is also a baseball fan.

I have a very soft spot for the members of the 1985 Cardinals.  Ozzie Smith was a big part of that club.  This was a SGA bobblehead in 2013 to celebrate Smith winning 13 Gold Gloves from 1980-1992.  It is hard to see but all the gloves are dates.  Hard to beat the vintage baby blue uniform.

I showed this one before, but it is a dual bobblehead of Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright celebrating the last out of the 2006 World Series.  It was given away in June 2016, but I bought it at a card show.  I am eager to see what this year's dual bobblehead of Matt Carpenter and Carlos Martinez will look like.  My guess it will have something to do with Martinez throwing a cup of water on Carpenter after he hits a home run. 

I have 22 full sized bobbleheads, and another 10 mini bobbleheads.  I need to get another shelf or cabinet to display them.  11 of them are shown in my blog's title bar.  I have another shelf with 7 of them, while the last 4 and all the minis are still in boxes.  I guess that is a good problem to have.


  1. Awesome stuff! I'm a big bobblehead fan! I absolutely love the Ozzie Smith one! Check out my post about the obscure holidays.

  2. Thanks. I do remember seeing your post about the weird holidays. I look forward to your post on Jan. 14 for Dress up your Pet Day. LOL