image of Rare New York Yankee bobble head

This 14-inch New York Yankee bobble head figurine from 1961 sold in 2015 for almost $60,000. The Heritage Auction House in Dallas, TX sold the oversized, vintage bobble head for $59,750. That price tag made us wobble with surprise! The hefty price that this figurine commanded winks at the popularity of the sports memorabilia market.

This 54-year-old figure is thought to be the holy grail of nodders, another name for bobble heads. It is one of only two oversized Yankee nodders known in existence. That’s rarer than a grandslam at a world series game! These two incredibly rare nodders were created for promotional use in order to introduce the ‘regular’ line of shorter models, which were available for purchase at the ballpark. Which makes this one little Yankee waaayyyy harder to come by than his smaller counter parts. This is the king of bobble heads, both in size and in rarity!

This bobble head was able to fetch such a high price at auction due to its extreme rarity. Not many of these wobbly mascots are still around on the market, which makes getting your hand on one almost impossible. You could go to bat at auction, but most of the time you will strike out, as so many people want to get their hands on one! Though, a comparable nodder sold a few years ago for $30,000, it’s clear the value is going up.

What can be gleaned from the sale of this incredibly rare Yankee bobble head? We have a few thoughts. The first one is, sports memorabilia collecting is growing, especially within the United States. Second, people love bobble heads. How could you not?

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