April 13, 2014
If you've been looking to get a Cole Hamels blood drive variant bobblehead at a reasonable price, now might be the time. The Hamels variant once upon a time would fetch upwards of $150, but that was then and this is now. The market for the Hamels variant has taken a severe drop on eBay recently. On 1/15 one sold for $112.60, which is the highest one has sold for in four months. Last week one sold for $67.65 which is the lowest I've seen in a long while. These are auctions with bids, not auctions where a seller listed one for a $35 buy it now price; those don't count. Last four Hamels variants:
Now this could be attributed to a few things. One is that the Phillies as a baseball team seem to be trending in the wrong direction. When that happens, some fans lose interest, and merchandise sales drop, along with attendance. At Thursday night's game versus the Brewers, the Phillies announced that they had their smallest paid attendance crowd at Citizens Bank Park since 9/11/2007. That was right before the Phillies went on their amazing run to win the NL East that year, and we all know what happened in 2008 and on.
The other possibility, and more likely scenario, is that most Phillies bobblehead collectors have added this to their collection in recent years and the demand just isn't what it used to be. It definitely has nothing to do with Phillies bobblehead collectors having tight wallets, as other rare Phillies bobbleheads have gone for a good amount of money in recent months:
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