Price Drop on Cole Hamels Blood Drive Bobblehead

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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Funko POP! Phillie Phanatic Vinyl Bobblehead release date announced

April 10, 2014

Here is the first look at the finalized concept artwork for the new Funko POP! Phillie Phanatic Vinyl Bobblehead. The new series by Funko features seven mascots including the Phanatic, Mr.Met, Mariner Moose, Mr.Redlegs, Wally the Green Monster, Orbit, and the Swinging Friar. Each bobblehead measures 3.75 inches tall and comes in a window box so you can display them in or out of the box. The release date for these is 5/10 which is three months sooner than was previously stated. Here are pictures of the rest of the set:

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A look at the best SGAs from around the league: Week of 4/7-4/13

 April 7, 2014

This season I'm going to add a weekly feature to the site that will focus on some of the best SGAs from around baseball. I had originally planned on doing one post of my top ten other-team SGAs but have decided to make it a quick weekly post. I like SGAs, obviously, and it gets tiring looking over the Phillies' mediocre promotional schedule again and again, so I'm looking forward to browsing every team's promotional schedule and picking out a few of my favorites. I'm going to try not to make it too bobblehead-heavy, but some weeks I may have no other choice. So without further ado, here's a look at some SGAs from ATL for the week of April 7 - April 13.

4/7 - Boston Red Sox - David Ortiz Bobblehead - All Fans

4/8 - Los Angeles Dodgers - Zip Up Hooded Sweatshirt - First 40,000 Fans

4/9 - San Francisco Giants - Hunter Pence Bobblehead - First 40,000 Fans

4/10 - San Francisco Giants - Farewell to the Stick Scarf - First 20,000 Fans

4/10 - Atlanta Braves - Hank Aaron Bobblehead - All Fans

4/11 - Texas Rangers - Ballpark Replica - First 15,000 Fans

4/11 - St.louis Cardinals - Michael Wacha NLCS MVP Bobblehead - First 25,000 Fans 16 & Older

4/12 - St.louis Cardinals - 2013 NL Champions Replica Ring - All Fans

4/13 - St.louis Cardinals - Yadier Molina & Adam Wainwright Gold Glove Award - First 25,000 Fans 16 & Older

4/12 - Chicago White Sox - 1983 White Sox Logo Fleece Blanket - First 20,000 Fans


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All photos courtesy of Red Sox, Dodgers, Giants, Braves, Cardinals, and White Sox

For more information on the teams listed, please click on the team name to visit their website.

Phillies Major & Minor League Promotions Preview for 4/7-4/13

April 7, 2014

This week kicked off with a hiccup due to inclement weather in the forecast for today. The Phillies preemptively postponed today's home opener because of the heavy rain in the forecast and with a built in off day on Tuesday, the Phils didn't want to drag fans out on Monday for no reason. The Reading Phillies and Lehigh Valley IronPigs on the other hand are forging ahead with their games tonight. The highlights of this week are the two bobblehead nights by the IronPigs and the Phillies Citizens Bank Park commemorative items.

Here's your weekly condensed look at what promotions are taking this week:

Monday, 4/7:

  • Reading Fightins - 1968 Championship Team Postcard w/Larry Bowa - First 500 Adults 15 & Over
  • Lehigh Vally IronPigs - Opening Night T-shirt - First 3,000 Adults 18 & Over

Tuesday, 4/8 :

  • Phillies - Citizens Bank Park Commemortive Banner - All Fans
  • Reading Fightins - 1969 Team Postcard w/Green & Vukovich - First 500 Adults 15 & Over

Wednesday, 4/9:

  • Phillies - Opening Night T-shirt - All Fans 15 & Over
  • Reading Fightins - 1970 Team Postcard - First 500 Adults 15 & Over
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs - Cody Asche Bobblehead - First 3000 Adults 18 & Over

Thursday, 4/10:

  • Phillies - 2014 Schedule Magnet - All Fans
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs - Jonathan Pettibone Bobblehead - First 3,000 Adults 18 & Over

Friday, 4/11: 

  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs - 2014 Schedule Magnet - First 5,000 Fans

Saturday, 4/12:

  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs - Andy Tracy Commemorative Cup - First 3,000 Adults 18 & Over

Sunday, 4/13:

  • Phillies - Citizens Bank Park Commemorative Baseball & Tin - Children 14 & under
  • Lakewood BlueClaws - 2014 Scedule Cup - First 2,000 Fans
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs - IronPigs Fleece Blanket - First 3,000 Adults 18 & Over


To purchase tickets to any of the promotions listed:

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All photos courtesy of the Philadelphia Phillies & Lehigh Valley IronPigs

First Look: 2014 Phillies Team Issued Set - First Edition

 April 7, 2014

While at the On-Deck Series last weekend – well, On-Deck game as it turned out to be after Saturday's game was canceled due to the weather – I made my way around Citizens Banks Park to check out a few newsstands and take in the spring-training-like atmosphere the Phillies had promised for the weekend. Before leaving for the night, I stopped by a newsstand near Ashburn Alley and picked up a couple of things including a 2014 Phillies Team-Issued Photo Card Set. I'm not going to go into great detail about what they are, but it's essentially a postcard-sized set of photos of the entire team including the players, coaches, broadcasters and the Phanatic.

I opened the set at home to see who was included and get a count on the cards. The total came to 41 cards. Included in the set was a Bobby Abreu card, which struck me as odd at first because he was released four days prior. I figured they didn't have time to go in and pick out every single Bobby Abreu card, and didn't give it another thought. 

On Friday, I made my way over to CBP to pick up an extra Phanatic of the Month bobblehead I had promised to get for someone who lives down south, and I was kind of surprised to see half a wall of Phillies Team-Issued Photo Card Sets for $3. I'm pretty sure I paid $5 at the game, but either way, at $3 I bought two more sets to sell or trade in the future. When I got home I flipped through them and did a count: 40 cards each. Both sets were missing the Bobby Abreu card. So I guess in the days between the On-Deck game I went to on 3/28 and when Abreu signed with the Mets on 3/31, all of the cards were removed from the sets? I can't say this is 100% true, but that's the only reason I can think of to explain why Abreu isn't in the sets sold at the Majestic Store. I will be at CBP this week and I'll drop another $3 at a newsstand to find out whether the Abreu card is still out there and post an update. In the meantime, below are a few of the cards you'll find in the first edition set:

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