Bobble head craze hits
Comic Book Guy spotted at Gund Arena
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WITH ALL THIS TALK OF BOBBLEHEADS, HOW COME NOBODY EVER MENTIONED
DIVINE BROWN? While a lot of fanboys are caught up in the
whole bobblehead craze, we heartily endorse their chief competitor:
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James has never
been guarded like this.
With armed security personnel and the Cavaliers’ mascot,
Moondog, watching over their safe arrival, 10,000 LeBron James
souvenir bobble head dolls were delivered in an armoured truck
to Gund Arena on Monday.
While the real James was in Chicago getting ready to play the
Bulls, the limited-edition bobble heads were stored away before
being given to fans attending Wednesday night’s game against
the Atlanta Hawks.
Like everything else bearing James’ likeness, name or jersey
number on it, the bobble head has already caused a stir among collectors
eager to get their hands on one of the seven-inch replicas of Cleveland’s
six-foot-eight rookie star.
Two days before it’s even available, the giveaway bobble
head is already drawing bids of nearly US$30 on eBay.
“The bids on that are going to be crazy,” said Brian
Williamson, a bobble head collector from Pittsburgh. “I don’t
think you’ll be able to get one for under $50 because of how
popular LeBron is.”
There are already several James bobble heads available on the
retail market. The Cavaliers’ team shop at the Gund sells
five different versions, but this one is unique because only 10,000
will be handed out.
“There is a whole sector of collectors who want just the
giveaways,” said Bill Miko of ImageWorks, a consulting firm
who helped the Cavaliers plan the promotion. “Last year,
people flew to Houston just to get the Yao Ming giveaway. I expect
there to be people on the streets after the game trying to buy
the bobble heads from people as they come out of the Gund.”
Upon entering the 20,000-seat arena, fans will be handed a voucher
they can redeem at one of three designated areas to get their bobble
Late last season when the team announced it was returning to its
original wine-and-gold colour scheme, overzealous fans tore through
boxes during a T-shirt giveaway. This time, the Cavs are taking
necessary precautions to guard against a similar problem.
Because of the giveaway, Komoroski is expecting fans to arrive
earlier than usual for the 7 p.m. tipoff. Doors will open at 5:30.