Henryís Random Thoughts
A Word About Cincinnati Reds Bobblehead Values
July 5, 2011
For coins, baseball cards and other very established collectibles, we can assign values and print price guides, and as long as the price guides donít fall into the trap of giving an inflated ďbookĒ value, they can be relied upon to give you a good idea of how much you can buy or sell your item for. Completed items on Ebay have been a good guide for over a decade now. While SGAís are an established collectible nowadays, the market for them is pretty thin. The vast majority of collectors just buy tickets and go to the games. There will be a hardy group of Ebay resellers running in circles getting anywhere from a dozen to a hundred of them at the games, but there arenít a whole lot of them willing to do such work for fairly modest profits anymore. And most of them sell in a flurry of activity right after the game. They donít hang onto inventory as a rule. So especially for the older ones, they only come up for sale occasionally, and if someone sells a bunch of the same one, it doesnít take long for the market to get temporarily flooded. So not only is the value hard to establish, itís hard to say there really is a steady value. The guidelines below are just that, loose guidelines.
For the majority of years, everything pictured for a given year on this site (except for that one horse racing item) should be valued at about $100 per year. This assumes you kept all the packaging and everything is still in nice shape. 2002ís items are worth closer to $200, while 2008 is probably more like $60 (and it needed that Nuxhall statue to bail it out even at that). 2009 was a good year and might be worth $150 or so.
Individual bobbles are worth from $10 to as much as $75. I believe the Bench from 2002 and the Larkin from 2001 are worth close to $75, while the 2009 Votto is already around $50. The worst of the bunch is the 2008 leisure suit Dunn, which isnít even worth ten bucks. We got stuck with a ton of them, since we didnít know what they would look like until we bought the tickets. We sold something like 60 to a baseball card shop in Kentucky for a couple bucks each. If you walk into a card shop over there and notice a stockpile of them, thatís almost gotta be our old stockpile. For the rest of them, as a general rule, the player featured determines the value. They made 40,000 Griffeys and only 10,000 Harnishes, but donít expect to get a Griffey in trade for your Harnish just because of its rarity.
I must repeat, this is just a rough guide, since a few people have asked. Your selling results may vary. Also, if this sits out there for years and inflation ravages the dollar, you would adjust the dollar value of any collectible accordingly.††
As far as ones in good shape but without the box it came in, you can cut the value in half for all of them from 2002 onwards. The 2001 ones came in generic boxes so the box is less important. As far as broken ones go, if a repair is tiny, such as re-gluing a piece that was glued on originally, itís basically worth pretty close to its mint value. But one with a major break or obvious cracking isnít worth much at all. Unlike ones from the 60ís, if you need to describe it as cracked, it probably isnít worth selling.