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Twins sold $391,000 worth of bobblehead dolls in one day

Jul 20, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

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Monday morning the Twins’ official website began offering a “limited edition set” of 25 bobblehead dolls representing every player from the 1991 World Series team. Even Terry Leach, thankfully.

There were 1,000 sets available for $391 each … and they sold out almost immediately, which means (math!) the Twins generated $391,000, the “net proceeds” of which will be donated to their community fund. As opposed to, say, going toward Matt Tolbert‘s $425,000 salary or something.

Of course, some of those 1,000 sets were sold to people who’re already looking make a profit of their own via EBay, which is sort of sad but mostly just predictable. My involvement was much classier, as I refused to actually spend $391 and instead simply begged for someone to give me a set for free. It didn’t work (so far!).

  1. minnesconsin - Jul 20, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    sheesh, the one ending soonest on ebay is already bid up to $515

  2. theonlynolan - Jul 20, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    The set, of course, wouldn’t have been nearly as successful had it not been for the late addition of Terry Leach.

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Jul 20, 2011 at 3:10 PM

      That man had a strange baseball career. How many pitchers start 12 games in a season, go 11-1, and then don’t get a single start the next year? I’m not saying he was amazing, but his numbers always seemed to be those of a pitcher who didn’t deserve to get kicked around in the bullpen and traded around.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    “Of course, some of those 1,000 sets were sold to people who’re already looking make a profit of their own via EBay, which is sort of sad but mostly just predictable.”

    Any reason why you think this is “sort of sad”? Are you against capitalism? Do you think that only people who were going to hold onto them because they like them should have been allowed to buy them?

    • schrutebeetfarms - Jul 20, 2011 at 4:39 PM

      I’d say it’s sad because collector’s used to get these things to cherish and to hold on to. It was a hobby, not a greed thing. And no not against capitalism, but about losing its innocence. Sort of how some idiot at a game will knock over kids to get a foul ball. It’s taking away from those who will really appreciate it.

  4. Joe - Jul 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Hmm, now you’re issuing revenue reports. Aaron, maybe you SHOULD be an accountant!

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