Beloved Sister Jean gets new bobblehead as Loyola-Chicago marches on By Darren Rovell
Sister Jean is getting her own bobblehead — again.
The 98-year-old chaplain of the Loyola-Chicago basketball team, whose full name is Jean Dolores Schmidt, has taken the world by storm as the Ramblers have made their way to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.
On Friday, the school announced a preorder for Sister Jean bobbleheads. They will be made by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame, which has made approximately 500 bobbleheads in the past three years.
“We saw they were interested in making them again, and we were able to make a deal in the last day and half,” said Phil Sklar, CEO of the Bobblehead Hall of Fame.
Since going on sale Friday, Sklar said his Milwaukee-based company sold more than 1,000 to buyers from 43 states and the District of Columbia. One person bought 20.
The most he ever sold of any bobblehead he produced was 3,000, of a Clemson football national championship version.
“I don’t know if this can beat that, but obviously if they continue to win, the interest in her will continue,” Sklar said.
Because the bobbleheads are made in China, the projected delivery date is in June. The cost is $33, including shipping.
That’s a bargain considering what some have paid on eBay for her previous editions. The school had giveaways for Sister Jean bobbleheads in 2011 and ’15. One seller sold five Sister Jean bobbleheads this week for at least $300 each.
The Bobblehead Hall of Fame has made some quirky tournament bobbleheads in the past couple years, including of the crying Villanova “Piccolo Girl” and Georgia State coach Ron Hunter falling off his chair.