Bobblecon attracts dozens of bobblehead enthusiasts for swap and sell show (video, photos) By Marc Bona
AKRON, Ohio – A bobblecon in Akron attracted about 60 people to swap, sell and buy the nodding collectibles, with hundreds of the smiling and shaking figures sharing table space Saturday afternoon.
As expected, Cleveland athletes dominated, from current (Tyler Naquin, LeBron James, Carlos Santana) and former (C.C. Sabathia in a disco pose, Brad Daugherty of the Cavs, Hall of Famer Bob Feller).
Others stood their ground, from UFC fighter Holly Holm in action to a miniature NASCAR racer Jeff Kenseth.
Anyone in the sports arena is fair game for their image to be captured in a bobblehead. Mascots rooted, announcers remained silent, characters stared (remember Jobu from “Major League?”). Even Indians manager Terry Francona is caught zipping along in his scooter.
The hobby is fueled by team giveaways and the secondary market, which includes shows, flea markets and online vendors.
Pedro Avalos of Akron is the man behind the national group Bobblehead Addicts. He organized Saturday’s show at the Ancient Order of Hibernians hall. Email him for details on future shows. He’s also on Twitter.
Avalos works with the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which is receiving its largest donation of bobbleheads from collector Bob Manak of Cleveland.