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The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum

shake Just when I think that the USA can't get any wackier. shake

A Cleveland man (Bob Manak) has terminal cancer, and he's now donating his collection of bobbleheads to the museum.

His collection, most of which is inventoried and organized into 64 plastic tubs, will be, by far, the single largest collection the hall of fame has received, said Phil Sklar, the hall’s co-founder and CEO. Currently, the hall has about 6,000 unique bobbleheads not counting 1,000 to 2,000 duplicates.

Manak’s 1,564 piece collection – which he estimates is worth about $15,000 – makes his home resemble an ongoing cocktail party of mostly tiny creatures, save for several three-foot tall bobbleheads towering over their pals.

There’s Brownie the Elf, which he found at the Indians team shop in Mentor years ago. “He’s scary-looking,” Manak says.

Other 36-inch tall bobbleheads include LeBron James, Chief Wahoo and former Indians slugger Travis Hafner.

“Chief Wahoo is my favorite,” Manak said. “I’m a big Indians fan.”

Trolling flea markets became a hobby. He made friends with vendors. Family members kept him in mind on Christmas lists. When the Indians released their annual promotional schedule, Manak would scan the dates with bobblehead giveaways and immediately buy a pair of tickets to each game.

“The deal was I’d buy tickets for friends, but I’d get the bobbleheads,” he said.

It was a good deal. His home is a de facto museum. A shelf inches from the ceiling in one room supports his diverse team of players, politicians, cartoon characters and others. Some are recognizable, others are nameless. Some stare, others pose in action. The juxtapositions are as wonderful as Manak’s laughter, which he sprinkles throughout conversation.

Spider-Man readies himself next to Adam Miller, former first-round draft pick of the Indians. Michael Brantley stands next to a hula dancer. Snow Miser is next to Kenny Lofton’s “The Catch.” But the best arrangement might be a foursome of Babe Ruth, a Playboy Bunny, the Pope and the Indians mascot, Slider.

He catalogued them until 2010, “then got lazy,” he said. “I didn’t know it would grow to be like this.”

Here’s a quick take on his collection:

* He estimates only about 25 percent or so are sports-oriented.
* About 20 of them "talk". One depicts “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell admonishing a contestant as being “pathetic.”
* His favorites are mascots and advertising ones (Alka-Seltzer is a bobbing pill).
* He has nine different Uncle Sams.
* Amazingly, he doesn’t recall the very first one in his collection.
* Some double as banks, like a Key Bank bobblehead whose base is stacks of dollar bills.
* A Kent State bobblehead was the toughest for him to find.
* One of the rarest probably is a hand-made Ghoulardi, which an artist morphed from a Justin Timberlake bobblehead. It’s one of only a handful in the world.
*) The last one he picked up is the quartet of Dutch Masters, the white-collared, cigar-shilling fellows.

Virtually all will be going to Milwaukee, but Manak said he might hold back Wahoo and Brownie for his nephews.

“I’ve been having a little fun going through these boxes,” he said. “It’s sad to see them go, but I want to see them go to someone.”

When he added a bobblehead, he would post a picture on Facebook, then store it. But about a year ago he converted a room to a man cave.

Many are packed, but hundreds were still out this week, offering splashes of color in Manak’s home, where they share space with neon signs, shot glasses and magnets, his other collectibles.

Manak, who grew up in Novelty and went to West Geauga High School and Kent State, previously served in the Army and worked in artillery and as a quartermaster in Korea and Germany. He worked at Gund Arena for 18 years as an usher and supervisor. It was during those days he used to go to Mr. Bill’s with colleagues and discovered bobbleheads.

Mr. Bill’s is gone, but bobbleheads keep coming out. They continue to be a mainstay on teams’ promotional schedules. This season, the Cleveland Indians, Akron RubberDucks, Lake County Captains, Lake Erie Crushers, Cleveland Monsters and Cleveland Cavaliers are offering a combined 16 bobbleheads among their giveaway dates.
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I'm still waiting for the U.S. to top this one:

http://phallus.is/en/

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What is the point you want to make, Mabby?

It is a museum. And that draws tourists (btw not me) and so extra money and income. And employment ofcourse. Maybe there is not much else over there, so it could be an instant highlight. But as said I don't know how it looks over there.
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joe_salamone wrote:
I'm still waiting for the U.S. to top this one:

http://phallus.is/en/


When I had to leave this world, I know where to donate.
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joe_salamone wrote:
I'm still waiting for the U.S. to top this one:

http://phallus.is/en/

What a bunch of dicks!
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Well it's no where near as whacky as that "museum" in Petersburg, Kentucky!
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anemaat wrote:
joe_salamone wrote:
I'm still waiting for the U.S. to top this one:

http://phallus.is/en/


When I had to leave this world, I know where to donate.


You, sir, are a bold man.

With death, there would be too much shrinkage. I'm not donating mine!

I love bobbleheads. I've had a few over the years, but end up giving them away to students at the end of each year. I mean, what the hell am I going to do with them? Plus, I've had some super creepy ones that I'm sure get up to no good when I'm not looking.
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I condemn Milwaukee for having a bobblehead museum but, truth be told, there's a place no more than 45 minutes from where I live that is even weirder: http://gopherholemuseum.ca/

A room full of small scale models of buildings, occupied with... dozens of clothed and posed (stuffed) gophers:



I should not be throwing stones from my glass house. blush
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MABBY wrote:
I condemn Milwaukee for having a bobblehead museum but, truth be told, there's a place no more than 45 minutes from where I live that is even weirder: http://gopherholemuseum.ca/

A room full of small scale models of buildings, occupied with... dozens of clothed and posed (stuffed) gophers:



I should not be throwing stones from my glass house. blush


Yeah, you shouldn't.

Dissing my love, my town. pfft.

Actually, never even heard of this place until you had said it.

But, it makes me think about having to go out to the Mustard Museum 90 or so minutes west of here.

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The only thing that aggravates me about bobbleheads is that they still never look like the person they are portraying!
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MABBY wrote:
http://gopherholemuseum.ca/

A room full of small scale models of buildings, occupied with... dozens of clothed and posed (stuffed) gophers:




Barry Approved...

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MABBY wrote:
I condemn Milwaukee for having a bobblehead museum....


A bobblehead museum was the tipping point for your condemnation? I'm sure that if you came by for a visit we could give you so much more.

As an aside, I'm going to this museum as much as possible. I'll finally be surrounded by people who agree with me.
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