BUYING & COLLECTING BOBBLEHEADS CAN REQUIRE PATIENCE AND CONSIDERATION, BUT BY DOING YOUR HOMEWORK AND ARMING YOURSELF WITH EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE YOU CAN MINIMIZE COSTLY MISTAKES AND SLOWLY GAIN CONFIDENCE.
Here are a few handy tips for the bobblehead collector:
1. What’s your interest?
There are numerous categories of bobblehead dolls to choose from including: Sports, Music, Cartoon, Vintage, Political, Historical, Cartoon, Movies and much more. Find your area of interest and start hunting.
2. Where to find bobblehead dolls?
Online auction sites such as eBay are a good place to start looking and a great place to do your research. Also check out the websites of your favorite television series or sports team to see if they are offering collectors’ items and bobblehead dolls.
3. Do your research.
As with almost any other collectible, one of the main things is to do your homework. It is important to be well informed when considering a purchase, so the more you research the more informed decisions you will make.
4. Start connecting with other collectors.
Start connecting with other bobblehead collectors, and don’t be shy to ask questions. Most bobblehead dealers and collectors enjoy sharing their knowledge and experiences.
5. Take care of your bobblehead.
Bobbleheads aren’t as fragile as some think, but they do need some care.Here are some handy tips:
- Keep them on a shelf or in a display case away from sunlight, dust and curious hands.
- It is best to place a piece of foam or cotton balls inside the neck to prevent bobbling.
- Clean them with a mild soap and dust them frequently with a soft dry cloth.
- Leaving your bobblehead in the box is the best protective measure.
Remember that proper conservation of your bobblehead dolls will help your treasures last a lifetime.
6. What’s your bobblehead worth?
There aren’t any good price guides out there for bobblehead collectors. Internet auction sites such as eBay are a popular first stop for determining the value of your bobblehead.
Another valuable source is the “Warman’s Bobbing Head Field Guide” (for vintage dolls only). Also Lee’s Toy Review magazine has guides for Funko and sometimes Neca bobbles.
When considering value, always check the market rate, factor in retail price, cost of shipping, availability and quality of the piece, that should give you an approximate secondary market value. Other factors to consider is age, rarity and general demand for the bobblehead.
These are just a few tips for collecting bobbleheads, but remember the most important thing about collecting bobbleheads is to HAVE FUN!