Most Valuable Bobblehead Dolls of All Time
It might be hard to believe, but bobblehead dolls are valuable.
Most bobbleheads are worth the sentimental value that we have for them. Yet, there are extremely rare bobbleheads that can actually fetch thousands of dollars in an auction. Most of them are super old and in exceptional condition — so if you see something familiar on this list, make sure to protect it because it could be worth something either now or in the future.
Here are the 30 most expensive bobbleheads ever sold.
30. 1964 Paul McCartney and George Harrison
Bottom Line: 1964 Paul McCartney and George Harrison
The 1964 Beatles dolls were sold individually and not as a set, but we included them together in this tied spot because they sold for the exact same amount.
The 16-inch dolls, which sold on eBay in April 2014, may be among the most valuable dolls ever but were still second after their other famous Beatles band member up next.
28. 1964 John Lennon
Bottom Line: 1964 John Lennon
This 16-inch bobblehead also sold in April 2014 for $20 more than the other Beatles bandmates.
Poor Ringo Starr didn't even make the list.
29. Dick Tracy
Bottom Line: Dick Tracy
This Tracy doll is super rare.
John Brey of Nodder Exchange auctioned off this doll in June 2011, starting the bidding on this near-mint quality bobblehead at $750 before fetching nearly four times the asking price.
27. Chief Justice William Rehnquist
Bottom Line: Chief Justice William Rehnquist
This beauty of the longtime Chief Justice of the Supreme Court was part of a 2002 Supreme Court series from the Green Bag Journal of Law.
It sold on eBay in December 2013.
26. Mike Rowe and Freddy
Bottom Line: Mike Rowe and Freddy
The former “Dirty Jobs” host autographed this unique doll that also includes his dog, Freddy. The doll speaks 33 “Roweisms,” which were all recorded by Mike himself.
The doll sold on eBay in May 2015.
25. Boston Patriots AFL Nodder
Bottom Line: Boston Patriots AFL Nodder
The Patriots nodder was super rare, as one of seven AFL team bobblehead dolls released.
Nodder Exchange's Brey sold it for more than four times the listed price of $750.
24. Wolf Man
Bottom Line: Wolf Man
The sci-fi supervillain from the 1941 film became one of the most valuable dolls ever sold when Brey auctioned off the ultra-rare bobblehead in July 2008.
23. Los Angeles Dodgers
Bottom Line: Los Angeles Dodgers
This doll, which Brey sold in September 2016, is one of seven “Weirdo” Dodgers dolls that were unveiled, and the stealing-second-base doll is among the rarest.
The one that sold was in near-mint condition and went for more than four times the listed price of $750.
22. Minnesota Twins White Base
Bottom Line: Minnesota Twins White Base
Brey called this the rarest baseball doll of them all — spoiler: it's not even in the top 20 most valuable bobbleheads on this list.
The doll is in gem condition, however, and sold for nearly five times the auction listing of $750.
21. New York Rangers Mini
Bottom Line: New York Rangers Mini
The Rangers mini doll was unveiled in 1990, and according to Brey, it was made rarer by the NYR sticker that appears on the doll’s jersey.
Brey auctioned it, which was in near-mint condition, in July 2011, and it sold for more than seven times its initial auction price of $500.
20. Phantom of the Opera
Bottom Line: Phantom of the Opera
This 7-inch doll is the shortest, and therefore, inch-for-inch it's more valuable than many of the dolls ahead of it.
The doll was in excellent condition with extremely minor chipping and cracking — it even had part of its original price tag on it. It sold on eBay in April 2015.
19. Denver Broncos Toes Up
Bottom Line: Denver Broncos Toes Up
Like the Patriots doll listed earlier on our list, Brey sold the Broncos version in January 2010 and got more than five times the original listed price of $750.
Brey cited the doll’s rareness and its gem condition for its impressive value.
18. William Shatner Priceline Bobblehead
Bottom Line: William Shatner Priceline Bobblehead
The Shatner bobblehead, where he is depicting his former role as Priceline spokesperson behind the wheel of a car, was listed on eBay by Shatner himself.
Shatner added to the doll’s value by signing it, making it an especially unique collectible.
17. JFK-Jackie O Kissers
Bottom Line: JFK-Jackie O Kissers
JFK and Jackie Onassis were motorized and auctioned off as a set by Brey in April 2016. The dolls were in mint condition, and Brey also shared this video of the dolls.
The dolls sold for nearly six times the initial asking price of $750.
Bottom Line: Frankenstein
Brey auctioned this doll off in August 2012, calling it the rarest bobblehead in his time auctioning bobbleheads.
He started the bidding on the gem-condition doll at $1,000, and it fetched more than four times that.
15. Mr. Magoo
Bottom Line: Mr. Magoo
The doll of Magoo, the legendary cartoon character, was in mint condition when Brey auctioned it off in June 2014.
The Magoo doll is among the rarest ever made — Brey only auctioned off five since 2005 — and it sold for six times the listed price.
14. Houston Colt 45 Black Player
Bottom Line: Houston Colt 45 Black Player
Brey called this one of the rarest baseball bobbleheads ever sold.
This one — in gem condition and still in its original box — had flaws that were nearly impossible to spot.
13. Montreal Canadians Blinker
Bottom Line: Montreal Canadians Blinker
This is the most valuable hockey bobblehead ever sold, and Brey suggested that the one he auctioned was the only one in existence.
Brey listed it at $1,000, and it sold for more than five times that in August 2010.
12. New York Yankees Black Bobblehead
Bottom Line: New York Yankees Black Bobblehead
Yes, black-faced dolls are super racist, but they are also super rare, and Brey sold it in near-mint condition still in its original packaging.
Still, the doll sold for more than seven times the asking price of $800.
11. Penn State Nittany Lions Prototype
Bottom Line: Penn State Nittany Lions Prototype
Brey sold the prototype of a lion with a cigar in its mouth, which was made in 2007, in February 2014.
Only three teams, Penn State, Cal and Stanford, were made, and the Penn State doll fetched nearly 10 times the original asking price of $750.
10. Popeye the Sailor Man Nodder
Bottom Line: Popeye the Sailor Man Nodder
Brey sold the Popeye doll — which he called “perhaps the rarest doll there is” — in July 2011 and said it was in gem condition.
Brey also said it is 98 percent original with minor cracking, and the flaws were only discernible with a black light.
9. 1960 Philadelphia Eagles Promo
Bottom Line: 1960 Philadelphia Eagles Promo
Spoiler alert, seven of the final nine bobbleheads are 1960s NFL nodders because of their uniqueness. This Eagles one was in gem condition, the top quality in Brey’s system, and had only minor flaws that he restored.
The auction started at $2,500, and it gained more than four times that value.
8. 1960s 13-Inch Los Angeles Rams Bobblehead
Bottom Line: 1960s 13-Inch Los Angeles Rams Bobblehead
Brey typically sells the 1960s nodders, but this one was the highest cost of any dolls sold on eBay.
The doll is in exceptional condition and sold in January 2015.
7. 1960s Baltimore Colts Promo
Bottom Line: 1960s Baltimore Colts Promo
Brey sold this one, in gem condition, in January 2016, and like most nodders of the era, it was ultra-rare.
The doll opened at $2,500 but took off for nearly seven times the opening auction.
6. 1960s Washington Redskins Bobblehead
Bottom Line: 1960s Washington Redskins Bobblehead
Like the other 1960s NFL nodders, these were uber rare, and Brey sold this one in August 2008. In the listing, he said the seller found the doll in their parents’ attic in gem condition.
He listed it for $3,500, and the total price paid was more than four times that.
5. 1960s Chicago Bears Bobblehead
Bottom Line: 1960s Chicago Bears
The original seller contacted Brey in August 2010 because she had been overwhelmed by bids and contacts on her eBay page. The original, one of just a handful in existence, is in near-mint condition and started at $2,500 on Brey’s auction page.
The total fetched more than five times the original asking price.
4. 1960s San Francisco 49ers Promo
Bottom Line: 1960s San Francisco 49ers Promo
Brey sold this super-rare doll that was in super-gem condition in an auction in August 2015, and like others of its day, it was one of just a handful made.
The 49ers ones have sold for $10,000 plus, but if one eBay user gets his asking price, it’ll sell for the second-highest total of any nodder sometime soon.
3. 1960s Green Bay Packers Nodder
Bottom Line: 1960s Green Bay Packers Nodder
Brey auctioned this off in November 2014, starting the bidding at $2,500 before fetching the third-highest amount of any bobblehead doll. Like the other super-rare dolls, only about six dolls for each team were released in the 1960s NFL collection.
Others have sold for more than $10,000, but this one was in “gem” condition — the best condition possible.
2. Chinese Plaster Figurines
Bottom Line: Chinese Plaster Figurines
These plaster dolls of a Mandarin man and his wife were from the 1800s in Europe and were auctioned off in May 2010. They were oversized at 15.75 inches and were constructed of painted plaster and laid on simulated marble wood bases.
Their heads aren't as large as the other bobbleheads on this list, but they are, in fact, considered nodders.
1. 1961 New York Yankees Bobblehead
Bottom Line: 1961 New York Yankees Bobblehead
Somehow, the richest bobblehead, like the other super-expensive ones on this list, is not of an individual player.
But this super-rare doll — it was one of just two in existence — that was in mint condition fetched the largest purse of any bobblehead in history.