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I got a strange package from Milwaukee

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Sometimes writing for a Minnesota Twins blog results in really weird things coming to you in the mail.

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I got a really strange package the other day. I had no idea where it came from. My partner brought it inside when he came home from work. He told me, “You have a package.” The return address was from Milwaukee.

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It turns out, it was a package from the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. It was a big ol’ bobblehead of TC and the Twins’ two World Series trophies. The TC part of the doll was impressively heavy, and the World Series Trophies were very intricate! I was very pleased it was not a severed goat head or a bomb.

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Here’s what it looked like out of the box.
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WORK IT TC!
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WORK IT, BABY!
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Pretty nice World Series trophies (for a bobblehead).
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I wasn’t quite sure how these people got my address, but it turns out I gave it to them early last November while responding to an e-mail and didn’t remember. Now I’m guessing the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum basically just gave me a bobblehead to talk about them, and I’m 100% on board! I love bobbleheads. Heck, this isn’t even the only TC Bear bobblehead I keep in my very small apartment. I also have the one shown below, which is much lighter and most obviously not carrying two World Series trophies.

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I also enjoy that the bobblehead I received from the museum actually looks much more like the Hamm’s Beer Bear, which was the original basis for TC Bear. It’s what the bear looked like in original advertisements for the Twins back in the 1960s.

The idea for the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Milwaukee, came about in November 2014. They’ve held limited-time preview exhibits in pop-up locations, but are planning to open up a permanent spot in April 2018 — meaning the museum should be open in time for when the Twins go to Milwaukee over the 4th of July (the Twins are also visiting the Cubs right before the Brewers series, which would make for a pretty awesome road trip). Besides just displaying bobbleheads, the museum also produces high quality, customized bobbleheads for organizations, individuals, and teams.

The museum has a website at http://www.bobbleheadhall.com/, which, like the museum itself, is still a work in progress. However, I think it’s a noble and worthy cause, don’t you? Plus they gave me a sick TC Bear Bobblehead.

Do any of you collect bobbleheads? Do you have a favorite bobblehead? Why or why not?