Major League Baseball has been producing bobbleheads since the 1960 World Series. Now the Kansas City Royals, the 2014 American League champs, are ushering in a new era for collectors of bobblehead toys. As reported on the team’s Twitter feed, instead of issuing typical MLB bobbleheads for fans who attend designated game days, they are changing up the bobblehead designs for the 2015 season. The new figures reflect the personality of the groundbreaking team, which made it to the seventh game of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants last Fall. Each of four figures will be released at games highlighting players Mike Moustakis, Salvador Perez, Lorenzo Cain, and Yordano Ventura.
The best of these adapts Mike Moustakis’s memorable dive into the stadium from the American League Championships:
This awesomely hilarious pose will be released at the Saturday, June 20, 2015, home game against the Boston Red Sox, and will likely be the most highly sought after edition commanding a premium for collectors on the secondary market.
Also from the American League championship series is Lorenzo Cain in one of his spectacular dives. This will also likely be of the highest interest to collectors because of its vertical pose.
This will be given away at the Saturday, June 6, 2015, home game against the Texas Rangers.
Celebrating the Wild Card win that brought the Royals into their historic post season battle is this figure of Salvador Perez:
His figure will be given away at the Saturday, May 2, 2015, day game against the Detroit Tigers.
Finally, here’s Yordano Ventura pitching on the mound during the World Series:
His figure will be available at the Saturday, July 25, 2015 home game against the Houston Astros.
So far no other teams have announced similar designs and neither is there any word on whether these or similar versions may be available for purchase later this year. If so, fans will be all over these. Check the team websites for giveaway details and availability. According to the Royals event schedule, only 10,000 of each figure will be given away to the first ticket holders through the gates.
*Images above Copyright 2014 Major League Baseball, Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Star, and TBS.