In one month I’ll get my supplies back and I’ll work on this. I hope by then we’ll officially know his number so I can paint it on.
This might feature that new green alt and cap. We’ll see.
When the Oakland A’s were rumored to sign Manny Ramirez, I was wondering if Manny would be my next bobblehead project. I decided to get two bobbleheads the Dodgers gave away in 2009 in hopes that he would sign. This was the first time I had ever bought a bobblehead of a player that had yet to sign.
But when Ramirez finally signed, I started to think about how I wanted to approach the two bobbleheads. I finally got around to painting it this weekend and this is how it turned out.
Here’s a slideshow of my two-day project.
Sunday was Oakland A’s Fanfest and I was so glad it returned. Held at Oracle Arena, they had Q&A, photos, autographs and a bunch of other things. I got a chance to do as much as I wanted and after looking back at it, this may have been the most perfect day.
The day started off with me getting to the Coliseum with my buddy Chris stupid early. We wanted to be one of the early birds to buy tickets to A’s games. We then realized that unlike last year, there was no incentive in buying tickets early. So instead, we went straight to the Fanfest line.
The entrance was right next to the photo booth, so he and I went immediately to line up there and get our photos taken with David Justice and Scott Hatteberg. Right after that, we got right back in line to get a photo with Jermaine Mitchell and Coco Crisp.
When Coco Crisp busted out the afro back in 2011, I knew that this was an opportunity to work on this crazy project. I had hoped the A’s would have done it for a giveaway but I just felt that this opportunity was too good to pass up.
[I ended up meeting him on Sunday and link to my story at bottom of post]
I paid $25 for this 2005 Cleveland Indians Crisp bobblehead and got to working on it. This surprisingly only took me two days to complete. The painting was relatively easy. Deciding what to use for his afro was a different story. I wish I could have found a base bobblehead of him playing defense, but him running the bases works out fine too.
After the jump, I’ve included a slideshow with each slide detailing every step of this project. (To see my other bobblehead works, click here)
I bought this piggy bank from Target the other day and decided to paint it. His name is Scott HAMmeberg. And because the A’s are poor and the Moneyball movie came out a few months ago, I decided to go with that theme. Here are some pictures!
*I’m still adding gloss to the pig’s cap so that photo isn’t up yet.
With Bob Melvin as the new manager of the Oakland A’s after firing the confused Bob Geren, I wanted a Melvin bobblehead. I bought this old D-Backs one for $20 and in a couple hours, made the full conversion.
I gave him the look he had during his second game with the team (which was also his first win with the team). With the road pants and the green jersey, it looked perfect. It was a little rushed, but I am happy with how it turned out.
I won’t detail this like I have with the ones I’ve done in the past. Just photos after the jump. (To see my other bobblehead works, click here)
When I first bought this bobblehead, I had the notion to custom paint it and sell it. I bought two of them so I could sell one and keep one for myself. I had always been curious as to how much it would go for if I sold a custom painted bobblehead that I knew was the only one out there in the open market.
Plus, with encouragement from friends, I had a good feeling about how my painting skills have come around recently. Looking at past custom jobs from other sellers, I set the bid at $99.99 and it sold!
But with that, I will stop selling bobbleheads. One of the things that I had always worried about is that once I started making money off a hobby I love, it not longer becomes a hobby. It becomes a job and I don’t want to make it a job. Besides, there are legalities in selling anything with the likeness and image of a player or a company logo without their consent.
It is done. I have finally finished the biggest bobblehead project I’ve ever attempted. My conversion of a New York Yankees Hideki Matsui to Oakland A’s colors took me five days, but I am very proud of what I accomplished.
To see my other bobblehead conversions, including the Peanuts gang and Woody from Toy Story, check them out here.
As a huge A’s fan, the signing of Matsui was a big deal and I wanted a bobblehead of his in Oakland A’s colors. Since the team isn’t doing a promotion of it and as of this moment, no official bobblehead companies have made one, I decided to make one myself.
I looked through eBay to find the best model of Matsui and I found the perfect one. This was the most detailed one out there and after looking through the details, I figured that I would be able to work on it.
I won’t go into too much detail in this bobblehead since it’s pretty much the same and you can see by the pictures what I went through. The body was really small so I had a lot of trouble trying to paint the jersey on. However, I got a few tools and it turned out OK.
This one took me the longest out of all the bobbleheads I have done and it’s probably my proudest one. I wonder how much I’d get if I sell it…
I realized that none of my A’s bobbleheads feature them in the black uniforms. Since the A’s are no longer going to wear them and I wanted to change it up a little, I decided to paint my Andrew Bailey bobblehead into the black tops.
I won’t detail this like I have with the ones I’ve done in the past. Just photos after the jump.