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Custom Tony La Russa Oakland Athletics bobblehead

Before and after.

This was something I had thought about for some time but never got to it. But after the two-year hiatus, I got an old Tony La Russa Cardinals bobblehead and converted it into what he wore when managing the A’s.

From the socks to the uniform, I think I captured it well. It wasn’t an easy conversion but I am happy with what I ended up with.

One issue I did encounter was that the head fell off. I don’t have any glue so I will glue it back on later.

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Custom Jim Johnson Oakland Athletics bobblehead

The before and after.

After a two-year hiatus, I have returned to paint bobbleheads. I had planned this for a while but since I moved to LA, I didn’t bring any of my bobblehead tools, which basically meant i didn’t paint.

But with the A’s picking up Jim Johnson, I decided to paint his bobblehead. He didn’t start off well but I think he’s going to get it right soon.

The process for this was simple. Dremel sand off all the logos I didn’t want to keep. I gave a quick white coating to the entire thing before I started painting it. The gallery will show the progression of it.

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Coco Crisp

Samuel:

It’s humbling to see someone say that my work is their inspiration.

Originally posted on little.bobble.blog:

Covelli “Coco” Crisp. A’s leadoff hitter, center fielder, and fan favorite. He has one bobblehead made by the A’s, but it is a “Bernie Leaning” bobblehead. He also has a gnome coming out on June 22 as well. But i prefer to have a bobblehead of him in a gametime pose. so, here it is.

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the only SGA (stadium giveaway) bobblehead i found of Coco Crisp was a 2005 release of him as a Cleveland Indian. it took me some time to buy one off of eBay because these were fairly rare to find for the right price. but once i found one, it was off to the races to transform him into the Green and Gold.

Game Plan:

1. Sand off Indians logos

2. Sand off jersey sleeve lines (the vest jersey lines showed)

3. Sand off base logos

4. Paint batting helmet, jersey, and base

5. Apply…

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In one month, my bobblehead project is revived with Jim Johnson

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.

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Custom painting my two new Manny Ramirez Oakland Athletics bobbleheads

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.

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My fantastic time at Oakland A’s Fanfest in which Coco Crisp gets a kick out of the bobblehead I made of him

Coco loved the bobblehead I showed him.

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.

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Custom painting my new Coco Crisp Oakland Athletics bobblehead (with afro!)

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)

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Introducing to you my Moneyball piggy bank: Scott HAMmeberg

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.

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Custom painting my new Bob Melvin Oakland Athletics bobblehead

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)

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I just sold my custom painted Hideki Matsui bobblehead for some good money

Sold for $100.

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.

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