Memorabilia: Bobbing heads

Green Bay Packers bobbing head dolls are very popular with collectors.

Many of us baby boomers remember them bouncing up and down in the back windows of cars 30 to 40 years ago. There are more than 40 different Packers bobbing head dolls!

Because the old 1960s dolls were made out of a plaster material, they were very easily damaged. Dolls in mint condition with no cracks, chips, fading or wear can be worth up to several hundred dollars! Modern dolls can be purchased for about $15.

Packers dolls range in size from about 3 1/2" to 12". They were made out of plaster, plastic, and rubber. The original box can add significantly to the value.

The earliest Packers bobbing head doll is from 1961. The 1961 doll has a square wood base and no "G" on the helmet. The gold round base dolls were made from about 1965-73. The plastic dolls were made from the 1970s and 1980s. These older dolls originally sold for .79 cents to $2, and now they can worth up to $1,000.

What to look for: Check carefully around the bottom of the head for cracks and chips. Look closely for repainted or repaired dolls.

Most expensive doll I've seen recently: Pair of kissing dolls valued at $400.

Caring for dolls: Keep bobbing head dolls out of the reach of small children. They love to hit the dolls on the head to watch the bounce! Keep the dolls in a case or cabinet so they will not get dusty or dirty.


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