Zack Hample bobbleheads

Ten months ago, I received an email from someone at the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum who asked if I’d be interested in having a bobblehead done of myself.
Long story short: I was skeptical at first but ended up going for it, and now it actually exists! Check it out:

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How cool/ridiculous is that?!

Here are two more photos of it — front and back:

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Five hundred of these bobbleheads were made, and I received a dozen:

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My mom claimed one of them, and now I’m thinking about what to do with the rest. I’ll probably give some away in contests and keep a few for myself — but what about the other 488 that were made? They’re on sale at bobbleheadhall.com.

Here are more photos for you, starting with the front and back of the box:

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Here’s what each side panel looks like:

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In case you’re curious about the packaging, here you go:

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Want to see what the manufacturing/development process looked like? Here are some images I received of the first mold:

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Did you notice the error? Take a closer look at my glove, and you’ll see that it’s wrong-handed. (Is that actually a term?) In the mold above, that glove would fit properly on a right hand, but as you can see, it’s on the left hand. ¡¡NO BUENO!! Thankfully, though, everything at that point was still able to be tweaked.

Meanwhile check out the amazing facial detail:

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When the next round of images came my way, I was glad to see that the glove had been fixed:

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Here’s a closeup of the corrected glove:

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Eventually I saw what the bobblehead would look like with color:

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That’s when I noticed the stubble on its face:

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The stubble was good in theory — a nice, realistic detail as I’m often in need of a shave — but I didn’t love how it looked on the bobblehead. It just seemed dirty, so I asked if that could be removed.

The answer was yes. Take a look a the new smoother/sexier version:

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Here’s one more image for you — a screen shot during the design process, sent by the folks who were working on it:

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Many thanks to the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. Several friends have joked, “NOW you’ve made it!” but in all seriousness, it’s truly an honor to have had this done.

This is actually not the first bobblehead that’s been made of me, but the first one was totally bizarre, and I wouldn’t have even known about it if not for my friends Ben and Jen. If you have a few minutes to spare, watch this hilarious/overly-dramatic YouTube video that they filmed a few years ago in Australia.

26 comments

  1. Zack Hample

    SEBASTIAN-
    Thanks! I think I’ll be posting another video today, so stay tuned.

    AIDAN-
    They are $25 on the website. I’m not sure if they charge extra for shipping, so check out the link. You can probably find that info there.

  2. Mike

    Well, I had to get one, so I did. Kinda disappointed it doesn’t come with a helicopter, but I got a few around that should do

  3. Zack Hample

    Oh, man, I don’t know and don’t have time right now to make a list. Balls that come to mind are Mother’s Day, Derek Jeter, 2015 World Series, WBC (from Heath Bell), and the 2013 All-Star Game.

  4. tony

    I saw you at the mets wild card game will you be posting a video/blog about it I didn’t see your camera man so I’m guessing he couldn’t go but did you video or will be postings blog

  5. tony

    Also I remember how you said your good at getting baseballs and not signatures at the wild card game I got Brandon belt and hunter pence autographs so I’m the opposite of you I’m good at getting signatures and not balls

  6. Aidan

    Hi Zack I just wanted to say thank you for being my idol my mom thinks that you are weird but I think you are amazing and I can’t wait till I earn enough money to go to a MLB game. What do you think is a hot place for balls in Citizens Bank for a cheap price

  7. Zack Hample

    TONY-
    No, unfortunately I was not filmed at Citi Field that day. Nice job with the autographs.

    AIDAN-
    Ha, awesome! You’re mom is right. I *am* weird, but I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. Outfield seats are pretty cheap in Philly, and lots of balls go there.

  8. Aidan

    Zack I am going to send one of my game balls for you to sign from my Little League that I got for going 5 for 5 with 2 R.B.I. doubles, a regular double, and a walk off single

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