Bobbleheads past and present

The Orioles 2010 Promotions Schedule lists four different bobblehead nights during the upcoming season: Nolan Reimold, Adam Jones, and Nick Markakis mini bobbleheads, with a Matt Wieters standard bobblehead thrown in the mix mid-season.

Unlike the wide open debate for five of the six T-Shirt Tuesdays on the promotions schedule (a Matt Wieters T-shirt will kick things off, but we'll get to the remaining five at a later date here in the Orioles Buzz), these four bobblehead nights have candidates locked in on four names that promise to be guaranteed hits.

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In fact, most bobbleheads are enormously sought-after, no matter who they depict or how close the likeness is (or isn't), and it's always fun to see how the figures turn out.

Thanks to a little bit of Googling, I was able to compile a list of O's bobbleheads from the last decade. The list begins, appropriately, with Cal Ripken Jr.

2000: Cal Ripken, Jr.
2001: Brady Anderson
2002: Funbird, Jay Gibbons, Jerry Hairston, Sidney Ponson, and Talking Chuck Thompson
2003: Jeff Conine, Talking World Series MVP Rick Dempsey, and Eddie Murray
2004: Rafael Palmeiro, Earl Weaver and Jim Palmer together, and Jim Palmer honored as a Columbus Clipper (but in an O's uniform)
2005: Miguel Tejada, Sammy Sosa
2006: Brian Roberts, Brooks Robinson and Melvin Mora
2007: Cal Ripken "1983 World Series", Cal Ripken "2131" and Boog Powell
2008: Nick Markakis
2009: Adam Jones

Anyone have some of these stashed away or displayed with pride in their house somewhere? I'd love to see the "talking" Chuck Thompson and Rick Dempsey.

I was also at Canton Dockside restaurant recently, and I can't be certain, but it sure looked like they had the whole collection displayed on a ledge near the restaurant's ceiling. The owner must be a fan.

Whether it's the whole set or not, it's a pretty cool collection, and I'd recommend the place if you need somewhere to eat when you're in Baltimore for a game sometime this season.

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