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No bobbling online sales of chatty Chucks

Sun Staff

We're not sure about Miss Agnes, but eBay-ers certainly went to waryesterday. Their objective: the Chuck Thompson bobbleheads that were givenaway at Wednesday night's Orioles game.

By yesterday afternoon, sellers offering the plastic likenesses of theHall-of-Fame broadcaster were fetching upward of $40 for the figurines. Anauction that closed at 2:08 p.m. realized $49 - considerably better thanbobbers for Sidney Ponson ($13), Jerry Hairston ($14) and Jay Gibbons ($33)that closed over the past few days (those dolls were handed out earlier thisseason).

Of course, the Thompson bobbers had the added bonus of talking, spoutingsuch vintage Chuckisms as "Go to war, Miss Agnes!" and "Ain't the beer cold!"But then, Thompson was an Orioles mainstay long before those other guys wereeven born.

Why, it's almost enough to make fame go to your head, even if it isoversized and mounted on a spring.

Thompson, however, remains as modest as ever. "It's just one of thosethings that some part of the public just takes a good look at and says, `Hey,that's neat,'" he says. "I'm about as ugly as that thing, that's for sure."

But here's a twist: Although the 25,000 bobbleheads available Wednesdaywere all handed out, the Orioles have plenty more at their Camden Yards store,available for $18.

Maybe word of that fact already is getting out: a Thompson bobblehead oneBay that closed at 6 p.m. went for only $33. That's still better than twoJerry Hairstons and puts Chuck right up there with Jay Gibbons in thebobblehead pantheon of value.

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