We're not sure about Miss Agnes, but eBay-ers certainly went to war yesterday. Their objective: the Chuck Thompson bobbleheads that were given away at Wednesday night's Orioles game.
By yesterday afternoon, sellers offering the plastic likenesses of the
Hall-of-Fame broadcaster were fetching upward of $40 for the figurines. An
auction that closed at 2:08 p.m. realized $49 - considerably better than
bobbers for Sidney Ponson ($13), Jerry Hairston ($14) and Jay Gibbons ($33)
that closed over the past few days (those dolls were handed out earlier this
Of course, the Thompson bobbers had the added bonus of talking, spouting
such 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 were
Why, it's almost enough to make fame go to your head, even if it is
oversized and mounted on a spring.
Thompson, however, remains as modest as ever. "It's just one of those
things 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 Wednesday
were 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 on
eBay that closed at 6 p.m. went for only $33. That's still better than two
Jerry Hairstons and puts Chuck right up there with Jay Gibbons in the
bobblehead pantheon of value.