(Photos by Caps Outsider) It was all about the fans Saturday night...
Most Ambitious Caps Bobblehead Project Yet
This year’s season ticket holder gift includes Tomas Vokoun, Nicklas Backstrom, Brooks Laich, John Carlson, Mike Green and Alex Ovechkin. With approximately 7,000 sets made, and six per pack, that’s about 42,000 Capitals bobbleheads that are now wobbling on mantles across the Washington area.
A project this big was not without its challenges. Getting six of these packaged properly and shipped from China to L.A. to D.C. had the potential of being a bobbling disaster. The Caps also had to give themselves plenty of time to prepare, so the project started in June when it still wasn’t certain who would be on the team. Once Laich signed, he joined the mix. The Capitals also picked newly-signed Vokoun, who at the time was the obvious starter. Don’t feel bad for Michal Neuvirth, though, since he had the honor of being immortalized with a far rarer (thus more valuable) Inova Blood Drive bobblehead.
“We were trying to do something unique,” said Kim Frank, the Caps’ Director of Fan Development and Promotions. By that she wasn’t only referring to the gift itself, but how these differ from the other Caps bobbleheads since all six of these guys aren’t first-time bobbles. “We made them different by putting the boards on the back (of each one).”
Season ticket holders had the option to order more sets for an extra $35 each.
Not all season ticket holders, however, were thrilled with this years’ gift. “The past gifts have been more useful,” said Jon Magi, from Columbia, MD., who has had season tickets for a decade now. “Like a windbreaker, a jersey, or even a stick. The bobbleheads are kind of silly.”
Assuming other season ticket holders feel the same way, this creates an opportunity for collectors who want to get their hands on these. Listings on eBay currently range between $100 and $200.
Because of this project, there won’t be any more bobbleheads given out this year, except at the next Inova Blood Drive in March. The Capitals haven’t yet announced which player it will be, but I’m putting my money on Karl Alzner.
Enjoy more photos of these, courtesy of season ticket holder Toni Trombecky.