Last night I saw an ad for several signed ice cream helmets, including Jim Perry, Bert Blyleven, Kent Hrbek, Rod Carew and Kirby Puckett. Of course it was the Puckett that was of interest to me, so I texted him right away. I was told the seller was waiting on a reply from another interested buyer that wanted the Puckett and the Carew. I just wanted the Puckett, but told the seller I had cash and could be there right away. He was only asking $35 for the Puckett helmet.
We continued to text a bit and it turned out the seller was getting rid of all of his collection and he wanted me to come look at it. I wasn't sure exactly what he had, and didn't want to drive for 30 minutes to look at more cereal boxes, so I told him I'd go take a look if the Puckett helmet was still for sale. He said he'd sell it to me, so I took off right away!
When I got there, he had all his mini helmets on his desk, and the Puckett was really nice. Based on the line up of signers, I assumed someone had gotten them at TwinsFest, and the seller confirmed that.
He showed me his other items, mostly vintage bobbleheads, but REALLY vintage bobbleheads. He had some very cool Maris and Mantle bobbles from the 1960's, a couple Willie Mays and a lot more, including non-sports figures.
He showed me the old Twins bobbleheads he had. The ones that they sold at Met Stadium in the 1960's. They were in great shape, and his asking price was very reasonable. I have always wanted one of these, but the price was a usually a bit too much for me and I thought I'd have to settle for a damaged one.
After some discussion, and looking at a few bats and balls he had, I was able to buy all four of the vintage bobbleheads and the Puckett helmet for all the cash I had in my wallet. I had taken extra, not knowing what he might have, and I'm glad I did.
I'm having a little trouble finding information on exactly when these bobbles were sold as there's some conflicting information on the internet. Now I might have to look into these in more detail and try to get them all!