Ford Frick can put his asterisk where the sun don’t shine, because in 1961 Roger Maris set a record for most home runs hit in a season with 61. A back to back AL MVP winner in 1960 and 1961, Maris joined legendary greats Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente as one of just four players featured in the white base series of bobbing head dolls. These endearing figures were introduced to sports fans at U.S. stadiums in 1961-1963 and today more than fifty years later, they are in high demand. Give a resounding yes to this handsome Maris BHD from this early 1960s series.
Standing 7” tall with a square white base, this dynamic doll is stamped on the underside with “Patent Pending, Japan”. The facsimile signature decal on the front of the base is nearly full with just a few pinpoint touches of wear, the paint remains strong all around and overall gloss is very pleasing. Hairline cracks occur on the neck below the right ear and on both shoulders, were there are also small chips at the points where the head would make contact with the uniform. Additionally, there are three small chips on the cap, with two on the brim and the third at rear center. These few minor flaws are fairly unobtrusive and generally this piece shows nice display appeal, with a grade rating of (EX).