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Old 02-04-2018, 01:26 PM
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Default Giants and Dodgers WEIRDO nodders

I am kind of obsessed with these guys. Lou Criscione of ITPC has provided some great info on the Weirdos but I'm wondering if there is anything else to add.

Murray Kreiss started Murray Kreiss and Companty in 1946. He imported and re-sold cramics from Japan for 19 to 99 cents apiece (according to a Kreiss book I have. This book shows 100's of Kriess pieces but not a single bobbing head). In 1951, the company name was changed to Kreiss and Company. In the late 1960's Kreiss and Company "got out of" ceramics and started selling fine furniture. I believe they are still in the furniture business.

Most experts agree the Giants dolls are harder to find than the Dodgers. I have heard the Giants come in at least five, and maybe all seven, styles seen in Dodgers. I have only seen the three in the top row left in Giants. I have also never seen a black face Giant bit they are rumored to exist.

I would love to see some evidence of where these were sold and how much they originally cost. Were they sold in stores or through the mail? A newspaper ad or mail order form would be awesome to see. The pictures I've attached show all the known Dodgers dolls, a couple of non-baseball dolls that are almost certainly Kreiss and my collection of three Giants. Only the middle Giant is legit. The other two are Dodger dolls I've repainted. I doubt I will ever find the other legit Giants. Last night I saw that a Dodger "bathing beauty" went for $10,200 in an REA auction. As I said, these things are SCARCE!
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Old 02-04-2018, 01:33 PM
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I am kind of obsessed with these guys. Lou Criscione of ITPC has provided some great info on the Weirdos but I'm wondering if there is anything else to add.

Murray Kreiss started Murray Kreiss and Companty in 1946. He imported and re-sold cramics from Japan for 19 to 99 cents apiece (according to a Kreiss book I have. This book shows 100's of Kriess pieces but not a single bobbing head). In 1951, the company name was changed to Kreiss and Company. In the late 1960's Kreiss and Company "got out of" ceramics and started selling fine furniture. I believe they are still in the furniture business.

Most experts agree the Giants dolls are harder to find than the Dodgers. I have heard the Giants come in at least five, and maybe all seven, styles seen in Dodgers. I have only seen the three in the top row left in Giants. I have also never seen a black face Giant bit they are rumored to exist.

I would love to see some evidence of where these were sold and how much they originally cost. Were they sold in stores or through the mail? A newspaper ad or mail order form would be awesome to see. The pictures I've attached show all the known Dodgers dolls, a couple of non-baseball dolls that are almost certainly Kreiss and my collection of three Giants. Only the middle Giant is legit. The other two are Dodger dolls I've repainted. I doubt I will ever find the other legit Giants. Last night I saw that a Dodger "bathing beauty" went for $10,200 in an REA auction. As I said, these things are SCARCE!
I always wished the Yankees produced a set of weirdos.

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Old 02-04-2018, 02:35 PM
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Great questions, Rob...

Wish I had some answers for you. I'm a condition freak, so cracks/chips/restoration are all deal-killers for me. These are incredibly condition-sensitive, so as I result, I've only had two of these (Screwball and Crybaby). It's virtual impossible to find semi-nice ones, let alone NRMT-MINT.

The "Sweeper" has been high on my want-list for at least a decade. It's not the rarest, and not super expensive... but is still my favorite of the bunch, and nearly impossible to acquire.

Good luck finding more Giants... as tough as the Dodgers are, you can multiply that by about 20. "Needle in a haystack" territory.

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