Grand Rapids Griffins Official Bobblehead is Released Today!
The Grand Rapids Griffins open their 2022-23 season tonight, and it's their home opener. What fun!
And, in conjunction with the new season, this morning, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, yes, there is one, unveiled an officially licensed, limited-edition vintage Grand Rapids Griffins bobblehead. The bobblehead is part of the American Hockey League Vintage Bobbleheads collection that the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is releasing.
The collection actually includes all 32 AHL teams: the Abbotsford Canucks, Bakersfield Condors, Belleville Senators, Bridgeport Islanders, Calgary Wranglers, Charlotte Checkers, Chicago Wolves, Cleveland Monsters, Coachella Valley Firebirds, Colorado Eagles, Grand Rapids Griffins, Hartford Wolf Pack, Henderson Silver Knights, Hershey Bears, Iowa Wild, Laval Rocket, Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Manitoba Moose, Milwaukee Admirals, Ontario Reign, Providence Bruins, Rochester Americans, Rockford IceHogs, San Diego Gulls, San Jose Barracuda, Springfield Thunderbirds, Syracuse Crunch, Texas Stars, Toronto Marlies, Tucson Roadrunners, Utica Comets, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
It's pretty cool when you see it. The Griffin player is standing on a circular ice-like base bearing the team’s name, suited up in a black jersey featuring the team logo and holding a hockey stick.
These are really collectors items as each bobblehead is individually numbered to 500, and they are only available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. The bobbleheads, which are expected to ship in November, are $30 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order. Then, if you want a set featuring all 32 bobbleheads, it's only $900.
It's hard to believe that it's been as long as it has as the Griffins were founded in 1996 and started play as a member of the now-defunct International Hockey League before moving to the AHL in 2001.Time flies doesn't it.
The Griffins have a rich history and a lot to proud of, having won Calder Cup titles in the 2012-13 and 2016-17 seasons. Last year, 2021-22, they finished seventh in the Central Division.
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