The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has unveiled an officially licensed, limited-edition double bobblehead featuring the St. Louis Cardinals grounds crew member, Lucas Hackmann, and the Rally Cat. The bobblehead features Hackmann running the cat off the field and includes a replica scoreboard in the background that includes a picture of the moment.
On August 9th, 2017, the Rally Cat ran onto the outfield at Busch Stadium. Moments after Cardinals’ grounds crew member Lucas Hackmann captured the cat, Yadier Molina hit a grand slam to take the lead and eventually win the game. The cat, who bit Hackmann while being escorted off the field, became known as the Rally Cat for its role in igniting the Cardinals’ rally.
The limited edition bobbleheads, which are individually numbered to only 1,000, just arrived and ship now. The bobbleheads are $40 each with a flat rate shipping charge of $8 per order. Three dollars from every bobblehead sold will be going to the St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach (STLFCO) and Lucas Hackmann will also benefit from the bobblehead sales. The bobbleheads were produced exclusively for the National Bobblehead HOF and Museum by FOCO and are officially licensed.
This bobblehead is the third version of a Rally Cat bobblehead. The original version featuring the rally cat in a white jersey was released for pre-sale in February and sold out the day they were released, and a very limited number of the red jersey version remain available. The Rally Cat isn’t the first Busch Stadium intruder to be immortalized in bobblehead form. Following the Cardinals 2011 World Series title, officially licensed bobbleheads featuring the Rally Squirrel were produced. Those bobbleheads are now very difficult to find, commanding a minimum of $100 each when they pop up on eBay.
“When we got the process for the original Rally Cat Bobblehead started, we also reached out to Lucas to get his thoughts on a bobblehead featuring him and the rally cat,” said Phil Sklar, Co-Founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. “This one took a bit more time, but we thought they turned out great and think Cardinals fans will be excited to have these in time for the holidays since bobbleheads make sure great gifts. In addition, we’re thrilled to be working with the STLFCO to fundraise and increase awareness for them.”
Although the Cardinals didn’t end up keeping the Rally Cat, its instant celebrity status shined the light on animal welfare issues. In addition, the Cardinals hosted a Rally Cat Appreciate Day on August 9th, 2017, and a portion of each ticket was donated by the Cardinals to Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation and St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum donated several of each versions of the rally cat bobbleheads to the St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach (STLFCO) and to Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation to help support the important missions of both organizations, and this version benefits the STLFCO even more.
Via Press Release