Player-specific dolls of Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Roberto Clemente and Willie Mays were produced and sold during the 1960 World Series.
By the 1970s, bobbleheads were made out of ceramic materials.
In 1999, the San Francisco Giants handed out 35,000 Mays bobbleheads as a game promotion, and the small statues quickly became favorites among sports fans and collectors.
Unlike the original versions, current bobbleheads are more lifelike, with hairstyles, scars, headbands and other markings that match their subjects.
It's a collectible that covers all subjects, ranging from sports heroes to political figures. Some figures depict historical figures like Lizzie Borden, or more recent pop culture figures like Abby Lee Miller of “Dance Moms.”
The America! store at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, for example, sells figures of U.S. presidents, including Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy. The Washington Nationals baseball team a few years ago had a Mount Rushmore-type bobblehead giveaway, with dolls of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt given away.