Mysteriously a white van, under the cover of darkness, dumped 600 Chris Denorfia bobbleheads into the middle of the road in University City. A couple of roommates in a nearby condo called the police to see if they were stolen, part of a drug cartel's delivery or both. It's undetermined if either is true, but it doesn't sound like the Padres are making any attempt to recover the bobbing figurines.
600 Padres Bobbleheads Mysteriously Left Near Local Residents' Doorstep | NBC 7 San Diego
"We opened them up expecting to find something a little more nefarious" Jia said, referring to when they first opened the bobblehead boxes.
The police suggested that the residents help out the HOA by picking up the bobbleheads and that's what they did. They picked up most of them but left the rest in the street which their neighbors presumably collected. Now their home is filled with wall to wall Denorfias. They've been giving the commemorative Padres giveaway away to their friends and co-workers.
If waking up w/600 Chris Denorfia Bobbleheads on your front porch is wrong..I don't wanna be right.— Batting Stance Guy (@BattingStanceG) November 13, 2015
Ebay has one Denorfia bobblehead listed for $27. With some simple math, we can determine that these bobbleheads could bring in thousands of dollars to the residents if they are willing to sell them, though I can't imagine that there would be much interest.
The real Chris Denorfia was given away on at the trade deadline in 2014 to the Mariners and the bobbleheads never reached the public except through midnight dumps.
The Curious Case of the Chris Denorfia (bobbleheads) | Padres Public
I can clearly say that these were never released to the public via sale or giveaway. Which leads me to the most logical theory. When the 2014 Padres promotional schedule was released, there was an unnamed bobblehead giveaway on September 20th.
Friar Fever nails it the real lede here.
Everyone is up in arms over 600 Chris Denorfia bobbleheads. I want to know where the other 40,000 of them are. Isn't that the story?!?— Friar Fever (@FriarFever) November 13, 2015