By Kat Riddler, Managing Editor
Do you remember the fast feline on the Cardinal’s field that infamously became the Rally Cat? Now the cat is back and you can pre-order a bobblehead of the Rally Cat.
On February 14, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled an officially licensed, limited edition St. Louis Cardinals Rally Cat Bobblehead. This is the only bobblehead featuring the Rally Cat, and it sold out before noon central time. There will be a second Rally Cat bobblehead with a red jersey that is still available for pre-order.
Fans can pre-order the bobblehead now, and they are expected to ship in July. They are also $40 each with a flat rate shipping of $8 per order. Pre-order is encouraged to ensure they do not run out again. The bobbleheads will also be individually numbered. You can only order this product online: goo.gl/nm119L.
On August 9, 2017, the Rally Cat ran onto the outfield at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Moments after a Cardinals’ grounds crew member captured the cat, Yadier Molina hit a grand slam to take the lead. It was produced exclusively for the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum and is officially licensed by the St. Louis Cardinals and Major League Baseball.
While the Cardinals did not keep the Rally Cat, the Cardinals hosted a Rally Cat Appreciation Day on August 9, 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 Rally Cat bobbleheads to the St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach and to Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation to help support the important missions of both organizations.
This isn’t the first field intruder for the Cardinals 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.
“As soon as we heard about the Rally Squirrel we knew it would make for a fun bobblehead,” said Phil Sklar, Co-Founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. “We’re familiar with the celebrity sports animals with Hank here in Milwaukee, and we wanted to give fans to have their very own Rally Cat, albeit in bobblehead form.”