FIREBRICK, Ky. -- John Carpenter of Firebrick is a sports fan and collector, not a sports star. But that hasn't stopped him from getting his likeness on a bobble-head.
Euro-Pacific Corp. of Portland, Ore., produced three bobble-head dolls of Carpenter, a sports memorabilia collector. Carpenter had his picture on a Wheaties Box last year and has been features in Ripley's Believe It Or Not comics and on ESPN.
"They called me out of the blue," Carpenter said earlier this month. "They found me on the Internet. They saw me with the Wheaties box. With all this attention, this is just like Christmas morning."
Carpenter, a Yankees fan, is pictured in a Yankees uniform on the five-inch tall bobble-head.
"I'm a great fan of John Carpenter's," said Chris Stangland of Euro-Pacific.
The bobble-heads were made in Mexico. The one of Carpenter is one of about 500 commemorative bobble-heads the company had made this year, Stangland said.
"John came to our attention as a memorabilia collector," he said. "No one else I know of has a collection like this."
Carpenter has more than 6,000 signed photographs and other items in the collection he's been compiling for more than 25 years. Some of the items include a home run ball hit by Babe Ruth and a football kicked by Jim Thorpe. The collection has been called the largest, private sports memorabilia collection.
General Mills picked him to have his picture on a Wheaties box last year based on his collection and because he's had several items published by Ripley's.
"It's been a roller-coaster ride this year," Carpenter said. "It ranks right up there with the Yankees winning the World Series. I can't get over it. Now the Wheaties box and the bobble-head are part of the collection."