This morning, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled an officially licensed, limited edition bobblehead commemorating the Arizona vs. Arizona State rivalry. The bobblehead is the first to celebrate the rivalry and features University of Arizona mascot “Wilbur the Wildcat” and Arizona State University mascot “Sparky the Sun Devil” squaring off as rivals ready for battle. The bobbleheads were produced exclusively for the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum by FOCO, an official licensee and manufacturer of University of Arizona, Arizona State University and NCAA merchandise.
Each bobblehead is individually numbered to 1,000 and they are only available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. The bobbleheads, which just arrived and ship now, are $60 plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order.
Separated by only 100 miles and members of the Pac-12 Conference, the interstate rivalry between the two schools is intense. The football rivalry is one of the longest in the country, with the winner receiving the Territorial Cup, which was created for the 1899 champion between four schools in Arizona. The NCAA has certified the trophy as the oldest rivalry trophy in college football.
The football rivalry has taken place continuously since 2001, with this year’s game scheduled to kick off at 5:00pm today at Arizona Stadium in Tucson. Arizona State has won the last three meetings including last season’s 24-21 win at Sun Devil Stadium. However, Arizona holds the series lead 49-43-1, thanks in part to a 20-2 series start. The rivalry isn’t just intense in football, as it crosses 20 varsity intercollegiate sports.
“We’re excited to release this bobblehead commemorating Arizona and Arizona State’s rivalry,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “Our rivalry bobblehead series has been very popular, and we know this will become a cherished collectible for many Arizona and Arizona State fans.”