Bernie Sanders inauguration memes inspire baseball card, bobblehead

Those hilarious memes of Sen. Bernie Sanders bundled up during Wednesday’s inauguration ceremony are expanding into the sports world.

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Sanders, I-Vermont, was pictured at the U.S. Capitol wearing a heavy coat and oversized mittens. So, a baseball card from the Topps Company was a hand-in-glove fit. And in a nod to the senator, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum created a bobblehead to mark the occasion.

Topps released a card on Thursday through its Topps Now on-demand promotion. The card costs $9.99 and is available until Jan. 28.

Topps Now combines sports and pop culture in its limited-edition baseball cards. The company prints only the amount ordered, so there are no later editions. Print runs are revealed after the sales window expires, Topps said on its website.

Meanwhile, the Milwaukee-based National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum announced that it was creating a bobblehead of Sanders. The organization is accepting pre-orders for the bobblehead, which will be shipped in May. The bobblehead will cost $25, plus $8 for shipping, according to the Hall’s website.

“As soon as one of our employees alerted us to the viral pictures of Bernie, we checked out Twitter and knew we had to get to work,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said in a statement. “We think this will be another fun bobblehead to put a smile on people’s faces.”

People have already been smiling about Sanders, thanks to the memes that have circulated on social media. Reba McEntire, Rod Stewart and others. Sanders has been inserted into famous paintings and iconic scenes from movies, and has been part of album covers, Yahoo Sports reported.

As far as Sanders is concerned, staying warm is more important than sartorial splendor.

“You know, in Vermont, we dress warm, we know something about the cold and we’re not so concerned about good fashion,” Sanders told CBS News after Wednesday’s inauguration. “We want to keep warm. And that’s what I did today.”

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