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Bud Grant gearing up for his final garage sale, with bobbleheads

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Former Vikings coach Bud Grant’s garage sales have become almost as famous as his coaching career.

But about to turn 90, Grant said the one coming up next month will be his last. The reason why is as pragmatic as Grant himself.

I’m running out of stuff,” he said, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

For years he’s sold hunting and fishing gear and Vikings and NFL memorabilia from his Bloomington home, refusing to haggle over prices and offering whoever wanders up a chance to go through his stuff.

But picked-through as his collection might be, he’ll have a new item this year — a custom bobblehead doll.

“They’ve been after me for a bobblehead doll for years, and I just never felt the need to do that,’’ Grant said. “It’s an ego-trip kind of thing. But somebody suggested to have them at your garage sale to advertise. You’ve got to have a hook.

“You can’t just say, ‘Come to my garage sale and buy baby clothes.’ ’’

The bobblehead features Grant alongside his late hunting dog Boom, who died last October after a bout with cancer.

“I loved him dearly,’’ the former coach said. “I’m standing there [on the bobblehead] and I’ve got a duck in my hand that he’s just given me, that he’s retrieved, and he’s sitting by my side.”

For fans of the Vikings that might be a treasured collectible, but the chance to rummage around through the Hall of Fame coach’s garage one last time is the real prize.

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9 Responses to “Bud Grant gearing up for his final garage sale, with bobbleheads”
  1. dawoger says: Apr 21, 2017 7:35 AM

    Bud will be handing out Rummaging Instruction Flyers to his garage visitors created by Slick Rick Speildolt. Who better to provide advice for rummaging through trash than somebody who lives behind the dumpster outside of Lambeau.

  2. truehoosier62 says: Apr 21, 2017 7:38 AM

    What a Minnesota treasure Grant has been.

  3. The Muffin Man says: Apr 21, 2017 7:50 AM

    Tougher than a $2 steak, people forget how great those Viking teams were, just couldn’t win the big one

  4. buds4grant says: Apr 21, 2017 9:18 AM

    Cold is a state of mind.

  5. whatjusthapped says: Apr 21, 2017 10:03 AM

    Maybe they could produce replica Championship trophies from 1969, the supposed only “Championship” the Vikings had won, completely ignoring the fact that the Vikings did play one more game after that, their first (of 4) Superbowl losses.

  6. truthbetold109 says: Apr 21, 2017 10:03 AM

    Wait a minute… Is Bud selling real bobble heads or last years vikings offensive line?

  7. minnesotablizzard says: Apr 21, 2017 11:07 AM

    Bud Grant went out and shot himself a real nice gobbler on opening weekend. He’s out at 90 turkey hunting, he’s the ultimate football guy.

  8. stellarperformance says: Apr 22, 2017 8:57 AM

    He’s as worthy of respect as Lombardi, and always a favorite of mine. Too bad his teams could never bring home the hardware, but it wasn’t because of him.

  9. slick50kc says: Apr 22, 2017 11:31 AM

    Bud Grant raised many of us to love football. Not a Vikes fan either.

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