Collectors planning bobblehead museum hold exhibition

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A pair of Milwaukee collectors have amassed a hoard of more than 5,000 bobbleheads ranging in likeness from former Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez to the cast of “Duck Dynasty,” and a portion of their collection is now on display for the public.

Phil Sklar and Brad Novak plan to eventually open a permanent museum near downtown Milwaukee called the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. But while they search for a suitable location, they’ve decided to give Brew City bobblehead lovers a taste of their collection with a temporary exhibit at RedLine Milwaukee, a nonprofit art gallery and workshop at 1422 N. Fourth St.

The exhibit, on display now, will run through April 30.

The two are searching for a permanent location with the help of local entrepreneur Jim Lindenberg, former owner of World Class Wire & Cable and of the Milwaukee Wave. Lindenberg currently owns Master Z’s, a rec room products retailer in Waukesha, and Legends of the Field, a sports memorabilia shop in Delafield.

Lindenberg, who said he has been consulting Sklar and Novak, said the three of them are looking at locations near Milwaukee’s Haymarket and Brewer’s Hill neighborhoods, the former Pabst Brewery complex and The Shops of Grand Avenue.

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Ben Stanley, former BizTimes Milwaukee reporter.

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