Clemson-Carolina bobbleheads unveiled

MILWAUKEE — the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum recently unveiled an officially licensed, limited-edition bobblehead celebrating the Clemson vs. South Carolina rivalry.

It is the first bobblehead to commemorate the in-state rivalry and features the Clemson Tiger and South Carolina’s Cocky standing back-to-back as rivals with their arms crossed.

The bobbleheads were produced exclusively for the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum by FOCO, an official licensee and manufacturer of Clemson University, University of South Carolina 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 are $60 plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order.

The Clemson-South Carolina rivalry, also called the Carolina-Clemson rivalry, is one of only a handful of in-state rivalries where the teams are in different premier conferences, with South Carolina in the SEC and Clemson in the ACC. Separated by only 132 miles, the schools compete in the Palmetto Series, which is a head-to-head athletic competition in more than a dozen sports throughout the school year.

Since 1960, the football matchup has been held in late November, usually on Thanksgiving weekend, however, the game that was originally scheduled for Nov. 28, 2020, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ending an unbroken streak of 111 years of games between the two schools.

The football rivalry game was dubbed the Palmetto Bowl in 2014, and Clemson has won the last six meetings. The Tigers hold a 71-42-4 advantage in the all-time series, which started in 1896. In baseball, the teams have played 321 times in what has been called “college baseball’s most heated rivalry,” with Clemson holding a 179-140-2 advantage. The rivalry is also heated on the basketball court, with the South Carolina men leading the all-time series, 91-79, while the Clemson women hold a slim 33-32 edge.

“We’re excited to release this bobblehead commemorating the fierce rivalry between Clemson and South Carolina,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said.

“The Palmetto Series is unique in college sports and what makes this rivalry so special.”