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Now you can buy one of Bear Bryant’s signature hats

Few in history wore a fedora the way legendary Alabama head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant did while patrolling the sidelines in Tuscaloosa. Now you have a chance to see how you would look wearing one of Bryant’s hats.

Two hats said to have been worn by Bryant are up for auction on, as pointed out by The classic houndstooth hat is for auction here, and another with a herringbone design can be found here. As the descriptions for the hate claims, the hats were gifts to Max Baer Jr., of “The Beverly Hillbillies” fame. This probably attracts a second audience of potential bidders as well, so be prepared to spend a pretty penny on either hat.

You have to figure there is an Alabama fan that will stop at no cost to be able to get one of thee hats. The big question might be if the hat would be worn to an Alabama game. Not if I happened to be the winner. That hat would be placed in a nice display case and displayed on a shelf. But then again, I am not sure any hat is worth $500.00.

How high do you think these hats will go in the bidding process?

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11 Responses to “Now you can buy one of Bear Bryant’s signature hats”
  1. canetic says: Jul 9, 2014 7:01 PM

    What would I pay for two ugly and dirty hats worn by two old men? About three fiddy.

  2. houndofthebaskervols says: Jul 9, 2014 8:45 PM

    They were gifts to Jethro Bodine? Thats hilarious.

  3. stoicpaisano says: Jul 10, 2014 12:09 AM

    Five figgas.

  4. dcroz says: Jul 10, 2014 8:26 AM

    “As the descriptions for the hate claims….” Got ya a little typo there. LOL

  5. dcroz says: Jul 10, 2014 8:35 AM

    I would not be surprised to see the going amount for those hats get well into four figures. Bryant’s collection of fedoras–especially the houndstooth one, which is famous for being a gift from the owner of the New York Jets when Bryant got Joe Namath to sign with them and ironically he wore considerably less than collective memory suggests–is one of college football’s most enduring and widely-recognized trademarks, even three decades after his death. There will be a wide selection of buyers to push the price way up.

    As far as the hats being a gift to Max “Jethro Bodine” Bayer: Bayer was one of a number of celebrities with whom Bryant was a friend…and actually was pretty well down the list. When you hang out with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin (the megastars of their day, for the kiddies out there) you’re quite the celebrity yourself.

  6. dcroz says: Jul 10, 2014 8:37 AM

    That should be “Max Baer”. Baer, Bayer, Bear…too many varieties for this time of morning.

  7. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Jul 10, 2014 9:01 AM

    “likely worn by legendary college football coach Bear Bryant”

    If I paid that much for a hat I’d want it guaranteed that he wore it.

  8. tubaplayingprof says: Jul 10, 2014 9:07 AM

    Usually “authenticity of provenance” sets the price of these types of things, so without it, I can’t see it going much over the asking price.

    But I keep thinking if Bama fans find a hair or two in the hat, the idea of buying the hat to clone Bryant to replace Saban once he retires might jack the price.

  9. dryzzt23 says: Jul 10, 2014 9:51 AM

    Yawn. PFT will push any story, no matter how trivial, to promote the SEC.

  10. Romulus says: Jul 10, 2014 3:07 PM

    Harvey updyke just sold his house. Any relation?

  11. floridacock says: Jul 10, 2014 5:44 PM

    $500.00??? A bit low for these

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