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Panini America’s Must-See Video Honoring Alabama’s Slicing and Dicing of LSU

January 10, 2012

With a legendarily dominant defensive performance, the Alabama Crimson Tide defeated, demoralized and decimated the LSU Tigers in last night’s BCS Championship Game, earning the school its 14th football national title since 1925.

The Tide’s stirring game-long stand limited the Tigers to just 92 total yards and hearkened back to the houndstooth glory days of Paul “Bear” Bryant and his transcendent Tide teams of the 1960s and 1970s. Clearly, Alabama’s 21-0 victory was a slicing and dicing of epic proportions. And we wanted to honor last night’s historic deconstruction by revisiting one of our own.

Early last year, Panini America turned one Bryant-worn houndstooth hat into 100 cherished collectibles for its 2011 Panini Century Collection product.

The finished product resulted in one of the most unique trading cards of the year, a Souvenir Stamps gem that included a piece of the hat once worn by Bryant, a piece of fur coat worn by fellow college coaching legend Knute Rockne and U.S. postage stamps honoring both men.

We flipped our lids at the opportunity to painstakingly follow Bryant’s hallowed headwear through the production process, as one precious collectible became 100. For every sports fan and collector who ever wanted to know how a memorabilia trading card is made, clear your schedules for the next four minutes and watch this time-lapsed video — a houndstooth hat trick, if you will — that’s as truly unique as the trading card it chronicles.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. January 10, 2012 11:49 am

    Still awesome the second time around! Who else is showing us this kind of stuff? No one. Thanks for letting us inside.

  2. Matt Gilman permalink
    January 10, 2012 12:01 pm

    one incredible video. great behind the scenes you can only see here. Didnt realize how many stations each card has to visit. i always thought one machine did it all. there is a ton of hard hand work done on these as well right from the start with taking the hat apart and having to pallet jack them all over get them numbered and assembled and boxed. wow. blew my mind. . really enjoyed this video. my boys did as well. my oldest was always curious by card assembly.
    Thanks for the great video tracy!

  3. Ryan permalink
    January 10, 2012 1:36 pm

    Incredible video, thanks for sharing! You should’ve made the video 3 minutes, 16 seconds.


  4. Dave permalink
    January 10, 2012 3:53 pm

    great to see! Makes me look forward to seeing the release of this!

  5. Nick Gauder permalink
    January 10, 2012 5:37 pm

    The video was a great!! Do you think you could show us the production of a jersey auto booklet card sometime? Thanks guys!

  6. January 10, 2012 6:15 pm

    One of the coolest production videos you guys have made.

    • January 10, 2012 7:45 pm

      Appreciate the kind words. That’s one of my favorites, too.

    • Scott W. Prusha permalink*
      January 10, 2012 11:11 pm

      I agree, this ranks as my all-time fav and I love it!

  7. January 10, 2012 8:14 pm

    great video, i like how the make the cards, nice

  8. January 10, 2012 9:45 pm

    I think that was one of the videos that lead me to be a regular haunting the wordpress! Fascinating stuff the fact you guys show us stuff like this is absolutely awesome if you ever get the chance to do an NBA jersey one that would absolutely rock!

    • January 10, 2012 10:30 pm

      And we’re happy to have you, mate.

      • January 10, 2012 11:09 pm

        As long as Scott never goes Crocodile Dundee again we are good!

      • Scott W. Prusha permalink*
        January 10, 2012 11:14 pm

        “You know, you can touch a stick of dynamite, but if you touch a venomous snake it’ll turn around and bite you and kill you so fast it’s not even funny.” – Steve Irwin

      • January 12, 2012 1:05 am

        Oh dear *cradles head in hands* damn ocker sterotypes.


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