It’s disturbing and fascinating at the same time. An iconic piece of sports history reduced to tiny bits of cloth to satisfy the relic card thirst of collectors.
It’s nothing new, of course.
For the better part of two decades now, card companies have been chopping up jerseys, bats, footballs, baseballs and documents to create limited edition memorabilia cards.
Virtually anything can be used to market the latest product and a Bear Bryant houndstooth hat is certainly unique.
Panini got its hands on one of the late coach’s head gear and then decided to tape the process of how it became a trading card.
There are multiple steps involving a lot of different people and machines. It would take a long time to show the whole thing in real time but you can get an idea of how it’s done in a video released by the company.