Houndstooth hat worn by Bear Bryant of Alabama to be auctioned after SEC Championship
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (WIAT) – A hat owned and worn by Bear Bryant is auctioned this weekend just in time for the 2021 SEC Championship.
Lelands, the eponymous “World’s First Sports Memorabilia and Card Auction House,” auctioned off two of Bryant’s items: a houndstooth hat and a Crimson Tide baseball hat, which are said to have both were found in the Coach’s 1972 Cadillac after its purchase. for restoration by a private individual.
As per the description of the houndstooth fedora, it is well worn besides having a unique origin story:
Superb use shown in this signature houndstooth hat worn by Alabama Crimson Tide coaching legend Paul “Bear” Bryant. We’ve seen a few of these in recent years, but this one is perhaps the best run-in, with some visible wear both on the outside and on the band inside, and a tag that says the hat ” The Original Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant ‘has loose threads and is slightly loose. A great story accompanies this item as well, as our shipper purchased Bryant’s 1972 Cadillac (with documentation included) and while restoring found this cap and a Bryant Crimson Tide baseball cap, which is available elsewhere in this auction. In an elite group of the best coaches of all time, Bear won six national championships and 14 SEC conference titles while patrolling the sidelines of Alabama.
As of Friday, December 3, bids for the hat exceeded $ 10,000 on the website, and in a press release Lelands said they recently sold another Bear Bryant-branded houndstooth fedora for $ 73,000.
The auction will close on December 11.