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HALL OF FANDOM: TOP FAN MEMORABILIA

Superfans paint their faces, create costumes and yell at the top of their lungs. Many of them also collect memorabilia. Not shockingly, they all had incredible stories. Here are our favorite six. Created by Bud Light and VICE Digital Services.

by Bud Light and VICE Digital Services
Oct 3 2016, 8:33pm

CREATED BY BUD LIGHT AND VICE DIGITAL SERVICES

Our superfans paint their faces, create costumes and yell at the top of their lungs, so it's not surprising most of them collect their team's memorabilia. We talked to our fans about their favorite pieces of memorabilia. Not shockingly, they all had incredible stories. Here are our favorite six.

#1 CATMAN

"My favorite keepsake is my free car I got from a network after they played a joke on me on national TV telling me I'd won a car and giving me a toy car in 2006. The joke backfired because over 9,000 fans complained until I got a new truck."

#2 GAREY FAULKNER

"I had a practice ball from the day I got engaged to my wife. I gave it to a girl fighting brain cancer named Kayleigh. #teamkayleigh"

#3 KID STALLYN

"I would say that my most treasured piece of memorabilia is the cleats a great player gave my son at the end of a game just before X-mas. I was going through my divorce. He had posted a picture of these special cleats that he'd had custom made just for this game. They are painted like a red candy cane. He posted that one lucky fan would be getting these cleats after the game. Well, that one lucky fan was my son. He was wearing his jersey along with a red Santa hat. The player picked him out of the crowd, came over, and gave them to him. That gesture had a huge impact on my son at a time when his mom and dad were going through something tough."

#4 GORILLA LUKE

"My favorite thing right now is my old seat back from the stadium. They gave it to season-ticket holders who had been season ticket holders for many years. We got to get our seat if we wanted it. It's in my room up at my wall."

#5 RON VERGERIO

"One cool thing, which I kind of enjoyed, was I was at a signing at a local mall with the team captain a few years back. It was right around Christmas; I saw him and we were just kind of talking about Christmas stuff and family stuff – whatever. I showed him a picture of our Christmas tree, which was a white tree completely decorated with Steelers stuff. He thought that was pretty cool. For the ornament on the top we had an old Steelers helmet and he said, "I think it's time for a new tree-topper." So he gave me a new mini helmet he had signed. He wrote Merry Christmas on each side."

#6 LOU RAIDER

"I like the Raiders' keepsakes that I've made the most. There's a Superman. That Superman was a piggy bank from a thrift store. It was the colors of the original Superman and I thought, "Oh, I'm going to get this." Then I found a little jewelry box that was a different color and I painted it and I made it my Raiders stand for my little Raiders Superman. Then I put the Raiders symbol right where his belt is and I painted the back and the front all in silver and black."

Hall of Fandom images by Peter Sutherland, Shaniqwa Jarvis, Stephanie Mei-Ling and Ben Colen.

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