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‘Hazel Nut’ just another kind of cap geek

Submitted by on June 19, 2010 – 12:32 am

By Tom Jackson, Cap Geek

Another visit to the Corn Crib led to the discovery of another obsessed man with an amazing ballcap.

Mike Gibson of Bloomington sports this lovely tri-color cap bearing a nifty, old-school-baseball “S H” logo. It looked mighty slick, and Mike seemed plenty proud of it — and for good reason.

“It stands for my favorite (rock) group Sister Hazel,” Gibson said. An admittedly obsessed fan of the Gainesville, Fla., based musicians — such fans are called “Hazel Nuts,” he attests — Gibson shared an interesting story about the cap — and please, Mike, if you read this, please confirm whether I got it right:

It seems he was at yet another Sister Hazel concert when he was approached by the official merchandise guy for the group. It seems the cap was purchased from the group’s website during an almost miniscule period in which it was posted. Few if any of the caps were still known to exist — other than the one sitting on Gibson’s head.

“‘Please,’ the merchandise guy told me, ‘let me buy it off you,’” explained Gibson. “I said, ‘No way.’ I mean, even if he had offered me $20,000, I wasn’t going to let go of it — it’s mine and it’s Sister Hazel.”

Now, THAT’S a cap geek worthy of my respect – kudos, Mike Gibson. I totally hear ya, and I look forward to seeing you at the Crib again!

Although I’d’ve taken the twenty grand. You can make your own awesome “S H” hat — a whole bunch, in fact – and still have, oh, 19 thousand bucks left.

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