The end of December and the coming of the new year means many things to many people, a time for looking back at the old year past, celebrating and…. college football bowl games, culminating with the BCS National Championship game, to be played this year on Jan. 7, 2013, in Miami with the undefeated Fighting Irish of Notre Dame taking on the Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama.
Each football player on each team competing in each of the more than 30 college bowl games that will played from mid-December to early January will be wearing his team’s jersey, featuring a uniquely designed colorful embroidered patch. Part of the pageantry of college football includes these intricate designs, created expressly for the participants in a specific college bowl game. Seen by millions on cable and broadcast television, the patches emphasize that the players are competing in a unique showcase event.
These patch designs, including many years of Rose Bowl (the so-called “grandaddy of them all” with the 99th game to be played on Jan. 1, 2013) patches are highly prized by the players, teams, students at participating schools and collectors of one-of-a-kind embroidered patches. A vibrant collectors market exists for these patches, but the players who participated in the game, often the culmination or their college athletic careers, can’t put a price on these treasured embroideded emblems.