Pawn Stars
September 05, 2011 3:23:55 PM UTC Post #1

Hey Skynyrd Nation!
I was watching pawn stars today on History Channel and a guy came in to the shop and had one of Ronnie's beaver hats! He said he was at a concert in august of 77 and was invited backstage by a roadie. RVZ took off the hat, put it on this lucky guys head and said "how bout that". It was beautiful! Rick (owner of pawn shop) offered him $10,000 for it and the guy wouldn't budge below $20,000. To me it is priceless. Anyway, enjoy labor day skynyrd nation! GOD BLESS THE USA

September 06, 2011 2:51:15 PM UTC Post #1

I don't think the Guy is being truthful.
Here is why-
1. why would Ronnie give anyone his Hat?
2. Would he write his Name in it?
3. Why no Box?
Ronnie did love his Fans, but ,That is an expensive Hat.Donnie Van Zant has one,someone ask him if Ronnie wrote his Name in it.
Sure-The guy was probably Backstage at a Show.Maybe it's me,but if Ronnie had given me that Hat,
I would have taken waay better care of it.Not knowing the accident Date-saying october 21-
I think I'd know that-He could have gotten that Hat at a Garage Sale.Texas Hatters made a lot of them.That's my 2 Cents.

I ain't Hidin' from nobody, Nobody's hidin' from me

September 06, 2011 7:20:55 PM UTC Post #2

@RossingtonRules: Hey RR, I totally agree! Plus if it was his hat, a real skynyrd fan would just treasure it and PUT IT IN A BOX.

September 07, 2011 12:40:52 AM UTC Post #3

hey i didn't see the show but id some one offered me $10K ronnie's autographed I WOULD HAVE JUMPED ON IT!!!,as a collector of some very rare lynyrd skynyrd autographs,a signed street survivors 8 track,1977 japan tour book,and i own the acetates of the one more from the road album along with a signed promo of OMFTR that hung in the georgia music hall of fame,ronnies autograph alone is around the $3K range,also did the pawn guy talk about getting the hat authenicated,there are alot of forgerys out there.

September 07, 2011 12:03:35 PM UTC Post #4

Well, to me, something does not ring true about how he got the Hat-even if it IS one of Ronnie's,why is the Guy Wearing it?
He should have taken much better care of it for sure,IF it's Ronnie's.I saw the episode on on demand-it's called out of gas-it is also on history.comI seem to recall someone from the Band saying that most of the stuff you see on ebay was stolen,and to me that begs the question,why didn't he sell it on ebay?I think I would have had someone take a photo of Ronnie giving me the hat-but that's just me, I suppose.Like they said on Pawn stars, all this Guy has , is a Story.

I ain't Hidin' from nobody, Nobody's hidin' from me

September 07, 2011 6:10:00 PM UTC Post #5

Texas Hatters, The Manufacturer of the hat, confirmed a couple weeks ago that it is in fact Ronnies Hat. I believed him from the start because Ronnie Van Zant was made into the hat. Also the backstage pass he had was August, 29th 1977. I looked at the date on my records and indeed that show was in Las Vegas, Nevada. However the hat was in rough shape for such an incredible piece of music history.

And This Bird You'll Never Change

September 08, 2011 1:07:22 PM UTC Post #6

Well I am sure it was Ronnie's hat...but that doesn't erase the fact that the Moron who has it didn't take good care of it lol
those Things come with boxes.I would have taken good care of it-but,that's just me,and I'd never even think about selling it if I had one..Ronnie was so funny lol Think about it- walkin around with a beaver on his head... lmao.

I ain't Hidin' from nobody, Nobody's hidin' from me

September 16, 2011 3:57:21 AM UTC Post #7

I got to meet Ronnie @ an after party in Chico, Ca. after a gig @ Chico St. University where LS opened for Marshall Tucker in the spring of '74 and all I got was one memorable evening. I spent most of the party sittin' on a couch with Ronnie on my right and Tommy Caldwell on my left and a bottle of Beam's Choice goin' back n forth between us. The one thing that I remember Ronnie sayin' to Tommy was, next'll be openin' for us! At that point I was worried the fur was about to fly so I headed for the door and this dude asked if I was headed downtown and would I mind givin' him a lift. It was Tucker's Jerry Eubanks and he assured me that Ronnie n Tommy were buds no matter how much smack they talked. Just one of those nights....I'll never forget.
J Dawg C'Mon 9/22

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