Prior to 2011, dozens of Notre Dame student managers would spray paint the helmets before each game with, legend has it, paint infused with gold flakes from the iconic campus dome. Tokens & Icons works exclusively with these older helmets, setting in sterling to commemorate one of the great collegiate traditions.
Today, the tradition has been kept alive. Although student managers no longer spray paint the helmets themselves, the actual gold flakes collected from the dome when it was re-gilded are still included in the paint that is professionally applied by a Colorado based company.
The 2011 season saw five different shades of gold helmets before the color matched the gold dome close enough to be approved by Notre Dame's head football equipment manager. These gold helmets have gone down in history as some of the most iconic helmets in college football history.