Making of the Heisman Trophy

Believe it or not, the most coveted object in college football is worth about only $150

Updated: December 1, 2011, 2:32 PM ET
By Joel Weber | ESPN The Magazine

This article appears in ESPN The Magazine's Dec. 12, 2011 "Interview Issue."

Winning a Heisman is hard. So is making one. Employing a two-week technique called "lost-wax casting," a team of Jostens craftsmen in Oklahoma City take a wax imprint of the purple silicone mold pictured here, then transform it into an empty ceramic shell -- a vessel for 25 pounds of liquid bronze that will harden into college football's top individual honor. (The iconic outstretched arm is cast separately ...

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