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Photograph By FLOTO + WARNER For ESPN The Magazine

For the 20th step, called "blocking," the caps are placed on size chucks to fit the fabric to head-shaped blocks. An All-Star Game patch then is heat-sealed onto the cap before the cap is shipped to the game. Every player and coach will receive 12 of the special All-Star caps, one to wear on the field and the rest to trade and sign for fans.