Artist designs 'Vintage Panthers' rebrand

This is the best Panther-related thing of the week.

The Carolina Panthers will ring in their 20th season next year, but designer Matt Stevens imagined an alternate history where the team existed almost 60 years ago.

His result is nothing short of stunning. I'm a total sucker for any vintage football stuff, and yearn for a time Patriot Pat is back in New England. Stevens has moved through a series of design trends, imagining trading cards, pins, helmets and collectibles. My personal favorite is a simple wall -- adorned with a poster, program, ticket and card.

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When I first saw these designs my immediate reaction was "shut up and take my money," which has luckily been realized with Stevens attempting to sell a vintage Panthers shirt.

I could be in the vast minority, but I'd take this vintage logo over the current iteration. It's a touch cartoony and not fearsome, but who cares? It's utterly awesome.

Check out the entire of Stevens' collection. I hope we see more of this project moving forward.

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