The Inconvenient Truth
At first, you think they’re silly. Aesthetically pleasing little tidbits of content that people obsess about over for reasons you can’t comprehend. And then you find yourself collecting one here and there. You initiate the occassional trade, and even sometimes throw out a lowball you know won’t be accepted, just to feel edgy. Suddenly, you’re caught up in a part of the game you thought you would never have any part in. Yes, that’s right. You’ve become a hat trader on Team Fortress 2. We all make fun of them, but even the most professional TF2 players dabble in hat trading at some point in their career. It’s a deadly, addicting activity that will sweep you up in it’s intricacies before you’re ready to work with them.
It will happen. You will start trading hats. And when you do, don’t get cheated out of your hard earned items because you’re unfamiliar with which hats are which. You don’t want to be the player who realized that his Vintage Vintage Tyrolean was worth up to 10 refined metal after trading it for another much cheaper hat. Before trading hats in TF2, a full hat list like this is essential to figure out which hats you really want, and what they look like.
Specific hats can be found on these pages :
Page 1 :All Class, Scout, Soldier
Page 2: Paints, Demoman, Heavy, Pyro, Medic
Page 3: Engineer, Sniper, Spy, Vintage Hats
All Class Hats
These hats are available to all classes the moment they are found, crafted, or traded. Many of the hats available to all classes are promotional items for other games, such as the Alien Swarm Parasite, or Max’s Severed Head. These often times carry huge amounts of value as there is a fixed number of them. Some of the most dedicated hatpreneurs will even pre-order games specifically for the hats, hoping to strike it ‘e-rich’ with a high valued hat.
Alien Swarm Parasite
Cheater’s Lament (Untradeable)
Ghastly / Ghastlier Gibus
Hat of Undeniable Wealth and Respect
Mann Co Cap
Max’s Severed Head
Modest Pile of Hat
Noble Amassment of Hats
Saxton Hale Maks
The Athletic Supporter
Towering Pillar of Hats
World Traveler’s Hat
The Polycount update added ‘item sets’ to the game that change certain stats of a class if they are wearing all of the set items for their class. The Milkman is the set headgear for the Scout.
Baseball Bill’s Sports Shine
Ye Old Baker Boy
Following the Polycount update, the Grenadier’s Softcap is the Soldier’s set headgear. All set headgear is valued around 3-5 refined metal each, depending on the popularity of the class.
Dr’s Dapper Topper
Sergeant’s Drill Hat
Occasionally you may find yourself with a can of paint in your backpack. It’s open, and why it hasn’t spilled, who knows. You can use it to color most of the hats in the game. Be aware though, unpopular colors may in fact devalue your hat and make them worth less. If you have any plans to trade a hat in the future, it’s suggested not to paint them. Black and White paints are especially valuable, and can be sold for the price of one of the cheapest hats. They are also considered one of the safest rewards from opening a crate, and appear in Series 9 crates. Paints have a trading value of 1:1, meaning that anything besides black or white is worth another color of paint. So if you find a color you don’t quite fancy, stick it up for trade and see what else you can get!
The Demoman does not currently have an item set.
Prince Tavish’s Crown
Scotsman’s Stove Pipe
The Attendant is the set headgear for the Pyro. When equipped with the Powerjack and the Degreaser, it completes The Gas Jockey’s Gear Kit. This increases move speed by 10% but increases damage taken by enemy bullets by 10%.
Respectless Rubber Glove
The Heavy currently does not have an item set.
Tough Guy’s Toque
The Medic as of the Replay Update does not have an item set yet.
Berliner’s Bucket Helm
Physician’s Procedure Mask
The Engineer does not yet have an item set. It has been rumoured that one is in the works now, yet only time will tell if such a thing happens.
Texas Slim’s Dome Shine
Texas Ten Gallon
Ol’ Snaggletooth is the Sniper’s Polycount headgear. With Darwin’s Danger Shield, the Sydney Sleeper, and the Bushwacka, it completes the Croc-o-Style Kit.
Master’s Yellow Belt
Shooter’s Sola Topi
Bloke’s Bucket Hat
Ritzy Rick’s Hair Fixative
The Familiar Fez is the Spy’s Polycount headgear. When equipped with the L’etranger and the Your Eternal Reward, it completes The Saharan Spy Kit.
Le Party Phantom
Hats Are Like a Fine Wine : They Get Exponentially More Expensive With Age
If you’re an older player coming back to TF2, or you’ve just stockpiled some vintage hats, be careful in your bargaining with them. Vintage status makes most hats worth much, much more to another TF2 trader. There’s something about that blue name that tickles the most avid collector’s fancy, and it’s up to you to take advantage of that! The newer your vintage item is, the more it’s most likely worth. As new items come out, the chances of obtaining a vintage one are much more slim than obtaining a much older hat.
A Word of Caution : Buyer (and Seller) Beware
Always do your research before conducting a trade. If you’re unfamiliar with the price of an item you just found, or want to buy, hop into a trading server and ask. Someone is bound to answer you. If you’re too afraid of the traders, then try looking up trades similar to yours on the TF2 Trading Portal. This site has plenty of features to help out the budding TF2 trader. And when the trading bug wears off, the shame you feel may be lessened by the fact that your hat collection may be worth hundreds of USD!
Source : https://tf2wiki.net/wiki/Hats