Vintage Football Collector Resources

Listed below are links to research topics and articles of interest to vintage football equipment collectors, historians, and anyone with a passion for the game.
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The definitive guide to identifying and dating vintage American football helmets

An analytical approach to determining the Top 10 rarest leather football helmet styles.

Football Helmet Evolution Video

The evolution of the American football helmet 1892-1925

Virtual Football Helmet Museum

Descriptions and examples of the primary head harness styles manufactured between 1895-1925.



Artifacts of the Month

February 2015
1905 Leather & Moleskin Flattop
April 2015
1925-1935 Executioner Helmet
vintage football helmet
June 2015
Circa 1915-1918 Wright & Ditson Harvard Flattop
August 2015
Circa 1900 Spalding Special Head Harness
Spalding Leather Football Helmet


A link to Antique Sports Collector's manufacturer tag database


May 2015
Late 20's - Early 30's Friction Strip Jersey

Artifacts of the Month

A database of football stitch patterns for determining the manufacturer of early leather footballs

September 2015
Harry Mason's c.1895 Spalding No. 25
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Nov. 2015
October 2015
c. 1900 Spalding Double Crown
Head Harness
Equipment Manufacturer History
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Rare Head Harnesses in Vintage Photo
December 21, 2015
January 2016
Rare 1895 Double Crown Strap Head Harness
Football Shoe Evolution
January 10, 2016
c 1927 Spalding No. NP Nose Protector
vintage football equipment
Comprehensive histories of the leading manufacturers of American sporting goods
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February 2016
Winchester Sporting Goods 1923 Advertising Display
vintage football helmet
March 2016
Late Century Association & Rugby Balls
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April 6, 2016
Football Etymology Scoring Plays
May 2016
c. 1935 Draper & Maynard NG1
Nose Guard
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Football Concussion Testing:
Leather vs. Modern Helmets runs a vintage leather football helmet through a modern helmet testing protocol to answer the question, are leather helmets as effective as their modern counterparts?

July 2016
1905 Stall & Dean
8-Spoke Head Harness
vintage football helmet
August 12, 2016
August 2016
1896 Michigan-
Trophy Ball
September 2016
1921 Green Bay Packers APFA Player Contract

Artifacts of the Month

Rare Head Harness Photo
Part 2
September 29, 2016
Maker Spotlight:
The History of
Stall & Dean
December 22, 2016
November 2016
1895 Collister & Sayle Football Catalog
December 2016
Circa 1906 Penna Guard Nose Mask
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January 15, 2017

Paper Football Helmets?


Whitley's Foot Ball Armor


January 15, 2017

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January 2017
1904-05 University of Texas Cabinet Photo
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Football History:
The Progress of American Football
October 15, 2015
March 2017
c. 1932 Wilson FBAW Night Football
June 2017
The Oldest Surviving Football Uniform?
May 2017
c. 1903 Spalding Improved Head Harness
April 2017
c. 1937 Draper & Maynard NG2 Nose Guard
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July 2017
Victor No. 535A
Face & Ear Guard
September 2017
Winchester No. 3237 Beehive Flattop

Manufacturer Helmet Production Timelines

Timelines showing helmet styles produced by each of the major sporting goods manufacturers
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November 2017
October 2017
Victor No. 535B
Nose & Face Guard

Football Shin Guard Evolution

November 27, 2017

A.G. Spalding
Football Union Suit
January 2018
December 2017
Victor No. 539
8-Spoke Head Harness
Grey Flannel Auction
Norm Tooker's 1905 Princeton Jersey
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