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

Football Helmet Evolution Video

The evolution of the American football helmet 1892-1925

Articles

Research

Artifacts of the Month

June 2015
Circa 1915-1918 Wright & Ditson Harvard Flattop
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August 2015
Circa 1900 Spalding Special Head Harness
Spalding Leather Football Helmet

Articles

A link to Antique Sports Collector's manufacturer tag database

Research

May 2015
Late 20's - Early 30's Friction Strip Jersey
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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
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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
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January 2016
Rare 1895 Double Crown Strap Head Harness
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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

AntiqueFootball.com 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?

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July 2016
1905 Stall & Dean
8-Spoke Head Harness
vintage football helmet
Draper
Maynard's
"Armorclad"
August 12, 2016
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August 2016
1896 Michigan-
Minnesota
Trophy Ball
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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
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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?

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Whitley's Foot Ball Armor

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January 15, 2017

Click for More
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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
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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
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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
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October 2017
Victor No. 535B
Nose & Face Guard
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Football Shin Guard Evolution

November 27, 2017

1901-1910
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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May 2018
1874 Harvard - McGill
Silver Trophy Cup
April 2018
June 2018
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July 2018
1899 Yale Football Silver Trophy Cup
c.1897 - 1903
c. 1913 - 1916
Reach No. 5
6-Strap Head Harness
Spalding No. 35
4-Strap Head Harness
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HelmetRegistry.com

An online, image-driven database and virtual museum of vintage football helmets

AntiqueFootball's Collectors' Forum

A forum for vintage football equipment and memorabilia collectors to share knowledge and passion for the hobby.

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August 2018
1901 Penn Chicago Style Head Harness