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

Comprehensive charts documenting the evolution of football helmets sold by major sports equipment companies

Virtual Football Helmet Museum

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

Articles

Research

Artifacts of the Month

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February 2015
1905 Leather & Moleskin Flattop
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April 2015
1925-1935 Executioner Helmet
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June 2015
Circa 1915-1918 Wright & Ditson Harvard Flattop
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July 2015
Circa 1895-1900 4-Strap Head Harness
August 2015
Circa 1900 Spalding Special Head Harness
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September 2015
Harry Mason's c.1895 Spalding No. 25
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October 2015
c. 1900 Spalding Double Crown
Head Harness
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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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February 2016
Winchester Sporting Goods 1931 Advertising Display
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April 6, 2016
Football Etymology Scoring Plays
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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
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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
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October 2016
1925 D&M No. 20H Lineman's Helmet
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

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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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