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Football Sports Apparel

The early days of American football were similar to rugby, in rules and in clothing style. As the sport grew on a collegiate level in the late 1800s, player injuries and even deaths gave rise to additional game rules and protective gear.

The first football helmets were made of leather, and although they offered some impact protection, they weren’t considered mandatory until the NFL made helmet-wearing a regulation in 1943. Riddell began making plastic football helmets in the early 1940s, and still crafts the sport’s official game helmets. Early versions of the football jersey were made of wool, and over the years, jerseys have changed from cotton to polyester, and then to unique blends of synthetic fabrics.

A football apparel enthusiast can collect gear ranging from jerseys and gloves to helmets and jackets. The thing to keep in mind is that game-worn gear will hold different value than replica gear, and signed gear is typically worth more than unsigned.


Quick Facts

  • Elite 51 football apparel is Nike’s latest revolution in game gear, with clothing made of unique synthetic blends to control heating and cooling, and to provide the player more comfort and protection
  • A 1970 Houston Oilers helmet signed by coach Bum Phillips gathered $2 million at a Texas charity auction in 2015, making it one of the highest yielding football memorabilia pieces ever sold
  • A rare, unused 1890s football helmet made by the A.J. Reach Company sold for $8,140 on a Leland’s auction in 2015. Very few in mint condition are thought to remain

Recommended Items at Auction

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Reebok Plummer Nfl Jersey
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
Reebok Plummer Nfl Jersey
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
2017 Super Bowl LII Eagles Championship Inspired Ring
Apr 16, 9:00 PM EDT
2017 Super Bowl LII Eagles Championship Inspired Ring
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $300- $400
$1100 Bids
2018 Clemson Tigers NCAA Football National Championship Ring - Dabo Swinney
Apr 17, 9:00 PM EDT
2018 Clemson Tigers NCAA Football National Championship Ring - Dabo Swinney
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
2017 Super Bowl LII Eagles Championship Inspired Ring
Apr 17, 9:00 PM EDT
2017 Super Bowl LII Eagles Championship Inspired Ring
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
2011 Clemson Tigers NCAA Football ACC Championship Ring - Bobby Hutchinson
Apr 17, 9:00 PM EDT
2011 Clemson Tigers NCAA Football ACC Championship Ring - Bobby Hutchinson
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
2015 Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA Football SEC National Championship Ring - Nick Saban
Apr 17, 9:00 PM EDT
2015 Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA Football SEC National Championship Ring - Nick Saban
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1200 Bids
2015 Clemson Tigers NCAA Football ACC Championship Ring - Mike Briglin
Apr 17, 9:00 PM EDT
2015 Clemson Tigers NCAA Football ACC Championship Ring - Mike Briglin
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1200 Bids
2017 Clemson Tigers NCAA Football ACC Championship Ring - Dabo Swinney
Apr 17, 9:00 PM EDT
2017 Clemson Tigers NCAA Football ACC Championship Ring - Dabo Swinney
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1200 Bids
2017 Super Bowl LII Eagles Championship Inspired Ring
Apr 24, 9:00 PM EDT
2017 Super Bowl LII Eagles Championship Inspired Ring
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $300- $400
$1100 Bids
2017 Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA National Football Inspired Championship Ring - NICK SABAN
May 02, 9:00 PM EDT
2017 Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA National Football Inspired Championship Ring - NICK SABAN
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1500 Bids
JEFF HAMILTON REEBOK NFL SUPER BOWL JACKET XXL
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
JEFF HAMILTON REEBOK NFL SUPER BOWL JACKET XXL
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $250- $500
$600 Bids
2018-19 Super Bowl LIII New England Patriots Championship Ring
Apr 16, 9:00 PM EDT
2018-19 Super Bowl LIII New England Patriots Championship Ring
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Tony Bennett | World Series Worn San Francisco Giants Jacket
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Tony Bennett | World Series Worn San Francisco Giants Jacket
by Julien's Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$1000 Bids
Tony Bennett | Personalized San Francisco Giants Jersey
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Tony Bennett | Personalized San Francisco Giants Jersey
by Julien's Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$1000 Bids
2017 Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA Football National Championship Ring - Nick Saban
May 01, 9:00 PM EDT
2017 Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA Football National Championship Ring - Nick Saban
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1100 Bids
Vintage Football Helmet & Pad Set Display
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CDT
Vintage Football Helmet & Pad Set Display
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS NFL LEATHER LETTER JACKET
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS NFL LEATHER LETTER JACKET
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $80- $150
$200 Bids
Southern Districts Football Club white T-shirt with caricatured crocodile kicking a footy. 
May 01, 10:00 AM AEST
Southern Districts Football Club white T-shirt with caricatured crocodile kicking a footy. 
by Leski Auctions Pty Ltd
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD800 Bids
Northern Territory Football Development Foundation polo. Green/grey.
May 01, 10:00 AM AEST
Northern Territory Football Development Foundation polo. Green/grey.
by Leski Auctions Pty Ltd
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD1200 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Football Sports Apparel


Leski Auctions Pty Ltd

Leski Auctions Pty Ltd

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Hunt Auctions

Hunt Auctions

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC