Loading Spinner

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

See all items

Tomáš Skuhravý (attribuita) - Genoa CFC
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Tomáš Skuhravý (attribuita) - Genoa CFC
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €300- €400
€2001 Bid
Christian Amoroso – Bologna F.C. – Stagione 2008-2009
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Christian Amoroso – Bologna F.C. – Stagione 2008-2009
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €150- €250
€751 Bid
Antonio Cassano - U.C. Sampdoria – Stagione 2007-2008
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Antonio Cassano - U.C. Sampdoria – Stagione 2007-2008
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €200- €300
€1001 Bid
Andrea Sussi - Brescia Calcio - Stagione 2001-2002
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Andrea Sussi - Brescia Calcio - Stagione 2001-2002
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €150- €200
€1001 Bid
2017 ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE NCAA FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RING - NICK SABAN
Dec 07, 10:00 PM EST
2017 ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE NCAA FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RING - NICK SABAN
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1501 Bid
2017 ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE NCAA FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RING - NICK SABAN
Dec 15, 10:00 PM EST
2017 ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE NCAA FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RING - NICK SABAN
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1501 Bid
2006 Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA Football SEC
Dec 28, 10:00 PM EST
2006 Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA Football SEC
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1251 Bid
2017 Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA Football National Championship Ring - Nick Saban
Dec 14, 10:00 PM EST
2017 Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA Football National Championship Ring - Nick Saban
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1101 Bid
A group of jerseys various sizes/styles
Dec 17, 10:00 AM AEDT
A group of jerseys various sizes/styles
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD151 Bid
A group of jerseys various sizes/styles
Dec 17, 10:00 AM AEDT
A group of jerseys various sizes/styles
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD151 Bid
A group of jerseys various sizes/styles
Dec 17, 10:00 AM AEDT
A group of jerseys various sizes/styles
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD151 Bid
Iván de la Peña - S.S. Lazio - Stagione 1998-1999
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Iván de la Peña - S.S. Lazio - Stagione 1998-1999
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €500- €700
€2500 Bids
Alessandro Nesta - S.S. Lazio - Stagione 1998-1999
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Alessandro Nesta - S.S. Lazio - Stagione 1998-1999
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €350- €500
€2500 Bids
Giuseppe Pancaro - S.S. Lazio - Stagione 1998-1999
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Giuseppe Pancaro - S.S. Lazio - Stagione 1998-1999
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €350- €500
€2500 Bids
Mauro Facci - S.S.C. Napoli
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Mauro Facci - S.S.C. Napoli
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €350- €500
€2500 Bids
Hernán Rodrigo López - Torino F.C. - Stagione 1998-1999
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Hernán Rodrigo López - Torino F.C. - Stagione 1998-1999
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €150- €200
€1000 Bids
Massimo Ficcadenti - Torino F.C. - Stagione 1998-1999
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Massimo Ficcadenti - Torino F.C. - Stagione 1998-1999
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €250- €300
€1500 Bids
Cristiano Lucarelli - Atalanta B.C.
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Cristiano Lucarelli - Atalanta B.C.
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €300- €500
€2000 Bids
Igor' Šalimov - Bologna F.C.
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Igor' Šalimov - Bologna F.C.
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €200- €300
€1500 Bids
Aldo Firicano - A.C. Fiorentina
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Aldo Firicano - A.C. Fiorentina
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €300- €500
€2000 Bids
Massimo Tarantino - F.C. Inter
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Massimo Tarantino - F.C. Inter
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €300- €400
€2000 Bids
Pierluigi Orlandini - Parma A.C. - Stagione 1997-1998
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Pierluigi Orlandini - Parma A.C. - Stagione 1997-1998
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €200- €300
€1500 Bids
Enrico Chiesa - Parma A.C.
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Enrico Chiesa - Parma A.C.
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €500- €700
€3500 Bids
Roberto Baronio - Vicenza Calcio
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Roberto Baronio - Vicenza Calcio
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €400- €500
€2500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Football Sports Apparel


Aste Bolaffi

Aste Bolaffi

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Theodore Bruce

Theodore Bruce

Chaucer Auctions

Chaucer Auctions