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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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Gray 49er's #44 Jersey Sz. XXL
Jun 01, 7:00 AM PDT
Gray 49er's #44 Jersey Sz. XXL
by California Auction Company LLC
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
Early 1900's to 1920's A. G. Spalding & Bros. Football Pants Never Used With Belt and Pads
Jun 03, 10:00 AM EDT
Early 1900's to 1920's A. G. Spalding & Bros. Football Pants Never Used With Belt and Pads
by Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
1920's Early Ohio State University Football Uniform: Friction Jersey, Used Pants and Stockings
Jun 03, 10:00 AM EDT
1920's Early Ohio State University Football Uniform: Friction Jersey, Used Pants and Stockings
by Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Peter Max Superbowl 28 Riddell Mini-Helmet (1994)
May 31, 1:00 PM EDT
Peter Max Superbowl 28 Riddell Mini-Helmet (1994)
by Block Auction House
Est: $1,000- $3,000
$5001 Bid
2017 Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA National Football Inspired Championship Ring - NICK SABAN
Jun 06, 9:00 PM EDT
2017 Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA National Football Inspired Championship Ring - NICK SABAN
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Est: $200- $400
$1500 Bids
2006 Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA Football SEC
Jun 25, 9:00 PM EDT
2006 Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA Football SEC
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1200 Bids
2015 Clemson Tigers NCAA Football ACC Championship Ring - Mike Briglin
Jun 25, 9:00 PM EDT
2015 Clemson Tigers NCAA Football ACC Championship Ring - Mike Briglin
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1200 Bids
2015 ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE NCAA FOOTBALL SEC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RING
Jun 25, 9:00 PM EDT
2015 ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE NCAA FOOTBALL SEC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RING
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1200 Bids
2011 Alabama Crimson Tides NCAA Football Championship Ring - Nick Saban
Jun 25, 9:00 PM EDT
2011 Alabama Crimson Tides NCAA Football Championship Ring - Nick Saban
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1200 Bids
2011 Clemson Tigers NCAA Football ACC Championship Ring - Bobby Hutchinson
Jun 25, 9:00 PM EDT
2011 Clemson Tigers NCAA Football ACC Championship Ring - Bobby Hutchinson
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
1983 NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS WALSH COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Jun 25, 9:00 PM EDT
1983 NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS WALSH COLLEGE FOOTBALL
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
2018 Clemson Tigers NCAA Football National Championship Ring - Dabo Swinney
Jun 12, 7:00 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
Jun 12, 7:00 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
Jun 12, 7:00 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
Jun 12, 7:00 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
Jun 12, 7:00 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
Jun 12, 7:00 PM EDT
2017 Clemson Tigers NCAA Football ACC Championship Ring - Dabo Swinney
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $400
$1200 Bids
2015 Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA Football National Championship Inspired Ring
Jun 20, 9:00 PM EDT
2015 Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA Football National Championship Inspired Ring
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $300
$1500 Bids
2007 Stadium Club Full Court Press Dual Jersey 10/199
Jun 01, 9:00 AM CDT
2007 Stadium Club Full Court Press Dual Jersey 10/199
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $60- $90
$300 Bids
NCAA Nebraska Huskers Braided Sports Titanium Power Rope Necklace and Bracelet
May 31, 8:00 AM CDT
NCAA Nebraska Huskers Braided Sports Titanium Power Rope Necklace and Bracelet
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$180 Bids
NCAA Nebraska Huskers Braided Sports Titanium Power Rope Necklace and Bracelet
May 31, 8:00 AM CDT
NCAA Nebraska Huskers Braided Sports Titanium Power Rope Necklace and Bracelet
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$180 Bids
NCAA Nebraska Huskers Braided Sports Titanium Power Rope Necklace and Bracelet
May 31, 8:00 AM CDT
NCAA Nebraska Huskers Braided Sports Titanium Power Rope Necklace and Bracelet
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$180 Bids
NFL Green Bay Packers Braided Sports Titanium Power Rope Bracelet - 2 Pack
May 31, 8:00 AM CDT
NFL Green Bay Packers Braided Sports Titanium Power Rope Bracelet - 2 Pack
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$160 Bids
NCAA Nebraska Huskers Braided Sports Titanium Power Rope Necklace and Bracelet
May 31, 8:00 AM CDT
NCAA Nebraska Huskers Braided Sports Titanium Power Rope Necklace and Bracelet
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$180 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Football Sports Apparel


McCurley Auction Company

McCurley Auction Company

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.

Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.