Colts

Pre-1949

The Baltimore Colts were officially founded in 1952. Previous to that, the team has a long and complicated history. Here are some of the previous helmets:

  • 1920-23 (Dayton Triangles) – Plain brown leather helmet
  • 1924, 1926-29 (Dayton Triangles) – Leather helmet, blue on bottom, white on top
  • 1925 (Dayton Triangles) – Plain blue leather helmet
  • 1929 (Dayton Triangles) – Plain white leather helmet
  • 1930-31 (Brooklyn Dodgers) – Plain tan/brown leather helmet
  • 1932-33 (Brooklyn Dodgers) – Brown leather helmet, red markings
  • 1934 (Brooklyn Dodgers) – Plain green leather helmet and plain brown leather helmet
  • 1935, 38-40 (Brooklyn Dodgers) – Plain white leather helmet
  • 1936-37 (Brooklyn Dodgers) – Plain silver leather helmet
  • 1940-42 (Brooklyn Dodgers) – White leather helmet with various red markings
  • 1943 (Brooklyn Dodgers) – Plain tan leather helmet
  • 1944 (Brooklyn Tigers) – Orange leather helmet with black markings
  • 1945, 47-48 (Boston Yanks; merger) – Plain tan/brown leather helmet
  • 1946 (Boston Yanks) – Plain yellow helmet
  • 1949 (New York Bulldogs) – Silver leather helmet with a blue stripe

1950-52: NY Yanks / Dallas Texans

  • 1950 (New York Yanks) – Columbia blue helmet with a white stripe
  • 1951 (New York Yanks) – Dark blue helmet with white stripe and tapered silver stripe
  • 1952 (Dallas Texans) – Dark blue helmet with white stripe and tapered silver stripe

1953

The first year for the team known today as the Colts was 1953. The team wore three helmet styles in 1953:

  1. White, with blue cross-stripe
  2. White, with blue stripe. This was worn again in 1954.
  3. Plain blue

1954-56

This is the only helmet that deviates from the standard white Colts helmet. It’s available in the Throwback Series 1 and Throwback 2-bar sets. In 1956, the blue helmet above was switched to white with a blue facemask. The horseshoes were also blue. Riddell did not manufacture a helmet in this style.

1956-present: Colts White Helmet

1957-77

The standard Colts helmet with the blue horseshoe and blue stripe started in 1957. The only things that have changed have been slight alterations to the color of the blue horseshoe and the facemask color.

For all of their attention to detail, Riddell made some errors and inconsistencies with pocket pro helmets. However, the blue variations for the Colts are correct and match the eras for which the pocket pro was made.

The 1967-77 style helmet has a grey facemask and is in the Throwback Series 2 and Throwback NFC 1969 2-bar sets. This Colts helmet has a “69” on the back. The horseshoe is royal blue.

1978-94

In 1978, the Colts switched to a bright royal blue horseshoe and white facemask. Riddell has not manufactured a pocket pro for this helmet. The photo below is a custom.

1995-2003

This helmet is the same as previous versions, except for the blue facemask. It is in the original pocket pro sets.

2004-present

In 2004, the Colts switched to a grey facemask and a darker speed blue color. This helmet is in the revolution and speed sets.

Custom Colts Pocket Pro Helmets

Pocket Pro Helmet Checklist

Other Indianapolis Colts Helmets
These pocket pro helmets were not officially made by Riddell. They only exist as custom helmets.

  • 1920-23 (Dayton Triangles): Plain brown leather helmet
  • 1924, 1926-29 (Dayton Triangles): Leather helmet, blue on bottom, white on top
  • 1925 (Dayton Triangles): Plain blue leather helmet
  • 1929 (Dayton Triangles): Plain white leather helmet
  • 1930-31 (Brooklyn Dodgers): Plain tan/brown leather helmet
  • 1932-33 (Brooklyn Dodgers) – Brown leather helmet, red markings
  • 1934 (Brooklyn Dodgers) – Plain green leather helmet and plain brown leather helmet
  • 1935, 38-40 (Brooklyn Dodgers) – Plain white leather helmet
  • 1936-37 (Brooklyn Dodgers) – Plain silver leather helmet
  • 1940-42 (Brooklyn Dodgers) – White leather helmet with various red markings
  • 1943 (Brooklyn Dodgers) – Plain tan leather helmet
  • 1944 (Brooklyn Tigers) – Orange leather helmet with black markings
  • 1945, 47-48 (Boston Yanks; merger) – Plain tan/brown leather helmet
  • 1946 (Boston Yanks) – Plain yellow helmet
  • 1949 (New York Bulldogs) – Silver leather helmet with a blue stripe
  • 1950 (New York Yanks): Columbia blue helmet with a white stripe
  • 1951 (New York Yanks) and 1952 (Dallas Texans): Dark blue helmet with white stripe and tapered silver stripe
  • 1953: Plain white helmet, blue cross stripe
  • 1954 (pre-season)Plain dark blue helmet, white stripe, grey facemask (same as regular season helmet but with no horseshoes)
  • 1953: Plain blue helmet
  • 1953-54: Plain white helmet, blue stripe
  • 1956: White helmet, blue stripe, blue horseshoes on back
  • 1978-94: White helmet, bright blue stripe, bright royal blue horseshoe logo, white facemask

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