The Dallas Cowboys have worn four different helmets in their existence.
The first one was the white helmet with the plain blue star. The traditional style helmet was available in the rare 4-piece Dallas Cowboys team set. The two-bar version was in the Throwback 2-bar set.
The Cowboys revised a similar helmet as a throwback between 2004 and 2012. That helmet, however, had a darker shade of white and darker blue star. More about this below.
In 1964, Dallas switched to the silver helmet with the blue star. It looks identical to today’s Cowboys helmet. The blue star on this helmet, however, only has a white border. After 1966, the star would have a blue and a white border. This helmet is only available in the Cowboys Throwback division set from around 2003.
In 1967, Dallas switched to the helmet they wear today. The 1976 helmet was unique to that year. It had a red stripe added to the already blue and white stripes in commemoration of the U.S. Bicentennial. This helmet is only available in the Throwback Series 2 set.
These helmets are available in the Original, Revolution, Speed, and Throwback NFC 1969 2-bar sets.
The white helmet was worn as a throwback between 2004 and 2012. This helmet was available in the Throwback Series 2 set and the NFC East Division set as a bonus helmet in the traditional style.
White Throwback Helmets
There is enough evidence to show the 2004-12 throwback helmet is a different style. First, the pocket helmets clearly show different shades of blue and white.
A second piece of evidence is from the Gridiron Uniform Database, generally recognized as the definitive source on football uniform history (to me, at least). The helmet on the left is from 1963. The helmet on the right is from 2012.
The images below are from 1963 and 2012. Although somewhat out of focus, the helmet colors on the left are brighter.
Dallas Cowboys Pocket Super Bowl Helmets
Pocket Helmet Checklist
Last update: 12/16/2021
- 1960-63: White helmet, blue star, two blue stripes, grey facemask
- 1964-66: Silver helmet, blue star with white outline, blue-white-blue stripes, grey facemask
- Throwback 4-pc Team Set (This helmet was manufactured in the traditional style is available in this 4-pc team set only)
- 1967-present: Silver helmet, blue star with blue and white outline, blue-white-blue stripes, grey facemask
- 1976, 2021 throwback: Silver helmet, blue star with blue and white outline, red/white/blue stripes, grey facemask
- 2004-12 Throwback: Darker white helmet, darker blue star, darker blue helmet stripes, grey facemask
- Super Bowl:
- Cowboys Super Bowl 6 (2 bar)
- Cowboys Super Bowl 12 (traditional)
- Cowboys Super Bowl 27 (traditional)
- Cowboys Super Bowl 28 (traditional)
- Cowboys Super Bowl 30 (traditional)
- Cowboys Super Bowl 6 Chrome
- Cowboys Super Bowl 12 Chrome
- Cowboys Super Bowl 27 Chrome
- Cowboys Super Bowl 28 Chrome
- Cowboys Super Bowl 30 Chrome
- Gridiron Uniform Database, Dallas Cowboys
- Helmet History.com, Dallas Cowboys