Lions

1994, 2001-02 plain silver, blue facemask helmet not pictured

Leather Helmets: 1930-48

  • 1930-31 (Portsmouth Spiders) – Brown leather helmet
  • 1932-33 (Portsmouth Spiders) – Purple leather helmet
  • 1934-47 – Silver leather helmet
  • 1948 – Red leather helmet

1949-60

Between 1949 and 1960, the Lions wore three styles of helmets at various times. Riddell did not manufacture helmets for these styles, although custom pocket pros do exist. Photos of two custom helmets are below.

  • Honolulu blue helmet with chin strap/grey facemask (1949-53)*
  • Plain silver helmet with chin strap/grey facemask (1949-53, 1954-60)
  • Light gold helmet with a silver stripe and chin strap/grey facemask (1953-56)

1961-67

This helmet has a plain blue lion, two blue stripes, and a grey facemask. In the Throwback Series 1 and Throwback 2-bar sets.

1968-70

The 1968-70 Lions helmet included a white stripe along with the blue ones. That was the only change. This style is in the pocket pro Throwback Series 2 and Throwback NFC 1969 2-bar sets.

1970-82 and 1983-2002

The only change made to the 1970-82 Lions helmet was a white border around the lion decal. No pocket pro was manufactured for this style. The helmet in the photo below is a custom.

A blue facemask was added in 1983. Otherwise, the helmet stayed the same. This style is available in the original (97, 99) sets.

2003-08

Three changes were made to this helmet: a black facemask, a black outline around the white outline of the plain blue lion, and a thin black outline around the stripes. This helmet is in the revolution and original (03) styles.

2009-16

This helmet is the same as the 2003-08 style, with one exception. The lion decal was updated to a more modern look. It’s in the revolution and speed styles.

2017-present

In 2017, the Lions replaced the white-black border around the lion decal with a white-blue border. The facemask color was changed from black to silver. Finally, the stripes were changed from black-blue-white to just blue stripes. This helmet is available in the speed style.

The Lions also wore plain silver helmets at various times since 1994.

Pocket Pro Helmet Checklist

  • 1961-67: Silver helmet, plain blue Lion, grey facemask, 2 blue stripes
    • Throwback Series 1 (original style)
    • Throwback 2-bar
  • 1968-70: Silver helmet, plain blue Lion, grey facemask, blue/white stripes
    • Throwback Series 2 (original style)
    • Throwback NFC 1969 2-bar
  • 1983-2002: Silver helmet, blue Lion with white outline, blue facemask, blue/white stripes
    • Original (97, 99)
    • Chrome (original style)
  • 2003-08: Silver helmet, blue Lion with white/black outline, black facemask, blue/white/black stripes
    • Original (03)
    • Revolution
  • 2009-16: Silver helmet, modern blue Lion with white/black outline, black facemask, blue/white/black stripes
    • Revolution
    • Speed
  • 2017-present: Silver helmet, modern blue Lion with white/blue outline, grey facemask, blue stripes
    • Speed

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

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