Patriots

1960

The 1960 Patriots helmet logo was a revolutionary war hat. The pocket pro displays the pre-season helmet only. The regular season helmet had player number decals under the revolutionary war hat. The pocket pros, however, do not.

This style is in the Throwback Series 1 and Throwback 2-bar sets. The helmet with the numbers is a custom helmet.

1961-63

This is the first helmet with the Patriot Pat logo. This helmet has two red stripes and is in the Throwback Series 2 and Throwback AFC 1969 2-bar sets.

The 1961-63 helmet might have displayed a different Patriot Pat decal than appears on the pocket pro helmets, as shown below. The Throwback Series 2 and Throwback AFC 1969 2-bar pocket pro helmets display the Patriot Pat used between 1964-1992.

1964-92

In 1964, a a thin blue stripe was added between the red stripes. The Patriot Pat might have been updated to a new Pat. Three different facemask colors were worn during this era:

  1. 1964-81, grey facemask: bonus in the AFC East Division set in 1999 and Throwback AFL 50th Anniversary sets.
  2. 1982-91, white facemask: no official pocket pro helmet.
  3. 1991-92, red facemask: 4-piece team throwback sets released around 2001.

Patriots 1993-present Patriot Pat

Between 1992 and 1999, the modern Patriot Pat was a royal blue color. Ever since 2000, the Patriot Pat has been a dark blue color.

1993

New England rolled out the current silver helmet in 1993. This helmet had a grey facemask in 1993, but switched to a red facemask in 1994. The patriot logo on this helmet is almost a royal blue color. An official pocket pro for this helmet was not made. However, it can easily be made by taking the 1994-99 original style helmet red facemask and replacing it with a grey one.

1994-99

This helmet is the same as the 1993 helmet, but with a red facemask. It’s available in the first original sets (1997 through 1999). This helmet is available only in the original style.

2000-present

The Patriots helmet stayed the same, with one exception. The Patriot logo changed from the royal blue color to a darker blue. The current helmet style has a red facemask and pocket pros in the original, revolution, and speed styles.

Patriots Super Bowl Pocket Pro Helmets

Patriots Custom Prototype Pocket Pro

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Other New England Patriots Helmets
These pocket pro helmets were not officially made by Riddell. They only exist as custom helmets.

  • 1961-64 (pre-season): White helmet, two red stripes, grey facemask
  • 1982-90: White helmet, Pat Patriot logo, red/white/blue stripes, white facemask
  • 1993: Silver helmet, modern royal blue Patriots logo, grey facemask