Bears

Leather Helmets

  • 1919-30 – Brown leather helmet
  • 1931-33 – Navy blue leather helmet, orange wings and stripes
  • 1933-34, 36 – Plain navy blue leather helmet
  • 1934 – Plain white leather helmet
  • 1934 – Orange navy blue leather helmet with blue/orange top
  • 1936-37, 2019 (throwback) – Navy blue leather helmet with orange stripes
  • 1937-38 – Plain orange leather helmet

1950-69

Between 1950-69, the Bears donned four helmet styles. Riddell did not manufacture helmets in these styles. The photos below are custom helmets.

  1. 1950-59: Plain navy blue helmet with grey facemask.
  2. 1950-59: Plain navy blue helmet with navy blue facemask.
  3. 1960-62: Plain blue navy blue helmet with white facemask.
  4. 1963-69: Plain blue navy blue helmet with white wishbone “C” and white facemask

1970-73

This helmet style is availabe in four sets:

  1. Throwback Series 1/Original 1999 set (included as an extra Throwback in the NFC North Division set)
  2. Throwback NFC 1969 2-bar
  3. Throwback 2-bar

The 1969 2-bar throwback helmet has the Riddell logo in all caps (RIDDELL). The regular Throwback 2-bar helmet has some cursive font (RIDDell). See the Throwback NFC 1969 site for more information.

1974-82

In 1974, the Bears switched to an orange wishbone “C.” The facemask remained grey in color. This style helmet can only be found in the Throwback Series 2 set.

1983-present

In 1983, the Bears switched to a blue facemask. This helmet is available in all of the original (97, 99, 03), revolution, chrome, and speed sets.

The Bears wore a throwback helmet on Thanksgiving Day in 2004. The logo was the white wishbone “C” and had a navy blue facemask. However, the white wishbone “C” helmet never had a navy blue facemask. It was white (63-69) and grey (70-73). This would make this helmet unique to this one game. Riddell did not manufacture a pocket pro for this helmet. The photo is a custom made pocket pro.

Bears 4-piece Team Set

Pocket Pro Helmet Checklist

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

  • 1919-30: Brown leather helmet
  • 1931-33: Navy blue leather helmet, orange wings & stripes
  • 1933-34, 36: Plain navy blue leather helmet
  • 1934: Plain white leather helmet
  • 1934: Orange/navy blue leather helmet with blue/orange top
  • 1936-37, 2019: Navy blue leather helmet with orange stripes – also worn in 2019 as a throwback
  • 1937-38: Plain orange leather helmet
  • 1950-59: Plain navy blue helmet, grey facemask
  • 1950-59: Plain navy blue helmet, navy blue facemask
  • 1960-62: Plain navy blue helmet, white facemask
  • 1963-69: Navy blue helmet, white wishbone “C” logo, white facemask
  • 2004: Navy blue helmet, white wishbone “C” logo, navy blue facemask

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