Throwback Series 1 image from StormyDay. 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 AFC 1969 site for more information.
The only change to the 1980 helmet was a change in color from grey to black in the facemask. This style is only available in the Throwback Series 2 set.
I have seen multiple references to different striping patters of the 1981 to present helmet. According to a 2009 Bengals media guide, the helmet was “unchanged” between 1981 and at least 2009. The Bengals helmet looks unchanged in the Gridiron Uniform Database between 1981 and 2011, with a change in the striping pattern in 2012. The 2012 change cited by the Gridiron Uniform Database is consistent with the pocket pro striping pattern, which is different in the speed and revolution sets from the original style helmets.
This style is available in the Original, Revolution, and Speed sets. There are slight differences in the striping patterns of the helmets. Apparently, this change occurred in 1990, well before the first pocket pros were first manufactured in 1997.
Pocket Pro Helmet Checklist
- 1968-79: Orange helmet, “Bengals” logo, grey facemask
- Throwback Series 1 (original style)
- Throwback AFC 1969 2-bar
- Throwback 2-bar
- 1980: Orange helmet, “Bengals” logo, black facemask
- Throwback Series 2 (original style)
- 1981-2011: Orange pattern helmet, black facemask.
- Original (97, 99, 03)
- Chrome (original style)
- 2012-present: Orange pattern helmet (different from previous helmet), black facemask
Cincinnati Bengals. (2009). Media Guide.