Factory Pocket Pro Errors

Riddell does a really good job in producing accurate replica mini helmets. Errors, however, are bound to happen. The following have been discovered (as of January 2020):

  • Arizona Cardinals Traditional and Chrome. These helmets display the incorrect logo.
  • Denver Broncos Throwback Series 2 and 1969 AFC 2-bar. These helmets display the 1993-96 logo, but should display the 1968-92 logo.
  • Denver Broncos Throwback Series 1 and Throwback 2-bar. These helmets display a brown bronco. The bronco was actually blue.
  • LA Chargers Throwback Series 2 and Throwback 2-bar. These pocket pro helmets do not display the player number on the helmet, but are blank.
  • Miami Dolphins 1969 AFC 2-bar. This pocket pro helmet displays the Dolphin in front-of-the-ring logo, but should display the 1969 logo where the Dolphin is inside the ring.
  • Miami Dolphins Super Bowl helmets.
  • Possible error – New England Patriots Throwback Series 2 and 1969 AFC 2-bar. I think the Patriots could have worn a different Patriot Pat between 1961-64 than the one displayed on the pocket pro.
  • New England Patriots Thowback Series 1 and Throwback 2-bar. These pocket pro helmets do not display the player number on the helmet, but are blank with the logo only. The Patriots did wear the blank helmet in the pre-season, however.
  • San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl 16, 19, & 23 helmets. The pocket pro helmets should display the 1962-88 logo, but actually display the 1989-95 logo.
  • Kansas City Chiefs Throwback Series 2. The pocket pro helmet displays the 1974-present logo, but should display the 1963-73 logo.
  • Green Bay Packers backwards logo.

Arizona Cardinals Traditional and Chrome

The Cardinals wore two logos: a traditional Cardinal between 1961 and 2004 and a modern Cardinal between 2005 and the present. The Traditional and Chrome helmets display the 1961-04 Cardinal, but with a black outline. I have not found any evidence the Cardinals ever wore the 1961-04 logo with a black outline on their helmet.

Denver Broncos Throwback Series 2 and 1969 AFC 2-bar

The throwback series 2 and 1969 AFC 2-bar helmets purport to display the helmets the Broncos wore between 1968 and 1992. The logo, however, displays the 1993-96 logo.

Denver Broncos 1962 Throwback Series 1 and 2-bar

The factory Riddell helmet displays a brown bronco. The bronco on this helmet was actually blue.

L.A. Chargers Throwback Series 2 and 2-bar

The 1966 Chargers pocket pro helmet is white with a plain blue bolt. The actual helmet worn by the Chargers that year displayed player numbers in addition to the bolt.

Miami Dolphins 1969 AFC 2-bar

In 1969, the Dolphins only wore the helmet with the dolphin going through the ring (helmet on the left). So, the 1969 pocket pro helmet should display that dolphin.

That, however, is not the case. The Dolphins helmet from the Throwback AFC 1969 2-bar set actually shows the 1966-68, 1973-79 dolphin (two helmets on the right).

Miami Dolphins Super Bowl Helmets

The logo on the Super Bowl VII (7) two-bar helmet is an error. The Dolphins actually wore the logo that is on the chrome helmet (Dolphin #1).

In Super Bowl VIII (8), the Dolphins wore both logos. In other words, some players wore Dolphin #1 and others Dolphin #2. So neither the two-bar or chrome are really an error.

New England Patriots Throwback Series 2 and AFC 1969 2-bar

Patriots’ helmets might have historically included two Patriot Pats (see below).

If the Patriots helmet displayed the more goofy-looking 1961-63 Patriot Pat, then the Throwback Series 2 and Throwback AFC 1969 2-bar Patriots helmets (with 2 red stripes) might display the incorrect logo. I have not found definitive proof of the actual logo worn by the 1961-64 Patriots.

New England Patriots Throwback Series 1 and Throwback 2-bar

The 1960 Patriots pocket pro helmet displays the 4-corner revolutionary war hat. However, this hat was only worn during the pre-season. The actual helmet worn during the season had a player number under the hat.

San Francisco 49ers Super Bowls 16, 19, & 23 helmets

The 49ers helmet has displayed three different logos between 1962 and the present:

The pocket pro super bowl helmets for super bowls 16, 19, & 23 display the 1989-95 logo, even though the 1962-88 logo was worn in the super bowl.

Kansas City Chiefs 1963-73

The Throwback Series 2 helmet appears to display the 1974-present logo. The Throwback Series 2 sheet included with the Throwback Series 2 set, however, claims the helmet displays the 1963-73 logo. The difference is the older logo has more white space and a thinner outline.

The photo below displays the 1969 helmet and how it is different from the Throwback Series 2 helmet to the right (with a contemporary helmet for comparison in the bottom left corner).

Green Bay Packers Backward Logo

A gentleman named Graham Clark sent me a photo of a Green Bay Packers helmet with a backward logo.

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