Throwback Helmets

Riddell manufactured three throwback helmet sets in the original style (a total of 6 throwback sets if the 2-bar sets are included). Scroll down for more about these sets and checklists.

  1. Throwback Series 1
  2. Throwback Series 2
  3. AFL 50th Anniversary

Throwback Series 1 (2001)

All of the Throwback Series 1 helmets were manufactured in the original style, with the round earhole and the “R” underneath it.

The set also included three special helmets manufactured exclusively for this set (they are also in the Throwback Series 2 set):

  1. White helmet with NFL shield, grey facemask
  2. White helmet with NFL 50th Anniversary shield
  3. White helmet with NFL 75th Diamond Anniversary logo

All of the helmets in the Throwback Series 1 set had two-bar versions in the Throwback 2-bar set. This suggests Riddell possibly manufactured them at the same time.

Teams from the Throwback Series 1 set with identical helmets in the Throwback Series 2 set are: Arizona, Baltimore, Carolina, Green Bay, Jacksonville, NY Giants, Oakland, Pittsburgh, and the three special helmets (above).

Checklist

  • Atlanta Falcons 1966-69Red helmet, gold/black/white stripes. Same helmet design in Throwback 2-bar set.
  • Arizona Cardinals 1961-87Plain white helmet, traditional cardinal logo with no black outline. Same helmet design in Throwback Series 2 (original style), Throwback NFC 1969 2-bar, and Throwback 2-bar sets.
  • Baltimore Ravens 1999-presentBlack helmet, raven logo. Some logos have a gold outline and others have a silver outline. Same helmet design in Original (99, 03), Revolution, Speed, Throwback Series 2 (original style), and Throwback 2-bar sets.
  • Buffalo Bills 1962-64White helmet, plain red bison, plain red stripe. Same helmet design in Throwback 2-bar set.
  • Carolina Panthers 1995-2011 Silver helmet, original Panther logo. Same helmet design in Original (97, 99, 03), Revolution, Speed, Throwback Series 2 (original style), and Throwback 2-bar sets.
  • Chicago Bears 1970-73Navy blue helmet, white wishbone “C” logo, grey facemask. Same helmet design in Original 99 Throwback (original style), Throwback NFC 1969 2-bar, and Throwback 2-bar sets.
  • Cincinnati Bengals 1968-79Orange helmet, “Bengals” logo, grey facemask. Same helmet design in Throwback AFC 1969 2-bar and Throwback 2-bar sets.
  • Cleveland Browns 1964-74Orange helmet, white/brown stripes, grey facemask. Same helmet design in Throwback NFC 1969 2-bar and Throwback 2-bar sets.
  • Dallas Cowboys 1960-63 White helmet, blue star, two blue stripes. Same helmet design in Original 99 Throwback (original style), Throwback 4-piece Team, and Throwback 2-bar sets.
  • Dallas Texans (KC Chiefs) 1960-62 Red helmet, Texas logo. Same helmet design in Throwback 2-bar and Throwback AFL 50th Anniversary (original style) sets.
  • Denver Broncos 1962 Orange helmet, blue bronco, white stripe. Same helmet design in Throwback 2-bar and Throwback 4-piece Team sets.
  • Denver Broncos 1962-64Orange helmet, white bronco, white stripe. Same helmet design in Throwback 4-piece Team sets.
  • Detroit Lions 1961-67Silver helmet, plain blue Lion, grey facemask, 2 blue stripes. Same helmet design in Throwback 2-bar set.
  • Green Bay Packers 1961-79Yellow helmet with “G” decal, green/white stripes, grey facemask. Same helmet design in Throwback NFC 1969 2-bar, Throwback 2-bar, and Throwback Series 2 sets.
  • Houston Oilers 1960-63 Columbia blue helmet, white stripe, plain white derrick, grey facemask. Same helmet design in Throwback 2-bar and Throwback AFL 50th Anniversary (original style) sets.
  • Indianapolis Colts 1954-55 Blue helmet, white stripe, blue horseshoes on back. Same helmet design in Throwback 2-bar set.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars 1995-2008Black helmet, old jaguar logo. Same helmet design in Original (97, 99, 03), Revolution, Speed, Throwback Series 2 (original style), and Throwback 2-bar sets.
  • LA Rams 1949Blue helmet, yellow tapered horns. Actually a leather helmet. Same helmet design in Throwback 2-bar set.
  • LA/SD Chargers 1966White helmet, plain blue bolt, blue player number. Same helmet design in Throwback 2-bar set.
  • Miami Dolphins 1966-73 – White helmet, aqua/white/orange stripes, dolphin #1 inside ring, grey facemask. Same helmet design in Throwback 2-bar set.
  • Minnesota Vikings 1961-79 Purple helmet, classic horn, grey facemask. Same helmet design in Throwback NFC 1969 2-bar and Throwback 2-bar sets.
  • New England Patriots 1960 White helmet, revolutionary war hat logo, two red stripes. (player number not on pocket pro helmets). Same helmet design in Throwback 2-bar set.
  • New Orleans Saints 1968-75 Gold helmet, classic fleur de lis logo, black/white stripes, grey facemask. Same helmet design in Throwback NFC 1969 2-bar and Throwback 2-bar sets.
  • NY Giants 1961-74 Blue helmet, red stripe, NY logo, grey facemask. Same helmet design in Throwback Series 2, Throwback NFC 1969 2-bar and Throwback 2-bar sets.
  • NY Jets 1963White helmet, two green stripes, Jets-airplane logo, grey facemask. Same helmet design in Throwback 2-bar set.
  • Oakland Raiders 1994, 2009 throwbacks Silver helmet, white shield. Same helmet design in Throwback Series 2 set. Note: This helmet logo displays a white shield and claims to be from 1963. The Raiders 1963 helmet actually displayed a *silver* shield. The Raiders logo did have a white shield in the 1994 and 2009 as throwbacks. See Raiders team site for more information.
  • Philadelphia Eagles 1955-68 – Green helmet, silver wing, grey facemask. Same helmet design in Throwback 2-bar set.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers 1962Plain yellow helmet, black stripe, “Steel” logo. Same helmet design in Throwback 2-bar set. Helmet design also in Revolution set, but with “Steelers” logo.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers 1963-76Black helmet, Steelers logo, grey facemask. Same helmet design in Throwback Series 2, Throwback NFC 1969 2-bar and Throwback 2-bar sets.
  • San Francisco 49ers 1962-63Silver helmet, red/white stripes, SF logo with no text border in red circle with black border, grey facemask. Same helmet design in Throwback 2-bar set.
  • Seattle Seahawks 1976-8Silver helmet, classic Seahawk, grey facemask. Same helmet design in Throwback 2-bar set.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1976-96 White helmet, red/orange stripes, Buccaneer logo, orange facemask. Same helmet design in Throwback Series 2 and Throwback 2-bar set.
  • Washington Redskins 1959-64Burgundy helmet, feather-stripe, grey facemask. Same helmet design in Throwback 4-piece Team Set (original style) and Throwback 2-bar sets.
  • White NFL Shield helmet – grey facemask – also in Throwback Series 2 set.
  • White NFL 50th Anniversary shield helmet – red facemask – also in Throwback Series 2 set.
  • White helmet with NFL 75th Diamond Anniversary logo – black facemask – also in Throwback Series 2 set. 2-bar version in Throwback 2-bar set.

Throwback Series 2 (2003)

All of the Throwback Series 2 helmets were manufactured in the original style, with the round earhole and the “R” underneath it. Other helmets from the Throwback Series 2 have a different interior helmet padding and no “R” under the earhole.

The set also included eight special helmets manufactured exclusively for this set (although three were also included in the Throwback Series 1 set):

  1. White helmet with AFL A-logo, red stripe with blue borders, grey facemask
  2. White helmet with NFL 50th Anniversary shield, red facemask 
    (same helmet in Throwback Series 1)
  3. White helmet with NFL shield, grey facemask (same helmet in Throwback Series 1)
  4. White helmet with NFL 75th Anniversary logo, black facemask (same helmet in series 1)
  5. Gold helmet with Riddell lettering in cursive, grey facemask
  6. Gold helmet with Riddell lettering in caps and cursive (RIDDell), black facemask
  7. Gold helmet with NFL shield, red and white stripes, grey facemask
  8. Gold helmet with NFL sheild, black and white stripes, grey facemask

Some helmets in the Throwback Series 2 set can only be found in this set:

  • Buffalo Bills 1984-86
  • Chicago Bears 1974-82
  • Cincinnati Bengals 1980 
  • Cleveland Browns 1960
  • Dallas Cowboys 1976
  • Houston Oilers 1971
  • Minnesota Vikings 1980-84 
  • New Orleans Saints 1968
  • NY Jets 1978-89
  • Gold helmet with Riddell lettering in cursive, grey facemask
  • Gold helmet with Riddell lettering in caps and cursive (RIDDell), black facemask
  • Gold helmet with NFL shield, red and white stripes, grey facemask
  • Gold helmet with NFL sheild, black and white stripes, grey facemask
  • White helmet with AFL A-logo, red stripe with blue borders, grey facemask

Checklist

  • Atlanta Falcons 1970-77 Red helmet, black/white stripes. Same style helmet in Throwback Series 1.
  • Arizona Cardinals 1961-87Plain white helmet, traditional cardinal logo with no black outline. Same helmet design in Throwback Series 1 (original style), Throwback NFC 1969 2-bar, and Throwback 2-bar sets.
  • Baltimore Ravens 1999-present Black helmet, raven logo. Some logos have a gold outline and others have a silver outline. Same helmet design in Original (99, 03), Revolution, Speed, Throwback Series 1 (original style), and Throwback 2-bar sets.
  • Buffalo Bills 1984-86 Red helmet, blue facemask, red/white/blue stripes. Helmet exclusive to this set.
  • Carolina Panthers 1995-2011 Silver helmet, original Panther logo. Same helmet design in Original (97, 99, 03), Revolution, Speed, Throwback Series 1 (original style), and Throwback 2-bar sets.
  • Chicago Bears 1974-82Navy blue helmet, orange wishbone “C” logo, grey facemask. Helmet exclusive to this set.
  • Cincinnati Bengals 1980 Orange helmet, “Bengals” logo, black facemask. Helmet exclusive to this set.
  • Cleveland Browns 1960 Orange helmet, white/brown stripes, grey facemask, player number decals. Helmet exclusive to this set.
  • Dallas Cowboys 1976Silver helmet, blue star with blue and white outline, red/white/blue stripes. Helmet exclusive to this set.
  • Denver Broncos 1971-73 ‘D’ logo, white/orange stripes, grey facemask. The pocket pro displays the 1993-96 “D” logo. The Broncos actually wore the 1968-92 “D” logo. Helmet style exclusive to this set. More info here.
  • Detroit Lions 1968-70Silver helmet, plain blue Lion, grey facemask, blue/white stripes. Helmet style also in Throwback NFC 1969 2-bar set.
  • Green Bay Packers 1961-79 – – Yellow helmet with “G” decal, green/white stripes, grey facemask. Same helmet design in Throwback NFC 1969 2-bar, Throwback 2-bar, and Throwback Series 1 sets.
  • Houston Oilers 1971Silver helmet, red/silver/blue stripes, blue derrick with white and red outline, grey facemask. Helmet exclusive to this set.
  • Houston Texans 2002-present Midnight blue helmet with Texans logo. Helmet style also in Original (03), Revolution, Speed, and Throwback 2-bar sets.
  • Indianapolis Colts 1957-77White helmet, blue stripe, blue horseshoe logo, grey facemask. Same helmet design in Throwback AFC 1969 2-bar set.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars 1995-2008Black helmet, old jaguar logo. Same helmet design in Original (97, 99, 03), Revolution, Speed, Throwback Series 1 (original style), and Throwback 2-bar sets.
  • Kansas City Chiefs 1963-73 Red helmet, KC logo, grey facemask. Same helmet design in Throwback AFC 1969 2-bar set.
  • LA Rams 1964-72 Blue helmet, white horns, grey facemask. Same helmet design in Throwback NFC 1969 2-bar set.
  • LA/SD Chargers 1961-65/1967-73White helmet, yellow bolt with blue outline, blue player number. Same helmet design in Throwback NFC 1969 2-bar, Throwback 1969 AFC 2-bar (“69” on helmet), and Throwback AFL 50th Anniversary sets.
  • Miami Dolphins 1966-69, 1973-79White helmet, aqua/white/orange stripes, dolphin #2, grey facemask. See Dolphins pocket pro site for more information.
  • Minnesota Vikings 1980-84Purple helmet, classic horn, white facemask. Helmet exclusive to this set.
  • New England Patriots 1961-64White helmet, Pat Patriot logo, two red stripes, grey facemask. The pocket pro displays the 1964-92 Patriot Pat. The actual helmet might have had a different Patriot Pat. Same helmet design in Throwback AFC 1969 2-bar set.
  • New Orleans Saints 1968 Gold helmet, classic fleur de lis logo, black/white stripes reversed, grey facemask. Helmet exclusive to this set.
  • NY Giants 1961-74 – – Blue helmet, red stripe, NY logo, grey facemask. Same helmet design in Throwback Series 1, Throwback NFC 1969 2-bar and Throwback 2-bar sets.
  • NY Jets 1978-89Green helmet, white Jets text, white facemask. Helmet exclusive to this set.
  • Oakland Raiders 1994, 2009 throwbacks Silver helmet, white shield. Same helmet design in Throwback Series 2 set. Note: This helmet logo displays a white shield and claims to be from 1963. The Raiders 1963 helmet actually displayed a *silver* shield. The Raiders logo did have a white shield in the 1994 and 2009 as throwbacks. See Raiders team site for more information.
  • Philadelphia Eagles 1969-72White helmet, green wing, grey facemask. Same helmet design in Throwback NFC 1969 2-bar and 4-piece Throwback Team (2-bar) sets.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers 1963-76Black helmet, Steelers logo, grey facemask. Same helmet design in Throwback Series 1, Throwback NFC 1969 2-bar and Throwback 2-bar sets.
  • San Francisco 49ers 1964-88 Gold helmet, red/white stripes, SF logo with no text border in red circle with black border, grey facemask. Same helmet design in Throwback NFC 1969 2-bar set.
  • Seattle Seahawks 1983-2002Silver helmet, classic Seahawk, blue facemask. Same helmet design in Original (97, 99) set.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneerss 1976-96Same helmet design in Throwback Series 1 and Throwback 2-bar sets.
  • Washington Redskins 1970-71Yellow-gold helmet, Circle-R logo, grey facemask. Same helmet design in the 4-piece Throwback Team (2-bar) set

Throwback AFL 50th Anniversary

All of the helmets in the AFL 50th Anniversary helmet set were manufactured in the original style. As with later Original style pocket pro helmets, there is no “R” underneath the earhole.

Four helmets are exclusive to this set:

  • Denver Broncos 1960-61
  • New York Jets 2007-11 (see checklist for more information about the dates)
  • Oakland Raiders 1963
  • AFL 50th Anniversary

Checklist

  • Buffalo Bills 1965-73 White helmet, plain red bison, red/blue stripes. also in the Throwback AFC 1969 2-bar set.
  • Dallas Texans 1960-62Red helmet, Texas logo, also in the Throwback Series 1 (with “R” under earhole) and Throwback 2-bar sets.
  • Denver Broncos 1960-61 Brown helmet, white stripe, player decals on helmet. Helmet exclusive to this set.
  • Houston Oilers 1960-63Columbia blue helmet, white stripe, plain white derrick, grey facemask, also in the Throwback 2-bar set.
  • LA/San Diego Chargers 1961-65/67-73White helmet, yellow bolt with blue outline, blue player number player # not on this pocket pro helmet, also in the Throwback Series 2, 1969 AFC Throwback 2-bar , and Throwback 2-bar sets.
  • NY Jets 2007-11Plain navy/blue helmet, gold stripe. Helmet exclusive to this set. I think this helmet actually displays the throwback the Jets periodically wore between 2007-11, which is an amalgamation of the 1960 and 1961-62 helmets. See Jets team site for more information.
  • Oakland Raiders 1963 (silver shield)Silver helmet, white/silver shield. Helmet exclusive to this set.
  • New England Patriots 1961-64 White helmet, Pat Patriot logo, red/white/blue stripes, grey facemask, also in the Throwback Series 2 set.
  • AFL 50th Anniversary Logo helmet*