Leather football helmets were introduced in 1893, after doctors warned that a blow to the head could be fatal or cause 'instant insanity.' Football helmets didn't really catch on until the 1920s, however, and weren't mandatory until the 1930s.

When most people think of classic vintage football helmets, they think of the leather padded style popular in the 1940s. The first logos were put on helmets in 1948, and leather was soon phased out. The helmets most valued by collectors today are the older leather ones, with the exception of more modern helmets worn (and/or signed) by famous players, and those with logos which are no longer in use or from teams that no longer exist.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Vintage Football Card Gallery

Vintage Football Card Gallery

This great database of pro and collegiate football cards from the 1950s and 1960s offers scanned images of cards fo… [read review or visit site]

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Sebastion Vettel Signed 1/2 Scale Helmet With Proof Ring Pull V Rare Ltd EditionLewis Hamilton 2008 Wc Signed 1/2 Scale Helmet With Proof Mclaren Ltd EditionLewis Hamilton 2011 Signed 1/2 Scale Helmet With Proof Bob Marley Ltd EditionAntonio Brown Signed Pittsburgh Steelers Mini Helmet Jsa Coa Show TicketBart Starr Green Bay Packers Qb Signed Ridell Mini Helmet - Mounted Memories CoaNico Rosberg Full Signature Signed 1/2 Scale Helmet WilliamsRiddell Sports New Orleans Saints Mini Chrome Helmet Limited Edition 50/2000 Barry Sanders Signed Full Size Authentic Detroit Lions Nfl Helmet Schwartz CoaPeyton Manning Steiner Autographed Broncos Mini Helmet - CoaNorth Carolina Tar Heels Mens Lacrosse Cascade R HelmetPeyton Manning Autograph/signed Denver Broncos Mini Helmet- Ga CoaRare Vintage Pac-3 Iowa Hawkeyes Football Helmet Red! Very Old Riddel Helmet! Aaron Rodgers Signed Nfl Packers Pro Line Helmet Steiner Coa Mvp InscriptionKimi Raikonen Lotus 2013 Signed 1/2 Scale Helmet Vintage Afl Nfl Bicycle Football Helmet Hub Cap Group Giants Packers Cowboys Jj Watt Houston Texans Autographed Signed Mini Helmet W/coa Ga ,Kurt Warner Auto Autograph Rams Mini Helmet Very Rare Hof ? FitzgeraldDeacon Jones Signed Leaf Mini Helmet Rams HofCincinnati Bearcats Football Helmet - Riddell Revolution - LargeDale Jr. Autographed Stars And Stripes Iii, Digital Elite Series Welding Helmet 46 Nfl Hofers Signed/auto'd Hall Of Fame Pro Helmet Marino--montana--rice - PsaOdell Beckham Jr. Signed New York Giants Mini Helmet Jsa CoaDerek Jeter Mini-helmet AutographedVintage Ucla Riddell 'pac-3' Football Helmet *no Reserve*Jj Watt Houston Texans Autographed Signed Mini Helmet W/coa Ga,Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Autographed Hand Signed Mini Helmet W/coa ,Packers Eddie Lacy Signed Mini Helmet Psa CoaOakland Raiders Mini Helmet Pastor Maldonado 2012 Signed 1/2 Scale Helmet With ProofRob Gronkowski Julian Edelman New England Patriots Autographed Mini Helmet W/coaAuthentic Autographed Mini Helmet. Brian Urlacher BearsBroncos & Chiefs Riddell Nfl Authentic Full Size Helmets Vsr-4 -used-Lawrence Taylor New York Giants Signed Autographed Mini Helmet Jsa Witness Coa !Oakland Raiders Full Size Proline Nfl Football Helmet Riddell Size L Sammy Watkins Buffalo Bills Autographed Signed Mini Helmet W/coa Ga Macgregor Clear Shell Game Used Worn Suspension Helmet –washington Redskins Marcus Mariota Autographed Oregon Ducks 2014 Rose Bowl Green Authentic Fs HelmetCalvin Johnson Detroit Lions Autographed Mini Helmet W/coa GaGreen Bay Packers Nfl Nardi Draft Day Full Size Riddell Football Helmet PhoneOdell Beckham Jr. Autographed New York Giants Mini Helmet W/ Steiner HologramDrew Brees Signed Nfl Saints Mini Helmet La Authentics CoaJames Hunt Mclaren Limited Edition 1/2 Scale Helmet 1976 World Champion HelmetMarcus Mariota Oregon Ducks Auto 2015 Apple Green Mini Helmet Coa Jsa TitansPony Express Signed Smu Full Size Helmet-eric Dickerson-craig James-l. McilhennyMarcus Mariota Signed/autographed Oregon Ducks Carbon Fiber Mini Helmet - TitansJoe Montana/bill Walsh Autographed Mini HelmetJim Brown Auto Autograph Mini Helmet Signed Coa Holo #46/132 Cleveland BrownsPeyton Manning Autographed Full Size Football Helmet Indianapolis Colts NflBarry Sanders Autographed Detroit Lions Mini Helmet- *hof Insc* Schwartz HoloSmu Mustangs Pony Express Multi Signed Mini Helmet Auto W Eric Dickerson Jsa CoaThrowback Full Size New England Patriots Football Helmet Decals2001 Season Brett Favre Game Used Helmet Green Bay Packers 2016 Hof Aaron Rodgers Autographed Greenbay Packers Full Size Helmet Ga CoaEmmitt Smith Signed/autographed Dallas Cowboys Full Size Helmet W/hof 2010 - JsaOriginal 1920's Leather Football Helmet Dog Eared Type Helmet Branded Reach 1aPenn State College Football Game Used Helmet Autographed By Joe Paterno RareJohn Brodie Signed Authentic San Francisco Full Size Helmet (coa)Jj Watt Houston Texans Mini HelmetAdrian Peterson Signed Nfl Vikings Mini Helmet Ad28 HologramKurt Warner Signed St. Louis Rams Mini Helmet With Coa