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    

Ayrton Senna Signed / Autographed -the Hard Edge Of Genius Hb Book Helmet1960s Boston Patriots Afl Ear Pads Spaceman's Helmet Football Bobble Head NodderEmmitt Smith Autographed Mini Helmet W/coa Flordia Gators Dallas Cowboys Nfl HofJerry Rice 2013 Leaf Autographed Mini Helmet San Francisco 49ers Russell Wilson Signed Seattle Seahawks Mini Helmet Auto W/ Coa Dan Marino Miami Dolphins Signed Charles Fazzino 3-d 1 Of A Kind Mini Helmet UdaJoe Montana & Jerry Rice Dual Signed Proline Riddell Helmet W/ Hof Insc-holo/coaClay Matthews Signed Green Bay Packers Mini Helmet Nfl JsaChicago Blackhawks Team Signed Jersey Helmet - Patrick Kane + Jonathan Toews + +Oregon Ducks Chrome Wing Smoke Rose Bowl Authentic Mini Helmet Nike Pro CombatJj Watt Signed Autographed Houston Texans Mini Helmet Psa/dna #v48942Gale Sayers Signed Autographed Chicago Bears Mini Helmet Jsa #k74736Purple People Eaters Signed Vikings Throwback Riddell Mini Helmet - SchwartzPittsburgh Steelers Signed Terry Bradshaw Mini Helmet Nfl JsaAuburn Tigers 2010 National Championship Signed Football Helmet. Newton, FairleyOregon Ducks Chrome Wing Smoke Rose Bowl On Field Xp Pro Helmet Nike Pro CombatAaron Rodgers Autographed Full Size Green Bay Packers Helmet Gai CoaTim Tebow Signed Autographed Florida Gators Mini Helmet With CoaRoger Staubach Signed Autographed Throwback Mini Helmet Cowboys Football W14862 Frank Gore Autographed San Francisco 49ers Mini Helmet Itp Psa & GtsmTony Romo Signed Dallas Cowboys Mini Football Helmet Auto Jsa Coa Andre Johnson Signed Autographed Texans Mini Helmet Psa/dna #t29679Minnesota Vikings Game Used HelmetTom Brady Signed Autographed Patriots Full Size Helmet With CoaOregon Ducks Chrome Storm Trooper Authentic Xp Full Size Helmet Nike Pro CombatLes Horvath Ohio State Mini HelmetJerry Rice Auto Helmet #13/100 2001 Quantum Leaf Hardware AutographPeyton Manning Autographed Denver Broncos Mini Helmet Gai CoaDemarco Murray Autographed Oklahoma Sooners Mini Helmet Witnessed By JsaPeyton Manning Signed Super Bowl Xli Mini Helmet - Gai AuthenticityVintage Football New Chrome Pittsburgh Steelers Mini Helmet Special Ed.2000 RareAaron Rodgers Autographed Mini Helmet W/coa Green Bay Packers Super Bowl Champ!Marcus Lattmore Signed Auto South Carolina Gamecocks Full Size Helmet JsaAndre Johnson Signed Proline Texans Revolution Full Size Helmet Psa/dna W15622Riddell Ucla Bruins Custom Fullsize Football Helmet #17 HundleyAutographed Peyton Manning Mini Helmet Colts Nfl Football HoferRichard Sherman Signed Seattle Seahawks Mini Helmet Auto W/ Coa Tom Brady Tristar Signed Patriots Mini Helmet Super Bowl 39 Auto With CubeWashington Redskins Custom Black Out Full Size Schutt Game Nfl Helmet Never UsedRiddell Mini Chrome Nfl Football Helmet Set With Acrylic Display Case 35 PiecesJameis Winston Signed "go Noles!!" Florida State Mini Helmet Jsa #j659732013 Notre Dame Irish, Full Size Rawling Momentum Helmet!!! Nice!!!Mike Ditka Signed Chicago Bears Riddell Mini Helmet - SchwartzAntique Vintage Leather Football Helmet 2wa C&s Trade Mark 98 Draft Full Size Riddell Football Helmet Signed Ryan Leaf Needs Payton ManningShawn Springs 2007 Washington Redskins Non Game Used Helmet Walter Payton Autograph Framed 8x10 Photo & Mini Helmet Psa Dna CertifiedMichigan Wolverines Game Used HelmetEric Dickerson Autographed La Rams Mini Helmet W/ Hof 99 Itp Psa & GtsmNew England Patriots Game Used HelmetDesmond Howard Autographed Michigan Wolverines 91 Heisman Mini Helmet Psa ItpOakland Raiders Helmet Charles Woodson(full Size)Doug Williams Signed Autographed Washington Redskins Mini Helmet Psa/dna #v73049Arian Foster Signed Autographed Houston Texans Mini Helmet Tristar #7158635Charles Woodson Signed Mini Helmet CoaThrowback Full Size New England Patriots Football Helmet DecalsRiddell San Francisco 49ers Custom Fullsize Football Helmet ~ #7 KaepernickRussell Wilson Signed / Inscribed (green) Authentic Speed Helmet Rw HoloVintage Orlando Panthers Football Darrell Cox Autograph Signed Game HelmetMinnesota Vikings Authentic Full-size Riddell Game Helmet