Attention Football Fans

Did you see the autographed football helmets from the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Atlanta Steelers on  Right now they are a pretty hot item.

Having the opportunity to get a real collector’s autographed football helmet at a winning price does not come along very often.

The Pittsburg Steelers helmet has been personally hand-signed by JuJu Smith-Schuster, and the Atlanta Steelers helmet has been personally hand-signed by Todd Gurley II.

According to the auction description these helmets are “officially licensed by the National Football League and comes with an individually numbered, tamper-evident hologram from Fanatics Authentic.”

Four friends attend a football tailgate party.
Even though football is a Fall sport, being a fan is a fulltime job!

The BIN for the signed authentic helmet is $700.00 but on Dec. 31 the winner of the first Atlanta Falcons helmet won it for only $88.61 including the cost of the 390 bids placed. The winners of the Pittsburgh Steelers autographed helmet paid more than that but one of the last three winners got a pretty good deal. On New Year’s Day the auction sold at $58.03 and the winner paid $331.31 including the cost of the 1,584 bids placed.

Therefore, if you are a football fan or have a football fan in your family, you might want to get on board with the next auction.

A history of football helmets

The evolution of football helmets is rather interesting.

According to my research, James Naismith, a Canadian-American physical educator, physician, Christian chaplain and sports coach, has been given credit for inventing the first football helmet on Dec. 2, 1893.

It was not until the 1920s, however, that the helmets were widely used in the sport of football. These early helmets were made of leather and ha some padding on the inside, but the padding was not sufficient and provided little protection. They also lacked face masks. Therefore, injuries were still very common. George Owen, who played for the Boston Bruins in 1928 to 1929, was the first player to regularly wear a helmet for protective purposes. It was not until the 1943, however, that the players were required to wear helmets in the NFL. In 1948, the Los Angeles Rams became the first team to have a logo painted on the helmets of an NFL team.

It was not until 1949 that the NFL officially adopted the plastic helmet, and the face bars were finally added to the helmets in the mid-1950s. Vern McMillan, the owner of a sporting goods store in Terre Haute, Indiana, was the first person to design a bar face mask on a football helmet.

Interestingly, tests were run on hundreds of helmets to learn if 20-year-old helmets were still good, and these tests proved that the age of the helmets did not significantly affect the performance of the protective foam in helmets for up to 26 years old.

Usually a sticker near/under the liner above either ear hole lists a 4-digit code or month and year and that’s how someone can tell when the helmet was manufactured.

The Cleveland Browns have traditionally never had a logo on their helmet. This is because they are the only team in the NFL to be named after a coach. The Cleveland Browns were named after their legendary coach, Paul Brown.

The bottom line

If you are a football fan, you will not want to miss participating in the autographed football helmet auctions. So get into the game and have fun!

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