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Vintage Football Pads and Equipment



We are building a photographic collection of vintage football pads and equipment to share with you. All of these items have been sold in the auctions or retail sales of AntiqueAthlete.com, the sponsor of this website. Please browse the links below to view our vintage football pads and equipment collection.

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1891 Football Nose guard - Very Scarce 1st Generation

An 1891 First Generation Football Nose guard, this was the very first style of nose guard  The original, three air hole version was the original design created and patented by John F. Morrill on September 29, 1891.    The inability to take in enough air through only three air holes was quickly improved upon with the addition of six more air holes making the original three hole design obsolete and a very scarce item to find.  The example offered here is exceptional not only in its rarity but also condition.  Found with the original head strap still in place, clean and unflawed surfaces and bold markings inside and out… this example is a gem.  The markings read: “PAT’D SEPT 29 1891” on the front and on the inside  “JOHN F MORILL BOSTON."


1891 Football Nose Guard - Morrills Patent Nosemask

This is an 1891 Football Nose Guard. When it comes to vintage football equipment the noseguard has always been one of the most interesting and sought after items. Perhaps it is because it is so unusual and most folks have never even seen one. We have been buying them for over 20 years and I still can't imagine having one strapped to my face while playing football! The offered nose guard is a fine example with very strong markings! Embossed on the front is "Morrills Patent Nose Mask" and equally bold is the embossed patent date of September 28, 1891. This noseguard is in it's original state which exhibits evidence of some hard hits on the gridiron while still remaining in solid EX-MT condition.


1890s Quilted Leather Football Shoulder Pads

the first form of shoulder protection
the first form of shoulder protection in use
Representing the first form of shoulder protection, these independent pads were designed to be sewn onto the sweater or jersey. They were offered by Spalding, Victor and other leading manufacturers during this era. Considered EXTREMELY RARE, this pair remains in outstanding EX-MT condition! Shown above is a Princeton football player. They were worn by most of the Ivy League football teams and players from other major colleges.


1890s Individual Sewn-On Leather Football Shoulder Pads

Early 1900’s Baseball Catcher’s Mask
1890s Individual Sewn-On Leather Football Shoulder Pads. Representing the first form of shoulder protection, these independent pads were designed to be sewn onto the sweater or jersey. They were offered by Spalding, Victor and other leading sporting goods manufacturers during this era. Considered EXTREMELY RARE.


Turn of the Century Melon Style Football made by Reach

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This is a Turn of the Century Reach Melon Style Football. This vintage football is one of the finest that we have ever owned! The high quality ball is of soft and supple leather with every stitch perfectly intact and the Reach logo and model number are blazing. It holds air perfectly and the leather laces are tight. Vintage footballs in nice condition are tough to find, a melon style football with everything going for it is a true rarity.


19th Century “Bat-Wing” Style Nose Guard made by Victor

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This is a 19th Century "BAT-WING" Style Nose Guard made by Victor under Morrill's 1891 Patent. The bat-wing style noseguard is the Holy Grail of noseguards. There are very few in existence and every collector of vintage football memorabilia wants one. The example we offer here is quite likely the finest example to exist, as it has everything going on for it! The surface is exceptionally clean and the embossed information, typically worn off, remains in wonderful condition. It reads: VICTOR SPECIAL - VICTOR SPORTING GOODS COMPANY - MADE UNDER MORRILL PATENT - PATENTED SEPTEMBER 28, 1891. The antique noseguard is free of any chips or cracks and it even retains it's original head strap.


Turn of the Century Antique Football Nose guard dated 1914

One of the more unusual antique football nose guard from the turn of the century that has been later decorated and dated 1914. This Turn of the Century Folk Art Football Nose Guard belonged to a man named Albert Seabright. He has carefully etched into the nose guard his name, the date of 1914and other information and decorations to include MFHS. He graduated in 1914 from the Martins Ferry high scholl located in Martins Ferry, Ohio. Mr. Seabright then went on to graduate from Ohio State University and worked as an engineer in Alaska. A very unique and interesting piece of vintage football equipment that remains in EX-MT condition with the original head strap still intact.


Turn of the Century Individual “Sewn-On” Canvas and Leather Football Shoulder Pads

A pair of Turn of the Century Individual “Sewn-On” Canvas and Leather Football Shoulder Pads. These awesome, antique football shoulder pads were offered by Spalding, Victor and other leading manufacturers of vintage football gear during this era. This particular pair is unmarked (have never seen any that were marked) but they all are considered EXTREMELY RARE. They were worn by all of the Ivy League schools and other major colleges and universities as well. They are a fine example and grade EX to EX-MT.


Turn of the Century Football Noseguard

Turn of the Century Football Noseguard.
This exceptional piece of vintage football equipment was designed to protect the nose of early football players. The strap of the noseguard went around the head and the was held in place by clenching ones teeth on a rubber bit. The football noseguard represents one of the more unusual pieces of antique football memorabilia.


Turn of the Century Melon Style Football made by Reach

This is a Turn of the Century Reach Melon Style Football. This vintage football is one of the finest that we have ever owned! The high quality ball is of soft and supple leather with every stitch perfectly intact and the Reach logo and model number are blazing. It holds air perfectly and the leather laces are tight.


1900-10 Spalding Melon Style Football

This is a 1900-10 Spalding Melon Style Football. The offered vintage football was made by the A. G. Spalding and Brothers, Sporting Goods Company. This football represents the melon style that would have been used by most universities during this era. This particular football was stuffed with Poly-Fill to ensure that it will hold it's shape for a VERY long time. The condition is VG-EX but the presence of the Spalding logo is an unusual feature that is not on most footballs from this time.


Turn of the Century Alex Taylor & Co. Reeded Football Shinguards

Alex Taylor & Co. Reeded Football Shinguards
Turn of the Century Alex Taylor & Co. Reeded Football Shinguards, exceptional NR-MT condition!


1905-10 Draper and Maynard Black Leather Football Shoulder Pads

This is a pair of 1905-10 Draper and Maynard Black Leather Football Shoulder Pads. These antique football shoulder pads are an outstanding representation from this time period. The black leather is still supple and the original padding, straps and laces are all intact. They are made of the highest quality materials and remain in gorgeous EX-MT condition!


1910 Spalding Combined Shoulder Pads and Collar Bone Protector

This very scarce item is not your typical pair of vintage football shoulder pads. In fact, as described in the 1910 Spalding catalog, they are identified as model No. YF and referred to as the "Combined Shoulder Pads and Collar Bone Protector." These very high quality pads are constructed of very thick compressed wool felt to protect the collar bone area and thick sole leather cups around the shoulders, in each of which the Spalding logo is nicely stamped. A very unusual and novel vintage football collectible!


Early 1910’s Reeded Football Pants with Original Leather Belt

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An outstanding representation of early 1900-10's Vintage Football Pants. One of the nicest pairs that we have handled in quite awhile. These exceptional pants are of the reeded and padded variety which feature unusually large "reeds." A very high quality pair of antique football pants that include the original leather belt.


Vintage Football Pants, Slat-Front Style circa 1910's

Here is a pair of 1910’s Slat Front, Canvas Football Pants. These awesome, antique football pants are an ideal representation from this era. They are an unusual style with slatted sections to protect the thighs while the knees, upper thighs and hips are padded each in their own sections. They are high quality football pants that were meant for serious use on the gridiron. Just an awesome looking pair of antique football pants!


1910s Thomas E. Wilson Football Pants with Quilted Padding

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1910s Thomas E. Wilson Football Pants with Quilted Padding. These are high quality canvas pants with a great cloth patch at the waist. They are very clean and in EX-MT condition.


Vintage Football Pants, Slat-Front Style circa 1910's

This a pair of 1910’s Slat Front, Canvas Football Pants. These awesome, antique football pants were made by the Sears & Roebuck Company. They are an unusual style, made of canvas with protective slats at the thighs and leather reinforcing the knees. High quality football pants that were meant for serious use on the gridiron. Just an awesome looking pair of vintage football pants!


1910’s Brown Leather Football Shoulder Pads made by Draper and Maynard

This is a pair of 1910’s Brown Leather Football Shoulder Pads made by Draper and Maynard. These wonderful old football shoulder pads are from D&M's top of the line. They are professional quality pads in all regards. The leather is very substantial, as well as the padding and all straps and laces remain intact.


1920s Football Inflator



1920s Football Inflator, great early pump has football action scene on the side in tin litho, original needle and early wooden handle, still works! EX-MT to NR-MT.


1920’s Wool Football Jersey made by HORACE PARTRIDGE

This is an exceptional antique football jersey made by the Horace Partridge Sporting Goods Company. It is made of wool and dates from the 1920's. The coloring on this jersey is hunter green and white with a white number 22. early antique football jerseys are extremely difficult to find, particularly in high grade condition. This example remains in solid EX-MT condition with vibrant colors and an outstanding vintage look. The quality is top of the line with reinforced elbow padding sewn in and a tight, thick weave. A wonderful vintage football jersey with striking eye appeal. The condition is solid EX-MT!


1920’s High Waist Antique Football Pants

This is an exceptional pair of antique football pants. They are of good size and very high quality. This fine example of early football pants from this era is unusual in the color being brown, almost dark brown. Typically antique football pants are much lighter in color, khaki or light tan usually. Additionally, they are reinforced with black leather at the crotch and knees, another uncommon characteristic. All in all, a wonderful pair of vintage football pants that will look great among your vintage football collection. The waist measures 33 inches and the condition is solid EX-MT!


1920 - 1930’s Draper & Maynard Official Football, GEM MINT

Here is a 1920 - 1930’s Draper & Maynard Official Football in GEM MINT condition! For our most condition conscious collectors, we offer this Draper & Maynard OFFICIAL model football in GEM MINT unused condition. Amazingly this vintage football has withstood the test of time for 75-85 years and managed to remain in the same condition as the day it was made. It is holding air perfectly and has no flaws. Very rare to be found in this pristine condition.


Antique Football Shoulder Pads made by Wilson 1930's

An exceptional pair of 1930’s Football Shoulder Pads made by the Wilson Sporting Goods Company. These antique football shoulder pads are an outstanding representation from this time period. The front of these vintage football shoulder pads are boldly identified with the Wilson logo and the model D142. They retain all of their original padding, and the original straps and laces are also intact.


1930’s Spalding J5V Official Intercollegiate Football

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This is a 1930s Spalding Official Inter-Collegiate Football Model J5-V, the highest quality football produced, the J5-V was used by all the top colleges for many decades. This high quality vintage football has a great look and ideal patina. The markings are bold and strong while the football exhibits just enough signs of wear and time on the gridiron. This great looking antique football remains fully inflated and holds the air perfectly.



1930’s Sammy Baugh Endorsed Player Model Football

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A 1930’s Sammy Baugh Endorsed Player Model Football. This uncommon, vintage football was made by the Marathon Sporting Goods Company.  The markings on the football indicate “SLINGIN” – Sammy Baugh – RED CHIEF, flanked by graphics of two Indian chiefs... this would of course reference the Washington Redskins. Baugh came on with the Washington Redskins in 1937 and played his entire 16 year career with the Skins. He played his college years at Texas Christian University and in the 1937 NFL draft he was selected 6th overall in the first round by the Redskins. This is the first example we have seen of this football.



1930-40’s Football Kicking Shoes - very unusual

Here is a pair of 1930-1940s Vintage Football Kicking Shoes. They are marked "Genuine Goodyear Welt" on the sole of each shoe. They are a rare style and feature a strange looking squared-off toe on the kicking shoe, in this case that shoe is for the left foot which adds to the rarity. Another uncommon feature is the condition which is MINT and never used. A wonderful high quality vintage football item for the antique football collector, especially those that are very condition conscious!


1930s Lowe & Campbell Football Shoulder Pads

1930s Lowe & Campbell Football Shoulder Pads
1930s Lowe & Campbell Football Shoulder Pads. These vintage football shoulder pads are the finest example from this era that we have ever handled. The quality is top notch and the condition is ideal with bold markings and they are complete right down to the draw strings and original leather draw string adjusters.


1930's Reach Official Football

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1930's Reach Official Football, supple brown leather football, EX.


1930-40s Football Shoes

1930-40s Football Shoes
1930-40s Football Shoes. This is a wonderful pair of vintage football shoes. They are high quality, black leather shoes with all of the original cleats intact.


1940’s Notre Dame Football Sideline Jacket

Here is an incredible 1940’s Notre Dame Football Sideline Jacket. This vintage football jacket was made by Holloway for the Fighting Irish football team of Notre Dame University. The jacket is a size 42 with Notre Dame sewn on felt letters on the front and the lucky shamrock on the left sleeve. It remains in wonderful EX-MT condition and is very suitable for wearing. In fact, I've worn it to several football games this season and have enjoyed the comments and talking with those who have inquired about it.


1950's Riddell Football Shoes

1950's Riddell Football Shoes
1950's Riddell Football Shoes MINT in the Original Box.


1960’s Spalding J5-V Official AFL Football, commissioner Pete Rozelle

The rarest and most desirable of all official footballs. It is a 1960's Spalding Model J5-V, Official AFL Football with the White Stripes. This amazing vintage football remains in exceptional EX-MT condition with bold markings and the original laces still intact. This is only the second AFL official football that we have ever had for sale.



Penn State University Game Used Football from 1982

1982 Penn State football
This football was acquired during a home game at Penn State University during the 1982 season. It is an Official football that was used in the game.




 
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