A Collector’s Guide to Signed Helmets

Signed helmets are quickly becoming popular among collectors. Football helmets are by far and away the most collected, but baseball helmets are also given some consideration by fans. Helmets are unique because, unlike jerseys, they aren’t identified with a specific player. For that reason, they are a great item to have signed by an entire team.

Cost

signed Hall of Fame helmetRiddell is the official helmet brand of the NFL while Schutt is the official brand for authentic college helmets.  Due to cost, authentic full-size signed helmets are not a viable option for many collectors. An authentic Riddell or Schutt helmet as worn by the players on the field can cost as much as $300.00. Keep in mind, that’s before the cost of obtaining an autograph or a nice display case.

While Riddell and Schutt are the official brands of the NFL and NCAA respectively, there are a limited number of generic brand helmets that look and feel the part. These generic helmets are less expensive and if you can find one that looks attractive, you can save quite a bit of money by going that route.

Miniature Helmets

As mentioned previously, the cost of full-size authentic helmets is a big obstacle for many collectors. So the next thing is a miniature version – these look exactly like their larger counterparts, but are about 1/5 the size and about 1/10 the price. While a miniature helmet doesn’t have enough space to comfortably hold the signatures of a complete team, five or six player signatures can fit pretty easily. These also take up less room on a desk or shelf and may be a better option when space is an issue for your autographed NFL helmets.

Signature Options

The item of choice to use for having a helmet autographed  is generally a Sharpie marker. The color used generally depends upon the color of the helmet. A lighter color such as silver or gold should be used on a dark helmet (i.e. Chicago Bears). A dark color such as blue or black would be ideal for a light-colored helmet (i.e. Indianapolis Colts).

Baseball Helmets

While not as popular as football helmets, baseball helmets are a pretty good collectible as well. Unlike football, players do not wear helmets throughout the entire game (with the exception of John Olerud, of course). So many fans opt instead to have players autograph baseball caps rather than helmets. Still, signed helmets are slowly becoming more collected and many team stores and other retail outlets sell these items.

Like football, there are also miniature versions of these helmets and these are a nice option for a collector without the funds to purchase a larger, full-size helmet. Some teams even occasionally give away miniature helmets as stadium giveaways during select games.

Display Cases

Display cases are available for signed helmets. There are many different types available, but they are mostly always clear and cube shaped. When possible, a case with UV coating should be used in order to block out light and keep the signatures from fading.  Click on the ad in the upper right to see a selection of display cases and signed helmets from Pro Sports Memorabilia.

DESMOND HOWARD GREEN BAY PACKERS SIGNED MINI HELMET PSA/DNA COA T37727
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RAQHIB ROCKET ISMAIL NOTRE DAME IRISH SIGNED MINI HELMET PSA/DNA COA T37730
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LEN DAWSON kansas city chiefs HOF signed PSA/DNA mini helmet GTSM holo COA proof
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Curtis Martin SIGNED New York Jets Mini Helmet #28 ITP PSA/DNA A
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Jerry Rice SIGNED San Francisco 49ers Mini Helmet + #80 PSA/DNA AUTOGRAPHED
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George Seifert SIGNED San Francisco 49ers Mini Helmet PSA/DNA AUTOGRAPHED
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Broncos Demaryius Thomas Authentic Signed Mini Helmet Autographed PSA/DNA
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Bears Mike Ditka Authentic Signed Mini Helmet Autographed PSA/DNA
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Broncos Demaryius Thomas Signed Full Size Rep Speed Helmet (Orange Auto) P
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Robert Woods Autographed Buffalo Bills Mini Helmet - PSA Cert
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