In the early 1980's there was a really great licensed product known at the Helmet Hat. The Helmet Hat was one of the most unique and innovative ideas in a time when sports licensed products were still growing as a retail force. The Helmet Hat featured the graphics of your favorite NFL team all over the top of the hat, just like the would look on the team's helmet.
Another thing that made the Helmet Hat unique was the foam-like material that it was made out of. In order to put the dye sublimated graphics onto the hat in that all-over fashion, the hat's material had to be different than what hats were usually constructed from. This gave the hat a bulky, unusual feel. Like most hats from that time period, the Helmet Hat sat high up on your head.
The Helmet Hat was a huge hit with NFL fans and could be seen just about everywhere. The ad above featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers' Mean Joe Greene allowed you to order your favorite Helmet Hat directly from the makers of the Helmet Hat, the Louisville Manufacturing Co. The cost of the Helmet Hat in 1982 was a mere $9.25 plus shipping. You could also buy the Helmet Hat at the concession stand at your favorite stadium or at department stores.
The Helmet Hat provides a great look back at the NFL helmet designs of the era. It was one of those quirky products that stands out in your mind if you ever owned one. The Helmet Hat's popularity lasted a few more years, but then it faded away into sports products history.
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