Some of my favorite sports-related images aren’t from the games themselves, but from the vast array of merchandise you can buy. Case in point: This gorgeous, two-page spread of kids’ NFL uniform sets from Rawlings. This appeared in the 1970 JC Penneys Christmas catalog, and is from the first year of the AFL-NFL merger. All 26 teams are here, which didn’t happen a lot in ads and catalog pages of the era. Just soak this in…
The only quibble I have with these uniforms, and it’s a small one, is that none of the jersey striping is present. A few of the helmets look misshapen (Bengals) but that may just be the angle. But in all other ways this is perfection. Each uniform set came with the jersey, helmet, pants (with pads), and shoulder pads. That’s a damn good deal even at $9.99 (over $60 in today’s dollars).
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