Football Friday — Vintage NFL Products from the Sears Catalog, Part 1
And it’s back to the Sears catalog I go, this time to bring you a host of vintage NFL merchandise from the past. Let’s take a look!
I don’t know if I had this bedding set (from 1973) exactly, but I had one very much like it. I had matching curtains too. Man do I miss them. Dig that funky New York Jets wordmark!
Both of these images are from the Fall 1975 catalog. My eye is immediately drawn to the old Los Angeles Rams and Houston Oilers logos.
Nothing too special on these rain ponchos from the Fall 1972 catalog, but that group of logos on the page is worth a closer look:
Sweet. Love that old Philadelphia Eagles helmet.
More sheets, this time from the Spring 1977 catalog. I think this is the design I had, but there were so many similar variations it’s hard to tell. I know for certain I did not have the awesome TV wedge-rest or bed rest/husband. But I would love them now.
And is it just me or did they overdo it a bit with the drapes? They left like 6 inches of window space. Was that a ’70s thing?
Ah, the days when jerseys — even fake ones — had real sleeves. And it should be no surprise that in Fall 1980, the two most prominently featured teams were the Steelers and Cowboys.
Fall 1979. The sweatshirts are cool, but I’m fascinated with the mesh jerseys. The color schemes are fine, but if I didn’t know any better I’d say they were some cheap NFL knockoff rather than officially licensed goods. They look like something from an entirely different league, in fact.
More Fall ’79 goodness. I wonder who got to decide which six team helmets made it onto the pajamas?
Oh my. Yup, this is 1982 all right. Little Billy clenches his fists in rage until the days of super-high shorts are over.
Whew! That’s more like it. Back to Fall 1980 we go for the last image. This is as close as a lot of kids got to wearing letterman jackets in high school, and they were quite nifty. Not sure about that bright orange Buccaneers jacket though.
There are a lot more vintage pages to come, but you’ll have to wait for future editions of Football Friday to see them…