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September 9th, 2001

Tiny Football Helmets

Does anyone remember those tiny plastic NFL helmets you could get in the dispensers at the supermarket? I used to have all of them, and I’d line them all up on teams and have my own Pro Bowl. -ram

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Steve September 9, 2006, 4:21 am

FROM: Scott
DATE: Friday November 8, 2002 — 6:18:05 pm
I have a vending business and sell these in my machines. If you need a few to complete sets let me know, I will see what I can do. I also have put a few complete sets together if anyone is interested.

I am VERY interested, Scott. I only need TB, HOU, and GB for the entire set of the new ones (pre-attached face-masks, painted logos).
I have literally 100’s of the old-style ones, and a bunch of those mini-mugs if you want to trade or something. Otherwise, I guess there’s always e-bay.

Brian September 17, 2006, 8:06 am

Hey I was hoping someone could help me out? I am looking to purchase a set of the football helmets, Hopefully the old style ones…Hopefully someone could help me out..thanks….

gary November 6, 2006, 3:51 pm

looking for 300 brand new never used ny mets mini helmets for an ice cream party… any ideas?

Fernando Flores January 14, 2007, 11:45 pm

Hello out there in cyberspace! I have me a problem. I have been collecting these 2006 football helmets, I love them! But my only problem is I got duplicates up the wazoo!(Pitts.,Indyx2,G.Bx2,Denver,NewEngland,Chicago,Detroit,Atlanta,Philly plus two more.) Anyway, first off. Anyone interested in these helmets. I will sell them at face value i.e. .75 cents a piece plus shipping. And believe me. I am not looking to make any profit on these, I will ship honest amount!!! Second! I need these helmets: Jets, Bills, Ravens, Bengals, Chiefs, Redskins, Giants, Cardinals & Rams. Thats one of each! So hopefully someone out there can help me! Thanks all!

Kevon February 17, 2007, 9:13 am

Hey, I am also trying to complete several of the football sets. I need several from the 2006, 2002, 70’s and 60’s. Who out there is still willing to sell or trade. I have several of the new 2006 helmets to trade. Email me and let me know. I diffently need the old redskins helmets, bills, bengals, chargers, rams, bears, etc.

Tim February 27, 2007, 6:54 pm

I am looking to trade some of the helmets too, i need the browns, bengals, raiders, texans, giants, and the entire nfc north(bears, lions, packers, vikings) if anyone can help let me know.

Tracy Wiseman May 15, 2007, 3:18 pm

I am also looking for these and found them on the Dairy Queen web site. Packed in groups of 600. I need about 60. Anyone interested in splitting an order?I need them VERY soon.
June 10,2007

Nichole Duffy June 6, 2007, 5:09 pm

I need about 100 Yankees – what team are you ordering?

Kelly Berry June 16, 2007, 12:34 am

I am interested in splitting the helmets with you. I need them by July 15. Please email me.

Jeff Scanlan September 9, 2007, 1:47 am

I am in need of MAJOR help!!! I’m trying to find a company that manufactures both the miniature football & baseball helmets. The ones you got out of vending machines for about a quarter.

I really need the baseball helmets (Not the ones you put ice cream in like at Dairy Queen), I need the really small helmets. The ones on the same scale as the football helmets. Teams do not matter (I paint them anyway).

Can anyone help me? I’m looking to purchase about 3-4 dozen of them. Thanks so much.


Jeff Scanlan
America’s Sports Magician

amber October 3, 2007, 1:03 am

im looking for those small porcelin football cups for my husband he is still missing like 6 more teams does any1 know what im talking about if ya do plz respond ty or tell me where to look. THANK YOU

Rob K October 16, 2007, 2:03 am

Hey, I’m lookign for those little cups too!! I have been searching vending machine prizes, but this place was the only link that came up. Anybody know where to buy them?
Thanks Large!

Renee January 22, 2008, 9:51 pm

Hey my son was collecting the porcelin cups. He needs a few and has some extra that he would like to trade. Anyone interested, I will list them.

Tim January 24, 2008, 4:18 pm

I am trying to complete my vintage collection of mini football helmets from the 60’s-70’s. I am looking for the following: cleveland browns helmet with c\b on both sides, the powder blue houston oiler helmet, and the denver bronco helmet either orange or blue with the white bucking bronco on it without the letter d. email me at

Nancy January 24, 2008, 11:56 pm

I am also looking for the baseball helmets that you can put ice cream in. Can’t find them at Oriental Trading. Having a party in June…Can anyone help?

Nancy January 25, 2008, 12:05 am

OK, Google baseball ice cream helmets….then take you pick of which company you want.

Good Luck

Tim January 25, 2008, 8:11 pm

Nancy for your baseball helmets try, I have heard good things about them, and heard you could buy in bulk. Hope this helps.


KENNY March 3, 2008, 2:27 pm


John Smith July 1, 2008, 3:46 pm

ya i have a pretty nice collection of helmets i have:

50 sundae helmets
one full set of the regular ones
and i have over 200 of the little football helmets

david November 5, 2008, 11:31 pm

I loved those little helmets!!
On a (slightly) related subject – does anyone have an early 70’s IHOP plastic mug with the AFC team helmets on it? Does anyone even remember these mugs?!? I have an NFC and would love to complete the set for 3 year old son. Thanks a lot.

Jeff August 20, 2009, 8:12 pm

I have a complete set of the 28 teams from the early 70´s, if anyone is interested in buying them , you can make an offer ,I might take it.

KERI November 8, 2009, 8:56 pm

Desperatly looking for the vintage refridgerator magnates of the NFL helmets. I found some on ebay. My father had the entire collection, and now lost in the estate battle. Please let me know!

Doug November 13, 2009, 6:41 pm

Message for Keri from 11/8/2009: Check ebay under gumball helmet magnets. Go to the sets made by Tim Potter. He has updated logos as they have changed so his are pretty much up to date as of now. I think he want ~ $10 plus shipping.

Phil November 19, 2009, 12:24 am

Yes i remember them i have the full set with goalpost display holders that i got as a kid in the 70’s for my birthday. i still collect them from the gumball machines in the supermarkets they look much better now. i still need the Seahawks and Texans of the new collection.

Dan November 20, 2009, 8:43 pm

I have a 1965 helmet/pencil sharpener with the Cleveland Browns “never used” logo… C/B I want to sell it on Craigslist but I don’t know how much to ask for it. It is rare. I can’t find much of anything online with that logo. Take a look at it here…

Corey February 1, 2010, 10:35 pm

I have a 26 team set from Dairy Queen and I was wondering if anyone had a display they would like to sell?

meridyth March 21, 2010, 11:31 pm

I have a complete set of 28 mini gumball football helmets. They sit in a plastic gold display with the words “team helmets” in blue at the top, with a football player and a baseball player pictured on each side of the words. Ok, the problem is I accidentally cracked the top corner of the display, so I would like to purchase an identical display case. I believe the set is from the 70’s or 80’s, so I assume the display case is from the same time. Can anyone please give me info on where to locate the vintage display case.

Mike September 6, 2010, 1:14 am

I have 14 of the plastic 6″ like mlb helmets from the 70’s but i remember them being sold with slush’s not ice cream. Nothing on e-bay anyone know what they are worth?

VJ October 4, 2010, 1:42 am

Does anyone know where I can buy a nice display board or case for ice cream sundae helmets…I saw some wood ones, but they are a little pricey…a good cardboard display would work fine…thanks

preston October 7, 2010, 5:05 pm

hey everyone i have all of these for sale: (1st football helmets tiny from machine) KS Cheifs, Rams, Eagles, Packers, SanFran, Lions, Vikings, Broncos, Saints, Dolphins, Browns, Bears, Patriots, Bills, Raiders, Jets, Bengals, Falcons, and the one w/ the indian head w/ the feathers (2nd Baseball) LA, NY, M, B, B, STL, BM, P, T, ATL, SEATLE, SD, ASTROS, INDIaNS, PHILLIES, BLUEJAYS

mike March 1, 2012, 7:17 pm

I remember the small helmets from gumball machines but my favorites are the mlb/nfl helmets from Dairy Queen in the ’76-’77 range. The football helmets came with stickers for the stripes and logos that you applied yourself. The baseball helmets had the logos on them. There were also cardboard display/standings boards you could buy to show off your helmets. Those were some great times!

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