The Throwback Jerseys was first introduced in the NFL in the 1994 75th anniversary season and continue to be popular with both fans and teams. A wide variety of throwback designs have been worn in the NFL, with varying degrees of accuracy. Most obvious is the lack of leather helmets in the 50s uniforms. The best the league could do was wear their hard versions sans logos. More historical license is the displaying of player names on the throwback jersey. Player names on the uniform was first introduced to the NFL with the AFC merger in 1970. But the NFL requires names on all throwbacks per contemporary rules.
Some teams having had success in their old time uniforms, continue to wear them for the remainder of the season. In fact the San Francisco 49ers wore their their lucky retro uni’s all the way into the 1994/1995 season playoffs. Steve Young and crew even wore that 1955 version in their 49-26 Super Bowl XXIX victory over the the San Diego Chargers. The Niners will go back to the successful retro look for the 2009 season as well.
Autographed retros are also quite popular among the sports collectible crowd. An authentic signature can take a $125 jersey and multiply it’s value by 400% or more. The mother of all collectible throwbacks is the game worn autographed jersey. These gems go for $800 or more. When buying a collectible, buy from reputable sellers and get A Certificate of Authenticity. You can also find throwbacks that are officially licensed by the National Football League and come with individually numbered; tamper evident holograms. There are many fraudulent products for sale, so buyer beware.
Throwback jerseys make a return for the 2009 NFL season. This is the to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the AFL, the American Football League. Sixteen AFL Legacy Games will be played featuring the eight original members of the AFL. The list includes the Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs (played as Dallas Texans), New England Patriots (played as the Boston Patriots), New York Jets (played as the Titans of New York), Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers and Tennessee Titans (played as the Houston Oilers).
With a throwback jersey you can keep alive those NFL memories of old. Relive that Superbowl win every time you don your team’s colors. In a word, REPRESENT.
Here are some of the perennial best selling Throwback Jerseys:
- Walter Payton- Chicago Bears
- Ray Nitschke- Green Bay Packers
- Joe Namath- Ney York Jets
- Joe Montana- San Francisco 49ers
- Ken Stabler- Oakland Raiders
- Troy Aikman- Dallas Cowboys
- Mark Bavaro- New York Giants
- Johnny Unitas- Baltimore Colts
- Marion Barber- Dallas Cowboys
- Steve Young- San Francisco 49ers
Is your favorite throwback jersey on the list?