Pre-Merger NFL Set on eBay

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Pre-Merger NFL Set on eBay

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Packaged gumball helmet set from before the 1970 merger of the NFL and AFL in really great condition.

Says 1969 but the Browns helmet suggests earlier. That "CB" logo on the side was never actually used in real life. In the early 1960's the NFL was pressuring the remaining teams that didn't have a logo on their helmets to adopt one in an effort to make the league more attractive to television audiences. The Browns were the last holdout. They finally appeased the NFL by approving the CB logo pictured and the league ran with it and put it on all sorts of marketing material for the 1965 season, game programs, licensed memorabilia (like gumball helmets) etc... but the Browns never wore it on the field.