A football player who was at Notre Dame during the mid-to-late 1950s would have had the distinction of wearing a variety of different style helmets, with the single bar no mask (1956), two bar mask (1957) and single bar mask (1958-1959) completing a decade in which most wore a no-bar, no-mask helmet such as the offered circa 1950s game-used specimen. The MacGregor H612 features a black iron cross on the peak of the crown, sticking out boldly against the gold background. The helmet is entirely leather padded with eight-point crown suspension and features moderate to heavy wear with contact and grass marks scattered throughout. Both the front and the back of the helmet have “AA 6508” written on in Sharpie marker. (4) holes line the front of the helmet as well as (5) holes along the ear. Also present are three holes that once held the chinstrap (no longer present) on either side. 6-3/4 and 6-5/8 are faintly printed on the front in the same fashion as “MacGregor H612” below it. Research revealed that MacGregor helmets were ordered for Notre Dame in 1952 and the team switched to Rawlings HC4 and HC 10 helmets in 1958, meaning that this helmet was probably worn at some point in that time period, during which Hall of Famers Johnny Lattner and Paul Hornung both won the Heisman Trophy at Notre Dame. A significant piece for any college football or Notre Dame collector.
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