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American Football League THROWBACKS ©


AFL THROWBACKS:    When I started my REMEMBER the AFL site, there were very few products available to the fans of the late, great American Football League, and internet searches did not turn up very many AFL throwback jerseys, T-shirts or caps.  Those that were available were generally very expensive, and did not represent all teams, or even a few.  I believe that there has been a slow recognition by the sports gear manufacturers that there IS a market for material that shows the American Football League logo and/or reproduces AFL team jerseys.  The more they offer, the more is bought, and the more they offer.
      Some of this may be due to the fact that 2009 would have been the 50th season of the AFL, and even some NFL staff are recognizing this, I hope in part due to campaigns like my "Celebrate the AFL" page.  At any rate, there are more and more.  I have generally mentioned these at various places throughout my site, but now I have decided to create this page to gather as many as I can in one place, so that even if the product's site doesn't clearly lead AFL fans to it, the "googling" fan can search for "AFL Throwbacks", and possibly find a site below that satisfies his needs.   It will probably start out as a patchwork of other content I've used, but I'll refine it as time goes by.
      Some of the sites noted are official team sites and deal with only one team; others are manufacturers who may produce items representing one or all of the teams of the American Football League.
      I'd ask any AFL fan who knows of a site that sells AFL throwbacks that I don't show below, to let me know about it at, and I'd ask the webmasters of any sites I show below to give me the courtesy of a link from their page to
      This is a free site.  I am not endorsing or selling anything shown here.   I make no gain from the sale of any of the products represented below, other than the pleasure of knowing that there will be more exposure for the
American Football League, the genesis of modern Professional Football.   
       Most of the items shown here were produced for the AFL's 50th Anniversary season.  Unfortunately, all AFL logos are now owned by the nfl, and any throwback products must be purchased through the nfl store or team stores.  The nfl cares less and less about the legacy of the AFL, and it's unlikely that there will ever be a season like 2009 where voluminous amounts of AFL throwbacks are offered.  AFL fans' best bet is to google "AFL throwbacks" or "[Your team name here] throwbacks" to see what's available in the used market from ebay, etc.

Mitchell & Ness Chiefs Jersey
Bills Store Throwback Tee
Reebok AFL History T-Shirt

(Sorry, no longer available!)



AFL 50th
Anniversary Shop



AFL 50th Anniversary Coins


          The "powers that be" are finally realizing that there are thousands of American Football League fans out here!  Click the cap image for a larger view, and click the star under the cap to get purchase information.

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Reebok (obviously) has new AFL 50th Anniversary caps.
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Wincraft has new AFL 50th Anniversary distressed wood signs.
Patriots Bills Oilers Titans

Broncos Texans Raiders Chargers


           Wincraft has a variety of other AFL items.  Click here, then search the individual team's products.


Winning Streak has new AFL wool throwback pennants.
(Unfortunately, they chose NOT to include the AFL logo n these, but see below.)

No Oilers pennant
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Winning Streak has several AFL items, including pennants with the AFL 50th logo.
(Click here for more.)


Reebok has new AFL throwback jerseys.
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         AFL and Titans/Jets fan Paul Farash has found a vendor that handles 'defect' Reebok  new AFL throwback jerseys.  These are authentic and legal, sent by the league to secondary vendors.  The 'defects' may be slight stitching errors that are essentially unnoticeable, or they may be like the Revis jersey below, otherwise perfect, except the numeral '2' is not the authentic throwback style as on the Leon Washington jersey on the right.  These jerseys are about half the $80 price of the 'official' jerseys.  Just be sure you look at the photo of the ones you order to be sure you're ok with the numerals.



Click here for AFL official's cap



For a League of the Past, the Uniforms Live On
Copyright 2009 by the New York Times. 

Published: December 5, 2009

Chris Schneider/Associated Press

The Broncos’ socks from the team’s American Football League uniform.

It’s every retailer’s dream: a product so hot that demand outstrips supply. The Denver Broncos could not have guessed that this season’s hot product would be one of the ugliest sports socks ever created, the brown-and-yellow, vertically striped leggings that the team wore a half-century ago.
That does not seem to bother Tim Kellond, who runs the Broncos’ team store in Denver. Kellond has sold more than 1,800 pairs of the high socks at $14.95 and receives about 250 calls a week from customers asking when more will arrive from the manufacturer who, he said, has run out of brown yarn.
“I thought I ordered a whole lot that would last until next year,” Kellond said. “My problem is deliveries. I get them in and sell them out in two hours.”
The socks have been an unexpected hit for the Broncos and the N.F.L., which is near the end of its season-long 50th-anniversary celebration of the American Football League. The original eight teams — the Buffalo Bills, the Denver Broncos, the Los Angeles Chargers (now the San Diego Chargers), the Boston Patriots (the New England Patriots), the Oakland Raiders, the Houston Oilers (the Tennessee Titans), the Dallas Texans (the Kansas City Chiefs) and the New York Titans (the Jets) — have been featured in legacy games that have included vintage uniforms.

The last of these 16 matchups will be Sunday when the Patriots play the Miami Dolphins, who joined the A.F.L. in 1966. The Cincinnati Bengals became the 10th team in 1968. The commemoration of the A.F.L. has provided a much-needed lift for the teams and the league, which were looking for ways to offset the effects of the recession on merchandise sales.
More than two dozen licensees have been making about 100 A.F.L.-related products, which have produced tens of millions of dollars in sales, said Leo Kane, the N.F.L.’s vice president for consumer products.
“This economy has been challenging, so it’s been a great story for our clubs to have a positive story out there,” Kane said.

CJ Gunther/European Pressphoto Agency

On Sept. 14, the Patriots and Bills wore uniforms like those of the teams in the AFL

Sales of throwback goods are a small slice of the $3 billion worth of N.F.L. merchandise sold annually, but they are proving to be the biggest sellers this year.
In New England, sales of A.F.L. and 50th anniversary goods have made up 20 percent of overall sales, compared with 12 percent last year, said Stacey James, a spokesman for the Patriots. The best sellers have been 50th-anniversary T-shirts for $19.95 and red jerseys worn in 1963.
The Chiefs, who started in 1960 in Dallas, played the Dallas Cowboys this season in a contest billed as “the game that never was” because the teams never faced each other when they were both in Texas. Sales of red sweatshirts with the original Dallas Texans logo have been hot sellers.
We didn’t have vertically striped socks, but it did very well,” said Jim Fisher, the manager of merchandise services for the Chiefs.
Russ Brand, the chief operating officer of the Bills, said 30 percent of all merchandise sales this year had been 50th anniversary or A.F.L. related.
“There was a lot of hype, and it’s certainly helped,” he said.
Bills fans have celebrated their team’s 50th anniversary at an exhibit at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, which has 900 team-related items, many of them from the collection of Greg Tranter, an avid fan.
The exhibit includes black-and-white photographs of players caked in mud at the old War Memorial Stadium, which had notoriously bad drainage. Tranter, who has 100,000 Bills-related items in all, is clearly fond of the team’s original, silver-and-blue uniform.
Few exist because old uniforms were given away to high schools at the end of the season, said Tranter, who grew up in Elmira, N.Y., and went to his first Bills game in 1965. His other favorites include a Johnny Hero doll in a 1965 Bills uniform and a straw hat that says “All the Way with O. J.”
The A.F.L. still resonates with fans not just because of the snazzy uniforms and innovative marketing, but because the league was a scrappy underdog derided as a Mickey Mouse league filled with N.F.L. rejects.
“The fans definitely felt that the A.F.L. represented something new,” said Angelo Coniglio, who runs “The owners were rebels, and they acted the part.”
That spirit lives on in an HBO Sports documentary from 1995, “Rebels with a Cause: The Story of the American Football League.” The one-hour program will be rebroadcast on Dec. 31 and several times in January.
“There are a lot of 20-somethings looking at all these funny uniforms and do not dig any deeper,” said Ross Greenburg, the president of HBO Sports. “This truly was the first sports league that became a power on its own.”

            Gee, I wonder haw many copies of the 'FULL COLOR FOOTBALL: The History of the American Football League' DVDs they might have sold, if they had been available this year? 



Some American Football League throwback gear that was sold
 in the 2009-2010 AFL 50th Anniversary Season is still available. 
I have the hat shown below, and now
FOOTBALL Fanatics is offering many other items I had not previously seen, like the T-shirt and jacket shown. 

See more by clicking the
FOOTBALL Fanatics logo below the photos.


The Bills have "new" uniforms for 2011.  Look familiar?
Click the image for more.


Patriots Bills Oilers Jets Dolphins Broncos Chiefs Chargers Raiders Bengals


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