When I was a little kid, I had a San Francisco 49ers youth football set complete with helmet and jersey.
In fact, if it had an NFL team logo on it, there's a good chance I asked for it on birthdays and Christmas.
It's a good thing I was only an infant when these 1970s helmet radios came out because I'm sure I would've bugged my parents for one.
After coming across this vintage advertisement today, I was struck by how boring and uninspiring the Cincinnati Bengals helmet was until it switched to the stripped variety in 1981. What's curious is that it took the team nearly 15 years to realize that spelling out the team nickname in block letters wasn't exactly visually engaging.
It's also funny to see how things come full circle as the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills adorn in 2017 the same helmet logos they sported some 40 years ago.
Perhaps the most amazing offer in this ad? You could buy a pair of 9-volt batteries for $1.19. That'll run you $6.61 on Amazon right now.
Check out this cool video on how the Bengals' helmets and uniforms went from boring to boisterous.