Official American Football League Football Shoes

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Several years ago an eBay seller out of Chicago was auctioning some dead stock from an old sporting goods store.  He was selling various sports-related items over the course of several weeks.  One particular item, of which he had six or seven, was an unused pair of “Official American Football League Football Shoes.”  The hightop cleats were produced by the Endicott Johnson Company, and originally sold for $8.95 a pair.  The photograph on the front of the box shows a Chargers vs.Raiders game from 1961, either the August 27th preseason game, or the September 27th regular season contest, both of which were played in Balboa Stadium.  Therefore it is safe to assume that the cleats were distributed in 1961-62, as the banners on the box feature the New York Titans and Dallas Texans, both of which had changed their names by 1963.  Additionally, the Oakland Raiders banner is colored in black and gold, which Al Davis changed upon taking over the head coaching position, also in 1963.

The eBay seller sold one pair of these cleats each week for six or seven weeks.  I recall this pair costing me roughly $35.00.  I do not believe that I have seen any others for sale since.

Todd Tobias (790 Posts)

Todd Tobias's interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote my master's thesis about Sid Gillman. He created this site to educate and entertain football fans with the stories of the American Football League, 1960-1969. You can follow Todd and get more AFL history on Twitter @TalesfromtheAFL.

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6 Responses to Official American Football League Football Shoes

  1. Found your website the other day. Just so happens a lady friend of mine happens to know Earl Faison. he lives in Dewey AZ, and I happen to be a transplant from San Diego born and raised. I was just blown away, and your website was key in testing my AFL trivia being that I was born in 1970. my fathers dad was a “charger backer” when the chargers re-located to San Diego in 1961. your website is “awesome” and just wanted to say that being a “lifelong” Charger fan. Thank you Mr. Tobias….. —ROBERT SALINAS

    • Todd Tobias says:

      Thank you for the kind words, Robert. I am glad that you are enjoying the site. Lots of good memories with those old Chargers team and players.

      If you get the chance, please say “hello” to Earl Faison for me. He is an old friend, though Ihaven’t seen him in a couple of years.

      Thanks, Todd

  2. Mike Metzler says:

    Looking at the picture on the box; that’s Jack Kemp at quarterback, so that should help narrow the date.

  3. I was 10 years old when I fell in love with football and have been hooked ever since.I remember when the AFL came into existence-I still have my original football cards including Babe Parilli,Paul Lowe,George Blanda,Jack Kemp and Jim Otto.I actually saw Otto at an autograph appearance today in New Jersey. Thanks for the truly great site

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