Project Object #14: Vintage Early 1980s Laich Full Size Baltimore Orioles Souvenir Plastic Helmet

I originally listed this item in a 10 day ebay auction with a starting price of $7.99. No takers through several rounds. I eventually dropped the starting price to $4.99. After a couple more rounds, it sold on April 28, 2016 with a lone bid of $4.99. This helmet pulled a lot of  non-game duty on my head in the early 1980s when I played on the Double A and Triple A Orioles of Christy Mathewson Little League in Williamsville, NY. Normally a Yankees fan, I also developed an allegiance for the Orioles during this time. A Maryland resident bought the helmet off ebay. Go Orioles!

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This full-size Baltimore Orioles souvenir plastic baseball helmet dates from the early 1980s. Made by Laich Industries: Sports Products Corporation of Cleveland, Ohio, the helmet features a fully functioning adjustable headband able to accommodate most head sizes. Over the years, Orioles hats and helmets have featured different color combos and logos. This black, white, and orange color combo and this particular version of the Cartoon Oriole graced the team’s hats and helmets from 1979-1988.

In 1989, the team dropped the Cartoon Oriole and the black, white, and orange color combo in favor of the Ornithologically Correct Oriole featured on black hats and helmets. The team retired the version of the Cartoon Oriole featured on this helmet. In 2012, the franchise revived the Cartoon Oriole and the black, white, and orange color scheme for the team’s hats and helmets. However, the newest version of the Cartoon Oriole wears a larger baseball cap that is also emblazoned with “O’s.” This helmet does not include those new elements and makes it a great piece of Orioles history.

The helmet features character building scuffs obtained from rooting for the Orioles during the early 1980s (see photos). With this vintage throwback, you too can be transported back to this early era of Cal Ripken Jr.’s legendary run with the Orioles!
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