I saw a few things in the newspaper recently that pointed to the idea of trying to get football fans to cross-pollinate with art a little bit. The Newark Museum has an exhibition titled “City of Silver and Gold, from Tiffany to Cartier,” and showcases the very first Super Bowl trophy (now named the Vince Lombardi Trophy), which was handcrafted in Newark in 1967 at Tiffany & Co.’s silver factory. You can see both the trophy and the original factory below, which has now been converted into luxury apartments.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is also angling to get some football fans in their doors with the upcoming exhibition “Gridiron Greats, Vintage Football Cards in the Collection of Jefferson R. Burdick,” which opens on January 24th. Burdick was an electrician in Syracuse who donated his collection of approximately 303,000 trade and postcards to the Museum. Below are two examples from the exhibition, including the legendary Jim Thorpe. I didn’t previously know anything about Ted “The Bull” Fritsch, but he must have been an incredible athlete, as he played running back for the Packers in the NFL, and also played two seasons for the Oshkosh All-Stars of the National Basketball League, as well as an outfielder for several minor league baseball teams.
And lastly, we’ve got Bloomingdale’s getting in on the act. In celebration of Super Bowl XLVIII and in support of the National Football League Foundation (NFL Foundation), the CFDA (The Council of Fashion Designers of America) and Bloomingdale’s have teamed up on a unique collaboration of customized football helmets, created by a number of famous designers, including Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Kenneth Cole and Narciso Rodriguez, among others. Check out some of these funky helmets below, as well as the full collection here.