1976 NERF Catalog

1976 NERF Catalog

NERF stands for Non-Expanding Recreational Foam (thanks wikipedia!) and was first introduced to households in 1969 as the the first indoor ball, With it’s success, saw many other application for this fun and safe material. 40 years after it’s introduction, NERF is still widely available which is a testament to how timeless an idea it really is. 1976 was a good year for NERF, we’ve go planes, cars and missiles as well as NERF’s own Superhero in NERF MAN! This catalog is kind of special to me as it belonged to my dad and you can see some of his pricing notes on some of the pages. Click on the pages for a better view.

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AKA Brian Heiler author of "Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings" and co-editor of "Toy-Ventures Magazine". Co-Host of the "Pod Stallions" podcast. Host of the Brick Mantooth Youtube channel, painter, designer, writer, mental health advocate, toy collector, Mego, and Mego Knock-Off enthusiast. I have large feet, ADHD and I live in Canada. Talk toys, not others.


  • Lady Jaye on August 21, 2009

    I had the orange-and-black soccer ball, which came out a couple of years later. Loved it, but if it got rained on, the foam then dried off and started falling apart.

  • wee67 on August 21, 2009

    Yeah, water was an enemy of nerf. But that never keot us from taking the football in the pool to drench it and toss it around.

    And, that catalog is awesome. The fact that it was your dad's makes it that much more special.

  • GarE on August 6, 2012

    I owned a Nerf Man – He didn't fly very well and his cape eventually broke off, but I have fond memories of playing with him anyway.

    I also owned many original Nerf footballs, and have even bought a used one on ebay. I enjoy the all-weather Nerf footballs they make today, but I wish they still made their original classic footballs. The ones they make now are just not the same.

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