When you think about items that are collectible you tend to think they have to be of a certain age. But it's not necessarily the case, especially when you're interested in something like vintage beer shirts. Some of these only date back ten or twenty years, and even then you've also got the opportunity to buy modern shirts that feature vintage designs of beer brands and labels.
When you buy a shirt like this you should find out whether 'vintage' relates to the decal or image on the front of the shirt, or to the shirt as a whole. Some modern t-shirt designers and stores have a wealth of different vintage beer signs you can have printed on the front of your shirt. Some of these include Blatz Bock Beer, Lone Star Beer, Renner's Lager Beer and Presidente Beer. But there are plenty more as well so it's worth looking through all the ones you can get.
One of the best places to find truly vintage beer shirts of this kind is on any auction site online. EBay is the most obvious one, but there are other auction sites out there too. Thrift stores are another fantastic outlet if you have the time. You never know what you'll find at these places, but just one exploratory look on eBay recently yielded the following results.
A great t-shirt with a Budweiser gag on it from the 1980s received a lot of interest for starters. Similarly another Budweiser t-shirt (this time from the Seventies) was on sale for a little over twenty dollars. Indeed there is a glut of Budweiser vintage shirts around, but they are not the only ones you'll spot. A Miller Genuine Draft shirt from the 80s was available on recent listings, as was a Red Stripe Jamaican beer shirt. Also on offer – and perhaps one of the oldest clothing items on eBay at the time – was a Heineken beer shirt from the 1950s. It had yet to receive a bid at the time of writing with minutes left! Some lucky bidder is going to get a heck of a bargain on that collectible beer shirt!
It all depends on condition, how many were manufactured, demand and whether you're getting a genuine shirt from several decades ago or something from the modern day that has a vintage sign or brand reproduced on it. Quality will also count for a lot so bear that in mind as well. Some of the genuine vintage items will cost you more simply because of their age, and it's up to you whether you want to wear them or display them as wall art. After all they do hark from another age altogether. Generally, an average vintage beer shirt (pre 1990's) can be purchased from $15-$50.
So you can see that vintage beer shirts can date from several decades back. But they can be equally popular when they are just a decade or so old.