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The best vintage Pittsburgh Pirates T-shirts on eBay

From “Parrot Power” to Three Rivers stadium, you can find a lot of local history in these vintage Pittsburgh Pirates T-shirts

Baseball is back. Well, sort of back. The players are on the field, the sounds of fans are being played in stadiums.

Because of the pandemic, sports fans won't be in the stands this season. Instead, Major League Baseball is planning to pump recorded sounds of crowds into empty ballparks during games.

Posted by NPR on Wednesday, July 22, 2020

There is a lot that the fans are missing, the food, the view of Downtown Pittsburgh from PNC park and… free shirt Friday.

Even if you haven’t heard of Free Shirt Friday, you’ve probably seen a Free Shirt Friday T-shirt around town. For certain Friday home games, everyone who comes to PNC Park gets a T-shirt. Over the past few years, there have been some great designs (and some boring ones). Here is a look at the Free Shirts Friday T-shirts that were planned for the 2020 season.

So, that got me thinking about Pirates T-shirts. I thought I’d take a look to see what sorts of vintage Pirates T-shirts I could find on eBay.

The best vintage Pittsburgh Pirates T-shirts on eBay

I really enjoyed looking up vintage Pirates T-shirts on eBay. There are some great T-shirts from the 70s, and I have a hard time thinking of the 90s as vintage, but I guess I’m that old. I also included a few with images of Three Rivers Stadium because I’m old enough to have seen more than a few games there, too. I’ve included the locations for all of the sellers. I think it is pretty impressive that most of these shirts made their way to cities far from Pittsburgh. Some of my favorites ones on this list are under $20.

1970s Parrot Power Ringer

vintage Pittsburgh Pirates T-shirts
  • Condition: used
  • Size: Fits like a large
  • Price: $29.99 (seller is open to offers)
  • Ships from: New Orleans, Louisiana

City of Champions “We Are Family” T-shirt

  • Condition: used
  • Size: Fits like a large
  • Price: $39.99 (seller is open to offers)
  • Ships from: Kent, Ohio

Pirates 1979 World Champs T-shirt

  • Condition: used
  • Size: Fits like a Medium
  • Price: $93.10
  • Ships from: Philadelphia

1990 Headline from The Pittsburgh Press

Pittsburgh had two newspapers until 1992 when the Post-Gazette acquired the Pittsburgh Press.

  • Condition: used
  • Size: Fits like a medium
  • Price: $14.28
  • Ships from: Bridgeville, Pennsylvania

1980’s Pirates Shirt – Never worn

  • Condition: new
  • Size: Fits like a large
  • Price: $69.99
  • Ships from: Silver Spring, Maryland

1999 Pirates Three Rivers Stadium

  • Condition: New with tags
  • Size: XL
  • Price: $39.99 (seller is open to offers)
  • Ships from: Martinsburg, Pennsylvania

Forbes Field T-shirt from 1994

  • Condition: used
  • Size: XL
  • Price: $19.99
  • Ships from: Hickory, North Carolina

Hand Painted Roberto Clemente T-shirt 1994

  • Condition: used
  • Size: XL
  • Price: $59.99
  • Ships from: Cincinnati, Ohio

2003 Hi-Tops Opening Day Shirt Pirates vs. Brewers

Hi-Tops was a bar located across the street from PNC Park. The back of the shirt reads:

You Have Three Choices For Swimming… The Allegheny, Monongahela and the Ohio Rivers

  • Condition: new, never worn
  • Size: Large
  • Price: $14.99
  • Ships from: Oakdale, Pennsylvania

eBay Tip: Start a watch list to save $

eBay has a new-ish feature, if you add an item to your watch list, sellers can “make an offer” to interested buyers. I’ve added all of these shirts to my watch list, and I’ve already received discounted offers from several sellers.


Looking for more vintage T-shirts?

  • Meet the owners of Monarch Studios, located in Verona they are currently selling vintage gear on their website.
  • I also found a ton of great vintage Pirates gear on Etsy. Check out some of the vintage Pirates t-shirts here.
  • If you would like to support some local vintage sellers, check out our list of Pittsburgh vintage shops that sell online.