When Barb and I were on Griff & Lee’s radio show last week, I was asked what the “Holy Grail” of T-shirts might be. Now, this can go so many ways. Unlike the “Holy Grail” (meaning “rarest”) of baseball cards:
Or the “Holy Grail” of comic books:
Or the “Holy Grail” of Holy Grails:
The “Holy Grail” of T-shirts is pretty much, like… a gabajillion T-shirts. I’ve never heard of the most universally well known “Rarest T-Shirt” mainly because who keeps track of how many of these were made
Many times, as it turns out, these tees may be even more rare (meaning there aren’t that many out there) than the Superman comic and baseball card mentioned earlier.
How do I know this? Well, I don’t.
But, I mean… c’mon? Do you really think someone is gonna care if there was only one of these ever made?
No. Probably not.
There are so many “Holy Grails” of T-shirts because when I ask someone what they’d like me to look for while I’m chin-deep in T-shirts, their response is usually for a tee that has more of a nostalgic feel to it.
He-Man. Reading Rainbow. A 1984 Ronald Reagan campaign tee. These and more are what I keep locked away in my brain because ALL of them are someone’s “Holy Grail”.
Oh, what’s that you ask? What’s MY “Holy Grail”? I appreciate you asking.
I’ve been wanting to recreate this shot of me in approximately 1985 for a while now:
That T-shirt I’m wearing is a Wendy’s “Where’s the Beef?” tee. The T-Shirt itself isn’t hard to find but finding one in my size has proven particularly tricky.
So, the search continues for me. For some of you reading this, perhaps your search can end today if you just scroll through my eBay store. If it’s not in the store, leave a comment on this blog post as to what you’re looking for and I’ll insert your request into my brain.
What’s your “Holy Grail” of T-shirts?
UPDATE: I got as close as I could get with a little help from my friends at The Captains Vintage with this beauty:
Time to look for a new “Holy Grail”…