June 16, 2008 by Jimmy J · 3 Comments
In 1936, Levi’s began producing jeans with a red tab on the rear pocket and the ‘E’ used in the spelling was a capital. After 1971 it became lower case. “Big E” jeans regularly fetch between $500 to $1,500 on eBay. If rare and expensive is your bag, then don’t get too hung up on case-sensitive tags. Levi’s were patented and first produced in 1873 and they sold for more than 60 years without a red tag.
In 2001 a vintage pair of Levi’s jeans went for $46,542 on eBay. Who would pay such an amount? Well, the Levi Strauss Company did. Apparently they didn’t have any of their own stock left from 1880, so they bought them back… and most likely put them in a warehouse beside the Lost Ark.
Click here to view the most expensive pairs on eBay right now (including one for $10,000!) or scroll down to see what’s currently on the auction block.
So where to begin? Familiarize yourself with the features on Levi’s jeans that will increase their value. Click on the underlined terms below for a targeted search on eBay.