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The Ultimate 1980s Vintage Iron Maiden T-Shirt Gallery

Vintage 1980s Iron Maiden T-Shirt Gallery

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The Ultimate 1980s Vintage Iron Maiden T-Shirt Gallery

Iron Maiden tees have long been one of the gold standards of vintage t-shirts. Through the many peaks and valleys of the vintage t-shirt market, they have retained their value, and in many cases steadily increased over the years.

Why Are Iron Maiden T-Shirts so Valuable?

This is partly due to a loyal and ravenous fanbase, and the fact that they’re still touring. And of course, nostalgia is a huge driving factor. Most importantly though, they had a unique approach to t-shirt merchandising and designs. While they did print mass quantities of certain designs, they also created specific designs for their destinations, that were printed in far fewer quantities, making them far rarer than a typical tour t-shirt. Maiden would often create a shirt specifically for a tour in a country, like Japan or it could even mean a specific city, like New York.

And of course, they have the most popular metal mascot in Eddie, aka Eddie the Head, who is by the hardest working mascot in the metal biz.

Enjoy this feeble attempt to document the endless array of brilliant vintage Iron Maiden t-shirts from the 1980s aka the golden age of heavy metal.

Vintage 1980 Iron Maiden British Tour T-Shirt

(The First Iron Maiden Tour T-Shirt)

vintage iron maiden british tour t-shirt 1980 first shirt

As far as we know, this is the first Iron Maiden tour t-shirt, if not the first Maiden t-shirt. It’s likely also the first appearance of Eddie on a t-shirt. Please let us know otherwise should you own something earlier than this.

Vintage 1987 Iron Maiden Somewhere on Tour California Jersey

vintage iron maiden somewhere on tour jersey 1987

Reads: “No, we’re not an English rock band…We’re really rocket scientists from Leytonstone.”

Tour Dates:

1987-02-13 Arco Arena, Sacramento
1987-02-14 Orange Pavilion, San Bernardino
1987-02-16 to 18 Long Beach Arena, Los Angeles
1987-02-21 Arena, Oakland
1987-02-22 Selland Arena, Fresno
1987-02-24 Sports Arena, San Diego

Vintage 1981 Iron Maiden World Tour Maiden Japan Jersey

vintage iron maiden japan jersey 1981

Reads: “This is dedicated to all the headbangers, earth dogs, and metal merchants around the world. Thanks for making this world tour 1981-1982 such a success. Eddie”

Vintage 1988 Iron Maiden Aces High Monsters of Rock Bootleg T-Shirt

vintage iron maiden monsters of rock 1988 t-shirt

Reads: “Monsters of Rock Donning Park 1988”

Vintage 1982 Iron Maiden Number of the Beast T-Shirt

vintage iron maiden number of the beast t-shirt

Vintage 1987 Iron Maiden Somewhere in New York Jersey

vintage iron maiden new york jersey 1987

Reads: “Meadowlands Arena March 28, 1987, Madison Square Garden April 2, 1987”

Vintage 1985 Iron Maiden California Invasion Tour Jersey

vintage iron maiden california invasion tour jersey

Tour Dates:

1985-03-14 to 1985-03-17 Long Beach
1985-03-20 Fresno
1985-03-21 San Francisco
1985-03-23 San Diego
1985-03-26 San Bernardino

Vintage 1981 Iron Maiden Killer World Tour Jersey

vintage 1981 iron maiden killer world tour jersey

Tour Dates: February 1981 – November 1981

UK, Europe, Japan, North America

Vintage 1982-83 Iron Maiden Number of the Beast Tour Camouflage Jersey

vintage iron maiden number of the beast vintage 1982 camouflage t-shirt

Tour Destinations: USA, U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Spain, Australia, Norway, Yugoslavia, Canada, Austria, Finland, Japan.

Vintage 1987 Iron Maiden Somewhere on Tour 1987 Pyro Pete Crew T-Shirt

vintage iron maoden somewhere on tour pyro crew t-shirt

Reads: “No Job Too Big, No Fee Too Big”

Peter “Pyro Pete” Cappadociaone is a pyrotechnics expert who has set up a stage with Gun & Roses, Metallica, KISS, Ozzy Osborne, and The Rolling Stones.

Vintage 1983 Iron Maiden Onslaught Quebec Sleeveless Tee

vintage iron maiden world piece 1983 Iron Maiden Onslaught Quebec Sleeveless Tee

Tour Dates: 

06/09/1983 Flag of Canada Montréal, Quebec, CanadaVerdun Auditorium

07/09/1983 Chicoutimi, Quebec, CanadaGeorges Vizina Centre

08/09/1983 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Colisée Pepsi

Vintage 1985 Iron Maiden World Slavery Tour Hawaii T-Shirt

vintage iron maiden hawaii shirt 1985

Tour Date: 1985-03-31 NBC Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii, US

Vintage 1980 Iron Maiden Phantom of the Opera T-Shirt

1980 iron maiden number phantom vintage t-shirt

Vintage 1988 Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Jersey

iron maiden seventh son t-shirt 1988 vintage jersey

Tour Dates: May 1988 to December 1988

Vintage 1982 Iron Maiden Texas Camo Sleeves T-Shirt

vintage 1982 iron maiden beast texas t-shirt camo sleeves

Tour Name: The Beast on the Road 1982

Texas Dates: August 13 – 18

Vintage 1984 Iron Maiden Aces High Camouflage T-Shirt

vintage iron maiden aces high t-shirt camouflage 1984

Tour Name: World Slavery Tour

Dates: August 9 – December 21, 1984

Vintage 1982 Iron Maiden The Beast at Reading Camouflage Jersey

vintage iron maiden reading camo jersey t-shirt 1982

Tour Destinations: 

August 19th El Paso, Texas

August 28th Reading, England

September 3rd Long Beach, California

Vintage 1982 Iron Maiden The Beast on the Road World Tour Jersey

Vintage 1982 Iron Maiden The Beast on the Road Jersey

Tour Destinations: UK, Europe, US, Canada, Australia, Japan

Vintage 1983 Iron Maiden Remember The Alamo Texas Tour Jersey

iron maiden jersey remember the alamo texas 1983 jersey

Reads: “Brain Damage in Texas”

World Piece Tour,  Texas: July 16-27

Vintage 1987 Iron Maiden Vice is Nice Florida Tour Jersey

vintage iron maiden florida miami vice jersey 1987

Tour: Somewhere on Tour Florida: January 16-18

Vintage 1985 Iron Maiden 4th of July California Tour Jersey

Vintage 1985 Iron Maiden 4th of July California Jersey

Tour: World Slavery California: July 3 – July 5

Vintage 1983 Iron Maiden New York Jersey

vintage iron maiden new york jersey 1983

Reads: “Brain Damage at the Garden October 8, 1983 New York City, NY”

Vintage 1984 Iron Maiden World Slavery Powerslave Sleeveless T-Shirt

Iron Maiden World Slavery 1984 powerslave sleeveless

Vintage 1981 Iron Maiden Killers T-Shirt

vintage iron maiden killers tee

Tour: Killers, February 17, 1981, to August 15, 1981.

Vintage 1987 Iron Maiden Somewhere on Tour T-Shirt

vintage 1987 iron maiden somewhere on tour 1987 tee

Tour: Somewhere on Tour, September 1986, to May 1987.

Vintage 1983 Iron Maiden World Piece Tour Jersey

vintage 1983 iron maiden the beast on the run jersey

Tour: World Piece May 1983, to December 1983.

Reads: “The Beast on the Run”

Vintage 1988 Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Monsters Tour T-Shirt

Vintage 1988 Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Monsters Tour T-Shirt

Tour: 7th Tour of a 7th  Tour, May 1988 to December 1988

Vintage 1984 Iron Maiden Powerslave T-Shirt

Vintage 1984 Iron Maiden Powerslave T-Shirt

Vintage 1987 Iron Maiden Stranger in a Strange Land Texas Jersey

Vintage 1987 Iron Maiden Somewhere in Texas T-Shirt

Tour: Somewhere in Time/Somewhere on Tour, Texas Shows: 8

Vintage 1987 Iron Maiden Somewhere on Tour Local Krew T-Shirt

Vintage Iron Maiden Krew T-Shirt 1987 Somewhere

Vintage 1981 Iron Maiden Killers Japan Eddie Samurai T-Shirt

vintage maiden eddie japan t-shirt 1981

Tour: Killers 1981, Japan Shows: May 21, 22, 23, 24

Vintage 1988 Iron Maiden California Tour T-Shirt

Vintage 1988 Iron Maiden In California Tour T-Shirt

Tour: Seventh Tour of  Seventh Tour, California shows: June 5 to 12

Vintage 1982 Beast on the Road World Tour Camouflage T-Shirt

Vintage 1982 Beast on the Road World Tour Camo T-Shirt

Reads: “The cutting edge of heavy metal.”

Vintage 1984 Iron Maiden Behind The Iron Curtain T-Shirt

Vintage Iron Maiden Behind The Iron Curtain T-Shirt

Tour: World Slavery Tour, Eastern Europe, August 9 – 19th, 1984

Vintage 1985 Iron Maiden New York Eddie Luvs Noo Yawk T-Shirt

Vintage Iron Maiden New York Eddie Luvs Noo Yawk T-Shirt

Tour: Word Slavery, January 17-24 1985, Radio City Music Hall

Vintage 1983 Iron Maiden World Piece Sweatshirt

Vintage Iron Maiden World Piece Sweatshirt

Tour: World Piece Tour Part 1, May 2 – June 12, 1983

Vintage 1984 Iron Maiden Powerslave Aces High Jersey

Vintage 1984 Iron Maiden Powerslave Aces High Jersey

Vintage 1987 Iron Maiden Dressed to Kill in Chicago Tour T-Shirt

Vintage Iron Maiden Dressed to Kill in Chicago Tour T-Shirt 1987

Reads: “Chicago Mutants Rule Massacre at Rosemont Horizon”

Tour: Somewhere on Tour, March 11, 1987

To be continued…

 

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