This auction is for a RARE Vintage 1970's Steve Prefontaine STOP PRE t-shirt.
This is NOT one of the current style Stop Pre shirts you'll find
for sale on the internet (those look nothing like this vintage one).
THIS SHIRT dates 1972
Shirt Legend:The story of the famous Stop Pre t-shirt was recounted in a column by Sports Editor Blaine Newnham
in the July 10, 1972, issue of the Eugene Register-Guard:
said Bob Hersh, a New York City attorney. "It was all in fun . . . nothing against Pre. It was just our answer to
... Sunday it was a bunch of guys wearing "Stop Pre" T-shirts. "The idea was hatched during the decathlon,"
the "Go Pre" shirts and the partisan crowd here. "The shirts were made up using a silk screen process in the
basement of a Eugene resident who must remain nameless." The Eugene resident was Tom Gillespie, who turned
out 26 of the "Stop Pre" shirts, one of which was worn by Gerry Lindgren while he was warming up for the 5,000 meter final. measure on the front. [ed. I guess you had to be there] "But we were persuaded by Dick Drake and Bob Hersh to make the
"We're Pre fans," said Tom's brother, John. "In fact, my brother wouldn't wear one during the race because he's such a fan.
We go to all the dual meets and everything." Most of the people wearing them were the workers from Track & Field News.
The magazines' managing editor, Dick Drake, apparently originated the idea. "It was our intention," continued John Gillespie,
"to make some T-shirts with the words 'New York Jerk' on them. We were going to have a steeplechase pit and a tape
"Stop Pre" shirts instead. It was just for fun." It wasn't too funny during the race when the locals discovered the group in the
press box wearing the inflamatory shirts. In Pre country, that type of action can get a man in trouble. The Go's conquered the
Stop's on the track and then all was well when Prefontaine accepted one of the shirts from John Gillespie after the race.
In the early 1981, I purchased a large Steve Prefontaine collection from a a gentleman living
in Eugene, Oregon. The collection consisted of autographed letters, postcards, along with tickets,
programs, original photos, some personal items, and a few of these shirts, along with a few
green (Champion Blue Bar) "GO PRE" shirts. The collection has been safely stored away.
We will include a copy of the his letter, and inventory list that we received.
We listed this on Ebay awhile back, but decided to end the auction to further research
the shirt. Talking to a couple collectors, we now know this shirt did Not originate from
the 1972 Olympic Trials. There were only 26 of those printed. They had a different tag, and our example has a very minor font discrepancy - very hard to even notice, and it
would never had been seen without close comparison.
It is believed that due to the popularity or demand for more Stop Pre shirts, someone
had a few printed. Ours might be the only ones. We've never seen another offered
for sale, or one of those 26 - so it appears just as rare, if not rarer.
Examined by a vintage shirt dealer, it is confirmed that this is 100% Authentic.
The shirt, silk screening, etc., all date accordingly.
It is an Original 1970's t-shirt made by Russell Athletic (used by most sports
and printing shops at the time). Back of tag states not to iron emblem.Shown above is a photo of the tag styles to show this tag is 100% correct.
In 1973 Russell Athletic changed to Russell Mills Corporation - so this dates 1972.
Shirt is an Adult XL 46-48 (Extra Large).
Measures 20" inches from armpit to armpit, and 29" from top of collar to bottom.
The shirt is in NrMint Condition.
It appears to have been worn, but probably only a couple of times.
NO holes, tears, rips, or stains. It is as white and bright as if you
purchased it back than. - When we took it out of the tote, it had some light yellowing, mainly to the folds. We decided to wash it
(with some Oxyclean), and it came out looking Brand New.
Unbelievable for 40 years old.
Due to the increase of non-paying bidders on the higher priced items,
payment is to be made within 24 hours, or item will be re-listed for sale. Thx
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