Investing was probably the last thing on the minds of Iron Maiden fans as they flicked their Bics to the heavy-metal band in concerts back in 1982.

And yet, if they bought a T-shirt at the show, they made a decision that would make Warren Buffett proud.

According to The Cleveland Plain Dealer, twenty-eight years later, that $10 purchase would net them as much as $1,000 — an enviable hundred-fold increase in value, almost 10 times better than the performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Neither can compare to the vintage rock T-shirt as an investment class. But most people who rock vintage T-shirts do so largely out of a passion for rock ‘n’ roll — the music, the attitude and the style.

“I started buying shirts because I loved music and thought they looked cool,” says Cleveland tee aficionado Gregory Boyd. “I never imagined they’d get this pricey.”

Boyd, a 27-year Cleveland musician who drums in the band Clovers, owns about 50 shirts, representing everything from the Grateful Dead to Poison to Joy Division.

Photo by WolfgangsVault.

Originally posted by Rich Whittle on December 2, 2010 in History.

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