Jimi was the coolest.

We live in a bit of a mixed up age. Many of the bands that you or I might consider vintage or at the very least classic are still around. Think of The Rolling Stones (early 60s) or Rush (late 60s), or AC/DC, Aerosmith and Van Halen (early 70s), or Bon Jovi and A-ha (early 80s). The "old guys" are still kickin' it with the young guns, and in some cases they're more relevant than many a one-hit-wonder, or artists that should've stayed one-hit-wonders (we're looking at you, Britney Spears).

As such, finding 15 authentically vintage merch pieces is harder than you might think (that's what she said). Way harder (ditto). Add to that the fact that bands didn't really carry a variety of different merch items until the 80s, and you've got yourself a real rat's nest. Nasty.

So the 15 items featured here don't necessarily date back 30, 40, 50 or 60 years. Got it?

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