Another Dale Earnhardt Rarity Found in My Garage Today

Dave Fulton
@dave-fulton
10/03/12 07:00:46PM
8,986 posts

Certainly not worthy of Antiques Road Show, but I just came across another family heirloom in a box in the garage.

I doubt many of you have ever seen this or even remember it.

After his 1980 Winston Cup Championship season, Wrangler produced a #2 Dale Earnhardt / Wrangler tee shirt for the 1981 NASCAR Winston Cup Season celebrating Dale's first Championship.

The shirts were sewn in Wrangler sewing plants in the United States of America. The screen printing was sourced by Earnhardt family friend, Paul "Little Bud" Moore and the shirts were sold at the track by Little Bud for Dale. Wrangler's accounting department kept up with the royalties for Dale.

I still have no camera at the house, so a partial scan is the best I can do right now.

This scan shows just the front of the shirt... it was white with blue long sleeves and a blue neck band. Dale was wearing one of those fancy cowpoke hats with a Wrangler hat band on it. The artist caught every single one of Dale's crow's feet on each eye... a real rarity.

This particular shirt is a child's size Large worn by my then 5 year old daughter, Gwyn during the 1981 season. She'll be 37 in December.

When Wrangler and Dale affiliated with Richard Childress and changed the car number to #3 in late summer 1981, all remaining shirts and all other Wrangler / Earnhardt souvenir items bearing the number 2 were shredded and burned.

Thought you might enjoy.




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"Any Day is Good for Stock Car Racing"

updated by @dave-fulton: 12/05/16 04:00:58PM
Cody Dinsmore
@cody-dinsmore
10/03/12 07:13:09PM
589 posts

Hey that's cool! In fact, looks better than most designs out there today! Can't wait to see the rest, thanks for sharing Dave!

LAVERNE ZACHARY
@laverne-zachary
10/03/12 07:23:25PM
117 posts

Verycool Dave and thanks for sharing.

DONALD L. EVANS
@donald-l-evans
10/03/12 07:35:02PM
25 posts

Dave, you should put this in a frame and display it. It's very nice and "Made in the USA". Thanks for sharing.

Jeff Gilder
@jeff-gilder
10/03/12 07:42:05PM
1,743 posts

Nice!




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david earnhardt
@david-earnhardt
10/03/12 10:30:38PM
112 posts

dave that is so cool - i remember when those hats were in style - if it was xl size i would trade you my - damn im good - t-shirt for it lol - thanks for this .

Robin L. Agner
@robin-l-agner
10/04/12 06:05:29AM
169 posts

Thanks for sharing Dave.

Dave Fulton
@dave-fulton
12/26/12 05:54:08PM
8,986 posts

Just added a photo of the "Comin' At Ya!" tee shirt sourced by "Little Bud" Moore featuring the 1982 Dale Earnhardt "Big" Bud Moore Wrangler Thunderbird. The shirt was being auctioned on ebay.




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"Any Day is Good for Stock Car Racing"
Cody Dinsmore
@cody-dinsmore
12/26/12 07:09:36PM
589 posts

That's cool too!

Patsy Thompkins ~ Keisler
@patsy-thompkins-keisler
12/27/12 11:08:12AM
559 posts

Very nice...Dave!

Jay Coker
@jay-coker
12/28/12 03:35:50PM
177 posts

From Dale Jr's Director of PR to me when I showed him the pics on Twitter today...

"Very cool. I know someone who would want that shirt."

I take that as code for: "Name your price." LOL

Dave Fulton
@dave-fulton
12/28/12 03:41:35PM
8,986 posts

Not for sale... now or ever. Memories.




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"Any Day is Good for Stock Car Racing"
Jay Coker
@jay-coker
12/28/12 04:05:40PM
177 posts

Oh I don't blame you one bit. Would have been remiss if I didn't at least pass the message along.

Would be cool if somehow there was a retro t-shirt made of it.

frank stewart
@frank-stewart
11/18/15 08:21:32PM
1 posts

I have the same shirt but mine is white and blue what are they worth

Dave Fulton
@dave-fulton
11/18/15 10:52:03PM
8,986 posts

Mine is priceless.




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"Any Day is Good for Stock Car Racing"
CJM_RVA
@cjm-rva
05/09/17 12:46:44AM
2 posts

This is the only mention on the internet I can find of the image on this shirt. I was searching to find out more about what I've got--a large framed version of that image. I don't know the whole back story--it was given to my Dad by a co-worker of his sometime around 1984. Hung in my bedroom until the early 90's, and it's been in the back of a closet at my parents' home ever since. I grew up in Greensboro, and Dad seems to remember that co-worker having some sort of family tie with Wrangler, so maybe it actually came from their corporate offices? 

This thing is big--23" x 25" inside the mat, wood and glass frame. It's missing the "1980 Winston Cup National Champion" wording but other than that, it's the same image. Looks to be on nice textured paper. Were these ever done as a run of prints? If not, this could be an original. Hard to tell behind glass but I think I can see some relief to the white highlights in the hat feathers.

Anyone have more info about this picture/art work? Thanks much...

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updated by @cjm-rva: 05/09/17 12:59:01AM
Dave Fulton
@dave-fulton
05/09/17 12:42:06PM
8,986 posts

I don't recall any prints being produced.  You just mght have the original art.






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"Any Day is Good for Stock Car Racing"
Dennis  Garrett
@dennis-garrett
05/11/17 01:18:06AM
496 posts

cjm-rva,

I noticed something funny looking about your picture/print/art work?

What words is photo shop out/blurred out in the blue/green section of the top right side of Dale Earnhardt's Wrangler cowboy hat?

The 23" x 25" Dale Earnhardt #2 Wrangler Pontiac art work might be an original airbrush art painting or an print of a original airbrush art painting.

Take it an art dealer that you can trust.

The art dealer should be able to tell you what it is without taking it out of frame or removing the glass.

Dennis Garrett

Richmond,Va.


updated by @dennis-garrett: 05/11/17 01:27:47AM
Dennis  Garrett
@dennis-garrett
05/11/17 05:10:56AM
496 posts

Might be the same airbrush artist that did your art work?

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CJM_RVA
@cjm-rva
05/11/17 10:23:00AM
2 posts

[quote="Dennis Garrett"]

cjm-rva,

I noticed something funny looking about your picture/print/art work?

What words is photo shop out/blurred out in the blue/green section of the top right side of Dale Earnhardt's Wrangler cowboy hat?

The 23" x 25" Dale Earnhardt #2 Wrangler Pontiac art work might be an original airbrush art painting or an print of a original airbrush art painting.

Take it an art dealer that you can trust.

The art dealer should be able to tell you what it is without taking it out of frame or removing the glass.

Dennis Garrett

Richmond,Va.

[/quote]

What you're seeing in the upper right blue section next to the cowboy hat is the reflection of a bookcase that was opposite the picture in the room where I took the photo. Nothing blurred out, though I can see how you might think that. The glass panel over the picture was creating quite a few reflections; if you look in the outer blue ring you can see the floorboards, the rug, etc.

Taking it to an art dealer to see if it can be determined as original might be the way to go. I'm also in Richmond; do you have any suggestions?