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The Best Of Your Vintage Penn State Apparel: Part Two

Before Thanksgiving break, we showcased the first batch of vintage apparel pieces sent in from Nittany Lions of all generations. This week, we continue our series with the second collection of throwback Penn State gear — and your fellow Penn Staters didn’t disappoint.


Carole Britain graduated in 1983 and sent in two pieces of Penn State history. The first is a long sleeve T-shirt from Penn State’s 1982 national championship win over Georgia in Beaver Stadium. The second was a free T-shirt from the 1983 Briarwood Bash, an annual springtime celebration in the Briarwood Apartments on Waupelani Drive.


Stephen Cihocki of the class of 2010 found this Penn State “trucker” hat from the 1970s listed on eBay.


Mike Snyder started at Penn State Wilkes-Barre in 2007 and will be returning again next year. The Penn State sweatshirt he’s wearing belonged to his late grandfather. “My gram says it’s 30 years old and up until last week, he was the last to wear it over 10 years ago.”

Lee Cohen will graduate from Penn State this December. He found this sweatshirt on eBay without a year listed. Can you help us identify when this sweatshirt was sold?


Paige Searfoss of the class of 2013 sent in this kid’s cheerleading uniform. “My aunt and uncle (who also went to Penn State — graduated in 1989) bought this for me as my first Halloween costume in 1991, when I was 5 months old. Self-fulfilling prophecy, much?”

Meghan Pituch graduated in 2007 and sent in some gear that belonged to her dad, Victor Pituch, who graduated in 1975. The two jerseys up top are from the 1970s and 1980s and the laundry bag is from the 1970s.

Bryan Pasterick of the class of 1998 got this 1995 Rose Bowl sweatshirt from his sister, Tracey, who graduated in 1990.

Nicole Dixon graduated in 2009 and got this 1983 Sugar Bowl sweatshirt from her grandfather. “He didn’t attend Penn State, but his buddies did and his favorite memory/story to tell is going to the Rathskeller and drinking Ponies of Rolling Rock! Very cool to think I used to party in the same bars he used to when he was younger! I will treasure this piece of history forever! I will forever bleed blue and white!”\

Eric Biscontini of the class of 2007 sent in a huge collection of his Penn State apparel, handed down from his father. “The ones with years on them speak for themselves and the two Nebraska-related ones are from 1994 when they stole the national championship from us. The ‘Husk This’ shirt is sponsored by Red Dog beer and has ‘Penn State Football 1994, Love Ya Lions, 12-0’ on the front. Playland was a huge arcade where The Family Clothesline currently is and was great for a ten-year-old kid whose parents were hanging out at the Den.  The shirt in the other picture (bottom) is from after Penn State won the 1987 Fiesta Bowl for the national championship. Penn State showed up in Arizona wearing shirts and ties and Miami famously got off the plane wearing army fatigues.”

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Marty Shoup graduated in 1985 and says he remembers buying the Penn State Nittany Lions long-sleeve when he was a sophomore. “The yellow dance marathon T-shirt was my fraternity shirt when I danced in THON in 1984. To this day, that was probably the most physically demanding thing I’ve ever done (but well worth it)! As you can see from the text on the shirt, it was 48 hours instead of today’s 46 and was held in the White Building. Quite a bit different than today’s amazing spectacle in the BJC.”

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Gabriela Stevenson

Gabriela is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism and Onward State's former student life editor. She is from Norristown, PA, which she normally refers to as "30 minutes outside of Philadelphia" (she looked up the exact driving time). She enjoys really enjoys eating cereal at night, in case you were wondering. To contact Gabriela, e-mail her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @GabiStevenson if you want to feel young again.


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