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The 1980's were filled with ups and downs for the Bengals. They made two Super Bowl appearances in 1981 and 1988 but fell short in both to the 49ers. The Bengals had their fair share of strong seasons in the 80's but they also had .500 or below seasons in 6 of those years. Ken Anderson and Boomer Esiason both won MVP's while playing for the Bengals in the 80's and Eddie Brown won Rookie of the Year in '85. Offensive tackle and one of the few Hall of Famers from the Bengals, Anthony Munez played every season for the Bengals throughout the 1980's.
This Official Bengals Sweater is 1980s-90s authentic and was acquired by Vintage Sports in 2018. This new old stock item was made in the USA and shipped to Europe approximately 35 years ago to be sold at the military Post Exchange in Mannheim, Germany. The Post Exchange is normally located on US military bases throughout the world and meant to provide US products to American troops. After the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, the US military emphasis began to shift away from Germany to the Balkans. The garrison at Mannheim, once one of the largest in Europe is now mostly a ghost town.
Trench Manufacturing Company dates all the way back to 1920. For all of its 75 years in business, it stood on Main Street in Buffalo, although their principal address changed several times over the decades. In 1994 Trench eliminated the production of pennants all together by selling off the novelty division of the company to Texas-based Tandycrafts, or TAG Express. Trench was forced into Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October 1995 after more than 200 creditors seeking to collect $5.5 million filed a lawsuit. Trench then began the process of liquidating all remaining inventory and closed its factory retail outlets on December 31, 1995, marking an unceremonious end to one of the more colorful chapters in the history of American sports.Trench made high-quality t-shirts with a great vintage feel to them. It is our pleasure to pass on these limited vintage t-shirts to you.
This item is a genuine vintage piece. It is new (unworn), has tags or authenticity stickers and is in excellent condition. However, some items may have slight imperfections caused by 30+ years of storage. Each item is carefully inspected before it leaves our facility in the United States. Small cracks in the paint etc. add to the patina of the item and should not be considered imperfections, they are a part of its rich American history.