If you have an old pair of Levi's, you may be wondering how to find out the value of a vintage Levi jean. Vintage Levi jeans can fetch a pretty penny at auction, provided that they are authentic. Pull those jeans out of your closet and inspect them to determine their age and if they are a pair of vintage Levi's jeans.
- Check the red tab. All Levi's jeans made after 1936 have a small red logo tab on one of the rear pockets. Jeans made prior to 1971 have the word LEVI'S written in all capital letters on the tab. Jeans made after 1971 have a lower case "e" on the tab and probably are not worth very much. If your Levi jeans do not have a red tab, that means they were made before the 1930's and can be very valuable.
- Look for a buckle on the waist. Levi jeans dating from before the 1930's have a small fabric tab and buckle on the back of the waist.
- Determine the number of back pockets. Until 1901, Levi's jeans only had one pocket on the rear. The company added a second pocket at the start of the 20th century.
- Send a photo to historians at Levi Strauss. Email a picture of the jeans' labels as well as a photo of the back and front of the jeans to LDowney@levi.com. Within two weeks, someone will get back to you and let you know how old your Levi jeans are.
- Take your vintage Levi's to an appraiser. Once you know the authenticity and age of your Levi's, an appraiser can examine the jeans and give you his professional opinion concerning their value.
Source: Levi Strauss & Co