Happy black friday! If you’re one of the many crazy people, you might have pitched a tent on Thursday night in front of the store you want to loot the next day. Or something like that, honestly I didn’t see the worst of Black Friday, and it came from a guy who lived in Manhattan.
But while I’m by no means a shopaholic, at least for most things I tend to take advantage of the football shirt sales. As you all know, the shirts are quite expensive, and supporting Bayern Munich means that I support a team with one of the most expensive shirts in the Bundesliga. However, I amassed quite a collection without having to pay as much as I normally would. Let’s take a look at the many sales I’ve had the chance to climb …
We’ll start with Black Friday itself. While living in New York City, I went to the adidas store on 5th Avenue and picked up merchandise for two years in a row. The first one was the one on the right, a Bayern 2018/19 long-sleeve home shirt, which I flocked in Munich a few months later. The other was Germany’s current home shirt, which had just been released at the time. It was just after the German national team booked their ticket to the Euro in the said jersey. Not bad.
Speaking of Black Friday, the Nike store I went to today also had sales on the Korean kits, but I didn’t buy them because a) they’re hideous and b) … do I really need them? ‘a second reason?
Another big sale that people tend to bank on is Labor Day, although I’m not sure exactly why it deserves a sale in the first place. As a result, I never really enjoyed it as much as I could have. The only part I remember is the 2019/20 exterior kit. It turned out to be the kit that was destroyed by Eintracht Frankfurt in November. But, it also gave us Hansi Flick as a result, so … it’s a win I guess?
Random adidas sale
One thing I have learned about adidas is that sometimes they have sales for no particular reason. They’ll just say “20% or 30% off a selection of products” or something like that. I have no idea where these sales are coming from, but hey, I’m not complaining. As a result, I received two kits on the outside, one from 2018/19 and one from 2020/21. The 2018/19 kit is the mint we all know and hate, so I’m just glad I got it for less than it’s worth. Then again, I guess I never could have bought it in the first place. Too bad. The second one I had on the first Christmas Eve after returning to Korea, at an adidas store in Myeongdong, Seoul. Maybe it was a holiday sale? Who knows. Either way, it’s not the most impressive shirt, but it’s the shirt that brought Barcelona back to the Stone Age, so that’s it.
Random internet deals
Now, if there is one thing you need to know as a football fan with shallower pockets, it is that the internet can be a gold mine. Sometimes offers pop up when you least expect them. Take the two shirts at the bottom, respectively the 2016/17 away kit and the 2017/18 home kit. The two shirts I got for $ 10. Yes, you heard me right. $ 10. No, I haven’t forgotten an additional zero. These are also legitimate shirts, I have checked the registration code. Don’t ask me who in their right mind sold two perfectly good shirts for $ 20. Both kits played a huge role in Philipp Lahm’s last dance for Bayern, which is why I like them a lot.
The first two, meanwhile, were brought to me by great deals on classic soccer jerseys. If you haven’t heard of the site, check it out, it might be right for you. The Bayern 2019/20 home kit, in which we won a historic treble, was perhaps a third of its original price, while the 2014/15 Germany home kit, which shines in the light of a victory in World Cup, was about half. Fortunately, too, I needed a World Cup winner’s jersey in my collection.
The most recent was a sale on the Bayern online store, with a 30% discount if I remember correctly. This is the current outdoor kit, which is the kit that sent Hansi Flick and Co. to sunset, and Robert Lewandowski broke a very long time record. Positive vibes.
There’s also a 2014 FIFA World Cup German goalie kit that’s on the way to another decent deal. You just have to watch.
End of season offers
At the end of each season, Bayern tend to cut prices for last season’s merchandise for liquidation purposes. It’s their chance to get rid of any leftover jerseys that fans may have missed out on, and it’s also a chance for fans to get some legitimate gear they couldn’t afford at full cost. The three 2020/21 home kits I have on display here are all from Bayern’s online store, purchased at the end of the 2020/21 season at lower prices. Some might say it’s too much of the same shirt, but hey, this is a sixfold winning shirt, it deserves a lot of attention. The third black 2020/21 jersey I got today at over 40% off. I don’t know if this was a Black Friday deal, or a liquidation deal, or both, but it was a good deal. The only downside is that I couldn’t get the world champion badge, but beggars can’t be choosy.
Finally, eBay is a great source for rare soccer jerseys if you know where to look. This shirt, the 2010/11 Germany away shirt, was an example. I lucked out with that, getting a ten year old jersey at such a great deal. This is the shirt I saw Germany wear in the first game I saw them play, which was Argentina’s 4-0 loss at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. is quite normal that he joins my collection, given that it was more or less the beginning of my fandom in Germany. It also happens to be the most beautiful jersey Germany has ever worn. You rarely go wrong with black and gold.
The Germany 2014/15 exterior kit is also on its way from eBay. Do you remember Brazil? Good times, good times.
Do you have any jerseys to make for a bargain? Let us know in the comments!