Casey Pitocchelli is a native from Villanova, Pennsylvania. He is the owner and operator of Rare Vintage @rarevntg - a company dedicated to authentic vintage sports apparel. A graduate from Duquesne University, Casey started collecting jerseys, sneakers and sports wear clothing at 7 years old with a strong influence coming from his father. Casey's dad was a consultant with Mitchell & Ness, building a strong relationship with the former owner Peter Capolino. It was this connection that fed into Casey's appetite for becoming a fanatic for jerseys and an aficionado of the vintage culture.
The market has always been volatile changing rapidly year to year. Snapbacks and Starter jackets were extremely popular 5-6 years ago, then as time passed not so much. Authentic jerseys, especially from Mitchell & Ness had the spotlight in the early 2,000's with every popular rapper rocking vintage jerseys. Currently, the most popular pieces are vintage designer brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Polo etc. The thrifting scene has rapidly gained popularity as of late. Stores like Round Two and Mr. Throwback specialize in a wide variety of vintage apparel and highlight the obvious financial benefits of finding that rare, valuable piece you can find digging through thrift shops.
Although it seems easy enough to turn a $1.00 thrift find into a $30 flip, it's not all that easy. Casey has a few pieces of advice for you before you go thrift. First, do your research! Understand what your looking for and what it could be potentially worth before you even hit the thrift. If something stands out and it's cheap, BUY IT! Second, be aware of fakes-they're everywhere! Just because a jersey is "stitched" doesn't mean it's authentic. The brand, size tags, name, and number font will tell you a lot about a jerseys authenticity and value. If you become more aware of these two rules you will do great thrifting!
Casey's passion for vintage jerseys is rooted deep but what keeps him interested are the items quality. Unique pieces from the 80's and 90's-the timeless look and the nostalgia of wanting certain things as a kid is what keeps him drawn to the vintage hustle. "Every piece is different, some more uncommon and rare than others, but it's about the good memories from when I was younger that makes me love vintage."