“I Don’t Want to Be a Pirate!” Seinfeld’s Puffy Shirt Up for Auction



By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Jerry Seinfeld didn’t want to be a pirate, but someone else can. The memorable Seinfeld puffy shirt is being sold at auction through Profiles in History.

“Now that’s a great looking shirt!”

As far as possible Seinfeld costumes go, the puffy shirt is one of the most iconic. It was the focal point of the fifth season episode, aptly titled “The Puffy Shirt.” In it, Jerry wears the pirate-style shirt during a Today Show interview after a misunderstanding during a dinner conversation. Designed by Kramer’s date, the “low talker,” she saw it as promotion for her work. Confusion ensues followed by chaos and plenty of classic Seinfeld banter.

The Pirate Look

This is one of three similar shirts used in the production of the episode. One of the other puffy shirts was donated to the Smithsonian in 2004.

Bidding for the Seinfeld puffy shirt starts at $10,000. It comes with a letter of authenticity from the costume company that worked with the show. The auction concludes on Tuesday, June 27. It’s part of a larger Profiles in History sale that includes hundreds of props, costumes and other memorabilia from a wide range of Hollywood productions.

Seinfeld Puffy Shirt Auction

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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1 comment

  1. Charlene Sulak 12 June, 2017 at 10:36

    Hmm? Prince made that shirt popular back in the 80’s with Purple Rain. I still have that shirt I bought in the 80’s and it has a Purple Rain tag in the collar. Wonder what a first edition of the shirt is worth?

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