Vintage Pabst Blue Ribbon Signs



2015-06-26 10:33:56

Vintage Pabst Blue Ribbon Signs are original advertising signs relating to the American beer brand Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Brief history and description

Pabst Blue Ribbon is a beer brand which originates from Wisconsin, and is regarded as a classic American beer.

The beer originally operated under a variety of different names, before changing to its current name in 1893.

A division of the Pabst Brewing Company, the beer takes its name from the blue ribbons which customarily adorned the necks of bottles which were manufactured between around 1882-1916.

The beer peaked in popularity in the 1970s, and its classic beer signs, often featuring a light-up blue ribbon symbol, are now considered highly collectable.

The signs were frequently placed in bars and as advertising material in shops stocking the beer, though their value now far exceeds this original practical purpose.

Guide for collectors

The Pabst Brewing Company maintains a website for their Blue Ribbon Beer, which can be found at

The Pabst Blue Ribbon brand features a wide variety of memorabilia and collectables as a result of its cult status within American culture, and its desirability amongst collectors of Americana.

Pabst Blue Ribbon signs are widely available at both conventional live auctions and specialist auctions; they also frequently appear at online live auctions such as eBay, where prospective collectors may find great bargains.

As with any online sale, collectors taking this route should be careful to accurately ascertain the authenticity and condition of any given item before purchasing so as to avoid disappointment.


The highest prices paid for a Pabst Blue Ribbon sign at auction include $3,000 for a light up sign which sold from Showtime Auction Services on 2nd October 2010.

The signs often sell at auction for prices in the region of $200-500 though they have also sold for prices closer to $1000.

The lowest prices paid for a Pabst Blue Ribbon sign at auction include $42 for an electric bar light sold from Curt D. Johnson Auctioneers on 24th July 2004.

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