Redbird Vintage logo

Illinois State University is launching a new Redbird Vintage line of merchandise, with a little help from Thumbs-Up Reggie.

The fan-favorite Thumbs-Up Reggie, which served as the Redbird logo from roughly 1983-95, is featured on the first item to be sold from the new vintage collection—an “ISU Redbirds” T-shirt from Homage. That retro shirt is now available for purchase online. Homage, an industry leader in collegiate and pro-sports throwback gear, will debut several more Redbird Vintage items this fall.

replica jersey from Ebbets Field Flannels

The Illinois State Redbirds 1969 replica jersey from Ebbets Field Flannels.

Homage also launched a second Illinois State T-shirt featuring Thumbs-Up Reggie this summer, that one available exclusively to members of the Red Alert student section.

Also available online are two Redbird baseball throwbacks from Ebbets Field Flannels—a replica jersey worn by the 1969 NCAA College Division national champion Redbirds, and a 1961-style “N” ballcap that pays tribute to the institution’s original “Illinois State Normal University” name.

Illinois State is Ebbets Field Flannels’ first-ever collegiate partner.

Additional Redbird Vintage products, including hats, pennants and banners, professional attire and more, will be available this fall.

For more Redbird merchandise, check out or Illinois State’s Pinterest page.