How to Sell Your Vintage Concert Posters via Auction

Selling your vintage concert posters through public auction is often a great way to turn your posters into cash!

Use our auctions to turn your vintage concert posters into cash!

Use our auctions to turn your vintage concert posters into cash!

Let's examine both the positive and negative aspects of selling through auction, and then we’ll show you how to get your vintage concert posters in front of scores of hungry bidders.

First, make no mistake about it, there are both positives and negatives to choosing the auction route when it comes time to sell your vintage concert posters. The main negatives to auction sales are as follows:

1)  Auction sales take substantial time to plan, conduct, and collect the funds from winning bidders. Typically, you will consign your material to a sale 45 days before the auction is conducted. Our auctions usually run for 7 days. You receive your proceeds 21 days after the auction closes. This means, that on average, you should expect to receive your funds 7-8 weeks after you have consigned your material to auction. Clearly, this is a huge negative compared to receiving immediate payment through a private sale.

2)  Auction sales, by definition, require you to relinquish control over how much you receive for your posters. As the old saying says, you have to be willing to take risks to get rewards. We have hundreds of success stories where collectors receive more than they expected for their material at auction. But there has also been  are collectors that didn’t receive the results they expected. There are many reasons this is reality, a reality that is often shielded from view by auction companies hungry for consignments.

In any given auction, your material may not be as good as other lots that are competing for collector’s attention, the stock market could have taken a dump, or some other news event could temper bidder’s enthusiasm. If you have a firm number in mind of what you MUST get for your poster(s), then auction is probably not right for you.

3) Auctions involve fees that can bring the total amount realized below expectations. Let’s say that you believe market value of your poster is $1,000. The poster comes up for auction and the final bid price is $1000.00. After you deduct a 10% seller’s fee, you receive $900.00, failing to meet you expectations after waiting several weeks.

Inexperienced collectors will often counter this argument by requesting that their material be sold with reserves. While reserves are clearly an option that can be pursued, it is often counter productive. The reason for this is simple:

Collectors enter an auction excited with the possibility that they may be able to snap up a bargain. Once bidding commences, these same bargain hunters often catch “auction fever” and bid more than current market prices in an attempt to win the object of their desire. This is referred to as a "bidding war".

If you are selling your poster with a reserve price, you are telling collectors there will be no bargain here, so your poster will most likely won’t even be considered to be bid upon. This is the exact opposite situation of what you are hoping the auction creates.

4) Despite these negatives, auctions can be a highly rewarding way to sell your vintage concert posters for top dollar! If you don’t know exactly what your posters are worth,  there is no better way to find out than letting “the market decide”. If you have special material that is rarely seen, then auctions can provide a competitive environment filled with hungry bidders These bidders will pay top dollar for the right to be the next owner of your rarities. In every auction there are lots that bring far more than anticipated and if you are the lucky consigner these lots could be yours!

The bottom line is that consigning your vintage concert posters to auction is a highly viable and very popular way to sell, as long as you enter the arena with your eyes wide open to both the risks and rewards.

Psychedelic Art Exchange has a large, international clientele that enjoys and enthusiastically participates in the auctions we conduct each month. We stand ready to individually analyze each and every poster in your collection, and can provide a detailed plan to maximize the amount of money you receive for your collection in the most expeditious way possible.

No matter what you decide, public auction or private sale, you can be confident that your vintage concert poster collection will be handled in the most professional way possible, using all of the expertise we have attained through a combined 75 years of professional dealing in the collectibles industry. If you have vintage concert posters you want to sell, please contact us NOW, to get the absolute highest prices possible!

How to Sell Your Vintage Concert Posters for Top Dollar

It's easier than you think to turn your posters into cash!

We guarantee to turn your posters into the most cash possible within 24 hours!

We guarantee to turn your posters into the most cash possible within 24 hours!

Every day we receive calls and emails from lucky individuals that have Vintage Concert Posters from the 1960’s or 1970’s that are looking to turn their holdings into cash.

These people are basically split into two segments:

1) Collectors that are knowledgeable about what they have accumulated over the years, and

2) those that have found or saved some posters from their youth, and have no idea what the value is of what they own.

In all cases, these prospective sellers want to know, right on the phone or over email,  what their posters are worth under current market conditions.Regardless of the circumstances, we provide the exact same advice on how to get the absolute top dollar for their holdings. 

First, we explain that the value of any given poster is highly dependent on it’s condition. The exact same poster can be worth $1,000, $2,500 or $7500 depending on it’s state of preservation.

What makes this even more complicated is that as the value of a poster multiplies, the difference in condition that determines these higher values gets smaller and smaller. For example, at the very highest state of preservation, on the very rarest posters, a ¼ inch corner bump on just one corner could be the difference of thousands of dollars!

All of this puts us in a precarious predicament:

If we quote the highest possible price we can possibly pay for their poster, we run a great risk of disappointing the seller when we finally get to inspect the poster in person and it invariably has some some small imperfection or hidden restoration that dramatically lowers it’s value.

If we give the seller a conservative estimate of the value of the poster, based on the average condition a poster is usually found in, we run the great risk of disappointing the prospective seller with a “low ball offer” that does not meet their expectations.

Secondly, we explain that in order to provide a real value of what the poster can be actually sold for at this very moment, we must be able to inspect the poster in person so that we can evaluate it’s condition, whether it is a First Print, reprint, or counterfeit, and whether the poster has undergone restoration. 

Fortunately, we have devised a program that quickly, inexpensively, and painlessly deals with all of these issues and immediately turns your posters into cash within 24 hours!!!!

Here’s how it works:

1)   Let us know you wish to turn your posters into cash.

2)   We will Fedex a shipping container, along with all shipping materials to you that will arrive the next day

3)   Ship the poster(s) back to us, AT OUR EXPENSE.

4)   We guarantee to give you our highest cash offer the very same day your posters are received.

5)   If you accept our offer, we guarantee SAME DAY payment. If you wish to pass on our offer, we guarantee SAME DAY Fedex return of your posters, AT OUR EXPENSE.

THIS MEANS THAT IF YOU HAVE POSTERS YOU WISH TO TURN INTO IMMEDIATE CASH, WE GUARANTEE PAYMENT IN ALL CASES WITHIN 24 HOURS!!! AND WE HANDLE ALL EXPENSES!

Of course, you are also always welcome to bring your posters into our Gallery, located in Baltimore, Maryland.

Fortunately, for us and prospective sellers, our generous offers are accepted over 96% of the time. The reason for this is simple: 

1)   The tiny supply of surviving Vintage Concert Posters does not come close to meeting current market demand. We are in constant need of quality material, and finding sellers of these posters is FAR more challenging for us than finding buyers.

2)   We have a large international clientele that stands ready to pay full market value for whatever we are able to turn up. Because we can turn our inventory almost instantaneously, we can work on very narrow margins and offer prospective the highest prices in the world for virtually and Vintage Concert poster from the 1960’s or 1970’s. 

If you wish to immediately get the absolute highest prices for your concert posters, contact us NOW!

New Opportunities for Vintage Concert Poster Collectors

Every collector should be aware of this lucrative short term opportunity to acquire certain Vintage Concert Posters at a significant discount.

The famous Aoxomoxoa concert poster is just one of hundreds that are too large to be currently submitted to CGC for third party grading and authentication

The famous Aoxomoxoa concert poster is just one of hundreds that are too large to be currently submitted to CGC for third party grading and authentication

It is now common knowledge in the collecting world that the marketplace for Vintage Concert Posters has received a huge injection of interest and new participants with the introduction of independent third party grading and authentication by CGC.

CGC is the very same organization that has graded literally billions of dollars of rare coins, paper money and comic books over the past 30 years.

CGC has changed many of the market dynamics, many of which have been examined recently in past articles on this blog. These changing dynamics include an increased focus on quality and originality (posters that have not been altered through restoration), and a commensurate increase in values for the same.

Today, we wish to make you aware of a brand new opportunity that involves acquiring posters that have NOT been graded by CGC, an opportunity that is quite lucrative and won’t last for very long.

Currently, the list of posters that CGC authenticates and grades is relatively limited. First and foremost, there is a size limitation of 15”x 23” or smaller. This is the largest size poster that CGC can currently fit into their airtight, archival holders.

Secondly, there are category limitations. CGC currently grades the following posters: The BG Fillmore Series, the FD Family Dog series, Grande ballroom posters, and posters that appear in The Art of Rock. While these posters represent a large group of the entire universe, there is still a huge number of posters that CGC does not grade including many very desirable and classic images and series.

Some of the posters that CGC does NOT currently grade include: the oversized Fillmore issues, the Kaleidoscope series, the Vulcan Gas Series, The Rock Garden Series, The Grateful Dead Translucent poster, the Aoxomoxoa and Hawaiian Aoxomoxoa posters the Beatles Candlestick poster,the original Acid Test Poster, The Vanessa Grande poster, the Trip or Freak poster, and hundreds of other rare and desirable posters.

 Good News for Collectors of Vintage Concert Posters!

We have just received notification from CGC that a larger holder is under development and will be introduced this year. This is obviously great news for collectors that wish to collect posters that are not currently graded by CGC, but want the confidence that third party grading and authentication offers.

More importantly, this announcement represents a major opportunity for the savvy collector that has the wherewithal to act when they understand what is going on around them. Let me explain:

As early as spring, 2009, we have implored  collectors to acquire 100% original posters with no restoration, in the highest possible condition they could locate and afford. You can review past issues of our blog, and see dozens of articles on this yourself.

Our prescient advice is a matter of public record. Some of the first posts on this subject can be found here:

Our logic was simple.  In other collectibles, the very best condition examples ALWAYS trade for  25x, 50x, or 100X the cost of a run of the mill example. At that time, you could buy the very best condition pieces for a small premium of 25-50%. We knew this was a situation that could not and would not continue. We also mentioned that it was only a matter of time before third party authentication and grading would revolutionize this marketplace.

Those collectors that have acted our advice, are very happy today. They have built collections comprised of posters that are a) much harder to find today, b)more expensive to acquire today.

We believe the same opportunity is presenting itself all over again right now! A huge variety of Vintage Concert Posters can be now acquired for significantly less than they will probably bring once they are eligible for CGC grading.

Only this time, the timing and payoff for the opportunity is much more certain. CGC grading is now a reality, more posters will become eligible for CGC grading in the coming months, and we have already seen prices rise for posters that have been graded by CGC! (Although current premiums for CGC posters of 1.5x-2x compared to non CGC posters, are still incredibly tiny compared to all other collectbles. Where you can expect to pay 10-20x or much more for the finest condition examples).

So our advice at this time is clear – and urgent.  It’s absolutely okay to pursue posters that have NOT been graded by CGC. Buy the highest quality condition posters you can locate and afford now, before they become eligible for CGC grading in the coming months. Just make sure authenticity is guaranteed and that there is no undisclosed restoration.

If you follow this advice, and the past is any guide, you will be rewarded with the ownership of a poster, or collection of posters that could cost a lot more to acquire in the future!

Vintage Concert Posters Featured on Antiques Roadshow!

We are delighted to report that the 2017 Vintage Concert Poster media blitz we predicted is starting immediately with the wildly popular PBS show!

We have been predicting for quite some time that the Vintage Concert Poster Market would be receiving unprecedented worldwide exposure in 2017. This publicity will be generated by the world’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Summer of Love and the 50th Anniversary Celebration and Concert of The Monterey International Pop Music Festival. Concurrent with these events will be the continued proliferation of major museum exhibitions around the world.

We were delighted to find out that the 2017 media blitz is starting immediately with the wildly popular PBS show Antiques Roadshow. The feature story of the season premier, which will first air on January 2nd, 2017, will be about a woman who inherits a collection of Vintage Concert Posters from her brother that was assembled in the 1960’s. The woman is thrilled to find out that the posters are of tremendous value, worth tens of thousands of dollars. 

This type of national exposure is great for our hobby in two ways. First, it informs collectors that these posters are highly sought after and should be looked at with great respect. The story will certainly catch the eye of music lovers and collectors that did not even realize that this collectible exist. Secondly, it will alert other prospective sellers that what they have had sitting in their attic all these years should no longer be ignored –values are real so consider selling! The bottom line is that increased exposure of Vintage Concert Posters can only help bring more buyers and sellers into our unique little corner of the collectibles world. 

 

2016 Vintage Concert Poster Year in Review!

2016 was an exciting year for Vintage Concert Posters and the people that collect them. Let’s review the trends and events that have impacted this marketplace over the past 12 months:

1)   Major Museum Exhibits

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One of the most exciting developments in 2016 has been the proliferation of major museum exhibits around the world featuring Vintage Concert Posters. This is exciting on many levels. First, major museums would have ZERO interest in staging these types of exhibits if there was not an interest and appeal by the general public. The fact that these museums stage these exhibits tells you that the mainstream interest in our beloved concert posters is immense.

Secondly, these major museum exhibits have the effect of creating a huge amount of additional interest and exposure for these artworks. Literally millions of people are being educated and exposed to vintage concert posters that would not have otherwise known about them. This speaks volumes about the future health and interest in our hobby going forward.

Lastly, when major museums are constantly promoting Vintage Concert posters, they are implicitly providing an imprimatur on the quality of the artwork and the historical importance of them. Knowledgeable collectors understand the major importance of this type of endorsement—it cannot be bought, it can only be earned, and it makes Vintage Concert Posters 100 times more appealing to collect and display for oneself.

2)  Third Party CGC Grading

2016 is the year that independent third party authentication and grading of Vintage Concert Posters really started to flourish. CGC, the same organization that grades rare coins, paper money and comic books has become popular among collectors that are looking for an independent, unbiased opinion of what they are acquiring. CGC has become particularly popular with high grade material and for posters and handbills that have been frequently bootlegged and pirated.

3)  New Market Players

The result of major museum exposure combined with the availability third party authentication and grading has led to a large influx of new collectors into the marketplace. Collectors of most other collectibles are used to third party grading and understand the opportunity it presents. Now, someone that is just getting started, who is interested in these posters, can collect with confidence, knowing that they are getting exactly what they paid for.

4)  Record Prices

When you combine numbers 1,2, and 3 above, with a fixed and dwindling supply, you get record prices. To be sure, 2016 saw an increase in values as a larger number of collectors were chasing a constantly diminishing supply.

5)  Focus on Quality and Originality

By definition, third party grading differentiates the quality of one poster to another by assigning each poster a numerical grade. Before CGC, posters were described as either damaged or undamaged. Now posters are graded on a 10 point scale, in .1 increments. In addition, there has been a huge focus among many collectors on originality. This again, is a carryover from what is going on in other collectibles. There is a huge appeal to owning “the real thing”, not some doctored up Frankenstein piece that is part Vintage and part Modern. If all you want is something that looks cool and is undamaged, it’s far easier and less expensive to buy a Second or Third printing.

With the launch of our new website and blog, we have enabled readers to leave their own comments and observations. We would love to hear your comments about what you see as the important trends going on in today’s marketplace for Vintage Concert Posters. Feel free to join the conversation below!

 

Rolling Stones Exhibitionism in New York City Review

Last week I had the good fortune of attending the Rolling Stones’ Exhibitionism Museum Exhibit in the West Village of New York City. Exhibitionism opened on November 12, 2016 and will run until March 12, 2017. As a reader of this blog, you are advised to attend this exhibit if at all possible. Here’s why:

 

Exhibitionism is a band authorized exhibit that features the actual memorabilia saved and owned by the band themselves. Because of this, the quantity and quality of memorabilia displayed is truly breathtaking.

The exhibit is broken up into several sections. There is an actual full, life sized reproduction of the apartment the band lived in during the early years, before fame struck. Early artifacts include Keith Richards’ diary from 1964. There is a complete section that reproduces, again in full size, their early recording studio. This section features actual recording logs, and handwritten lyrics of every Stones album ever released- INCREDIBLE!

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Of course, there is a an entire section devoted to the band’s instruments and another section dedicated to their stage outfits. One of the sections I enjoyed the best was the section devoted to all of the unique, groundbreaking stage designs that have been a trademark of Stones tours since 1975.

There are several other sections as well, , that encompass every other possible facet of the band, such as album cover and logo design, and so much more.  When it came to early 1960’s Stones posters and handbills, there was some material, but it was definitely not in abundance.

The tour ends with a fantastic 3D Virtual Reality Concert Experience that puts you right on stage with The Glimmer Twins and at other times front and center “on the floor”, right next to enthusiastic fans dancing in the crowd. For all of us that have read so much about how Virtual Reality is “the next big thing”, this was a really entertaining preview of things to come.

It should be IMPORTANTLY NOTED that the day I attended, the exhibit was VERY WELL ATTENDED. The interest, importance, appeal and appreciation of this era and it’s music continues to grow stronger and louder. When you see hundreds of ordinary folks that have paid good money to see rock and roll memorabilia, it gives you confidence that the posters that we all love and collect will surely be more highly sought after with each passing year.

In addition to the tremendous quantity and quality of memorabilia displayed, the most impressive thing about Exhibitionism is the incredibly professional way the material was presented. I cannot imagine a rock and roll museum exhibit being any nicer. When you add all this together, it’s not hard to understand why Exhibitionism has earned rave reviews from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

In addition to these positive critical reviews, I personally know 4 other friends that have also attended Exhibitionism and loved it. So make whatever effort you need in order to attend, you won’t be sorry! If you have attended Exhibitionism, have an opinion about the huge mainstream public interest in this era and music, or just love The Stones, please leave your comments below!

To read The Wall Street Journal Review of Exhibitionism, click here >>

To read the USA Today Review of Exhibitionism, click here >>

World Record Prices Smashed for CGC Graded Comic Books and PSA Graded Baseball Cards!

The collectibles market is buzzing with the news of two new world record prices that were hammered down in the past 10 days.


On November 17, 2016, A Superman comic book number 1 that was CGC graded 4.5 was sold for $358,500. We have attached the article with the news which is very important to readers of this blog to read for two reasons.

 First, the comic book was CGC graded, the very same service that has now begun authenticating and grading Vintage Concert Posters. Secondly, the attached article clearly states that collectors are paying these record prices for items that are totally original and UNRESTORED. Every high priced comic book is now third party graded by CGC as collectors demand an impartial, third party opinion when they putting to work their hard earned money. How lucky we all are to be here now, on the ground floor of CGC concert posters.

On November 17, 2016 a Mickey Mantle Rookie Baseball Card PSA Graded 8.5 was hammered down for a world record $1,135,250. In this same sale 20 cards exceeded $50,000, all 20 of which were of course third party authenticated and graded by PSA, the leading third party grader and authenticator of cards.
 
Both World Record sales made NATIONAL NEWS as the widespread interest in TANGIBLE ASSETS continues to grow in this crazy environment that we all now live in.  As we have previously reported, many people are more comfortable having their assets in something they can understand and hold in their hands and that is private and confidential. This compares favorably with a blinking number on a computer screen that changes every second and is subject to hacking, legal seizure, etc. In any event, it would be hard to argue that Vintage Concert Posters are ridiculously cheap compared to every other collectible. We continue to advise you to fill in your collection now, because what can’t last forever (bargain basement prices) definitely won’t.

To read about The World Record Mantle card, click here>>
To read about The World Record Superman Comic Book (and important info about restoration) , click here>>
 

With the launch of our new website, the comments function will now work. We hope that if you are a regular reader of this blog, that you will become part of the conversation. Please share your thoughts with us!

 

50th Anniversary of The Summer of Love!

It’s been widely reported in this blog that Vintage Concert Posters have been receiving continuous and widespread recognition and exposure at major museum exhibits around the world over the past few years.


This exposure has added a major source of legitimacy to these amazing artworks and has resulted in a huge increase in the number of people that are now collecting these posters.

All of this will be DWARFED by the international exposure that is now, suddenly, just weeks away. Beginning on January 1st, the world will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Summer of Love. The city of San Francisco is planning a YEAR LONG CELEBRATION, with no less than 3 major museum exhibits, multiple custom tours, and countless musical events.

In addition, on June 16-18, 2017, there will be a 3 day Monterey Pop Festival to commemorate and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Monterey Pop Festival, the first and hugely important commercial rock festival held in The United States.

The Monterey Pop Festival to be held this summer is the culmination of a separate 5 month celebration to be held May- September, 2017 in the City of Monterey!

In addition, there is sure to be major worldwide television, newspaper and magazine coverage of these events, as well as historical retrospectives of the 1967 Summer of Love.

In short, expect for the whole world to have a case of “Sixties Mania”, that is sure to influence the sights, sounds and fashions of the coming year. (We previously reported that Nike released a new shoe with graphics of 1960’s Concert Posters).

We have tirelessly reported on the lollapalooza effects that have taken the market for Vintage Concert posters by storm, 1)Incredible beauty, 2)Extreme Rarity, 3)Ridiculously Cheap Prices, and very critically, 4) Unsurpassed Historical Importance.

How many collectibles can you name that enjoy an entire year of celebration and publicity? All of this is not theoretical, or destined to happen at some indefinite point in the future. It’s all happening NOW and will continue to accelerate the rate of change we are currently seeing in this fast moving and exciting marketplace!

As a reader of this blog, we implore you to use the information you have NOW, while YOU ARE STILL WAY AHEAD OF THE CURVE. Use the coming weeks and months to start or add to your collection while supply is still available and prices are still affordable. You’ll be glad you did!

To learn more about San Francisco’s year long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Summer of Love, click here >>

To Learn more about the 2017 Monterey Pop Festival and 5 month Celebration, click here >>

 

Bullish Article on Certified Collectibles Goes Viral!

Last week, a major article on certified collectibles took social media by storm and went viral through the collectibles industry. The article reports that our nation’s skyrocketing debt has led to a distrust of our nations currency and the future value of it.


The article says this distrust is encouraging people to turn to tangible assets that  can be held in your hand and where the value can be easily understood. There are 3 pictures in the article, 2 of a comic book and one of a baseball card, all of which have been independently graded and authenticated by a third party service. The 2 comic book photos were of a CGC graded comic, the very same service that is now revolutionizing the market for Vintage Concert Posters.

When you read in this article about $3 million comic books and $17 million Ferrari’s, it’s easy to understand why experienced collectors are now entering our marketplace and snapping up the most desirable material they can find, as fast as they can.

It is not lost on the people we deal with that these posters were created in ridiculously low numbers, the vast majority have been thoroughly damaged, and the historical importance of this material is unsurpassed.

All of sudden, this year has sped by and the New Year is staring us right in the face. 2017 will be highlighted by the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, and the focus and interest on the posters of this era will enjoy monumental attention. Our advice is to fill the holes in your collection now, while the material is available and can still be acquired for 5-10 cents of what comparable collectibles trade for.

If you are looking to sell posters, this is an excellent time, as demand far exceeds the available supply of top material. Please contact us to review how you can get immediate top prices for your holdings. We will buy your entire collection, we don’t pick and choose.

Whether buying or selling Vintage Concert posters, we look for to helping you achieve your goals!

To read the article on the collectibles market, click here!

 

 

Annual TRPS Festival of Rock Posters

­­Last Weekend. The Annual TRPS Festival of Rock Posters was held in the Hall of Flowers in Golden gate Park. This event is the primary gathering of dealers, artists and collectors, of vintage and modern concert posters. This is the singe greatest opportunity for collectors to meet with and buy directly from the top poster dealersand get posters signed by the artists . The show is also a perfect opportunity meet like minded collectors


This event is the collective effort of The Rock Poster Collectible Society. TRPS is an all volunteer organization committed to preserve and promote 1960’s concert poster art. The staff for TRPS was gracious and attentive, and their collective effort makes this event possible. It is their mission to create public awareness for this incredible body of work. The efforts of this organization are greatly needed in this ­ever-expanding market. As interest in collectible concert posters continues to surge, it is essential to have an organization that is independent and objective. We have always believed that for  this market to grow and attract new buyers there must be a commitment to  share accurate and credible information about values and

If you are not currently a member you can  join here : http://www.trps.org/membership/

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Obviously, the city of San Francisco is the ideal backdrop for the poster show as it was the original production/distribution point for the majority of these posters. To this day the city still carries the magical qualities that allowed the 1960’s music scene to flourish. The innovators of San Francisco poster art were on hand to sign their masterpieces for hungry fans. Wes Wilson, Mouse, Moscoso, David Singer Mari Tepper, David Byrd, Lee Conklin, Randy Tuten joyfully signing and sharing memories from the day.


The modern poster artists get a lot of attention at the TRPS show as well. Their passionate fans line up for hours to get copies of limited editions and rare variants from their favorite artists. The works of the of EMEK, Chuck Sperry, Marc Spusta, Matt Leunig (to name just a few)were on display and selling briskly.

It was an active day at the PAE table as well. We were delighted to get to meet with customers that we only know from the phone and email and put a face with them. It was great to get feedback from folks we work with all year long. Everyone was gracious and loved the information that we put out in this forum. We also lined up several longtime collectors who will be selling their posters in our auction in the coming year.

The energy in the room was palpable and the interest in the vintage posters is stronger than.  The intensified interest in the third party graded material from CGC was a hot topic.

All Said and done, the 2016 Festival of Rock posters was a terrific time, it’s great to meet with all of the people that make this incredible collectible a reality.

Yet Another Major Vintage 1960’s Concert Posters Feature!

Right on the heels of the news about the “ You Say you Want a Revolution- Records and Rebels 1966-1970” exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London comes a major article and online gallery featuring vintage 1960’s concert posters by The Guardian newspaper.


The collection was formed by the late Felix Dennis, a very successful and famous entrepreneur in Great Britain. Dennis is most widely known in the U.S. for his founding and ownership of Maxim magazine. In addition to expanding interest both in print, and online, the posters themselves were on display October 7 and 8 in a gallery in London.

While this continued widespread exposure to these posters is very important, this story is important for two other reasons.

First, anyone associated with this hobby will tell you that there is TREMENDOUS interest in these posters overseas. Icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and the Doors are WORLDWIDE legends that transcend borders. This is one of the reasons these posters are more exciting than many collectibles that only enjoy collector appeal within the United States.

Secondly, we can tell you that we have many famous and influential clients that are active collectors of this material. They understand the myriad of reasons why these posters are desirable and they clearly have the financial wherewithal to acquire the finest and most desirable pieces.

What’s most exciting, is that unlike almost all other collectibles, the value of these posters have not yet grown out of reach of “the common man”. You can still acquire a museum quality poster with tremendous historical importance, that exists in tiny quantities for the same price charged for mass produced pieces of crap in every “Art Gallery” in America.

You won’t find the artwork hanging in your friends house’s hanging in any museum, but your Vintage Concert posters are being featured and praised everywhere, all over the world!

To see the Guardian's beautiful feature story, click here:

Bill Graham's Rock & Roll Revolution Museum Exhibit Opens in Philadelphia!

We are pleased to report that the hugely popular Bill Graham Rock and Roll Revolution Museum Exhibit has just opened at The National Museum of American Jewish History. The exhibit runs through January 16, 2017.


This is the first appearance of the exhibit on the east coast after wildly enthusiastic crowds on the west coast. As readers of this blog are well aware, we highly encourage everyone east of the Mississippi river to find a way to attend this exhibit. It is a truly thrilling experience to see all of the incredible concert posters, handbills and photographs, and ALSO to see throngs of regular folks enjoying the exhibit as well! In this regard, don't be shy about bringing your non-collector family and friends along for the experience, they are guaranteed to leave happy that they came along, and will have a new found respect for your interests and hobby.

For more details, see our earlier reports about our visits to the Bill Graham Exhibit in both Los Angeles and San Francisco that were published in this blog.

Also, to supercharge your visit and transform it into a truly epic and memorable day, call us for a private visit to our Gallery which is located just 90 minutes south in Baltimore, Md. If you make arrangements in advance, we will roll out the red carpet and make sure you get to see material that cant be seen anywhere else—not even in a museum! And of course, if you have material to sell, our international clientele allows us to offer you the highest cash prices available in the marketplace.

For more details on the Bill Graham Rock and Roll Revolution museum exhibit in Philadelphia, click here:

Boom! Major 1960’s Museum Retrospective Touches Down in London!

As readers of this blog know, there are a multitude of reasons why many collectibles experts now believe that 1960’s Vintage Concert Posters represent the most exciting collectibles opportunity in the world today.


It is easy, when analyzing this market, to get seduced by the incredible artwork, the ridiculously cheap prices, the “displayability” and the ultra low supply of museum quality examples.

But none of these factors would be even remotely exciting without another key factor, which is that these posters are truly historically important and represent the most authentic and important artifacts from the most influential decade of the 20th Century!

And that’s exactly what the newly opened exhibition “You Say you Want a Revolution- Records and Rebels 1966-1970” at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is all about!

The exhibit, which is open now, through February 26th, 2017 focuses on the historical importance of these years. The exhibit encompasses music, fashion, film, architecture, anti war movements, radical militancy, drug culture and the utopian views that burst out of California.

But make no mistake about it, as the title of the exhibition acknowledges, the music of this era (and accompanying posters!) is front and center! As the exhibition program proclaims, “Music is the glue of the late 1960’s”, the start of a global conversation that was handed down from San Francisco.

For all of the readers of this blog, it is so exciting to see yet another MAJOR museum exhibition of our beloved Vintage Concert Posters. The Victoria and Albert Museum bills itself as “The World’s Leading Museum of Art and Design.” It is wonderful that our clientele in Europe, as well as hundreds of thousands of other visitors will be exposed to the incredible artwork and historical importance of this era. There are even reprints of Vintage 1960’s Concert posters for sale in the gift shop!!!

If you are able to attend this exhibit, we highly recommend it. When you see the amazingly rare and beautiful posters hanging in museums, appreciated by throngs of ordinary people, you can easily understand what all the excitement is about in our rapidly evolving hobby. The future is unfolding right before our eyes!

For more information on the London exhibit, click here:

Second Order Effects of CGC Grading Part 2

In previous blogs we have discussed there are two different ways that CGC is affecting today’s market for Vintage Rock Concert posters. 


One group of effects can be called “First Order Effects”, which are obvious to all onlookers. Specifically, these “First Order” effects include 1) increased media attention, 2) this increased media attention results in a huge increase in NEW collectors that can now collect with confidence. 3) Since this rise in demand is chasing the same small supply, values go up. 4) And since dealers can easily quote buy prices for CGC graded posters sight unseen, liquidity is increased. 5) Also, since third party grading is inherently about distinguishing differences in quality, there is a huge focus on quality.

Not so obvious, are many second order effects of third party CGC grading that will also effect today’s rapidly growing marketplace for these rare artworks. Today, we will examine one second order effect which is INCREASED LIQUIDITY.

Every single day, we receive numerous calls and inquiries from people all over the world that have posters that they wish to sell to us or consign in our auction. The question is always the same, what can you pay for XXXXXX poster. Unless the poster is a famous one of a kind rarity, our answer is always the same, “It depends vastly on the condition and making sure the poster is authentic. If you send us the poster we guarantee to have a cash offer to you in 24 hours. If you accept the offer, (which over 9 out of 10 do) we will send immediate payment. If you don’t wish to accept the offer, we will Fedex your poster back to you immediately.

While most people are agreeable to this format, there are some people that want a concrete on offer on the phone regardless of condition. In this case, the seller hangs up disappointed. The poster winds up back in the attic where it has resided for the last 20+ years. And we don’t get the opportunity to acquire a fresh piece of art that would be savored by our clientele.

If the poster was independently graded and authenticated by CGC, this would never happen. The seller would be able to tell us exactly what they had, and in what condition. And we would be able to make a strong cash offer, sight unseen. We would both “win” and a transaction would be quickly consummated that otherwise wouldn’t take place.

Let’s take another example. Say a collector is looking for a rare piece for many years that is quite expensive. He locates one for sale, but has never done business with the person that has it, and there are no solid guarantees provided in writing. The buyer has a wide range of prices he is willing to pay, based on condition. Because he has never done business with this seller before, he is reluctant to buy the poster because he is not confident about the accuracy of the seller’s grading.

If the poster had been third party authenticated and graded by CGC, this problem would obviously be eliminated. The buyer would know exactly what he is getting and he would not be relying on the seller’s opinion at all.

In conclusion, the introduction of independent third party grading into any collectibles market drastically increases the liquidity of what’s being collected because the number of transactions explodes upward due to the increased ease in both buying and selling. In short, everyone wins!

Tales From The Front Line

For those of you that were unable to attend this week’s Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Show, we thought it would be best to report on the goings ons by using the words of other people that visited us at Table 411. “I’m glad you guys are doing this!”


That was the quote from one of the world’s top collectibles experts and dealers with 40 plus years of experience that includes a stint as co-owner of a major rock and roll collectibles business. Why did he say this? Because he understood that Vintage Concert Posters have widespread appeal, are historically important and are far rarer and much cheaper than most other collectibles. He was impressed by the CGC third party authentication and grading and thought the packaging also made it far easier to handle and store the posters in perfect condition. “You guys are really ambitious being here!

This was said by one of the world’s top coin dealers who was impressed with the non stop line of people in front of our table who wanted to view our inventory, learn about CGC authentication and grading and sign up for our email list and auctions. Thousands of collectors attended the show over 3 days and we added scores to our mailing list! “I totally get it, I’m in!”

This was said by a multi millionaire who is also a world class coin collector. He is in his late 60’s, grew up in the era, saw the concerts and now wants to jump into this market now that third party CGC grading is a reality. He’s been in the collectibles trenches forever, has made fortunes “playing” with his hobby and sees this new emerging market as ripe with opportunity. “It’s great to finally meet you in person!”

This was not said by one person, but by all the customers that came out to see us to both buy and sell. It’s always great to put a face with a name, review our inventory in person, buy posters that have been put away by our clients for decades, and share the many nuances and bits of information that we have to share with our clientele.

In conclusion, we exhibited at this show with the goal of exposing these incredible artworks and third party grading to the thousands of people that are already buying, selling and trading certified collectibles on a daily basis. To be honest, we didn’t know quite what to expect at the start of the event. We were blown away by the outpouring of interest and support and it was wonderful to meet the people in person that we so often communicate with over the phone and through email. It was a tremendous success and something we will continue to do in the future!

PAE Hits The Road!

We are excited to announce that we will be hitting the road over the coming days and weeks so that we can meet and do business with our clients face to face.


Our first stop will be The Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Show September 8, 9, and 10th, where we will have a table to buy and sell 1960’s posters. Our purpose for attending this show is several fold. First, we hope to meet with our friends and clients in Southern California. If you are in the area, please plan on stopping by. If you have posters to sell, we will be able to offer you immediate payment on the spot. If you are looking to buy, we will have a wide variety of the finest quality inventory available anywhere in the world. If you have a large collection you wish to sell, please let us know NOW, and we will make arrangements to come to you! In any event, if you are anywhere near the Lon Angeles area, we hope to connect with you next week!

Our second reason for attending the show is that we have had an outpouring of inquiries about Vintage Rock posters from our longstanding friends and relationships within the professional collectibles community, ie dealers. These dealers understand the major significance of the introduction of independent, third party CGC Grading within our hobby and want in, in BIG WAY.

These dealers have witnessed first hand the dramatic effects of increased demand, liquidity and prices that third party grading has brought to coins, paper money, baseball cards and comics and they want to participate in this new and exciting emerging market. Many have told us they believe that posters have MORE POTENTIAL than any of these other collectibles due to their beauty and ability to display, the massive popularity of the legendary bands, their historical significance, the minuscule production numbers, their extreme rarity Museum Quality condition, and ridiculously cheap prices. Many have already asked us for “first shot” at whatever we are bringing, so if there is something in particular YOU are looking for, please let us know in advance so we can hold it back if we have the item available.

The second stop we will be making is to the annual Festival of Rock Posters on October 22 in San Francisco. This event is the premier Rock Poster show of the year and is put on by The Rock Poster Society. (TRPS). If you are anywhere near the San Francisco area, of frankly, anywhere west of the Mississippi, we highly encourage you to attend this event. Again, we will be in San Francisco to both buy and sell, and if you have a large collection you wish to offer us, please let us know NOW, so we can make separate plans to come to YOU. Also, as we have said many times before, we highly recommend that all collectors become members of TRPS.

With all of the excitement that is currently brewing in our marketplace now, we look forward to meeting with you in person in the coming days so that we can discuss a personal plan to achieve your collecting goals!

For details on The Long Beach Coin and Collectibles show, click here!

For details on the Festival of Rock Posters, click here!

1960’s Concert Poster’s Infiltration of Mainstream Society Continues!

Anyone that has been paying the least bit of attention has witnessed the proliferation of interest being directed at our beloved 1960’s Concert posters.


We have seen exhibits in major international air ports, the most hallowed and respected art museums, and talks of a Bill Graham major motion picture, to name but a few recent developments. Now comes news from Nike, one of the world’s largest and most influential brands, that they are releasing a Psychedelic sports shoe that is covered in the rainbow colors and classic typography that is the trademark of these rare and sought after artworks!

When a company like Nike, that spends hundreds of million of dollars on market data, decides that a shoe of this design would have market appeal , it’s a real testimony to the influence and desirability of original 1960’s concert posters.

It’s incredible to think that there will be thousands of people walking around in what Nike themselves are calling “concert poster shoes!”. Looking at the big picture, this is just more anecdotal information that all of us collectors are participating in the most exciting collectibles category in the world today!

To read more about the Nike Psychedelic Concert poster Shoes, click here!

The CGC Rock Poster Revolution—Where We Are Now!

As The CGC Rock Poster Revolution continues to unfold, it’s important to remember the BIG PICTURE of where this market was and where it’s going.


For many years, we implored our clientele to buy the highest quality posters they could, and to pay the small premium at the time (usually less than double a damaged copy) to acquire the best examples they could. This advice proved to be prescient and the collectors that acted on this recommendation are sitting pretty today. But the collectors that bought quality in the past were the equivalent to angel investors who bought stock in private companies with a hope and a prayer that they will someday go public. The purchase may pan out, and it may not.

Today’s market is very different. CGC grading is now a reality. The future is far more clear cut and easier to understand. CGC grading of rock concert posters has now “gone public”, and buying today, at today’s price levels is like buying stock in a company when it first goes public.

Let’s look at a few of the most COMMON United States coins, and the premiums attached to high grade examples. 1879-S Morgan Silver Dollar MS60 (Equal to CGC 9.0) $40 , MS66 (Equal to CGC 9.4) $212, MS67 (Equal to CGC 9.8) $580.00 1945 Walking Liberty Half Dollar MS60 $31, MS66 $118, MS67 $635. 1901-S $5.00 Liberty Gold Piece MS60 $350, MS66 $2800, MS67 $10,000

Please note the above examples are the smallest premiums seen for the most common of all coins. Most coins bring FAR HIGHER premiums as the grade ascends! And the examples above are for coins where tens of millions were made and many tens of thousands exist in MS60 or higher. Clearly, CGC graded posters offered today WILL NOT bring 15-30 times what a lesser graded, non CGC graded example would bring. And that represents an opportunity. Based on all other collectibles, we believe it WILL BE POSSIBLE to see similar premiums in the not too distant future.

We believe the focus on top quality concert posters that began several years ago will continue and accelerate. You have this knowledge, the only question now is what you will do with it!

Rare CGC Comic Book Brings $956,000!

Rare CGC Comic Book Brings Record $956,000! Last week a 1938 Action Comics #1 comic book that was graded by CGC made national news headlines when it brought a staggering $956,000 at auction! 


This event is notable for many reasons. First, read the first two lines of the auction lot description:

It's the holy grail of comic collecting, and we've never auctioned a higher-graded, unrestored copy! In the nearly 15 years since our first auction, we've offered a total of 18 complete copies of the iconic issue, but only nine of those had earned the CGC blue Universal label awarded to an unrestored copy.

The auctioneer clearly explains the importance that this comic book is CGC graded, UNRESTORED, and HIGH GRADE. Furthermore, this is a NUMBER ONE, and readers of this blog are very familiar of the ultra high desirability of a NUMBER ONE in collectibles. This is something we are true believers in and adhering to this collecting philosophy has personally made us many millions of dollars in the collectibles markets over the years.

Lastly, the CNN story states that about 100 copies are known to exist in any condition! MANY of the poster we sell have around 100 known, and many much, much less. And these can be acquired for $150 and up!!!

Please stop for a second and take a break from your very busy day. Stop all the noise in your head and just ponder all of this for a second. The CGC Rock Poster Revolution is unfolding right before your very eyes. We have told you that third party grading would lead to increased media attention, collector participation, rising demand, rising values and a great focus on condition and originality.

We did not pull these ideas out of thin air, or make them up out of whole cloth. We are simply reporting the obvious, what has already happened in SIX OTHER COLLECTIBLES markets.

As a reader of this blog, you should consider yourself lucky to be at the right place, at the right time. You are one of the relative few…for now. There will always be naysayers, but the market speaks louder than any individual. Listen closely to what’s happening now and ACT accordingly.

As we have stated repeatedly, the great majority of posters we handle never make it into our store or auction. If you would like help in starting a collection, it’s up to you to contact us, we are here to help you any way we can.

To view the original auction listing (highly recommended, read carefully) for the CGC comic book, click here:

To view the CNN national headline story, click here:

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Second Order Effects of CGC Grading

Excitement continues to grow in the collectibles market as word spreads about the third party authentication and grading of posters by CGC.


Since this is at least the SIXTH collectible category to receive third party grading (coins, stamps, baseball cards, comics and paper money), many collectors expect the market for these posters to react in similar and obvious ways experienced by these other collectibles. Specifically, these “First Order” effects include 1) increased media attention, 2) this increased media attention results in a huge increase in NEW collectors that can now collect with confidence. 3) Since this rise in demand is chasing the same small supply, values go up. 4) And since dealers can easily quote buy prices for CGC graded posters sight unseen, liquidity is increased. 5) Also, since third party grading is inherently about distinguishing differences in quality, there is a huge focus on quality.

Not to so obvious, are many second order effects of third party grading, one of which we will discuss now. First, CGC grading will make it much easier to track values and price performance of concert posters. Because there is a standardized grading scale, posters can be far more easily compared to each other and properly valued. Say you have two of the same poster, example A and example B. Example sells for $1000 at auction and a dealer is asking $3000 for the same poster via private sale because it is the best example he has ever handled. Is this a good deal? Without third party grading, it could be hard to say. If example B is in reality much higher quality, it could be a steal. But if it’s the same as example A, it’s hard to say. If BOTH posters were graded by CGC, it would be much easier to know.

Let’s take another valuation example. Lets say that a poster you’ve been hoping to buy finally comes available after 2 years of searching. The dealer wants $2500 and the poster is CGC graded. Your research tells you that this same poster that has traded in the past for $900, 1100, $1500 and $4000. Is it a good deal? It’s hard to say because it’s impossible to know the quality of the other previous sales. If all the posters were graded, the answer would be easy.

One last example will involve past price performance. Lets say you want to determine if a poster has risen in value over the past 5 years. As of now, past price realized are somewhat meaningless unless the same exact example of the same exact poster is sold multiple times. Otherwise, you are not comparing “apples with apples”. Now that CGC is grading posters, you can look at different examples of the same poster in the same grade and compare their price performance over time. So if 3 different examples of the same poster have all been graded 9.0 by CGC, you easily track these data points and see if a clear trend emerges.

The bottom line is that third party grading brings order to collectibles marketplaces that previously operated like the “Wild West”. Make no mistake about it, just a very few posters have been CGC graded. By no means should you pass over the 99.99% of those that have not yet been graded. Just make sure that you are buying from an honest dealer that stands behind their product with a strong guarantee, in writing.