Every day we receive calls from around the world, asking us what their vintage concert posters and handbills are worth. There are many different answers to this question, depending on the actual information the collector is seeking. Let’s start at the beginning.
First, it must be understood that with every collectible, condition is a major determinant of value. The same exact poster can be worth wildly different amounts. A rare poster that is heavily beat up, with multiple tears, tack holes and paper missing can be worth $1,000, while the same issue could be worth $10,000, if it is in flawless museum quality condition.
This situation becomes even more complicated at the higher end of the quality spectrum. A very rare poster that has just one tiny flaw such a single pinhole, or ¼ inch tear, could be worth $3,000, while the same issue without that single tiny flaw can be worth $10,000.
This means that ALL vintage concert posters and handbills have to be inspected in person, by a trained expert, in order to get a meaningful valuation.
Secondly, there are several different valuations that can be ascertained. First, there is “Book Value”, which can be determined by past sales data. Book Value tells the collector what the poster has traded for in the past. This number can be a guide for the collector, but Book Value still has it’s limitations.
For example, if a poster sells at auction for $2,000, the collector must understand that there are fees involved in selling. The consigner of the poster would have received $1500-$1600 for the poster, after having waited several weeks or months for the auction to be conducted, and for the money to be collected. While this is not that big of a deal when it comes to one single poster, the deduction of these selling fees can really add up when you are talking about a large collection of many items.
Also, the $2,000 gross number pertains to a sale that has already happened at a specific date and time in the past. Like any market, conditions are fluid and this same poster, if put back on the market, could bring $1500 next time…or $2500.
The point is, while past auction data provides an excellent base of information for valuation, it does not tell the collector what they can definitely receive for their posters right now, TODAY.
The second type of valuation is often referred to as an “Insurance Appraisal or Valuation”. This type of valuation refers to what it would cost to replace a vintage concert poster if it was lost or stolen.
An Insurance Appraisal has the same challenges a Book Value appraisal, only in reverse. Just because a poster in your collection brought $2,000 in a past auction, that in no way means it can be replaced for that amount. In many cases, vintage concert posters and handbills are so rare, that it can be several years before another one becomes available for purchase, in equal condition. It’s anyone’s guess when, where and for how much that poster would cost you to replace!
Even more complicated are unique, one of a kind rarities. These pieces are literally priceless, as they only trade when a willing seller and a willing buyer agree amongst themselves on the valuation of the item. This value will be determined based on those two people’s collective knowledge and needs—and very little else!
Lastly, there is the notion of “Real World Market Value” of concert posters and handbills. This is the value that most of the callers we receive are interested in determining. “Real World Market Value” is the actual amount of cash that a poster can be sold for RIGHT NOW.
This is not a theoretical number, or past sale of another poster, but the actual amount that poster can be sold for TODAY. It is also, not surprisingly, the number most important to the majority of callers we hear from on a daily basis.
Psychedelic Art Exchange is pleased to provide all collectors with a totally FREE, Real World Market Valuation of each and every vintage concert poster and handbill in their collection. Even more exciting, we guarantee that you will receive your Valuation in 24 hours!
Here’s how it works:
Contact us and request your free appraisal. We will ARRANGE AND PAY ALL SHIPPING COSTS to have your posters sent to our Gallery in Baltimore, Md. Of course, if you are in the mid-atlantic region, you may also arrange to visit us in person.
We will inspect the condition of your material and guarantee to provide you with a Real Market Valuation of your vintage concert posters and handbills within 24 hours of receipt. Please understand, this will not be a theoretical valuation or guess. It will be the actual amount you can turn your posters into cash, IMMEDIATELY. If you are looking to sell, this is the only number that really matters.
The valuation you receive will be based on our 75 years of collectibles experience combined with the extensive “Want Lists” of our worldwide clientele and the current market price on the very day we receive your posters. If you wish to sell your collection based on your valuation, you will receive funds that will be Fedexed or wired to you the very same day....again, GUARANTEED! If you don't wish to sell, we guarantee to return your items to you the SAME DAY, by Fedex AT OUR COST.
To the best of our knowledge, this is the most generous offer available in collectible's market today. We will provide you with a detailed, full appraisal of your vintage concert posters and handbills, ABSOLUTLEY FREE. We will also pay your shipping costs, BOTH WAYS. And we guarantee to do all this in 24 hours!
Why do we do this?
Because the tiny supply of surviving Vintage Concert Posters does not come close to meeting the current demands of our clientele. We are in constant need of quality material, and finding sellers of these posters is FAR more challenging for us than finding buyers.So it makes good business sense for us and it makes good business sense for you, if you want to find out what your collection is really worth.
So don't delay, contacts us TODAY to receive a FREE real market valuation of your vintage concert posters and handbills. You have everything to gain and absolutely nothing to lose!