Vintage Concert Poster

CGC Graded Concert Posters- To Frame or Not Frame?

Collectors have their choice of many excellent options

Every day we speak with collectors that are sold on the safety, security and liquidity that accompanies every vintage concert poster that has been independently authenticated and graded by CGC. 

One common question that always gets asked is: "I love CGC graded concert posters but how do I frame and display them? To our current knowledge, the collector has 3 different options as follows:

This amazing BG-8 CGC graded concert poster has been framed with the holder fully visible.

This amazing BG-8 CGC graded concert poster has been framed with the holder fully visible.

1) Remove the poster from the holder and frame as usual. The main benefit to buying CGC graded and authenticated posters is you gain far greater confidence that you are getting exactly what you paid for.

Let's face it, there are many different printings for most issues, there are counterfeit and bootleg posters floating around, and a HUGE percentage of surviving posters have professional restoration that can only be detected by a trained eye.

In today's quality conscious market where originality is highly prized, value is directly correlated to state of preservation. Very small differences in quality can mean HUGE differences in price. Given these market realities, why would you want to take someone's word for the condition a poster is in when that person has a direct conflict of interest? That's why PAE has a policy of ONLY selling CGC graded concert posters, if the issue we are selling is currently eligible for CGC's service.

Given these facts, there is absolutely nothing wrong with buying a CGC graded poster so you can be confident you are actually getting what you paid for. The poster can then be removed from the holder and professionally framed using museum quality archival materials and procedures. At least with this option, you won't find yourself many years down the road, ready to sell, and find out THEN that you were sold something that was mis-represented.

2) Frame your CGC poster in the holder with the holder visible. A second option is to frame the poster in the CGC holder, with all the information CGC provides fully displayed. Some of our clients tell us they believe the CGC information provided, (Band, venue, date, artists, condition, etc.) adds to the viewing experience.

This is an incredible BG-74 poster that has been graded 9.8 by CGC. The poster remains in it's CGC holder, which is hidden by the mat

This is an incredible BG-74 poster that has been graded 9.8 by CGC. The poster remains in it's CGC holder, which is hidden by the mat

This option is a simple procedure that can be handled by any frame shop. Simply "float" the poster in a larger frame. The advantage of this option is that any frame shop can do it, you will have the security and peace of mind that the poster is protected in CGC's airtight holder, and the poster will command a premium price when it comes tie to sell since it will already be CGC graded and authenticated.

3) Frame your CGC poster in the holder with a mat hiding the CGC holder.

A third option is to frame the poster in the CGC holder, but completely hide the holder using a mat. The advantage of this option is that you get the safety and security of the CGC holder while having the same optical experience of framing the poster out of the holder.

No matter what you decide, there is no doubt that CGC third party authentication and grading provides tremendous benefits to vintage concert poster collectors. The safety, security and liquidity can all be enjoyed no matter how you decide to display these historic pieces of art.

 

 

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!

 

 

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:

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!

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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SPECIAL REPORT ! CGC Graded Concert Posters are Exploding in Value!

CGC has recently announced the third party authentication and grading of Vintage Rock Concert Posters. The significance of this announcement should not be overlooked or underestimated. Many are calling this the most lucrative, ground floor collectibles opportunity to present itself in many years. Read on for details…


The Certified Guaranty Company (CGC) is the recognized leader in third party authentication and grading of collectibles. Three times since 1987, CGC has entered a collectibles market. First, rare coins in 1987 (NGC). Second, was rare comic books in 2000 (CGC). And then, rare paper money in 2005 (PMG).

Each and every time - the value for the highest graded and finest quality examples of these collectibles exploded in value, 500%, 1000% and in thousands upon thousands of examples, much, much more!

It is an absolute truth that CGC authentication and grading has added literally BILLIONS OF DOLLARS of market value to rare coins, comic books and paper money.

Yes, that’s BILLIONS, with a “B”. Not millions, or tens of millions, or hundreds of millions.

This is real money, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, that dropped right into the pockets of smart collectors that had the knowledge, understanding and ability to act when the opportunity presented itself! Why has CGC authentication and grading resulted in billions of dollars of increased market value for these other collectibles?

The answer is simple.

Impartial, third party authentication and grading of a collectible allows anyone to buy and participate in that market with total confidence, even if they are just getting started. Fear of counterfeits? GONE!

Fear of undisclosed restoration? GONE!
Fear of misrepresentation? GONE!
Fear of over-grading? GONE!
Fear of liquidity when selling? GONE!

Most importantly, the elimination of all these fears, and their absence in the marketplace, is GUARANTEED by CGC.

This increase in confidence leads to an EXPONENTIAL INCREASE IN DEMAND.

Demand that is chasing the same tiny supply of the finest known examples of a collectible. (Like ocean front real estate, they’re not making any more of it!)

The same thing is now just starting to happen in the marketplace for Vintage Concert posters.

Collectors are scrambling to snap up the finest quality examples they can locate. (9.0 and better)

New players are entering the market.

In many cases, these are the very same players that made a killing in these other collectibles.

These smart collectors understand what they see unfolding right before their very eyes- AGAIN!

But there are four major factors that are DIFFERENT this time. Four factors that lead us to believe the potential desirability and appreciation for Vintage Concert Posters dwarfs what happened when third party authentication and grading of other collectibles was introduced.

1) Vintage Concert Posters are many thousands of times rarer than coins, comic books and paper money! All three of those collectibles were mass produced in the hundreds of millions. The average concert poster was released in an edition of 500 – 3500, with most 1000 or less.

2) Vintage Concert Posters can be displayed in your home! Coins, comics and paper money are almost always stored in vaults or safe deposit boxes, reserved for the quiet, enjoyment of the collector.

These spectacular posters can be enjoyed and displayed, making them so much more desirable, to so many more people. Make no mistake about it, that’s why the most valuable art trades in the hundreds of millions of dollars while the most valuable of these other collectibles trade for 1-2 million dollars! When people can proudly display what they have, they are willing to pay more for it. A LOT more!

3) Vintage Concert Posters can be seen in major museums! Over the past several years, these posters have received widespread recognition and exposure in major museums throughout the United States. This inherently makes these artworks more valuable and desirable. We have reported extensively upon this and is another major factor in explaining the price disparity of art and other collectibles.

4) Vintage Concert Posters enjoy potential demand from tens of millions of fans of the musicians! Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, and all the other bands have scores of rabid fans that already connect with them and their music. The addressable market for these posters in exponentially higher than for any other collectible, including the Van Gogh’s and Warhol’s that are worth more than the finest homes or yachts. It will be interesting to watch what happens when these fans learn that they can now buy Vintage Concert Posters from the era with complete and total confidence! And lastly, unlike the market for U.S. coins and paper money, these fans form an international base of demand. People know who Hendrix is, regardless of what language they speak, because music is the universal language!

In short, the announcement that CGC is now authenticating and grading Vintage Concert Posters has provided collectors with a brand new, ground floor, collectibles opportunity. An opportunity that YOU are now among the first to discover. The only question that remains is what YOU are going to do with this information! It’s a well chronicled fact that for the past 7 years we have been advising our clientele to focus on condition and to acquire the best quality examples you can locate and afford. We are proud that many of our clients that listened to our advice are now sitting on collections that in many cases cannot be replicated today – AT ANY PRICE!

It is also a matter of fact that we never have - and never will - advise collectors to “invest” in posters with a profit motive in mind. We are simply stating that if you have “the collecting gene”, this is an opportunity to acquire a world class collectible, with world class rarity and desirability, at prices that are ridiculously cheap compared to most other collectibles. And if you have that “gene”, having a highly valuable, World Class Collection of anything is a worthy goal. We also think this opportunity won’t last very long! Please know that we stand ready to assist you and answer any questions you may have. Also, please know that the VAST majority of posters we handle never make it into our store or auction.

So let us know what you are looking for, or contact us if you want advice on what issues you should target and/or are available. Also, if you have posters for sale, we will be your top cash buyer, with immediate payment within 24 hours. We hope to hear from you soon!

The Official CGC Concert Poster announcement can be seen Here >>

The Secret of Specialization

Any seasoned collector will tell you that one of the main keys to success is specialization. Why?


The answer is really pretty simple. Specialization allows you to tilt the odds for collecting success in your favor by allowing you to gain knowledge and expertise that exceeds what is generally known on a topic.

And just like everything else in life, knowledge and expertise = power and success.

For example, specialization will allow you to know about specific issues that are rarer or more common than generally believed, you’ll meet and know the other sophisticated players in your specialty, and you’ll be able to identify mis-priced opportunities both at auction and in dealer inventories. Also, once you are known in the collecting community for a specific specialty, you will be the first to be offered opportunities and deals that pertain to your area of expertise.

These are just a tiny fraction of the advantages of specialization that immediately come to mind.

Some areas that you might consider specializing in when it comes to Vintage Concert posters are as follows:

Specialize in posters by a particular poster artist, specialize in the posters of a particular band, specialize in the posters of a specific venue, specialize in the posters of a particular band, or posters from a specific year.

These are just a few ideas, the area you decide to specialize in should be personal to you and your individual tastes and interests. Another HUGE advantage of adhering to this strategy is that it specialization guarantees that you will end up with a collection that will be focused, highly interesting and significant. Instead of owning a random hodge podge of posters, you can display your collection with pride as “a complete collection of concert posters from the Straight Theater”, for example.

If you’ve read this far, I hope you’ll take a moment to reflect on this advice and seriously consider it. It is some of the best advice I can give you from 43 years as a collector. It has served me well and I’m sure it will be valuable for you, too.

Bootleg Alert! Poster : Grateful Dead , Jenison Field house 3/13/71

Through careful research and a collaborative effort from within the Concert Poster Community, we can conclusively announce the discovery of a stash of forged copies of this extremely rare and highly sought after Grateful Dead poster. 


All collectors should proceed with extreme caution when contemplating the acquisition of this rare issue and receive iron clad Guarantees of Authenticity from any seller. In January, 2014, PAE was privileged to auction the first known example of a poster advertising the Grateful Dead at Jenison Field House, in East Lansing Michigan, on the campus of Michigan State University. The concert was held on March 13, 1971 and the artist was Hugh Surratt.

Shortly after our sale, this poster began frequently appearing in auctions and dealer inventories throughout the nation. Curiously, each example that surfaces exhibited the exact same wear, water damage, pinholes and discoloration.

Here are the definitive measurements of authentic copies. There are currently two copies known, one that came from the artist and another still retained by the artist.

The authentic poster is printed on thin stock and the overall dimensions are 17 13/16” x 24 5/16” . The upper rectangular image exhibiting the Sun and Grateful Dead legend measures 5 9/16 “ x 15 ¾”. The lower rectangular image that exhibits a portrait of the band measures 15 ¾” x 15 7/16” . The top border of the poster measures 1 ½ “ and the bottom border measures 1 9/16” . The left border of the poster is 1” and the right border measures 1 1/16. “

The easiest way to detect bootleg copies is by the telltale aging that was executed by the counterfeiter. The bootleg copies are is printed on heavy paper and have been artificially aged yellow on the front and is white on the back. The fake copies also exhibit moisture ripples and staple holes.

The overall dimensions of the counterfeit copies are 17 3/16 x 23 9/16”. The upper rectangular image of the Sun and Grateful Dead legend measures 5 7/16” x 15 ¼”. The lower rectangular image showing a portrait of the band measures 14 15/16” x 15 ¼” . The top border of the fake poster is 1 3/8” the bottom border is 1 7/16”. The left border of counterfeit copies measures 1 1/16” the right border equals 1 ½”.

All of the bootleg copies can be traced back to a Craig’s List seller in Wisconsin by the name of Mike.

The Dead Come Alive!

Last week we spoke about the “new blood” that is coming into our market and collecting posters for the first time…or the first time in a very long while. 


This new interest is being partly fueled by old “Deadheads” that have now become re-energized and re-engaged by the recent 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Grateful Dead that took place over the July 4th weekend. Many of these long time, devoted fans have gone on to become successful in other areas of their lives, and can afford to own authentic memorabilia that reminds them of their participation in this past era/phenomena.

At the shows in Santa Clara and Chicago, there were tens of thousand of middle aged folks that were attending their first shows in many years. Friendships were renewed, and passions re-awakened. Ever since the 50th Celebration was announced, Grateful Dead memorabilia has been flying out of the safes of collectibles dealers. To make matters even more interesting, this year also marks the 50th Anniversary of “The Sixties”, a social movement that began in 1965.

This week we are pleased to be offering a public auction that features a treasure trove of Grateful Dead Concert Posters from “back in the day!” There is a huge variety of material in every conceivable price point. Take a close look at the auction, which closes Thursday night, August 6th.

To view the auction, click here!