Vintage concert posters

NPR Examines Grateful Dead's Immense Popularity With Today's Youth!

Iconic band is surprisingly more relevant than ever before!

This Museum Quality FD-26 Skull and Roses concert poster realized a record $50,600 in our auction last year.

This Museum Quality FD-26 Skull and Roses concert poster realized a record $50,600 in our auction last year.

The future desirability of Vintage 1960’s Concert Posters was further reinforced with today’s story on NPR’s 1A podcast. The show examined the immense popularity of the Grateful Dead and 1960’s music with the generation that was born after Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995.

The show highlights 3 guests, Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux, musician Holly Bowling and the directors of programming at Sirius FM.

To summarize, the huge interest in The Dead is based on a sense of community, the enduring values of The Sixties, and the american musical tradition of The Dead that is a mashup of virtually every musical genre.

All 3 of these factors are fueled by unprecedented access and exposure to the band and the era through live shows and music that is readily available online through the internet archive, Youtube, dozens of music festivals, and the various post Dead incarnations of the musicians.

It’s quite an interesting show and the focus is squarely on the popularity of the band and the era with today’s young people. For those that question whether people in the future will care about this music, and the collectible artifacts linked to it, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”.

To listen to the podcast, click here.

2018 Vintage Concert Poster Market Year in Review!

The future is uncertain. Hindsight is 20/20. Here’s our report card on our 2018 Predictions.

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By all accounts, 2018 was a remarkable year for the Vintage Concert Poster Market. Let’s take a look back at our exact predictions from 12 months ago and see how many panned out — our report card and current comments are in italics.!

1) Record Prices fo the Finest and Rarest!

Increased demand and dwindling supply will lead to record prices across ALL categories. 

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There is no question that 2018 marked a tipping point where demand greatly increased supply. This led to record prices across all price categories from $100 posters up to $50,000.

2) The Number of Market Participants Multiplies...Again!

This is a market that clearly has the wind at it's back. (See 2017 year in review blog post for reasons why) At PAE, our goal is to bring at least 1000 new clients onboard.

Grade: A-

A variety of factors that have been reported here led to a major influx of collectors, many from that are experienced in other collectibles categories. For this prediction, we deserve an A. However, PAE came a little short of generating 1000 new buyers, lowering our grade to A-.

3) A Focus on Tangible Assets Will Fan The Flames.

The White House is committed to spending money like a drunken sailor. This is already leading to a fall in the dollar and a rise in gold. What does this have to do with vintage concert posters? Plenty. This is the very beginning of a cycle of renewed inflation and desire for "hard assets". 

Grade: D

Trump did spend like a drunken sailor, and interest rates rose to reflect a red hot economy. However, these monetary moves have not yet filtered into financial markets. Gold, which is a fair barometer for mainstream America’s taste for tangible assets moved sideways the entire year. It looks like the move in gold we predicted in 2018 is may now be underway as the price has increased 10% in the past 90 days.

4) Continued Growth at PAE

2017 was year of growth for PAE, growth in clients, growth in volume and growth in staff. In addition to our two principals, Glen and Scott, we now have 2 full time employees and 3 part time employees that each log about 20 hours each. 

Grade: A

2018 represented records for us in terms of dollar volume, number of posters and number of customers. our team has grown to 3 full time and 4 part time members to assure that PAE remains the safe and secure place to buy, sell, and learn about Vintage Concert Posters.

5) Severe Supply Shock Hits Market.

There's a sound in the marketplace that started 2017 off as a murmur but has slowly grown into a roar. We're talking about a giant sucking sound of rapidly dwindling supply that has become pervasive in the marketplace.

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Overall, there is a dramatic drop in the number of desirable posters that are 100% Original with no restoration. It’s commonplace to see major offerings where over half the top listings have restoration of some form or other. That being said, PAE had a record year of sellers and consigners that wanted to tap into our worldwide clientele that believe current prices remain ridiculously dirt cheap and are willing to pay whatever it takes to secure the best quality posters in existence. We were proud to offer collectors an incredible selection of high quality items in every price category.

6) Premiums for Artist Signed Material Explodes.

This is a trend we have seen steadily gaining steam over the past several years and we see an acceleration of this trend in 2018.  

Grade: A

Big deal. Anyone could have predicted this trend. A total “No Brainer” trend that will continue to gather steam. Stay tuned for a future blog on this subject.

7) Interest in Grande Ballroom, Vulcan Gas and Armadillo World HQ Posters Climbs. 

As more and more collectors enter the marketplace, interest will gravitate to areas that are currently under valued. Over the past 2-3 years we have seen an explosion in interest for all three of the venues listed above. 

Grade: B

We nailed it when it comes to Armadillo World Headquarters posters. Demand for these went into thermo nuclear overdrive, as hot as any category out there. Grande posters have ALWAYS been popular and in demand. We saw an uptick, but no more of an uptick than the general market. Grande posters are a powder keg ready to EXPLODE, but what we envision didn’t fully happen in 2018. These are VASTLY under valued at today’s price levels, in our opinion. Vulcan Gas posters represent a fertile area for anyone that wants history, rarity and mind-blowing art for pennies on the dollar to what they may trade at one day. Stupid cheap compared to their San Francisco brethren.

8) and 9 ) Values of Large Size Fillmore and AOR Posters Explodes

Up until now, CGC has not had the capabilities to grade the large size Fillmore and AOR posters, but this situation is about to change. Look for these massive posters to command substantial premiums once CGC commences grading in the coming weeks!

Grade: C-

We jumped the gun on this one. We thought CGC would start grading these posters much earlier in the year, and that collector demand and commensurate prices would jump forward. CGC didn’t get started on this until the second half of the year, and little supply has entered the marketplace so far. The large format posters that have appeared have been VERY well received, watch for fireworks in this category in 2019.

10) Renewed Focus on Handbills and Postcards

It's no secret that a concert handbill is far easier to counterfeit than a concert poster. Third party authentication and grading by CGC has brought much needed integrity to this overlooked area of the market. With the introduction of CGC, we have seen an explosion of interest in concert handbills, now that collectors can acquire them with confidence. 

Grade A+

Another no brainer trend that is in it’s VERY early days. This segment of the market had been left for dead due to a multitude of authentication issues. Independent authentication and grading by CGC has solved all this with a beautiful package. Collectors can get the same iconic art, the same legendary bands, and in some cases rarity that EXCEEDS the poster for a fraction of the money the posters command. A Grand Slam that leaves collectors with an insatiable appetite for these historic artworks.

Or next blog, to be published shorty, will disclose our predictions for 2019.

Rolling Stone Magazine Publishes Major Feature on Vintage Concert Posters!

Major media outlets continue to highlight the historical importance of these rare artworks

Rolling Stone magazine is the latest in a long list of major media outlets to publish a story on the historical importance of vintage 1960’s concert posters. The story takes up 8 full pages in a special Grateful Dead Collectors Edition on newsstands now. All of the major artists of the era are mentioned.

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The articles states, “Skulls and roses, melting fonts, and so much more: The iconic images created by San Francisco artists for The Dead’s gig posters were essential to the band’s legend.”

This statement is one of the linchpins that make this collectible so compelling. These beautiful posters were produced in ridiculously small quantities and provide a direct link to what many consider to be the most important decade of the 20th century.

With the advent of super strict, unbiased third party authentication and grading, collectors are just beginning to discover how difficult most issues are to locate in original, undamaged condition, free from all restoration.

We will continue to keep you abreast of developments as this emerging collectible continues to earn attention from major art museums and media outlets in the coming months. Next year’s 50th anniversary celebration of Woodstock is sure to add major fuel to this red hot fire!

Certified Neil Armstrong Collection Realizes $5.2 Million at Auction!

Record prices directly attributed to unbiased third party authentication and grading.

The collectibles world is talking about the recent auctioning of astronaut Neil Armstrong’s collection November 1-3, 2018. Nearly 1000 lots realized $5,276,320, far exceeding the most optimistic expectations.

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Each item in the auction was independently authenticated by CAG, a division of CCG, the same folks that certify the vintage concert posters and handbills we offer.

The auctioneer for the collection stated, “ CAG unlocked tremendous value for the Armstrong Family Collection by giving bidders greater confidence in the authenticity and provenance of the artifacts. At the same time, CAG delivered significant long term value and protection to buyers through its guarantee, impartial assessments and protective holders. CAG’s certification made it far easier for us to auction the collection and likewise for our clients to evaluate and bid on it.”

This is yet another in an endless list of examples of how important independent, third party authentication and grading is to the collectibles marketplace. Third party authentication provides confidence, and an unbiased opinion on condition is critical when small differences in quality means huge differences in value.

When it comes to vintage concert posters and handbills, CGC grading is particularly instrumental in bringing scores of new collectors (buyers) into the marketplace. Collectors no longer have to worry about figuring out for themselves whether an item is a) authentic, b) a first printing or reprint, or c) possesses hidden restoration that can be difficult to see.

For sellers, CGC is an absolute must if one wishes to receive the record prices and added liquidity that CGC graded posters and handbills are now commanding.

We believe these are still the very earliest days of this emerging trend and look for premiums of each grade level to increase as collectors begin to fully understand how strict CGC grading is and how little supply exist at the top end of the market.

New York Times Publishes Major Article on British Acid House Flyers!

Direct link drawn to 1960’s Psychedelia

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The New York Times recently published an extensive feature article on the art and collectibility of British Acid House flyers. This is exciting news on many fronts:

1) The article draws a direct link between this art and the concert posters and flyers of the 1960’s.

2) The Times reports that these flyers are highly sought after by collectors today.

3) These flyers are also getting recognition and display at major museums in Europe.

4) Interest in authentic counter culture artifacts is worldwide and continues to grow.

Any recognition and reporting of collecting counter culture artifacts must be deemed a major victory for our hobby. Major museum exhibits around the world continue to flourish which leads to more media exposure and then more exhibits.

This virtuous cycle seems to be accelerating in speed and is certain to continue in a major way with next year’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock. As previously reported here, we already know that a major museum exhibit of 1960’s concert posters will open in the United States in one of the most important art museums in the world.

To read the entire New York Times article, and to view some great photos, click here.

Wall Street Journal reports on pop culture "Deadaissance"!

The Dead's legacy continues to grow with today's younger generation!

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The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the surging popularity of Grateful Dead inspired "hippie clothing", particularly among the younger generation. The article explains that todays youth "wasn't there the first time around...Jerry's gone...the '60's are never coming back. Your cellphone keeps buzzing with that message you should have replied to days ago. But when you slip on a tie dyed sweatshirt, you can feel for a moment that your on the road, with not  care in the world." 

The article also mentions the recently released Grateful Dead documentary, " Long Strange Trip," and the popularity of the most recent iteration of the band, "Dead & Co.".

People often ask us if anyone will care about about 1960's concert posters 50 years from now?

The bottom line is that many historians believe the 1960's was the most influential decade of the 20th century. As such, we believe that the historical importance of authentic pieces of history from this era, now over 50 years old, will Not Fadeaway!

What do you think? Leave your comments below!

To read the entire Wall Street Journal article, click here.

How to Win Vintage Concert Poster Auctions Without Really Trying!

Entering Secret "Max Bids" Can Save you Time and Money!

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At Psychedelic Art Exchange we work with alot of collectors that are highly successful individuals in their given field.

A common frustration we often here from these collectors is that they are often too busy to be available to bid in our auctions at a specific day and time.

"Isn't there a way they I can simply just buy this poster I want?", is a question we hear repeatedly every time we launch an auction. While we cannot sell a lot privately that has been consigned to our auction, we do have a solution for those too busy to bid during the closing hours of our sale.

The Limitations and Advantages of Straight Bids-

As a registered bidder in our auction, you have the ability to enter two different kinds of bids, "straight bids" and "max bids". Entering a "straight bid" enters your bid at the next increment for the lot. 

An advantage of "straight bids" is that a collector can gauge "the heat" of the market, and adjust their bids up and down "on the fly," based on how values are being revealed in real time compared to their expectations prior to the sale.

However, if the "straight bid" you entered is topped, you MUST be online and available to make an additional bid before the auction closes, or you will miss out on the lot you are interested in acquiring. Since many bids come in during the closing minutes of an auction, it is all but essential that you be available at this time,  if you wish to win a lot utilizing "straight bids".

It's all but impossible to enter a straight bid days before an auction closes, walk away, and win that lot. It almost never happens.

Max Bids - The Collector's Digital Assistant-

A solution to this predicament, is the secret "max bid". When you enter a secret "max bid", you are asking our platform to bid up to a set amount on your behalf. Your current bid will be entered at the lowest possible increment, NOT AT YOUR MAX BID, and no other bidders will be aware of your max bid.

If someone tops your current bid, the platform will automatically bid again on your behalf, up to the "max bid" you previously entered. It's like having your own personal assistant monitoring the auction for you!

Of course, if your "max bid" is topped, you still have the right to enter a "straight bid" or another "max bid" if you want to stay in competition for the lot. 

2 Major Advantages You Gain With Max Bids

1) Utilizing "max bids" alleviates the need of you being available for online bidding at a specific date and time. The platform serves as your digital assistant, and will attempt to win you the lot for the least amount of money possible without going over your "max bid.'

2) Utilizing "max bids" prevents you from getting caught up in "auction fever". You figure out the most you want to pay for a lot, enter it as your secret "max bid" and walk away. You will either win the lot or not, but your bids will be based on your carefully considered calculations, and not on emotions that can and do bubble up during the auction.

Try It You 'll Like It!

Make not mistake about it, the utilization of "max bids" is no secret among knowledgable collectors. In every one of our auctions, about half our lots are won by collectors utilizing secret "max bids". In almost every case, the lot is won for less than the secret "max bid" entered, often MUCH less!

If you are bidding in our sales, or are too busy to bid, try utilizing the "max bid" option on just one lot. We think you'll find this the most convenient way to participate in our auctions and you just may win a lot that you would otherwise be too busy or unavailable to bid on! 

 

Life Magazine Declares 1968 "The Year That Changed The World"

Historical Importance of Vintage 1960's Concert Posters Underscores Their Desirability

Life Magazine's new edition celebrating the historical importance of 1968.

Life Magazine's new edition celebrating the historical importance of 1968.

This blog had gone to great lengths to explain the many different factors that have have led to the current explosion in interest and demand for vintage 1960's concert posters. While a long list of positive attributes are now combining into "a perfect storm", no single factor is more important to the attractiveness of this hobby than the historical importance of these posters. 

Many historians believe that the 1960's was the most important decade of the 20th century. That's why 50 years later the entire world had a year long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Summer of Love. And that's why Life Magazine has just published a special 50th Anniversary Edition celebrating the 50th Anniversary of 1968- "The Year That Changed The World". 

Life's 1968 Special Edition is currently available on newsstands and at the checkout lanes of local supermarkets nationwide. While obscenely expensive ($14.95), the magazine is quite interesting in reviewing everything that happened in just one year: the Viet Nam war, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr and Robert Kennedy, The Apollo 7 mission to orbit the moon, the election of Richard Nixon, peace protests on college campuses nationwide, etc.

A story on the art of the times, and how it closely correlated, commented and documented the times-- The Beatles'White Album and their song "Revolution, The Stones' Beggar's Banquet and their "Street Fighting Man", Janis Joplin and Big Brother's Cheap Thrills, Dylan's John Wesley Harding, the musical Hair, and Tom Wolfe's Electric Kool Aid Acid Test-- are also highlighted.

There can be no question that these were special times, and this was special art, all of which has had a lasting impact on our world 50 years later. Many collectors believe that vintage concert posters, and their links to this history, are the most compelling and authentic artifacts remaining from this all important era. And it is this historical importance that really anchors the desirability of vintage concert posters and makes them so much more interesting than many other collectibles.

One final note: as collectors we often talk about the "The 1960's", the importance of the decade and the desirability of it's concert posters. It's important to remember, that when talking about 1960's psychedelic concert posters, what we are really talking about are posters that were issued primarily in 1966-1969. That's just 4 short years (plus a couple months of late 1965). This represents a tiny fraction of the total universe of concert posters create 1966 to date and explains why posters from the 1960's absolutely deserve the added attention they enjoy and value premiums they command.

 

Saturday Evening Post Features Vintage Concert Posters

Re-publication of classic 1968 article illustrates the current explosion in the marketplace was 50 years in the making!

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It's no secret to current market participants that the 50th Anniversary of The Summer of Love was hugely successful in exposing vintage concert posters to millions of people that otherwise would not know these incredible artworks still exist and are highly collectible.

A few months ago, the Saturday Evening Post re-published a cover story on 1960's concert posters that was originally published in 1968. (The original 1968 cover is pictured here.) The article underscores the fact that these posters are authentic pieces of history from what many consider to be the most influential decade of the 20th Century. 

Unlike coins, stamps, comic books and baseball cards, these posters were created in editions of hundreds or thousands....not hundreds of thousands, millions or tens of millions! Also, unlike sports cards and comic books, vintage concert posters were not created to be saved. Concert posters are authentic historical artifacts, NOT manfactured rarities.

The huge majority of concert posters were posted on walls and telephone poles to promote a concert. Because of this, just a tiny fraction of 1960's concert posters have survived the past 50 years in undamaged condition. (The article also speaks of 1960's head shop posters which WERE issued in tens of thousands and distributed in retail outlets--a different category altogether.) 

The bottom line is the current recognition and explosion in popularity of vintage concert posters amongst collectors is well earned and just the latest chapter in a story that is now over 50 years old!

To read the entire Saturday Evening Post, click here

 

Rare Dracula Movie Poster Realizes World Record $525,800!

Further proof Vintage Concert Posters represent most lucrative collectibles opportunity in the world today!

Vintage movie posters made national headlines in November, 2017 when a 1931 Dracula poster realized $525,800 at auction - the highest price ever paid at public auction for a movie poster. Five other movie posters realized over $200,000 and over a dozen realized over $100,000 in 2017.

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These record breaking prices serve as further proof that vintage concert posters represent the most lucrative collectibles opportunity in the world today.

Experienced collectors understand you can still acquire the rarest, the most beautiful, and most historically important concert posters --in Museum Quality condition -- for literally pennies on the dollar compared to other collectibles.

In a world where the most desirable comic books, baseball cards, coins and stamps routinely realize over $ 1 million each, you can still collect the very best concert posters for $5,000 and up. And miraculously, there are still many dozens of concert posters that are 45+ years old, featuring famous bands and venues, in pristine condition, that can be purchased for well under $1,000!

Clearly, our market represents a powder keg that is in the process of exploding. Third party authentication and grading, the publication of a major collector's guide, the recent 50th birthday of the collectible and major media and museum exposure --all documented in previous blog posts here-- have allowed vintage concert posters to finally take center stage. That's why PAE gained over 400 new clients in 2017 alone!

It's not often in life that you get exposed to true ground floor opportunities before the rest of the world finds out. How lucky we all are to have discovered these rare and beautiful pieces of history  that can still be acquired in Museum Quality condition for a tiny fraction of what many collectors expect them to be worth in the future. Collecting vintage concert posters is fun, exciting and affordable! 

 

 

 

Overstreet Shifts Vintage Concert Posters into Overdrive!

Overstreet Guide to Collecting Concert Posters adds more fuel to fire up a market that is already burning bright! !

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Collectors and investors will certainly look back on 2017 as a year of major growth for vintage concert posters. Thousands of new collectors are entering the field due to a confluence of circumstances that will be outlined in our upcoming year in review.

This exponential growth has led to predictable results including record prices, an increased focus on original, unrestored posters and a greater appreciation for the historical importance and relative rarity of pristine, undamaged vintage concert posters.

The recent publication of The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Concert Posters provides more tangible proof that vintage rock concert posters have become a major collectible area with mainstream appeal!

The importance of this publication cannot be overstated.

Overstreet is a major collectibles publishing house that is solely focused on collectibles that have broad, mainstream appeal! The reason this new Concert Poster Guidebook exist is because Overstreet's marketing team has identified a world wide demand for information on this exploding collectible market segment.

Overstreet is a trusted source for collectibles information. Millions of collectors are very familiar with the Overstreet Collectible Guides, particularly in the comic book and movie poster markets.

Overstreet guidebooks are distributed internationally, online, at every major bookstore, and across the counter at over 3000 comic book stores across the United States. This now Concert Poster Guidebook will now become the most widely promoted book on concert posters ever produced!

The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Concert Posters is sure to provide an introduction to thousands of new collectors in 2018, and in each year beyond. The 267 page, full color guidebook includes artist biographies, stories on the classic venues, tips on storage, a detailed look at the historic impact of CGC's third party authentication and grading and much, much more!

Every major collectible- rare coins, stamps, comic books, baseball cards, paper money and countless others have their recognized Guidebooks. Besides being an introduction and source of information, these Guidebooks provide a legitimacy that interest in these collectible markets are widespread and "real".

The publication of The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Concert Posters marks yet another major step forward for our remarkable hobby. The positive repercussions are sure to be felt in 2018 and each year beyond! Owning this historic Guidebook is a must!