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CGC San Francisco Set Breakers Auction Live Lot Viewing 10/20/18 at TRPS Concert Poster Show!

Here’s your chance to personally inspect and bid on 150 vintage concerts posters with CGC Grading!

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The CGC Rock poster Revolution is rolling into San Francisco! We’re pleased to announce that all lots in our October CGC Graded Concert Poster Auction will be available for live lot viewing at the TRPS Annual Concert Poster Show on October 20, 2018! 
 
This auction presented allows you to discover for yourself why Psychedelic Art Exchange is “The Collector’s Friend” – the safest place to buy, sell, and learn about vintage concert posters.
 
You Can Bid With Confidence Knowing ALL 150 Lots Have Been Independently 

Authenticated and Graded by CGC!
 
ALL Lots are Being Sold UNRESERVED.
 
All Lots Have a Starting Bid of just $1.00. That’s right, ONE DOLLAR!

All Lots are available for inspection at our Gallery in Baltimore, Md. Or in San Francisco 10/20/18.
 
All Lots are guaranteed in writing with the strongest guarantee available anywhere.

*A 15% buyers fee and postage & insurance will be added to all winning bids*
 
Highlights include:

 A Museum Quality Grateful Dead Acid Test Poster- The finest quality we have EVER handled and the FIRST CGC graded example to appear at auction!

 Ridiculously rare SET BREAKERS for the Fillmore Auditorium (BG-74), Family Dog (FD-29 OP-2) and Vulcan Gas Company. This is the VERY FIRST TIME EVER that these three legendary posters have been offered at auction at the same time!
 

An unimprovable BG-1, OP-2, CGC Graded 9.8, the very FIRST poster in the Bill Graham series!

 A spectacular example of Rick Griffin’s BG-105 Hendrix Flying Eyeball!

 The FIRST CGC graded example of the famous Grateful Dead/ Buffalo Springfield Amazing Electric Wonders poster to appear at auction.

 3 different Museum Quality Grande Ballroom posters being offered at auction with CGC grading for the very FIRST time!

 Many affordable Museum Quality Original First Printings that will sell for $100-$500! These pieces of history represent an extraordinary value compared to other collectibles.
 Remember all lots have starting bids of just $1.00!
 
All collectors are invited to inspect all lots in person at our Gallery, in Baltimore, MD. or in San Francisco 10/20/18.
 
Live lot viewing allows you the opportunity to see how incredibly strict CGC grading standards are. You’ll also immediately understand that the CGC holder is the ultimate way to safely and securely protect your posters for the long term. If you can’t make it to our Gallery, contact us with any questions you may have.
 
We are really proud of this auction. There is truly something for every taste and budget. We hope you enjoy participating in this sale as much as we did assembling it.
 
Good Luck in the Auction!

50th Anniversary of The First Acid Test and shocking news from the Grateful Dead Archives!

Fifty years ago, on November 27, 1965 the Merry Pranksters conducted the first Acid Test at Ken Babb’s place in Santa Cruz, California. This event served as the catalyst for tectonic shifts in American music…culture…and just about everything else!


The bottom line is that the historical significance of the Acid Tests of this era simply cannot be overestimated. So it is for very good reasons indeed that all posters, handbills and other ephemera from these events are among the most desirable of all 1960’s collectibles. Because these items are the artifacts of a scene and a movement in it’s embryonic stages, precious little of it was produced at the time and even less survives today. It goes without saying that the addition of any Acid Test material automatically catapults a collection into the category of World Class.

The well known collectibles journalist Ben Marks published a phenomenal article on the Acid Tests, and the early days of the Grateful Dead, in commemoration of this 50th Anniversary. It is highly recommended that anyone with even a passing interest in 1960’s concert posters should read Ben’s article….TWICE!!

Here’s the link:

While compiling the research, Ben blew the lid off an amazing revelation that is not commonly understood. Nicholas Meriweather, is the official archivist for the Grateful Dead at the McHenry Library at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In the article, Meriweather is quoted as saying, “the archive doesn’t really start until 1970, because the band didn’t incorporate until that year. We’ve got a few things from before then, but precious little. Nothing would please me more than to be able to say ‘come on down, and I’ll show you my Acid Test trove. Sadly, I don’t have one!

This to me, is an amazing statement and simply reinforces how privileged all of us are to be participating in this hobby at this moment in time. As collectors, it’s easy to become jaded about the availability and desirability of a collectible that you work with on a daily basis. But when the chief Grateful Dead archivist tells you he has precious little pre-1970 material, that is a statement that needs to be fully digested and considered for all it’s vast implications. I will leave it to each reader of this blog to come to your own conclusions, but this simply strengthens my belief that pre 1970 concert memorabilia is the number one collectibles opportunity in the world today.

I highly encourage you to read Ben’s article ASAP, here, again, is the link: