5 Tips for Bidding with Success in Vintage Concert Poster Auctions

Buying vintage concert posters at auction can seem intimidating to new collectors, but it can be the safest, most convenient, and fun way to acquire the vintage concert posters you desire.

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Follow these five tips for maximum success and enjoyment of this exciting collectible:

1) Learn about Vintage Concert Posters 

While this should be obvious to everyone, the old saying that "common sense is really uncommon" rings true here, too. 

There has never been, and never will be, a successful collector that didn't take the time to learn about what they are collecting.

This hobby is growing at an exponential rate because the more you learn, the more enthusiastic you become about the superior desirability and value that vintage concert posters offer.

Experienced collectors from fields like rare coins, stamps, comic books, and baseball cards are amazed that you can still acquire rare, 50-year-old works of mind-blowing art, featuring legendary artists, in museum-quality condition for as little as $100! 

Our recommendation is to start with The Art of Rock and then proceed with our other recommend books. Also, keep your eyes peeled on our blog to continue learning about this exciting world!

2) Research pricing

Our website offers a vast, instantly searchable database of past prices realized in our auctions. While there is no better information than past market performance, there are many nuances to properly utilizing this information. We have published an in-depth article that explains everything you need to know. Check it out here.

3) Carefully examine the posters you are interested in

Every lot in our auction is available for you to examine at our gallery in Baltimore, Maryland, personally. If you're not within a convenient distance, we provide high definition photos of every lot. These photos display every millimeter of the poster!

To view our high-res photos, click the thumbnail in any auction. To view the super high-res photo, click the magnifying glass at the upper right corner of the enlarged photo.

4) Seek Expert Advice! 

We're here to assist you in any way possible to assure your collecting endeavors are successful. We're only a quick phone call or email away. No question is too trivial, and there is NOTHING we enjoy more than talking vintage concert posters! Use our combined decades of experience to help you understand the rarity, desirability, value, and historical importance of the vintage concert posters that interest you.

5) Bid with discipline! 

Let's face it; participating in auctions are fun and exciting. 

It can be easy to get caught up in the "auction fever." Figure out what you want to pay for a given lot before the auction closes, and stick to that number. The most convenient way is to enter a secret max bid and let our auction platform bid up to that number on your behalf. To learn more about this smart and convenient option, click here.

Ready to bid confidently? Head on over to our auctions and browse our most recent lot

Need help figuring out how and where to start? Get in touch with us!