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.
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.
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!
During the past several years, Psychedelic Art Exchange has become the premier source for the world's finest quality Mint condition 1960's Psychedelic Rock Concert Posters.
We have attracted a highly sophisticated and extremely disciplined group of collectors who focus exclusively on Mint Condition examples that they believe will skyrocket in desirability as their true rarity and historical importance become more highly appreciated and understood.
This has created a growing backlog of orders that has resulted in new purchases being snapped up immediately upon their acquisition by PAE. While this is a great position to be in business wise, it has prevented us from offering material to new clients that wish to participate in this exploding market.
Therefore, in order to give everyone a chance to become acquainted with our unique services, Psychedelic Art Exchange has decided to set aside some material which will be offered to the general public on a first come, first served basis.
Each and every piece that is offered in our store is accompanied by Certified Authentication and Grading and is backed by the strongest guarantees available anywhere. Furthermore, each piece is a "Targeted Acquisition" as outlined in our report "Insider Secrets of The Psychedelic Art Market".
Please carefully peruse of our offerings as these pieces represent the finest quality posters available anywhere. Each piece has been individually selected and is sure to make a wonderful addition to your collection now--and its appreciation and appeal will grow with each passing year. To visit the store, click here.
In order to satisfy the demand of more collectors, Psychedelic Art Exchange will be reserving some one-of-a-kind items that will be made available for purchase through public auction on EBAY. These auctions will begin each Thursday at 2:00 pm, eastern standard time and end each Tuesday at 2:00 pm, eastern standard time. Our EBAY username is Psychedelicart.
If you would like any additional information on our listings, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will provide whatever details are needed.
If you would like to acquire posters on a more private, fixed price basis, please call Glen Trosch at 410-464-6180 (Glen@PsychedelicArt.com) to discuss your personal collecting goals and needs. We receive new collections in on a weekly basis and these posters are immediately offered to clients who are "on our radar". So don't delay, contact us today!