Grateful Dead Inspired Beer Hits the Shelves Nationwide!

Counter-Culture values continue to carry mass appeal.

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Dog Head Brewery has just announced the release of their Grateful Dead inspired American Beauty Ale which will be available nationwide. The beer is being brewed as a collaboration with the Grateful Dead and features the band’s iconic “Dancing Bears” on both the label and carton packaging.

Earlier this week, during live lot viewing at our Gallery, the conversation AGAIN turned towards the future desirability of vintage concert posters and whether “anyone would care” once the original Deadheads (and other members of 1960’s counter culture) leave to attend the great Festival beyond.

Regular readers of this blog understand that values and music that came to life in the 1960’s are not just alive and well, but quite possibly far stronger and more widely embraced than ever before.

We have reported on the growing popularity of 1960’s influenced fashion, Nike’s release of Psychedelic Sneakers, Rolling Stone’s special Grateful Dead issue, Amazon’s purchase and promotion of the 6 hour Long Strange Trip documentary, the exploding popularity of music festivals across our the world, retrospectives at the world toniest museums and countless others. And let’s not forget something many people thought would never happen in their lifetime, the legalization of marijuana!

One thing is certain, NONE of these projects would be entering and offered to mainstream society if there was not mass appeal and interest.

We see this trend continuing to gather steam. The exploding interest in the 1960’s and the introduction of unbiased third part grading by CGC has led to an exponential growth in the number of people now collecting vintage 1960’s concert posters, which are arguably the most attractive compelling authentic artifacts from the era! It’s a great time to be a collector!

To read the entire article on the American Beauty Ale, click here.

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.

CGC to Attend TRPS Concert Poster Show 10/20/18 in San Francisco!

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Two representatives will be on hand to accept submissions and answer questions.

We have just received news that representatives of CGC will be attending the upcoming TRPS Concert Poster show to be held October 20, 2018 in San Francisco.

It’s no secret that vintage concert posters graded by CGC are setting records with breathtaking frequency so interest in this segment of the marketplace is at an all time high.

All collectors are invited to submit posters at the show for grading and authentication. Representatives will also be available to answer any questions you may have.

We hope to see you there!

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!

Why Vintage Concert Posters are Setting Record Prices Now!

Nationwide radio interview with PAE Co-founder Scott Tilson examines what collectors are so excited about.

 Collectors are paying record prices for museum quality concert posters that are CGC graded and 100% original and free of restoration.

Collectors are paying record prices for museum quality concert posters that are CGC graded and 100% original and free of restoration.

Over the past two years, collector's have witnessed literally hundreds of price records set in our auctions. When news broke about the record setting $50,600 recently realized in our auction for a FD-26 graded 9.4 by CGC, our offices were deluged with media requests.

Below is the first 10 minute segment of a one hour interview with PAE co-founder Scott Tilson that was broadcast to over 60 radio stations nationwide. While the interview was wide ranging, the focus of this segment was on the factors that contributed to the record setting price of the FD-26.

To summarize, the world record price was the combination of world famous, iconic imagery, a beloved musical group, 100% original museum quality condition free of any restoration,  independent, third party verification of this originality and condition by CGC and Eric King, and demand from new collectors excited by the wonderful values available in our hobby compared to every other collectible.

We believe we are in the very early days of this focus on quality, originality , and third party authentication and grading by CGC. As we all know, just a tiny percentage of concert posters that were originally produced over 50 years ago have survived today in ANY condition. And of those that have survived, just a tiny percentage of those have been preserved in 100% original, undamaged condition, free of restoration. 

If you are willing to pay the premiums demanded in today's market for quality and originality, we suggest you get a an unbiased, third party opinion that verifies you are getting what you bargained for, whenever possible. 

It's a big world out there, everyone has their own perspective and should collect what is of interest to them, but the factors enumerated above are what's behind today's record setting prices seen in our auctions. 

It's also no coincidence that these are the EXACT SAME FACTORS that are also creating world record prices for rare coins, stamps, paper money and comic books. These record prices have been widely reported about in major media such as the The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and highlighted in earlier posts in this blog. 

You can ignore what's happening around you, or decide "the trend is your friend". The choice is always up to you!

Listen to the full interview below --

Opportunity Alert! 50th Anniversary of Woodstock!

It’s been widely reported in this blog that Vintage Concert Posters have been receiving continuous and widespread recognition and exposure at major museum exhibits around the world over the past few years. The best (by far) is yet to come!

  Authentic Woodstock posters are highly coveted and enjoy demand from people OUTSIDE our hobby, as well as within. The poster above is extremely rare and was created for display on the side of a bus. Many experts expect values to increase dramatically starting next year.

Authentic Woodstock posters are highly coveted and enjoy demand from people OUTSIDE our hobby, as well as within. The poster above is extremely rare and was created for display on the side of a bus. Many experts expect values to increase dramatically starting next year.

This exposure has added a major source of legitimacy to these amazing artworks and has resulted in a huge increase in the number of people that are now collecting these posters.

All of this will be DWARFED by the international exposure that is now, suddenly, just months away. Beginning on January 1st, the world will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock -- the most famous music festival in history. 

In addition to major 50th Anniversary Concerts both in the United States and abroad, there is sure to be major worldwide television, newspaper and magazine coverage of this historical milestone. More importantly, literally millions of people will be exposed to vintage concert posters in major museum exhibits that will occur around the nation. Additionally, PBS and CNN have already announced major multi part 50th Anniversary documentaries next year. 

In short, expect for the whole world to have a case of “Sixties Mania”, that is sure to influence the sights, sounds and fashions of 2019. 

We have tirelessly reported on the lollapalooza effects that have taken the market for Vintage Concert posters by storm, 1)Incredible beauty, 2)Extreme Rarity, 3)Ridiculously Cheap Prices, and very critically, 4) Unsurpassed Historical Importance, and 5) The introduction of independent, third party grading by CGC.

How many collectibles can you name that enjoy an entire year of celebration and publicity? All of this is not theoretical, or destined to happen at some indefinite point in the future. It’s all happening NOW and will continue to accelerate the rate of change we are currently seeing in this fast moving and exciting marketplace!

Exclusive news for readers of this blog! We can definitively state that next year will feature the most important museum exhibition of vintage 1960's concert posters ever offered to the public. This exhibit,  will be in one of the most important, if not THE most important art museum in the world!

You've seen this movie before! They say that history doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes. 

It was just 2 years ago that we informed our readers that the market for vintage concert posters was going to receive a major shot in the arm from the world's celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Summer of Love. We explained that collectors should add to their collections while prices were still at rock bottom lows.

Everything we said in Fall of 2016 has come true, 100%!

The media kicked in, the concerts were held, television special were produced, and major art museums had lines out the door with people wanting to experience their own little throwback to "The Sixties". This resulted in a huge shot in the arm for the hobby and it's been onward and upward ever since.

All of us have seen firsthand what happens when our little part of the world lands on the front page of headlines. Values have moved up substantially for posters after the passing of  B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Tom Petty and now Aretha Franklin. 

Why? 

Because this was news that transcended our hobby and entered mainstream America!

The same exact thing is about to happen with the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock!

As a reader of this blog, we implore you to use the information you have NOW, while YOU ARE STILL WAY AHEAD OF THE CURVE. Use the coming weeks and months to start or add to your collection while supply is still available and prices are still affordable. And, if you ever dreamed of owning an authentic Woodstock poster, and you're lucky enough to track one down, grab it NOW, before the masses arrive to compete with you. You’ll be glad you did!

Grateful Dead FD-26 Skeleton and Roses Concert Poster auctioned for World Record Price of $50,600!

Record smashed as interest in vintage 1960's concert posters explodes

 This Grateful Dead Skeleton and Roses FD-26 concert poster was auctioned for a world record price of $50,600

This Grateful Dead Skeleton and Roses FD-26 concert poster was auctioned for a world record price of $50,600

A rare 1966 Grateful Dead Skeleton and Roses concert poster realized a world record price of $50,600 in an auction held August 9, 2018 by Psychedelic Art Exchange. The poster was independently authenticated and graded by Certified Guaranty Company (CGC) as 9.4 on a scale of 10, and generated interest from collectors around the world.

"This is just the latest in a series of record prices we have seen recently in our auctions," stated Glen Trosch, President of Psychedelic Art Exchange. " Collectors are excited about bidding on these concert posters now that third party authentication and grading is available from CGC."

The auction featured 225 vintage concert posters and handbills that had been independently certified by CGC, the world's leader in third party authentication of collectibles. The auction had a 100% sell through, a very rare occurrence for any collectibles auction.

Other highlights of the auction include:

Tribute to Dr. Strange 1965 Handbill CGC Graded 8.0, sold for $6,325.
Jimi Hendrix CNE Auditorium 1968 Concert Poster CGC graded 9.6 sold for $4,887.
Van Morrison Avalon Ballroom 1967 Concert poster CGC Graded 9.9 realized $546.00

"Needless to say, these record prices made our consignors very happy," added Trosch. "Our phone is ringing off the hook from long time concert poster collectors that are looking to take advantage of these new price levels. After waiting over 50 years, many believe now is the perfect time to sell. "

Psychedelic Art Exchange is now accepting consignments for its next auction scheduled for October, 2018. They have also recently published a free report, Insider Secrets of the Vintage Concert Poster Market - 2018. For more information, visit ConcertPosterGallery.com

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.

Boom! CGC Graded Comic Book sells for over $2,000,000!

Every major comic book price record of the past 10 years was independently graded and authenticated by CGC

News quickly spread around the collectibles world that an Action Comics #1, that was independently graded and authenticated by CGC, recently realizes $2,050,000 at auction. The article mentions that this is the 4th Action Comics #1 to realize over $1,000,000 at auction.

 This is the most recent of 4 Action Comics #1 to realize over $1,000,000 at auction. All 4 were graded and authenticated by CGC.

This is the most recent of 4 Action Comics #1 to realize over $1,000,000 at auction. All 4 were graded and authenticated by CGC.

The auctioneer, Comic Connect, was quoted in the new release as saying " The thing all these comic books had in common was they had been certified and encapsulated by CGC. The winning combination of the most trusted name in grading and vintage comic sale auctions made these earth shattering sales possible."

"The CGC label makes selling easier by giving bidders confidence in the authenticity and grade, whether it's a high flying copy of Action Comics #1 or a more down to earth collectible."

This news is extremely noteworthy and important to collectors of vintage concert posters for 3 main reasons: 

1) This news serves as additional FACT that when it comes to WORLD CLASS collectibles and the commensurate prices they command, independent third party authentication and grading is demanded by ALL serious collectors  100% of the time. 

This is not an opinion, it's a fact. This FACT is why new collectors are flooding into the vintage concert poster market at this time. 

For the first time ever, buyers can have confidence they are actually receiving what they bargained for. This huge increase in collector demand is chasing the small and dwindling supply, and that's why prices have been moving up recently. Many of these new collectors are entering from other collectibles markets. They are VERY familiar and comfortable with CGC and they believe that vintage concert posters are dirt cheap at current price levels.

2) This story is also newsworthy because it shows what a screaming bargain vintage concert posters represent at current price levels. In every other major collectibles marketplace, the "best of the best" starts at $1,000,000 and goes up to multiples of that price level. 

You can still buy the very most important and desirable concert posters for well under $100,000. This under valuation won't last long. If you are thinking of acquiring a few World Class concert posters, now is the time to do so, while prices are still relatively affordable.

3) We have CONTINUOSLY written and reported on the most important number in collectibles, that number being #1, as in FIRST. Again,this advice is not dispensed as opinion, it's shown as FACT. The FIRST in any collectible is the most historically important, and always command record levels of collector interest and demand.

We have personally made millions of dollars following this strategy and have CONSISTENTLY implored our collector clients to pursue the same. We urge you to read our blog dated January 25, 2010 to learn more about this critical collecting strategy.

To read more about the spectacular $2,000,000 Action comics #1 sale, click here.

The Supergrades! An Analysis of Concert Posters Graded 9.9 and 10.0 by CGC

Experienced Collectors seizing Massive Opportunity.

   Vintage Concert posters graded 9.9 and 10.0 represent extreme bargains compared to every other collectibles market.

Vintage Concert posters graded 9.9 and 10.0 represent extreme bargains compared to every other collectibles market.

On April 23, 2018 a PSA Graded 9.0 Topps Mickey Mantle Rookie Card realized a record price of $2,880,000. This sale is notable for several reasons.

1) This baseball card, like all cards, coins, comic books, etc that  break records, was independently authenticated and certified. There's no surprise here, who in their right mind would spend that kind of money without getting an unbiased third party opinion about authentication and grade?

2) This card was tied for the finest quality of the issue to be independently graded. 

3) This same card, in the same 9.0 condition, realized $282,588 in 2006, meaning the card appreciated in value just over 10x in 12 years. In 1988 it sold for $3,300!

4) In this SAME April 23, 2018 auction, the SAME card, graded PSA 7.0 realized $120,000, 1/25 the price of the example graded 9.0.

The auctioneer said , "The 9.0 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card captured the attention of baseball fans, serious collectors, and investors alike. It's a phenomenal price, a world record, but it's also the natural progression of a trend we've seen building for years. We are certainly seeing the effects of new players in the market."

   Premiums for Finest Quality CGC graded concert posters are still tiny and represent massive opportunity according to experienced collectors.

Premiums for Finest Quality CGC graded concert posters are still tiny and represent massive opportunity according to experienced collectors.

In our blog dated 8/19/16, we discussed the phenomenal opportunity that vintage concert posters graded 9.9 and 10.0 represent for collectors.

We explained that in EVERY collectibles market there is huge demand for "The Best of The Best" and that the premiums for the very best CGC graded concert posters are TRIVIAL compared to the premiums commanded in every other collectibles market.

We explained that in every other collectibles marketplace the FINEST KNOWN super grades ROUTINELY command 10x, 25x, 50x and more of the lower grades. The best, Finest Known CGC graded concert posters are STILL available for low single digit premiums as low as of 2-4x.

We also explained that experienced collectors from other collectibles marketplaces recognized this special short term situation and were snapping up whatever Supergrades they could find.

It's important to understand that while Supergrade premiums for CGC graded Concert Posters are growing, the demand from new collectors entering this market is growing even faster.

No one can predict the future, but if this market continues to evolve like it has, and how every other collectibles market has developed in the past, then the current values for CGC graded concert posters with Supergrades of 9.9 and 10.0 can be considered the collectibles opportunity of a lifetime. 

It's not often in life that we are handed an amazing, "no brainer" opportunity on a silver platter. A lot of luck is involved, as you need to find yourself in the right place at the right time.

Indeed, everyone reading this blog now should consider themselves lucky, for having been exposed to this amazing opportunity. If you agree, we suggest you act NOW, before this window of opportunity slams shut!

To read our previous blog on this subject, click here.

To read more about the record setting Mantle card, click here.

   Collector demand for the "Best of the Best! " always outstrips the tiny available su   pply!

Collector demand for the "Best of the Best! " always outstrips the tiny available supply!

Vintage Concert Handbills and Postcards Experiencing Major Surge in Interest and Demand!

CGC Authentication and Grading Lifts Cloud Hanging Over Market

 Vintage concert handbills offer the same iconic art as the poster for a fraction of the price.

Vintage concert handbills offer the same iconic art as the poster for a fraction of the price.

Over the past 12 months we have seen a huge surge in both interest and demand for Vintage Concert Handbills and Postcards. This renewed enthusiasm is focused on items that have been independently authenticated and graded by CGC.

Not surprisingly, this increase in collector activity is starting to drive up values, but clearly we are still in the very earliest stages of this market expansion. Let's start at the top, and closely examine this new opportunity now available to collectors.

Handbills and postcards were created by promoters as something that could be easily handed out  on the street or at concert venues to advertise future events. Of course, postcards could also be mailed. 

This organic, "hand to hand" advertising often featured the exact same artwork as the poster for the event. In many cases the artwork was simply printed in black onto standard issue white or colored "copy paper" available at any office supply store.

Prior to CGC, concert handbill and postcard collecting was considered somewhat of a backwater segment of the marketplace. The reason for this is simple. Compared to posters, It's EXPONENTIALLY  easier to counterfeit a concert handbill, trim an edge flaw, hide restoration, etc. 

For these reasons, collectors understandably kept away. You need to be a real expert and have total confidence to pay thousands of dollars for a small piece of paper with a black design printed on a piece of colored copy paper.

 Handbills such as this are easily counterfeited. CGC authentication and grading has opened the floodgates of collector demand.

Handbills such as this are easily counterfeited. CGC authentication and grading has opened the floodgates of collector demand.

Third party authentication and grading by CGC has added mush needed stability and integrity to this area of the market. Finally, collectors can buy with confidence, secure in the fact that experts have ascertained that what they are acquiring is real!

This new market development has opened up the floodgates of demand for these beautiful pieces of counter culture history. Suddenly, this entire segment is being viewed in a completely different light.

Specifically, collectors are now focused on the many reasons why vintage concert handbills and postcards can in many cases be even more desirable for acquisition than the matching posters!

Here's why the interest and demand for vintage concert handbills and postcards is exploding now:

1) In most cases, concert handbills and postcards feature the exact same iconic art as the matching posters. At the end of the day, we collect these pieces of history because they are SUPER COOL!

2) Vintage concert handbills and postcards have every ounce of historical importance as the matching posters for the events. 

 Collectors are super excited with the superior packaging that makes it easy to store and display vintage postcards and handbills.

Collectors are super excited with the superior packaging that makes it easy to store and display vintage postcards and handbills.

3) Many collectors believe the smaller size is a huge advantage. There is probably not single serious concert poster collector that has not run into issues about space and storage of concert posters. If you collect the handbills and postcards, PROBLEM SOLVED!

4) CGC has created an incredible package! Obviously, the safety and security that CGC offers is driving this market. But CGC has gone beyond that! Every CGC authenticated and graded handbill and postcard is encased in a holder that is prepunched for display in a standard issue 3 ring binder! This makes your collection super organized and easy to store. Just importantly, it's a super impressive way to show your collection to others!

5) Vintage concert handbils and postcards represent incredible value! Due to the many problems enumerated above, collector demand for concert handbills and posters has been a tiny fraction of the demand seen for the matching posters.

Not surprisingly, this low demand has resulted in bargain basement prices. Collectors now understand they can acquire the same iconic art, featuring the same legendary performers, with the same historical importance, for literally pennies on the dollar compared to the matching posters! 

6) Unique handbills and postcards present unique opportunities. Collectors are also now excited to hunt down the handbills and postcards that were created for concerts where no matching poster was ever created! Special issues that were previously "off the radar" are now experiencing massive demand by collectors that are building complete sets but were previously scared off prior to CGC.

In conclusion, the interest and demand for CGC graded vintage concert handbills and postcards is at an all time high. Prices are currently at rock bottom levels, but this situation is rapidly changing. We recommend looking at this market segment NOW, while prices are STILL ridiculously inexpensive!

Vintage Concert Poster Auctions: 5 Tips for Success

This simple road map will make auctions a fun and enjoyable way to participate in this exploding market.

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While buying vintage concert posters at auction can seem scary and intimidating to newbie collectors , it becomes immediately apparent after you decide to enter some bids that this can be the safest, most convenien,t and fun way to acquire the material you desire.

Follow these 5 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 never has been and never will be a successful collector of anything that didn't take the time to actually learn about what they are collecting.

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

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

Our recommendation is to start with The Art of Rock and then proceed from there. For a complete list of reference books, click here.

2) Research Pricing! Our website offers a vast, instantly searchable database of past prices realized in our auctions. While there is literally 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) Closely examine the posters you are interested in! Every lot in our auction is available for your personal examination at our Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland. If you are not within convenient distance, we provide a super high definition photo of every lot. These photos clearly display every millimeter of the poster! 

To view the super high res photo,  click on the thumbnail photo, to see an enlarged photo. Click a second time on the magnifying glass in the upper right corner of the enlarged photo to view the super high res photo..

4) Seek Expert Advice! We are here to assist you in any way possible to assure your collecting endeavors are successful. We are just 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 you are interested in.

5) Bid with discipline! Let's face it, auctions are fun and exciting to participate in. It can be easy to get caught up in "auction fever". Figure out what you want to pay for a given lot before the auction closes and stick to that number. The easiest and most convenient way to do this is to enter a secret "max bid" and let our platform bid up to that number on your behalf. To learn more about this smart and convenient option, go here.

How to Sell Your Vintage Concert Posters For Top Dollar in 24 Hours!

It's fast and easy to turn your old concert posters into cash!

 Turn your concert posters into cash--FAST!

Turn your concert posters into cash--FAST!

Sellers accept our generous offers over 96% of the time. The reason is simple: 

1)   We have a large international clientele that stands ready to pay full market value for whatever we are able to turn up.

2) Because we turn our inventory fast, we can offer sellers the highest prices in the world for virtually any Vintage Concert poster from the 1960’s or 1970’s. 

Here’s how it works:

1)   Let us know you wish to turn your posters into cash.

2)   We will Fedex a shipping container, along with all shipping materials to you that will arrive the next day

3)   Ship the poster(s) back to us, AT OUR EXPENSE.

4)   We guarantee to give you our highest cash offer the very same day your posters are received.

5)   If you accept our offer, we guarantee SAME DAY payment. If you wish to pass on our offer, we guarantee SAME DAY Fedex return of your posters, AT OUR EXPENSE.

THIS MEANS THAT IF YOU HAVE POSTERS YOU WISH TO TURN INTO IMMEDIATE CASH, WE GUARANTEE PAYMENT IN ALL CASES WITHIN 24 HOURS!!! AND WE HANDLE ALL EXPENSES!

Of course, you are also always welcome to bring your posters into our Gallery, located in Baltimore, Maryland.

If you wish to immediately get the absolute highest prices for your concert posters, click here!

New York Times says Multi-Million Dollar Explosion in Baseball Card Values a Result of Independent Third Party Certification!

Vintage Concert Posters Independently Certified by CGC Also Exploding in Value!

The New York Times today has a VERY interesting story titled  Trading Cards: A Hobby That Became a Multi-Million Dollar Investment. Now wait a minute you might ask, "Isn't this a blog about collecting vintage concert posters?"

 Independently graded baseball cards have exploded in value. Many collectors believe CGC graded concert posters will be next.

Independently graded baseball cards have exploded in value. Many collectors believe CGC graded concert posters will be next.

The answer is yes, and so is this blog post!

The article reports on how the value of the most desirable baseball cards have exploded in value from being worth thousands of dollars, to several hundred thousands of dollars all the way up to TEN MILLION DOLLARS EACH!

Importantly, The Times reports, "The driving force in turning a card hobby into an investment opportunity has been the acceptance of a single recognized grading system for the condition of the cards. An independent company called Professional Sports Authenticator will rate any card and give a grade from 0 to 10. which assesses a card's condition and, in most cases, determines its price."

For regular readers of this blog, this explosion in baseball card values is not news, nor a unique event. We have repeatedly explained that in each and every collectible market where independent third party authentication and grading has been introduced, an explosion in values for the finest quality and most sought after items has followed quickly behind. 

This has occurred in the market for rare coins, stamps, paper money, comic books, trading cards.

Why has this happened? The answer is simple. In collectibles, very small differences in quality equates to huge differences in value. This sets up a conflict of interest between the seller and buyer as the seller is hugely incentivized to grade their material as high as possible.

In addition, authentication is always an issue, particularly in paper collectibles such as rare currency, stamps, comic books, trading cards and yes, concert posters. It's alot easier to forge something made of paper that a coin minted from gold. Professional restoration that makes an item appear to be in Mint Condition -- even though it's been heavily damaged-- can also be impossible for anyone but an expert to detect.

Independent third party authentication and grading solves these problems and allows collectors to participate in a hobby in a safe and secure way. Once these collectors enter a new market, demand quickly overwhelms the tiny available supply and prices increase.

CGC Graded Concert Posters - Where Are We Now?

Nothing in this world happens in a vacuum...everything is relative to something else. That's why many experienced collectors believe that vintage concert posters that have been independently authenticated and graded by CGC represent the single most lucrative collectible opportunity in the marketplace today!

( CGC is a recognized leader in the third party authentication and grading of collectibles. They have graded literally many billions of dollars in collectibles and has just recently begun offering their service for vintage concert posters.)

This market viewpoint is rooted in fact. Last week we completed our 9th Anniversary Auction of of 200 CGC graded concert posters. Included in the auction were two classic rarities, The World Famous Bill Graham #2 Batman and The Legendary Family Dog #2 King Kong. These two posters realized $14,376 and $31,051 respectively.

Each of these posters are so rare that they were the very FIRST CGC graded examples to ever be offered at public auction. They are also some of the most valuable posters in the entire marketplace. The fact that these Ultra Rarities can still be acquired for literally pennies on the dollars  compared to ever other major collectible tells you we are in the early days of this exciting collectible. 

There's an old saying, "that which cannot go on forever, will eventually end." This slogan can be aptly applied to the current, ultra affordable price levels of vintage concert posters. It's still possible to acquire beautiful Original First Printings in Museum Quality condition, featuring legendary bands performing at historic venues for less than a dinner for two at a decent restaurant. In fact, bidding on most lots in our auctions start at just $1.00!! And as described above, you can still acquire the very finest rarities available for well under $50,000. 

Clearly, the time to collect is now, while prices are still dirt cheap and before this window of opportunity slams shut forever!

Read the entire New York Times story here.

To learn more about CGC graded concert posters, read our blogs dated 4/3/17,  7/7/17, and 8/29/17.

Vintage Concert Poster Collecting -- How to Fail Miserably!

Many collectors believe vintage concert posters represent the most exciting collectible opportunity in the marketplace today. Here's 4 ways to guarantee disappointment.

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On February 14, 2018, I traveled to Los Angeles, California to hear the advice of the world famous billionaire investor and businessman, Charlie Munger.

Munger, 94, is Warren Buffett's business partner and Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. He is widely credited for contributing vastly to Buffett's success and his decades of wisdom have been published in a highly regarded book, "Poor Charlie's Almanack, which I highly recommend to all readers of this blog. Buy the book here.

One of Munger's principal pieces of advice that he repeats again and again is "to invert, always invert". By that, Munger believes strongly that if you want something in life, the best way to get it is to list what you DON'T want and avoid that list.

For example, if you want to find a great spouse or life partner, what are the 5 character traits you must avoid? If you want a great job, what are the 5 things you don't want in a boss, work environment and prospects for advancement?

In this spirit, I'm giving you 4 common and easy to make mistakes , that if practiced rigorously, will guarantee failure and disappointment in your concert poster collecting activities.

1) Don't Research.  There is an old saying in collectibles, buy the book before you buy the collectible. Ignore this saying. We have provided a standard list of reference books that EVERY concert poster collector should have. Ignore this list. Also, this marketplace is rapidly growing and changing month by month, as documented in this blog. Turn a blind eye to new opportunities, stay inflexible in your thinking, and keep your mind firmly rooted in the past.

2) Don't Plan. This is very common and very easy to pull off. Vintage concert posters are cool. REALLY cool! So just go ahead and start collecting without any goal or plan. You are guaranteed to quickly amass a very cool "pile of stuff". You won't have a collection that "hangs together", you won't be able to explain the significance of your collection to your friends, family and associates, and you won't experience any pride of ownership.

With no pride of ownership, and no real goals attained or pursued, you will quickly lose interest and be on to "the next thing" before you know it. For beginning collectors, we provide a list of possible collecting suggestions that could provide a road map of how and where to stop. Ignore this advice.

3) If a deal looks too good to be true..buy it! Here's another oldie but goodie. A collector gains a little bit of knowledge, just enough to hurt themselves. Suddenly an opportunity appears that looks too good to pass up. Surely, the little bit of beginning knowledge you have attained puts you head and shoulders over everybody else that has been collecting for years, right?

Maybe you are the first person to discover that there really is such a thing as a "free lunch". Maybe you should disregard the fact that the most successful collectors ALWAYS "pay up" for the rarest and finest quality. Maybe you will be the very first collector that rises to the top by picking off supposed bargains that only YOU were lucky enough to locate. Maybe!

4) Don't Look For a Dealer You Can Trust. You are masterfully doing steps 1, 2 and 3 listed above. YOU GOT THIS! You don't need help figuring out what opportunities to pursue. You don't need help figuring out what price to pay. You don't need guarantees in writing. You don't need consistent grading standards that have been clearly outlined. You don't need unbiased third party opinions about authenticity or grade. You don't need disclosures about hidden, professional restoration that is near impossible for anyone but an expert to detect. You don't need professional advice and guidance, because you have everything already figured out!

If you enjoyed this blog, you may also wish to read an article about advice we received directly from Warren Buffett himself, and how it pertains to successful concert poster collecting. You can read that article 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! 

 

Armadillo World Headquarters - A Memoir Recently Published!

Collector Demand Explodes For Material from Legendary Venue

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It's no secret that collector interest and demand for vintage concert posters and handbills from Armadillo World Headquarters have skyrocketed in recent years. This has been reported about frequently in this blog.

We're pleased to report that a new book on the legendary venue has been recently published by Eddie Wilson, one of the founders of Armadillo World HQ. The book is highly entertaining and provides music fans and collectors a behind the scenes peak of the club, the world famous musicians that played there, and a historical context of the Austin music scene in the 1970's.

In addition to the treasure trove of information and anecdotes, there are many great photos of the fantastic posters that were created to promote the concerts at the venue. 

Experienced collectors know that information is what drives the growth of any collectibles market. Knowledge, truly is KING. Armadillo material was already sought after and this new book explains why it is high desirable. This is a volume that every collector of vintage concert posters and handbills should add to their library. Highly recommended and well worth the $35.00 cover price!

PAE Offers The Ultimate Vintage Concert Poster Price Guide!

Past Auction Results Provide True Market Information

Whether buying or selling, everyone wants to make an informed decision about value paid and received. PAE offers an extensive free Past Auction Results database which is an informative tool that can assist you with your collecting decisions.

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The database is highly searchable by venue, band, grade, CGC, artist signed,etc. We recommend searching "All" our past auctions for the items of interest. Just enter your search term, hit the "Submit" button and everything we have sold in past auctions is clearly presented including a super high res photo of the lot, description, date sold, and price realized.

Please keep the following in mind when accessing this information:

1) Values can and will fluctuate. The same exact poster can bring widely fluctuating prices on different days depending on who shows up at any given auction to bid. In every single auction we conduct, there are some lots that slip through the cracks and sell for way less than should have, or have sold for in the past. Also, in every single auction, will be lots that draw intense interest and keen bidding competition that drives the price realized above what most market observers expect, or above what a comparable item has sold for in the past.

This means that if you're looking to acquire a particular item, it may be unrealistic to expect to pick that item up for the same "steal" some other lucky collector previously snagged. Conversely, if you are consigning to an auction, it can be equally unrealistic to think your item will receive the same run away bid that some other consigner enjoyed. 

2) Size Matters! (Sample Size That Is) Because values can and do fluctuate widely as discussed in #1, sample size greatly increases the accuracy of valuations. This means that if you have 3-5 previous auction results for a given item, you will have a much more accurate estimation of value compared to if just one previous sale has taken place.

3) Historical Context is Important It's no secret to readers of this blog that the market for vintage concert posters is exploding in popularity. Prices realized years ago can be no more relevant today than what shares of Facebook traded for at it's IPO, or what ocean front homes in Malibu sold for long ago. Values can, and do, go up AND down, and it's important to take into account where the market is NOW, compared to the dates of the previous auction sales you uncover.

4) Small Differences in Condition  = Huge Difference in Value When researching past auction results, be sure to take condition into account. In today's quality conscious market, small differences in condition often lead to huge differences in prices realized. When comparing a past sale to a current opportunity to buy or sell, be sure to take this into account.

5) Understand CGC Premiums When researching past auction results, it is critical to understand that the value of items independently authenticated and graded by CGC cannot be fairly compared to items that are not CGC graded. Like every other major collectible such as rare coins, comic books, baseball cards, postage stamps, etc, collectors, on average,  are willing to pay HUGE premiums for material that has been independently authenticated and graded.

This is because CGC provides an unbiased opinion on condition free from the conflicts of interest inherent in non CGC material, professional restoration that is only apparent to the highly trained eye will be fully disclosed, liquidity is greatly enhanced, the airtight holder is the safest and most secure way to store the material, and many other advantages that have been previously discussed in this blog.

If you're buying an item that is CGC graded, do NOT expect to pay the same low price that a ungraded example of the same issue sold for. If you're selling a non graded item, do NOT expect to receive the same high value that a CGC graded item realized. Whether buying or selling, comparing the values of CGC graded material directly to non CGC graded material will lead to disappointment. Adjust your expectations accordingly and be realistic.

6) Collectibles are not Stocks and Bonds - Every item is Unique! When researching past auction results, it's imperative to remember that every single poster is different and every collector has different tastes and opinions about desirability. Because of this, we HIGHLY recommend that you carefully review the description and photo of each item sold and not rely solely an item's grade, date sold and price realized.

For example, you can have a poster graded 8.5 that is DEAD MINT except for a single pinhole and another poster graded 8.5 that is free of pinholes but exhibits light overall handling. Some collectors are willing to pay more for the former, others are willing to pay more for the latter. So be sure to take a holistic approach to researching values and be sure to incorporate ALL relevant determinants of value including the most important determinant of all...your own personal tastes!

7) When in Doubt Get an Expert Opinion Please know that whether buying or selling, we stand ready to assist you any way possible. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or information you need. You can be confident you'll receive the highest quality information and advice available today!

Click here for Past Auction Results!