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World Record Prices Smashed for CGC Graded Comic Books and PSA Graded Baseball Cards!

The collectibles market is buzzing with the news of two new world record prices that were hammered down in the past 10 days.


On November 17, 2016, A Superman comic book number 1 that was CGC graded 4.5 was sold for $358,500. We have attached the article with the news which is very important to readers of this blog to read for two reasons.

 First, the comic book was CGC graded, the very same service that has now begun authenticating and grading Vintage Concert Posters. Secondly, the attached article clearly states that collectors are paying these record prices for items that are totally original and UNRESTORED. Every high priced comic book is now third party graded by CGC as collectors demand an impartial, third party opinion when they putting to work their hard earned money. How lucky we all are to be here now, on the ground floor of CGC concert posters.

On November 17, 2016 a Mickey Mantle Rookie Baseball Card PSA Graded 8.5 was hammered down for a world record $1,135,250. In this same sale 20 cards exceeded $50,000, all 20 of which were of course third party authenticated and graded by PSA, the leading third party grader and authenticator of cards.
 
Both World Record sales made NATIONAL NEWS as the widespread interest in TANGIBLE ASSETS continues to grow in this crazy environment that we all now live in.  As we have previously reported, many people are more comfortable having their assets in something they can understand and hold in their hands and that is private and confidential. This compares favorably with a blinking number on a computer screen that changes every second and is subject to hacking, legal seizure, etc. In any event, it would be hard to argue that Vintage Concert Posters are ridiculously cheap compared to every other collectible. We continue to advise you to fill in your collection now, because what can’t last forever (bargain basement prices) definitely won’t.

To read about The World Record Mantle card, click here>>
To read about The World Record Superman Comic Book (and important info about restoration) , click here>>
 

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50th Anniversary of The Summer of Love!

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.


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 weeks away. Beginning on January 1st, the world will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Summer of Love. The city of San Francisco is planning a YEAR LONG CELEBRATION, with no less than 3 major museum exhibits, multiple custom tours, and countless musical events.

In addition, on June 16-18, 2017, there will be a 3 day Monterey Pop Festival to commemorate and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Monterey Pop Festival, the first and hugely important commercial rock festival held in The United States.

The Monterey Pop Festival to be held this summer is the culmination of a separate 5 month celebration to be held May- September, 2017 in the City of Monterey!

In addition, there is sure to be major worldwide television, newspaper and magazine coverage of these events, as well as historical retrospectives of the 1967 Summer of Love.

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 the coming year. (We previously reported that Nike released a new shoe with graphics of 1960’s Concert Posters).

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.

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!

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. You’ll be glad you did!

To learn more about San Francisco’s year long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Summer of Love, click here >>

To Learn more about the 2017 Monterey Pop Festival and 5 month Celebration, click here >>

 

Bullish Article on Certified Collectibles Goes Viral!

Last week, a major article on certified collectibles took social media by storm and went viral through the collectibles industry. The article reports that our nation’s skyrocketing debt has led to a distrust of our nations currency and the future value of it.


The article says this distrust is encouraging people to turn to tangible assets that  can be held in your hand and where the value can be easily understood. There are 3 pictures in the article, 2 of a comic book and one of a baseball card, all of which have been independently graded and authenticated by a third party service. The 2 comic book photos were of a CGC graded comic, the very same service that is now revolutionizing the market for Vintage Concert Posters.

When you read in this article about $3 million comic books and $17 million Ferrari’s, it’s easy to understand why experienced collectors are now entering our marketplace and snapping up the most desirable material they can find, as fast as they can.

It is not lost on the people we deal with that these posters were created in ridiculously low numbers, the vast majority have been thoroughly damaged, and the historical importance of this material is unsurpassed.

All of sudden, this year has sped by and the New Year is staring us right in the face. 2017 will be highlighted by the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, and the focus and interest on the posters of this era will enjoy monumental attention. Our advice is to fill the holes in your collection now, while the material is available and can still be acquired for 5-10 cents of what comparable collectibles trade for.

If you are looking to sell posters, this is an excellent time, as demand far exceeds the available supply of top material. Please contact us to review how you can get immediate top prices for your holdings. We will buy your entire collection, we don’t pick and choose.

Whether buying or selling Vintage Concert posters, we look for to helping you achieve your goals!

To read the article on the collectibles market, click here!

 

 

Annual TRPS Festival of Rock Posters

­­Last Weekend. The Annual TRPS Festival of Rock Posters was held in the Hall of Flowers in Golden gate Park. This event is the primary gathering of dealers, artists and collectors, of vintage and modern concert posters. This is the singe greatest opportunity for collectors to meet with and buy directly from the top poster dealersand get posters signed by the artists . The show is also a perfect opportunity meet like minded collectors


This event is the collective effort of The Rock Poster Collectible Society. TRPS is an all volunteer organization committed to preserve and promote 1960’s concert poster art. The staff for TRPS was gracious and attentive, and their collective effort makes this event possible. It is their mission to create public awareness for this incredible body of work. The efforts of this organization are greatly needed in this ­ever-expanding market. As interest in collectible concert posters continues to surge, it is essential to have an organization that is independent and objective. We have always believed that for  this market to grow and attract new buyers there must be a commitment to  share accurate and credible information about values and

If you are not currently a member you can  join here : http://www.trps.org/membership/

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Obviously, the city of San Francisco is the ideal backdrop for the poster show as it was the original production/distribution point for the majority of these posters. To this day the city still carries the magical qualities that allowed the 1960’s music scene to flourish. The innovators of San Francisco poster art were on hand to sign their masterpieces for hungry fans. Wes Wilson, Mouse, Moscoso, David Singer Mari Tepper, David Byrd, Lee Conklin, Randy Tuten joyfully signing and sharing memories from the day.


The modern poster artists get a lot of attention at the TRPS show as well. Their passionate fans line up for hours to get copies of limited editions and rare variants from their favorite artists. The works of the of EMEK, Chuck Sperry, Marc Spusta, Matt Leunig (to name just a few)were on display and selling briskly.

It was an active day at the PAE table as well. We were delighted to get to meet with customers that we only know from the phone and email and put a face with them. It was great to get feedback from folks we work with all year long. Everyone was gracious and loved the information that we put out in this forum. We also lined up several longtime collectors who will be selling their posters in our auction in the coming year.

The energy in the room was palpable and the interest in the vintage posters is stronger than.  The intensified interest in the third party graded material from CGC was a hot topic.

All Said and done, the 2016 Festival of Rock posters was a terrific time, it’s great to meet with all of the people that make this incredible collectible a reality.

Yet Another Major Vintage 1960’s Concert Posters Feature!

Right on the heels of the news about the “ You Say you Want a Revolution- Records and Rebels 1966-1970” exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London comes a major article and online gallery featuring vintage 1960’s concert posters by The Guardian newspaper.


The collection was formed by the late Felix Dennis, a very successful and famous entrepreneur in Great Britain. Dennis is most widely known in the U.S. for his founding and ownership of Maxim magazine. In addition to expanding interest both in print, and online, the posters themselves were on display October 7 and 8 in a gallery in London.

While this continued widespread exposure to these posters is very important, this story is important for two other reasons.

First, anyone associated with this hobby will tell you that there is TREMENDOUS interest in these posters overseas. Icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and the Doors are WORLDWIDE legends that transcend borders. This is one of the reasons these posters are more exciting than many collectibles that only enjoy collector appeal within the United States.

Secondly, we can tell you that we have many famous and influential clients that are active collectors of this material. They understand the myriad of reasons why these posters are desirable and they clearly have the financial wherewithal to acquire the finest and most desirable pieces.

What’s most exciting, is that unlike almost all other collectibles, the value of these posters have not yet grown out of reach of “the common man”. You can still acquire a museum quality poster with tremendous historical importance, that exists in tiny quantities for the same price charged for mass produced pieces of crap in every “Art Gallery” in America.

You won’t find the artwork hanging in your friends house’s hanging in any museum, but your Vintage Concert posters are being featured and praised everywhere, all over the world!

To see the Guardian's beautiful feature story, click here:

Bill Graham's Rock & Roll Revolution Museum Exhibit Opens in Philadelphia!

We are pleased to report that the hugely popular Bill Graham Rock and Roll Revolution Museum Exhibit has just opened at The National Museum of American Jewish History. The exhibit runs through January 16, 2017.


This is the first appearance of the exhibit on the east coast after wildly enthusiastic crowds on the west coast. As readers of this blog are well aware, we highly encourage everyone east of the Mississippi river to find a way to attend this exhibit. It is a truly thrilling experience to see all of the incredible concert posters, handbills and photographs, and ALSO to see throngs of regular folks enjoying the exhibit as well! In this regard, don't be shy about bringing your non-collector family and friends along for the experience, they are guaranteed to leave happy that they came along, and will have a new found respect for your interests and hobby.

For more details, see our earlier reports about our visits to the Bill Graham Exhibit in both Los Angeles and San Francisco that were published in this blog.

Also, to supercharge your visit and transform it into a truly epic and memorable day, call us for a private visit to our Gallery which is located just 90 minutes south in Baltimore, Md. If you make arrangements in advance, we will roll out the red carpet and make sure you get to see material that cant be seen anywhere else—not even in a museum! And of course, if you have material to sell, our international clientele allows us to offer you the highest cash prices available in the marketplace.

For more details on the Bill Graham Rock and Roll Revolution museum exhibit in Philadelphia, click here:

Second Order Effects of CGC Grading Part 2

In previous blogs we have discussed there are two different ways that CGC is affecting today’s market for Vintage Rock Concert posters. 


One group of effects can be called “First Order Effects”, which are obvious to all onlookers. Specifically, these “First Order” effects include 1) increased media attention, 2) this increased media attention results in a huge increase in NEW collectors that can now collect with confidence. 3) Since this rise in demand is chasing the same small supply, values go up. 4) And since dealers can easily quote buy prices for CGC graded posters sight unseen, liquidity is increased. 5) Also, since third party grading is inherently about distinguishing differences in quality, there is a huge focus on quality.

Not so obvious, are many second order effects of third party CGC grading that will also effect today’s rapidly growing marketplace for these rare artworks. Today, we will examine one second order effect which is INCREASED LIQUIDITY.

Every single day, we receive numerous calls and inquiries from people all over the world that have posters that they wish to sell to us or consign in our auction. The question is always the same, what can you pay for XXXXXX poster. Unless the poster is a famous one of a kind rarity, our answer is always the same, “It depends vastly on the condition and making sure the poster is authentic. If you send us the poster we guarantee to have a cash offer to you in 24 hours. If you accept the offer, (which over 9 out of 10 do) we will send immediate payment. If you don’t wish to accept the offer, we will Fedex your poster back to you immediately.

While most people are agreeable to this format, there are some people that want a concrete on offer on the phone regardless of condition. In this case, the seller hangs up disappointed. The poster winds up back in the attic where it has resided for the last 20+ years. And we don’t get the opportunity to acquire a fresh piece of art that would be savored by our clientele.

If the poster was independently graded and authenticated by CGC, this would never happen. The seller would be able to tell us exactly what they had, and in what condition. And we would be able to make a strong cash offer, sight unseen. We would both “win” and a transaction would be quickly consummated that otherwise wouldn’t take place.

Let’s take another example. Say a collector is looking for a rare piece for many years that is quite expensive. He locates one for sale, but has never done business with the person that has it, and there are no solid guarantees provided in writing. The buyer has a wide range of prices he is willing to pay, based on condition. Because he has never done business with this seller before, he is reluctant to buy the poster because he is not confident about the accuracy of the seller’s grading.

If the poster had been third party authenticated and graded by CGC, this problem would obviously be eliminated. The buyer would know exactly what he is getting and he would not be relying on the seller’s opinion at all.

In conclusion, the introduction of independent third party grading into any collectibles market drastically increases the liquidity of what’s being collected because the number of transactions explodes upward due to the increased ease in both buying and selling. In short, everyone wins!

Tales From The Front Line

For those of you that were unable to attend this week’s Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Show, we thought it would be best to report on the goings ons by using the words of other people that visited us at Table 411. “I’m glad you guys are doing this!”


That was the quote from one of the world’s top collectibles experts and dealers with 40 plus years of experience that includes a stint as co-owner of a major rock and roll collectibles business. Why did he say this? Because he understood that Vintage Concert Posters have widespread appeal, are historically important and are far rarer and much cheaper than most other collectibles. He was impressed by the CGC third party authentication and grading and thought the packaging also made it far easier to handle and store the posters in perfect condition. “You guys are really ambitious being here!

This was said by one of the world’s top coin dealers who was impressed with the non stop line of people in front of our table who wanted to view our inventory, learn about CGC authentication and grading and sign up for our email list and auctions. Thousands of collectors attended the show over 3 days and we added scores to our mailing list! “I totally get it, I’m in!”

This was said by a multi millionaire who is also a world class coin collector. He is in his late 60’s, grew up in the era, saw the concerts and now wants to jump into this market now that third party CGC grading is a reality. He’s been in the collectibles trenches forever, has made fortunes “playing” with his hobby and sees this new emerging market as ripe with opportunity. “It’s great to finally meet you in person!”

This was not said by one person, but by all the customers that came out to see us to both buy and sell. It’s always great to put a face with a name, review our inventory in person, buy posters that have been put away by our clients for decades, and share the many nuances and bits of information that we have to share with our clientele.

In conclusion, we exhibited at this show with the goal of exposing these incredible artworks and third party grading to the thousands of people that are already buying, selling and trading certified collectibles on a daily basis. To be honest, we didn’t know quite what to expect at the start of the event. We were blown away by the outpouring of interest and support and it was wonderful to meet the people in person that we so often communicate with over the phone and through email. It was a tremendous success and something we will continue to do in the future!

PAE Hits The Road!

We are excited to announce that we will be hitting the road over the coming days and weeks so that we can meet and do business with our clients face to face.


Our first stop will be The Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Show September 8, 9, and 10th, where we will have a table to buy and sell 1960’s posters. Our purpose for attending this show is several fold. First, we hope to meet with our friends and clients in Southern California. If you are in the area, please plan on stopping by. If you have posters to sell, we will be able to offer you immediate payment on the spot. If you are looking to buy, we will have a wide variety of the finest quality inventory available anywhere in the world. If you have a large collection you wish to sell, please let us know NOW, and we will make arrangements to come to you! In any event, if you are anywhere near the Lon Angeles area, we hope to connect with you next week!

Our second reason for attending the show is that we have had an outpouring of inquiries about Vintage Rock posters from our longstanding friends and relationships within the professional collectibles community, ie dealers. These dealers understand the major significance of the introduction of independent, third party CGC Grading within our hobby and want in, in BIG WAY.

These dealers have witnessed first hand the dramatic effects of increased demand, liquidity and prices that third party grading has brought to coins, paper money, baseball cards and comics and they want to participate in this new and exciting emerging market. Many have told us they believe that posters have MORE POTENTIAL than any of these other collectibles due to their beauty and ability to display, the massive popularity of the legendary bands, their historical significance, the minuscule production numbers, their extreme rarity Museum Quality condition, and ridiculously cheap prices. Many have already asked us for “first shot” at whatever we are bringing, so if there is something in particular YOU are looking for, please let us know in advance so we can hold it back if we have the item available.

The second stop we will be making is to the annual Festival of Rock Posters on October 22 in San Francisco. This event is the premier Rock Poster show of the year and is put on by The Rock Poster Society. (TRPS). If you are anywhere near the San Francisco area, of frankly, anywhere west of the Mississippi, we highly encourage you to attend this event. Again, we will be in San Francisco to both buy and sell, and if you have a large collection you wish to offer us, please let us know NOW, so we can make separate plans to come to YOU. Also, as we have said many times before, we highly recommend that all collectors become members of TRPS.

With all of the excitement that is currently brewing in our marketplace now, we look forward to meeting with you in person in the coming days so that we can discuss a personal plan to achieve your collecting goals!

For details on The Long Beach Coin and Collectibles show, click here!

For details on the Festival of Rock Posters, click here!

1960’s Concert Poster’s Infiltration of Mainstream Society Continues!

Anyone that has been paying the least bit of attention has witnessed the proliferation of interest being directed at our beloved 1960’s Concert posters.


We have seen exhibits in major international air ports, the most hallowed and respected art museums, and talks of a Bill Graham major motion picture, to name but a few recent developments. Now comes news from Nike, one of the world’s largest and most influential brands, that they are releasing a Psychedelic sports shoe that is covered in the rainbow colors and classic typography that is the trademark of these rare and sought after artworks!

When a company like Nike, that spends hundreds of million of dollars on market data, decides that a shoe of this design would have market appeal , it’s a real testimony to the influence and desirability of original 1960’s concert posters.

It’s incredible to think that there will be thousands of people walking around in what Nike themselves are calling “concert poster shoes!”. Looking at the big picture, this is just more anecdotal information that all of us collectors are participating in the most exciting collectibles category in the world today!

To read more about the Nike Psychedelic Concert poster Shoes, click here!

The CGC Rock Poster Revolution—Where We Are Now!

As The CGC Rock Poster Revolution continues to unfold, it’s important to remember the BIG PICTURE of where this market was and where it’s going.


For many years, we implored our clientele to buy the highest quality posters they could, and to pay the small premium at the time (usually less than double a damaged copy) to acquire the best examples they could. This advice proved to be prescient and the collectors that acted on this recommendation are sitting pretty today. But the collectors that bought quality in the past were the equivalent to angel investors who bought stock in private companies with a hope and a prayer that they will someday go public. The purchase may pan out, and it may not.

Today’s market is very different. CGC grading is now a reality. The future is far more clear cut and easier to understand. CGC grading of rock concert posters has now “gone public”, and buying today, at today’s price levels is like buying stock in a company when it first goes public.

Let’s look at a few of the most COMMON United States coins, and the premiums attached to high grade examples. 1879-S Morgan Silver Dollar MS60 (Equal to CGC 9.0) $40 , MS66 (Equal to CGC 9.4) $212, MS67 (Equal to CGC 9.8) $580.00 1945 Walking Liberty Half Dollar MS60 $31, MS66 $118, MS67 $635. 1901-S $5.00 Liberty Gold Piece MS60 $350, MS66 $2800, MS67 $10,000

Please note the above examples are the smallest premiums seen for the most common of all coins. Most coins bring FAR HIGHER premiums as the grade ascends! And the examples above are for coins where tens of millions were made and many tens of thousands exist in MS60 or higher. Clearly, CGC graded posters offered today WILL NOT bring 15-30 times what a lesser graded, non CGC graded example would bring. And that represents an opportunity. Based on all other collectibles, we believe it WILL BE POSSIBLE to see similar premiums in the not too distant future.

We believe the focus on top quality concert posters that began several years ago will continue and accelerate. You have this knowledge, the only question now is what you will do with it!

Rare CGC Comic Book Brings $956,000!

Rare CGC Comic Book Brings Record $956,000! Last week a 1938 Action Comics #1 comic book that was graded by CGC made national news headlines when it brought a staggering $956,000 at auction! 


This event is notable for many reasons. First, read the first two lines of the auction lot description:

It's the holy grail of comic collecting, and we've never auctioned a higher-graded, unrestored copy! In the nearly 15 years since our first auction, we've offered a total of 18 complete copies of the iconic issue, but only nine of those had earned the CGC blue Universal label awarded to an unrestored copy.

The auctioneer clearly explains the importance that this comic book is CGC graded, UNRESTORED, and HIGH GRADE. Furthermore, this is a NUMBER ONE, and readers of this blog are very familiar of the ultra high desirability of a NUMBER ONE in collectibles. This is something we are true believers in and adhering to this collecting philosophy has personally made us many millions of dollars in the collectibles markets over the years.

Lastly, the CNN story states that about 100 copies are known to exist in any condition! MANY of the poster we sell have around 100 known, and many much, much less. And these can be acquired for $150 and up!!!

Please stop for a second and take a break from your very busy day. Stop all the noise in your head and just ponder all of this for a second. The CGC Rock Poster Revolution is unfolding right before your very eyes. We have told you that third party grading would lead to increased media attention, collector participation, rising demand, rising values and a great focus on condition and originality.

We did not pull these ideas out of thin air, or make them up out of whole cloth. We are simply reporting the obvious, what has already happened in SIX OTHER COLLECTIBLES markets.

As a reader of this blog, you should consider yourself lucky to be at the right place, at the right time. You are one of the relative few…for now. There will always be naysayers, but the market speaks louder than any individual. Listen closely to what’s happening now and ACT accordingly.

As we have stated repeatedly, the great majority of posters we handle never make it into our store or auction. If you would like help in starting a collection, it’s up to you to contact us, we are here to help you any way we can.

To view the original auction listing (highly recommended, read carefully) for the CGC comic book, click here:

To view the CNN national headline story, click here:

To get on our secret VIP preferred customer list, drop us a line , scotttilson@me.com

Second Order Effects of CGC Grading

Excitement continues to grow in the collectibles market as word spreads about the third party authentication and grading of posters by CGC.


Since this is at least the SIXTH collectible category to receive third party grading (coins, stamps, baseball cards, comics and paper money), many collectors expect the market for these posters to react in similar and obvious ways experienced by these other collectibles. Specifically, these “First Order” effects include 1) increased media attention, 2) this increased media attention results in a huge increase in NEW collectors that can now collect with confidence. 3) Since this rise in demand is chasing the same small supply, values go up. 4) And since dealers can easily quote buy prices for CGC graded posters sight unseen, liquidity is increased. 5) Also, since third party grading is inherently about distinguishing differences in quality, there is a huge focus on quality.

Not to so obvious, are many second order effects of third party grading, one of which we will discuss now. First, CGC grading will make it much easier to track values and price performance of concert posters. Because there is a standardized grading scale, posters can be far more easily compared to each other and properly valued. Say you have two of the same poster, example A and example B. Example sells for $1000 at auction and a dealer is asking $3000 for the same poster via private sale because it is the best example he has ever handled. Is this a good deal? Without third party grading, it could be hard to say. If example B is in reality much higher quality, it could be a steal. But if it’s the same as example A, it’s hard to say. If BOTH posters were graded by CGC, it would be much easier to know.

Let’s take another valuation example. Lets say that a poster you’ve been hoping to buy finally comes available after 2 years of searching. The dealer wants $2500 and the poster is CGC graded. Your research tells you that this same poster that has traded in the past for $900, 1100, $1500 and $4000. Is it a good deal? It’s hard to say because it’s impossible to know the quality of the other previous sales. If all the posters were graded, the answer would be easy.

One last example will involve past price performance. Lets say you want to determine if a poster has risen in value over the past 5 years. As of now, past price realized are somewhat meaningless unless the same exact example of the same exact poster is sold multiple times. Otherwise, you are not comparing “apples with apples”. Now that CGC is grading posters, you can look at different examples of the same poster in the same grade and compare their price performance over time. So if 3 different examples of the same poster have all been graded 9.0 by CGC, you easily track these data points and see if a clear trend emerges.

The bottom line is that third party grading brings order to collectibles marketplaces that previously operated like the “Wild West”. Make no mistake about it, just a very few posters have been CGC graded. By no means should you pass over the 99.99% of those that have not yet been graded. Just make sure that you are buying from an honest dealer that stands behind their product with a strong guarantee, in writing.

Another Major Museum Retrospective!

It has just been announced that the phenomenal “Bill Graham and The Rock and Roll Revolution” exhibit that has already appeared in Los Angeles and San Francisco, is now making its way east to Philadalphia!


The exhibit will open 9/16/16 at The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, Pa. and will run through 1/16/17. The exhibit features over 200 pieces of memorabilia that covers the entirety of Graham’s life and career. The vast majority of pieces in the exhibit are the very same concert posters that have become so sought after by collectors. This news guarantees that a mega bright spotlight will continue to be focused on Vintage Rock Concert Posters in general, and Fillmore posters, in particular. More importantly, with each new museum retrospective, there is a heightened recognition and appreciation for both the historical significance and artistic merits of these artworks. We continue to recommend collecting any and all issues pertaining to Bill Graham concerts.

Our specific advice continues to be the same: Buy the best possible posters you can afford. Buy one great poster instead of five middle of the road pieces. Buy Original First Printings whenever possible. Focus on the highest quality and earliest examples you can find.

Most importantly, understand and act on what you see happening here. Six or seven years ago, it would have been earth shattering news to hear about the appearance of Vintage Rock Concert posters in any major museum. Now, this is happening many times a year. No wonder demand for the best material is far out stripping the tiny available supply! What’s most exciting is that we believe we are just in the top of the second inning as far what you will eventually see develop in this exciting, emerging market. Stay tuned for a detailed report on the Philadelphia exhibit, as soon as it opens.

To read more about the Bill Graham Museum Retrospective, click here:

SPECIAL REPORT ! CGC Graded Concert Posters are Exploding in Value!

CGC has recently announced the third party authentication and grading of Vintage Rock Concert Posters. The significance of this announcement should not be overlooked or underestimated. Many are calling this the most lucrative, ground floor collectibles opportunity to present itself in many years. Read on for details…


The Certified Guaranty Company (CGC) is the recognized leader in third party authentication and grading of collectibles. Three times since 1987, CGC has entered a collectibles market. First, rare coins in 1987 (NGC). Second, was rare comic books in 2000 (CGC). And then, rare paper money in 2005 (PMG).

Each and every time - the value for the highest graded and finest quality examples of these collectibles exploded in value, 500%, 1000% and in thousands upon thousands of examples, much, much more!

It is an absolute truth that CGC authentication and grading has added literally BILLIONS OF DOLLARS of market value to rare coins, comic books and paper money.

Yes, that’s BILLIONS, with a “B”. Not millions, or tens of millions, or hundreds of millions.

This is real money, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, that dropped right into the pockets of smart collectors that had the knowledge, understanding and ability to act when the opportunity presented itself! Why has CGC authentication and grading resulted in billions of dollars of increased market value for these other collectibles?

The answer is simple.

Impartial, third party authentication and grading of a collectible allows anyone to buy and participate in that market with total confidence, even if they are just getting started. Fear of counterfeits? GONE!

Fear of undisclosed restoration? GONE!
Fear of misrepresentation? GONE!
Fear of over-grading? GONE!
Fear of liquidity when selling? GONE!

Most importantly, the elimination of all these fears, and their absence in the marketplace, is GUARANTEED by CGC.

This increase in confidence leads to an EXPONENTIAL INCREASE IN DEMAND.

Demand that is chasing the same tiny supply of the finest known examples of a collectible. (Like ocean front real estate, they’re not making any more of it!)

The same thing is now just starting to happen in the marketplace for Vintage Concert posters.

Collectors are scrambling to snap up the finest quality examples they can locate. (9.0 and better)

New players are entering the market.

In many cases, these are the very same players that made a killing in these other collectibles.

These smart collectors understand what they see unfolding right before their very eyes- AGAIN!

But there are four major factors that are DIFFERENT this time. Four factors that lead us to believe the potential desirability and appreciation for Vintage Concert Posters dwarfs what happened when third party authentication and grading of other collectibles was introduced.

1) Vintage Concert Posters are many thousands of times rarer than coins, comic books and paper money! All three of those collectibles were mass produced in the hundreds of millions. The average concert poster was released in an edition of 500 – 3500, with most 1000 or less.

2) Vintage Concert Posters can be displayed in your home! Coins, comics and paper money are almost always stored in vaults or safe deposit boxes, reserved for the quiet, enjoyment of the collector.

These spectacular posters can be enjoyed and displayed, making them so much more desirable, to so many more people. Make no mistake about it, that’s why the most valuable art trades in the hundreds of millions of dollars while the most valuable of these other collectibles trade for 1-2 million dollars! When people can proudly display what they have, they are willing to pay more for it. A LOT more!

3) Vintage Concert Posters can be seen in major museums! Over the past several years, these posters have received widespread recognition and exposure in major museums throughout the United States. This inherently makes these artworks more valuable and desirable. We have reported extensively upon this and is another major factor in explaining the price disparity of art and other collectibles.

4) Vintage Concert Posters enjoy potential demand from tens of millions of fans of the musicians! Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, and all the other bands have scores of rabid fans that already connect with them and their music. The addressable market for these posters in exponentially higher than for any other collectible, including the Van Gogh’s and Warhol’s that are worth more than the finest homes or yachts. It will be interesting to watch what happens when these fans learn that they can now buy Vintage Concert Posters from the era with complete and total confidence! And lastly, unlike the market for U.S. coins and paper money, these fans form an international base of demand. People know who Hendrix is, regardless of what language they speak, because music is the universal language!

In short, the announcement that CGC is now authenticating and grading Vintage Concert Posters has provided collectors with a brand new, ground floor, collectibles opportunity. An opportunity that YOU are now among the first to discover. The only question that remains is what YOU are going to do with this information! It’s a well chronicled fact that for the past 7 years we have been advising our clientele to focus on condition and to acquire the best quality examples you can locate and afford. We are proud that many of our clients that listened to our advice are now sitting on collections that in many cases cannot be replicated today – AT ANY PRICE!

It is also a matter of fact that we never have - and never will - advise collectors to “invest” in posters with a profit motive in mind. We are simply stating that if you have “the collecting gene”, this is an opportunity to acquire a world class collectible, with world class rarity and desirability, at prices that are ridiculously cheap compared to most other collectibles. And if you have that “gene”, having a highly valuable, World Class Collection of anything is a worthy goal. We also think this opportunity won’t last very long! Please know that we stand ready to assist you and answer any questions you may have. Also, please know that the VAST majority of posters we handle never make it into our store or auction.

So let us know what you are looking for, or contact us if you want advice on what issues you should target and/or are available. Also, if you have posters for sale, we will be your top cash buyer, with immediate payment within 24 hours. We hope to hear from you soon!

The Official CGC Concert Poster announcement can be seen Here >>

More MAJOR Poster News!

BREAKING! Variety Magazine has reported that a major feature film on legendary concert promoter Bill Graham is currently under development. The film will be based on the book, Bill Graham: My Life Inside Rock and Out.


Readers of this blog know that Bill Graham’s Fillmore Posters have always been considered the bluest of the Blue Chip 1960’s collectibles and the release of this movie, along with the Bill Graham Exhibit that is currently criss-crossing the nation at major art museums, could send demand into overdrive.

Remember, under 2500 posters were issued (in many cases, much less!) of many of Graham’s early shows. Most experts estimate that probably 10% of these (250) exist in ANY condition, and that just 5-10% of those that do exist (12-25) have been preserved in undamaged condition over the ensuing 50 years.

One thing is for sure, if you have holes in your collection that you are looking to fill, there is no time like the present to acquire the pieces you desire while prices are still just 5% of what coin, stamps, baseball cards and comics bring of comparable rarity and desirability.

To read more about the Bill Graham feature film, click here!

In further news, Wes Wilson, one of the “Big Five” and the most prolific artist to design Graham’s posters, was recently featured in a nationwide interview on NPR radio. Every day the world is bestowing more recognition on the historical importance and desirability of these rare works of art. It’s truly an amazing time to be a collector!

To listen to Wes’ NPR interview, click here!

1960’s Rock Posters Take Center Stage!

We are pleased to report that vintage 1960’s Rock Concert Posters are once again attracting major interest and recognition on the World’s largest stage.


First, The Museum of Modern Art in New York City is displaying posters in a year long exhibit that focuses on art of the 1960’s. This is incredible on so many levels:

1) 1960’s Concert Posters are being featured in the most important city in the world.

2) The exhibit is taking place at one of the most respected museums in the world.

3) These posters will be seen and exposed to literally millions of visitors of the museum throughout the year.

4) The exhibit is receiving worldwide press exposure.

5) Our beloved 1960’s Concert Posters are being recognized as LEGITIMATE ART of HUGE HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE!

If you are anywhere near the New York City area, we urge you to visit the museum so you can see the incredible strides this artwork has made in recent years!

Secondly, The Bill Graham Exhibit, that we previously reported on when it opened in Los Angels last year, has moved to the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

We recently had the privilege of seeing the San Francisco exhibit and was delighted to see close to 100 visitors admiring the exhibit, mid- day, on a Tuesday afternoon! If you are anywhere near San Francisco, we urge you to hurry and see the exhibit before it closes on July 5, 2016.

The importance of these two exhibitions cannot be overstated! While the posters we all know and love are being recognized as major pieces of important artwork, they are still bringing basically flea market prices. Make no mistake about it, this is the time to build your collection, while prices are still less than 5% of what other collectibles of comparable rarity and historical importance are worth.

To read more about the MOMA exhibit, click here!
To read more about the Bill Graham exhibit, click here!

Concert Posters are a Different Kind of Paper Asset!

As I write this, the Brexit vote has shocked the financial world and stocks markets are crashing all around the globe, driven by fear. As this is happening, one sector of the market is not just holding it’s own, it’s exploding upward – Gold and other tangible assets!


Make no mistake about it, this is one of the best reasons to own tangible assets. People understand that stocks are just a commodity item, that can be bought and sold in any quantity, at any moment of the day, with the touch of a button.

In contrast, Rare Vintage Concert posters are all but impossible to find, and the tiny available supply does not come close to meeting the growing demand. These incredible artworks are a solid store of value and the appreciation of their historical and aesthetic significance continues to grow with each passing year.

It’s no secret that for the vast majority of investors, their best investment is their home.

Why is this the case? The answer is simple.

You can’t get a quote or your home on a weekly, daily or hourly basis. You don’t decide to pick up and move one morning, based on what the newspaper says that day. You live in your home for a long period of time and your decision to sell is not based on emotion, but on common sense and what your long term life goals are.

The same goes for posters. These are pieces of art that are meant to be loved and lived with for a long period of time. While you are enjoying them, it’s satisfying to know that their desirability and importance continues to increase.

So you the choice is yours, what will it be?
Will you decide to replace fear with love and beauty?
Vintage Concert Posters give you the opportunity to do just that!

Concert Poster Movies and Art Shows

If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you are well aware of the growing recognition and reporting about 1960’s Concert posters within mainstream society. I would like to highly recommend a documentary that came out in 2009 but is even more relevant today than ever. This is “American Artifact – The Rise of American Rock Poster Art.


This documentary is really well produced and highly informative and entertaining. The film traces this incredible art from it’s birth in the 1960’s, right up to the present day. Literally dozens of artists are interviewed, and you get a wonderful sense of “being there back in the day”. Of course, the artwork is truly breathtaking as well.

I have repeated ad nauseam, that if you expect to have any success in a collectible area, you MUST invest the time and money to acquire all the relevant information available. This DVD, available at Amazon for a little over 10 bucks, is no exception. Order it right now, while it’s fresh in your mind—

Here’s the link

This summer we urged you to see the Bill Graham exhibit at the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles, Ca. Many of our readers took our advise and the reviews we received were unanimously excellent.

Great News!

It has just been officially announced that the exhibit will move to the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco from March 10- June 12, 2016. The exhibit will then make stops in Chicago, Cleveland, and New York, dates to be announced. This is one exhibit you don’t ant to miss! Here’s a link to the story:

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: