Life Magazine Declares 1968 "The Year That Changed The World"

Historical Importance of Vintage 1960's Concert Posters Underscores Their Desirability

 Life Magazine's new edition celebrating the historical importance of 1968.

Life Magazine's new edition celebrating the historical importance of 1968.

This blog had gone to great lengths to explain the many different factors that have have led to the current explosion in interest and demand for vintage 1960's concert posters. While a long list of positive attributes are now combining into "a perfect storm", no single factor is more important to the attractiveness of this hobby than the historical importance of these posters. 

Many historians believe that the 1960's was the most important decade of the 20th century. That's why 50 years later the entire world had a year long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Summer of Love. And that's why Life Magazine has just published a special 50th Anniversary Edition celebrating the 50th Anniversary of 1968- "The Year That Changed The World". 

Life's 1968 Special Edition is currently available on newsstands and at the checkout lanes of local supermarkets nationwide. While obscenely expensive ($14.95), the magazine is quite interesting in reviewing everything that happened in just one year: the Viet Nam war, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr and Robert Kennedy, The Apollo 7 mission to orbit the moon, the election of Richard Nixon, peace protests on college campuses nationwide, etc.

A story on the art of the times, and how it closely correlated, commented and documented the times-- The Beatles'White Album and their song "Revolution, The Stones' Beggar's Banquet and their "Street Fighting Man", Janis Joplin and Big Brother's Cheap Thrills, Dylan's John Wesley Harding, the musical Hair, and Tom Wolfe's Electric Kool Aid Acid Test-- are also highlighted.

There can be no question that these were special times, and this was special art, all of which has had a lasting impact on our world 50 years later. Many collectors believe that vintage concert posters, and their links to this history, are the most compelling and authentic artifacts remaining from this all important era. And it is this historical importance that really anchors the desirability of vintage concert posters and makes them so much more interesting than many other collectibles.

One final note: as collectors we often talk about the "The 1960's", the importance of the decade and the desirability of it's concert posters. It's important to remember, that when talking about 1960's psychedelic concert posters, what we are really talking about are posters that were issued primarily in 1966-1969. That's just 4 short years (plus a couple months of late 1965). This represents a tiny fraction of the total universe of concert posters create 1966 to date and explains why posters from the 1960's absolutely deserve the added attention they enjoy and value premiums they command.

 

URGENT COLLECTOR ALERT! CGC Graded Concert Posters Graded 8.5 Offer Spectacular Value!

Some Savvy Collectors Are Earning Immediate Profits!

Followers of this blog have received extensive information on the many benefits of acquiring vintage concert posters, handbills, and postcards that are accompanied by third party authentication and grading by CGC. 

The bottom line is that the value of ANY collectible is closely determined by it's condition. And in  today's quality conscious marketplace, tiny differences in quality can mean huge differences in price. This creates an inherent conflict of interest between buyer and seller, as sellers have a natural incentive to grade their posters as high as possible. 

That's why PAE has an iron clad policy to ONLY sell material that is third party authenticated and graded by CGC, if the poster/handbill/postcard in question is eligible for the service. (and has a value of $75.00 or more to cover the CGC fees)

 This poster is one of several CGC graded 8.5 items currently being offered at auction, click photo for details!   

This poster is one of several CGC graded 8.5 items currently being offered at auction, click photo for details!

 

Important Note: CGC does not grade ALL issues, but their universe is expanding quickly. When CGC grading is NOT available, we grade according to our strict standards that can be found on our website, and backed by the guarantee also posted on our website.

In general, CGC grading is SUPER STRICT, far stricter than posters have EVER been graded in the past.  The result of this strict grading is that the collector receives tremendous, superior value at EVERY grade level along the spectrum.

This blog wishes to examine the spectacular value proposition of posters that have been graded 8.5 by CGC. In many cases, material graded by CGC as 8.5 is super clean, with 100% full borders and no nicks, cuts,tears or pinholes.

Posters of this quality have had many different adjectives attached to them in the past including "Near Mint" , "Mint", and "Dead Mint", depending on the vagaries and grading scale utilized by each individual seller. 

 This poster is one of several CGC graded 8.5 items currently being offered at auction, click photo for details.

This poster is one of several CGC graded 8.5 items currently being offered at auction, click photo for details.

But today, thanks to CGC, you can acquire a super clean example graded 8.5, that is virtually indistinguishable to Mint examples, for FAR less than the premiums commanded by material graded 9.0 and higher. 

Please understand, that this does NOT mean that every poster graded 8.5 by CGC is free of all nicks, cuts, tears, or pinholes. Many pieces graded 8.5 will be perfect except for a tiny nick, or single pinhole. Other 8.5 examples that are free of obvious damage will often have a speck of missing ink or some general overall signs of handling that holds it back from a higher grade. 

Proof of this spectacular value proposition is frequent reports we receive from savvy collectors that have been acquiring CGC graded 8.5 material, removing it from the holder, and selling it for an immediate profit in other venues where third party grading is not embraced and considered unimportant.

The bottom line is that CGC graded 8.5 material is World Class in every way and in our opinion represents the top 2-3% of ALL surviving vintage concert posters. If you are a quality conscious buyer, these posters often offer quality and eye appeal that far exceeds your expectations of the 8.5 numerical grade. If you are looking to get the maximum "bang" for your collecting dollar, this is a grade that should be examined closely. Fifteen different items graded by CGC as 8.5 are offered in our current auction!

 

 

CGC Graded Concert Posters- To Frame or Not Frame?

Collectors have their choice of many excellent options

Every day we speak with collectors that are sold on the safety, security and liquidity that accompanies every vintage concert poster that has been independently authenticated and graded by CGC. 

One common question that always gets asked is: "I love CGC graded concert posters but how do I frame and display them? To our current knowledge, the collector has 3 different options as follows:

 This amazing BG-8 CGC graded concert poster has been framed with the holder fully visible.

This amazing BG-8 CGC graded concert poster has been framed with the holder fully visible.

1) Remove the poster from the holder and frame as usual. The main benefit to buying CGC graded and authenticated posters is you gain far greater confidence that you are getting exactly what you paid for.

Let's face it, there are many different printings for most issues, there are counterfeit and bootleg posters floating around, and a HUGE percentage of surviving posters have professional restoration that can only be detected by a trained eye.

In today's quality conscious market where originality is highly prized, value is directly correlated to state of preservation. Very small differences in quality can mean HUGE differences in price. Given these market realities, why would you want to take someone's word for the condition a poster is in when that person has a direct conflict of interest? That's why PAE has a policy of ONLY selling CGC graded concert posters, if the issue we are selling is currently eligible for CGC's service.

Given these facts, there is absolutely nothing wrong with buying a CGC graded poster so you can be confident you are actually getting what you paid for. The poster can then be removed from the holder and professionally framed using museum quality archival materials and procedures. At least with this option, you won't find yourself many years down the road, ready to sell, and find out THEN that you were sold something that was mis-represented.

2) Frame your CGC poster in the holder with the holder visible. A second option is to frame the poster in the CGC holder, with all the information CGC provides fully displayed. Some of our clients tell us they believe the CGC information provided, (Band, venue, date, artists, condition, etc.) adds to the viewing experience.

 This is an incredible BG-74 poster that has been graded 9.8 by CGC. The poster remains in it's CGC holder, which is hidden by the mat

This is an incredible BG-74 poster that has been graded 9.8 by CGC. The poster remains in it's CGC holder, which is hidden by the mat

This option is a simple procedure that can be handled by any frame shop. Simply "float" the poster in a larger frame. The advantage of this option is that any frame shop can do it, you will have the security and peace of mind that the poster is protected in CGC's airtight holder, and the poster will command a premium price when it comes tie to sell since it will already be CGC graded and authenticated.

3) Frame your CGC poster in the holder with a mat hiding the CGC holder.

A third option is to frame the poster in the CGC holder, but completely hide the holder using a mat. The advantage of this option is that you get the safety and security of the CGC holder while having the same optical experience of framing the poster out of the holder.

No matter what you decide, there is no doubt that CGC third party authentication and grading provides tremendous benefits to vintage concert poster collectors. The safety, security and liquidity can all be enjoyed no matter how you decide to display these historic pieces of art.

 

 

Saturday Evening Post Features Vintage Concert Posters

Re-publication of classic 1968 article illustrates the current explosion in the marketplace was 50 years in the making!

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It's no secret to current market participants that the 50th Anniversary of The Summer of Love was hugely successful in exposing vintage concert posters to millions of people that otherwise would not know these incredible artworks still exist and are highly collectible.

A few months ago, the Saturday Evening Post re-published a cover story on 1960's concert posters that was originally published in 1968. (The original 1968 cover is pictured here.) The article underscores the fact that these posters are authentic pieces of history from what many consider to be the most influential decade of the 20th Century. 

Unlike coins, stamps, comic books and baseball cards, these posters were created in editions of hundreds or thousands....not hundreds of thousands, millions or tens of millions! Also, unlike sports cards and comic books, vintage concert posters were not created to be saved. Concert posters are authentic historical artifacts, NOT manfactured rarities.

The huge majority of concert posters were posted on walls and telephone poles to promote a concert. Because of this, just a tiny fraction of 1960's concert posters have survived the past 50 years in undamaged condition. (The article also speaks of 1960's head shop posters which WERE issued in tens of thousands and distributed in retail outlets--a different category altogether.) 

The bottom line is the current recognition and explosion in popularity of vintage concert posters amongst collectors is well earned and just the latest chapter in a story that is now over 50 years old!

To read the entire Saturday Evening Post, click here

 

Rare Dracula Movie Poster Realizes World Record $525,800!

Further proof Vintage Concert Posters represent most lucrative collectibles opportunity in the world today!

Vintage movie posters made national headlines in November, 2017 when a 1931 Dracula poster realized $525,800 at auction - the highest price ever paid at public auction for a movie poster. Five other movie posters realized over $200,000 and over a dozen realized over $100,000 in 2017.

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These record breaking prices serve as further proof that vintage concert posters represent the most lucrative collectibles opportunity in the world today.

Experienced collectors understand you can still acquire the rarest, the most beautiful, and most historically important concert posters --in Museum Quality condition -- for literally pennies on the dollar compared to other collectibles.

In a world where the most desirable comic books, baseball cards, coins and stamps routinely realize over $ 1 million each, you can still collect the very best concert posters for $5,000 and up. And miraculously, there are still many dozens of concert posters that are 45+ years old, featuring famous bands and venues, in pristine condition, that can be purchased for well under $1,000!

Clearly, our market represents a powder keg that is in the process of exploding. Third party authentication and grading, the publication of a major collector's guide, the recent 50th birthday of the collectible and major media and museum exposure --all documented in previous blog posts here-- have allowed vintage concert posters to finally take center stage. That's why PAE gained over 400 new clients in 2017 alone!

It's not often in life that you get exposed to true ground floor opportunities before the rest of the world finds out. How lucky we all are to have discovered these rare and beautiful pieces of history  that can still be acquired in Museum Quality condition for a tiny fraction of what many collectors expect them to be worth in the future. Collecting vintage concert posters is fun, exciting and affordable! 

 

 

 

10 Predictions for Vintage Concert Posters in 2018!

Here's what we see happening next!

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As previously discussed, the marketplace for vintage concert posters is evolving at light speed. Be cognizant of the following market trends when planning your own collecting activities.

1) Record Prices fo the Finest and Rarest!

Increased demand and dwindling supply will lead to record prices across ALL categories. The current market environment has collectors paying up for both TOP QUALITY and TOP RARITY. This means the finest known example of a $100 poster is just as likely to draw a record price as a one of a kind $25,000 rarity. In the few instances where a top quality example of a super rare item surfaces, expect fireworks to happen! Will 2018 see the first $100,000 concert poster at auction?

2) The Number of Market Participants Multiplies...Again!

This is a market that clearly has the wind at it's back. (See 2017 year in review blog post for reasons why) At PAE, our goal is to bring at least 1000 new clients onboard. This would be more than double the 450 new clients we welcomed in 2017. It's a big goal, but we are committed to more than doubling our annual market expenditure to to reach our goal. 

3) A Focus on Tangible Assets Will Fan The Flames.

The White House is committed to spending money like a drunken sailor. This is already leading to a fall in the dollar and a rise in gold. What does this have to do with vintage concert posters? Plenty. This is the very beginning of a cycle of renewed inflation and desire for "hard assets". Collectible ALWAYS are the number one beneficiary of this type of environment.

4) Continued Growth at PAE

2017 was year of growth for PAE, growth in clients, growth in volume and growth in staff. In addition to our two principals, Glen and Scott, we now have 2 full time employees and 3 part time employees that each log about 20 hours each. We are actively searching for more staff and if you are in the area and love this material and interested in joining our team, please let us know, IMMEDIATELY.

5) Severe Supply Shock Hits Market.

There's a sound in the marketplace that started 2017 off as a murmur but has slowly grown into a roar. We're talking about a giant sucking sound of rapidly dwindling supply that has become pervasive in the marketplace.

Through the decades there have been various stashes of posters that were never "put up" and that served as a ready source of supply that could help quench the thirst of any new demand. The very last of these stashes are quickly becoming extinct. This is quickly resulting in a heightened appreciation for virtually ANY 1960's concert poster that has survived the past 45-50 years. This major market inflection point, well understood by long time observers, will become common knowledge among all collectors and will greatly effect values in 2018.

6) Premiums for Artist Signed Material Explodes.

This is a trend we have seen steadily gaining steam over the past several years and we see an acceleration of this trend in 2018.  Let's face it, the artists of the era are not getting any younger. 20 years ago, an artist signed poster was no big deal. Now that these artists are in their 70's, the ability to acquire their signature on a poster is a much more highly valued opportunity. As it should be!

7) Interest in Grande Ballroom, Vulcan Gas and Armadillo World HQ Posters Climbs. 

As more and more collectors enter the marketplace, interest will gravitate to areas that are currently under valued. Over the past 2-3 years we have seen an explosion in interest for all three of the venues listed above. 

These venues issued posters of incredibly high artistic value, in extremely limited quantities, for a very dedicated psychedelic communities outside California. Importantly, major new books have also been recently published on these venues. 

In many cases these posters can be acquired for a fraction of what the more well known posters out of California command. Experience dictates that market inefficiencies like this can't last forever and this one won't either. Take advantage while you can!

8) Values of Large Size Fillmore Posters Explodes

Let's face it. High quality examples of posters in CGC graded holders are on average, worth a huge premium to the same issue that has not been third party authenticated and graded. Up until now, CGC has not had the capabilities to grade the large size Fillmore poster, but this situation is about to change. Look for these massive posters to command substantial premiums once CGC commences grading in the coming weeks! And of course, the larger a poster is, the harder it is to preserve in museum quality condition!

9) Values of Large Size AOR Posters Explodes.

CGC is currently committed to grading and authenticating all poster in the Art of Rock. The exception was large size posters that required a new holder that will be launched in coming weeks. Look for all AOR posters that have not yet been eligible for CGC grading to explode upwards in value when placed in CGC holders. There is a huge pent up demand for these issues to be available with CGC grading.

10) Renewed Focus on Handbills and Postcards

It's no secret that a concert handbill is far easier to counterfeit than a concert poster. Third party authentication and grading by CGC has brought much needed integrity to this overlooked area of the market. With the introduction of CGC, we have seen an explosion of interest in concert handbills, now that collectors can acquire them with confidence. 

In addition, CGC has devised a wonderful holder for concert postcards, that includes holes that can easily be used with a binder. Collectors LOVE the CGC concert postcard product as you get the same iconic art, the same historical importance, a system to display a collection, all for just pennies on the dollar compared to what the very same posters command. This is a trend that has nowhere to go but UP!

 

 

 

Overstreet Shifts Vintage Concert Posters into Overdrive!

Overstreet Guide to Collecting Concert Posters adds more fuel to fire up a market that is already burning bright! !

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Collectors and investors will certainly look back on 2017 as a year of major growth for vintage concert posters. Thousands of new collectors are entering the field due to a confluence of circumstances that will be outlined in our upcoming year in review.

This exponential growth has led to predictable results including record prices, an increased focus on original, unrestored posters and a greater appreciation for the historical importance and relative rarity of pristine, undamaged vintage concert posters.

The recent publication of The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Concert Posters provides more tangible proof that vintage rock concert posters have become a major collectible area with mainstream appeal!

The importance of this publication cannot be overstated.

Overstreet is a major collectibles publishing house that is solely focused on collectibles that have broad, mainstream appeal! The reason this new Concert Poster Guidebook exist is because Overstreet's marketing team has identified a world wide demand for information on this exploding collectible market segment.

Overstreet is a trusted source for collectibles information. Millions of collectors are very familiar with the Overstreet Collectible Guides, particularly in the comic book and movie poster markets.

Overstreet guidebooks are distributed internationally, online, at every major bookstore, and across the counter at over 3000 comic book stores across the United States. This now Concert Poster Guidebook will now become the most widely promoted book on concert posters ever produced!

The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Concert Posters is sure to provide an introduction to thousands of new collectors in 2018, and in each year beyond. The 267 page, full color guidebook includes artist biographies, stories on the classic venues, tips on storage, a detailed look at the historic impact of CGC's third party authentication and grading and much, much more!

Every major collectible- rare coins, stamps, comic books, baseball cards, paper money and countless others have their recognized Guidebooks. Besides being an introduction and source of information, these Guidebooks provide a legitimacy that interest in these collectible markets are widespread and "real".

The publication of The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Concert Posters marks yet another major step forward for our remarkable hobby. The positive repercussions are sure to be felt in 2018 and each year beyond! Owning this historic Guidebook is a must!

 

 

 

Vintage Concert Poster Market Explodes in 2017!

What Happened and Why?

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2017 was unquestionably a year of exciting growth in the marketplace for vintage concert posters. A confluence of circumstances caused the market to grow more in the past 12 months than it had in the past five years. Let's take a closer look at what happened and why:

1) Growth in Historical Importance

2017 was a year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Summer of Love. An event that was 50 years in the making transformed the importance and historical significance of vintage concert posters overnight! 

Suddenly, exhibitions of vintage concert posters began popping up at major ART MUSEUMS all over the world. More importantly, these exhibits were insanely popular and attended by huge crowds eager to be transported back to a magical era in our nation's history. See previous blog posts for detailed reviews of last year's major museum exhibits.

2) Growth in CGC Grading

2017 will forever be remembered as the year the marketplace embraced third party authentication and grading by CGC. Like every other major collectible area such as rare coins, stamps, currency, comic books and baseball cards, third party CGC grading has allowed collectors the opportunity to buy with confidence, knowing that they are getting exactly what they paid for. 

In April 2017, Psychedelic Art Exchange announced that every single poster and handbill we sell will be accompanied by CGC grading and authentication, if that item is eligible for CGC's service. (CGC does NOT grade and authenticate all issues yet). 

This decision was made to further our goal of providing the most trusted platform for both buyers and sellers who are looking to participate in this exploding field. Since condition is a huge factor in determining value, it seems logical to have an unbiased third party opinion, when available. See previous blog posts for a more detailed nuanced discussion on the repercussions of CGC grading.

3) Exponential Growth in Market Participants

The two factors above led to remarkable growth in the number of participants in the marketplace. PAE is pleased to announce that we gained over 450 new clients in 2017. These new clients are really excited about collecting these posters and share our belief that 1960's vintage concert posters represent the most exciting opportunity in the collectibles marketplace today!

4) Growth in Valuations and Liquidity

It's no secret to anyone that the huge growth in collector demand that was chasing the fixed and dwindling supply of premium material led to a dramatic rise in prices, with many records having been smashed. Despite these price adjustments, the hundreds of new collectors we are dealing with fervently believe this is still early days.

Why?

Because the very finest and rarest concert posters in existence can still be bought for $10,000-$50,000. When you compare this to the millions of dollars that collectibles in other markets of similar rarity and desirability command, you can appreciate what a spectacular bargain vintage concert posters still represent. 

In addition to increased values, there has been a massive increase in the liquidity for premium material. We literally have over $1,000,000 in Want List items and stand ready to pay immediate top dollar for anything desirable you may wish to sell.

If you're a seller, there's never been a better time to cash in. Contact us immediately and you can have your payment TOMORROW, without enduring the waiting or risks of auction consignment. We buy complete collections. We do not pick and choose. And the bigger the deal, the better we like it!! Call or email us NOW!

All of the factors listed above insure an exciting and fun 2018 for both buyers and sellers of vintage concert posters. We would like to thank everyone for their loyal patronage and the the trust you have bestowed upon us. A future blog will reveal some predictions of what we see ahead. and some big plans for future growth at PAE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Reasons to Get Your Concert posters CGC Graded & Authenticated Right Now!

Third party CGC grading and authentication offers an opportunity where you have everything to gain and nothing to lose. This blog examines why it is imperative to get any posters you now own graded and authenticated by CGC right now. And why any new acquisitions you make should be CGC graded and authenticated, if at all possible.

 This poster was sold to a consigner as 100% Original and unrestored. This was false.

This poster was sold to a consigner as 100% Original and unrestored. This was false.

1) CGC Discloses Hidden Restoration. As with all collectibles, collectors are willing to pay premium prices for 100% Original material that is in superb condition with no restoration. In every one of our auctions, you will find posters that have been restored. In almost all cases, these are posters that were sold to our consigners as original, unrestored pieces. 

Modern restoration techniques can be all but impossible to detect. Tears can be restored and pinholes can be filled in. Why not find out now if the posters you own have been accurately represented.

You may not think this can happen to you, but every single day we have to break bad news to collectors. Most of these collectors are willing to take their lumps and chalk it off to a class at the school of hard knocks. Those are the posters you see as restored in our auctions. Others tell us to ship the posters back so they can remove them from the CGC holders and sell them in other venues where CGC authentication and grading is not considered important. 

 This poster was sold to a consigner as an Original First Printing.It is not.

This poster was sold to a consigner as an Original First Printing.It is not.

2) CGC Discloses Mis-Attribution. It can often be difficult to tell the difference between an Original First Printing and a Reprint. Many times the differences can only be determined by a seasoned expert. In every auction, we have reprints that were sold to the consigners as Original First Printings. The difference in value between the two can be monumental.

We believe it's better to be safe than sorry. And like the consigners mentioned above in #1, some choose to take their lumps and sell the posters as reprints in our auction. Others ask for the posters back so they can be removed from the holders and sold in other venues.

 This poster, while super clean, failed to get a 9.0 or better grade. It was purchased by our consigner as "Dead Mint".

This poster, while super clean, failed to get a 9.0 or better grade. It was purchased by our consigner as "Dead Mint".

3) CGC Provides Unbiased Opinion About Condition. Like all collectibles, for any specific issue, value is based largely on condition. The same poster can be worth multiples of the same issue in a lesser state of preservation. Given the price differences for small differences in quality, why not have an unbiased opinion from someone that doesn't have any skin in the game?

Every auction we feature items that were originally sold as "Near Mint" or "Mint". While these posters may be very clean, some are still graded 8.0 or 8.5 by CGC's very conservative standards. If you pay for a premium quality poster, you might as well be assured that you are receiving what you bargained for.

4) CGC Provides an Immediate Boost in Value to your Collection. Hopefully the posters in your collection are all accurately graded, correctly attributed and free from undisclosed restoration. If this is the case, then CGC grading and authentication will provide an immediate boost in value and liquidity to your collection. 

Demand is rapidly growing for CGC graded material. Many the collectors that we deal with demand CGC grading and authentication for any contemplated acquisition as long as it is an issue that CGC currently offers the service. In other collectibles markets, it's all but impossible to sell an item without third party authentication and grading. Most collectors see no reason to risk their hard earned money.This trend will continue to grow with each passing day.

5) CGC Creates Opportunities Make no mistake about it, many collectors are very happy to buy non CGC graded material. Every day we deal with experienced collectors that are snapping up gem quality material from sources they have cultivated and trust and that have proven to be reliable over time. These posters are then sent to CGC and are instantly worth more and are more liquid.

This is possible because in the great majority of cases, a poster without CGC grading can be acquired for less than posters with CGC grading due to all the risks outlined above. If you are an experienced collector that has sources to buy properly attributed material with out CGC grading, and you have verified this by submitting their material to CGC, then these sources can provide lucrative arbitrage opportunities. Our advice would be to buy all you can while this window of opportunity remains open.

If you are new collector that has not yet acquired years of experience and expertise, then CGC third party authentication and grading allows you to participate with with confidence in this exploding new marketplace. 

6) The Bottom Line The bottom line is very simple. Submitting your posters to CGC is an opportunity where you have everything to gain and nothing to lose. If your material has been correctly represented, you will enjoy an immediate premium that CGC commands. If you have acquired material that has been mis-represented, then it's better to know now, before you throw good money after bad. Either way, you will be in a better position to take advantage of what many experienced collectors believe is the most lucrative and exciting collectible opportunity in the world today!

If you have posters or handbills that you would like to submit to CGC, we will take care of everything for you. Email Scott@ConcertPosterGallery.com

Uber Poster Collector David Swartz Featured in the New York Times!

World famous concert poster collector David Swartz was recently the subject of a feature article in The New York Times. This article is important for two main reasons.

First, the very fact that The New York Times, the most important newspaper in the world, decided it was relevant to report on vintage concert posters, is very encouraging.

We’ve been reporting extensively about how main stream media has steadily arrived at a newfound respect for the historically important works of art.

Secondly, the advice that Mr. Swartz shares is literally priceless and the product of participating in the marketplace for over three decades.

We recommend that you read this article slowly—TWICE. The key takeaways we get from the article – and from our dealings with Mr. Swartz as both a client and a friend -- are as follows.

First, be passionate. Mr. Swartz achieved incredible, multi-million dollar success because he LOVES the material he collects. In the article, he speaks about “the thrill of the chase.” But at the same time, he is disciplined.  If an item doesn’t speak to him, he isn’t interested at ANY price.

Be knowledgeable. Mr Swartz understands that knowledge is king. In the article he calls his hobby “a research game.” He has relentlessly pursued the details, the nuances and the history behind these incredible posters. And he never stops learning.

Think long term. Mr. Swartz is not a here today, gone tomorrow kind of guy. His attention is never diverted. He understands that it takes time for the compounding of his knowledge and the compounding growth of the marketplace to work in his favor. His patience has paid off – BIG TIME.

Lastly, be prepared to act. Every experienced collector in this marketplace has a “David Swartz story” where they were beat out on acquiring an item that he also desired.  The article itself speaks of Mr. Swartz’s collecting activities as a “competitive search.” When Mr. Swartz’s patience and knowledge lineup just right, and provide him with an opportunity that he knows, as the article states, is “unique or special”, he is willing to act with incredible speed and decisiveness. He understands that some opportunities can take many years to repeat themselves—if ever. And if they do, it’s inevitably at much higher prices down the road. 

To read the complete article, click here.

The Greatest 1960's Concert Poster Museum Exhibition of All Time is Happening Now!

The Summer of Love Experience at the deYoung Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco is of major importance to our rapidly growing market! Here's why:

We are still digesting everything we witnessed at the Summer of Love Experience that is on display at the deYoung Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco through August 20, 2017. First, let's talk about the exhibit itself.

The Summer of Love Experience is without a doubt the finest museum exhibition dedicated to the historical importance of 1960's art, music, fashion and politics ever created! 

This exhibit is truly breathtaking in it's size, scope, ambitions and unparalleled professionalism. Over the years, we have enthusiastically reported on major museum exhibits that have regularly popped up around the the United States. We have explained that these exhibits bring newfound respect and exposure for the posters that we all lovingly collect and admire. These exhibits have all been hugely important, but this exhibit is 10 times better than any that have come before it.

The Summer of Love Experience runs through August 20, 2017. We HIGHLY recommend that as a reader of this blog, you strongly consider investing the time and money needed to see this with your very own eyes, even if you are from out of town. You will NOT be disappointed and a thorough review of the exhibit can easily take up a couple of hours. 

We're pleased to report that while this massive exhibit offers very extensive and highly detailed displays of 1960's fashion, and social and political happenings, it is the concerts and music posters from the 1960's that absolutely take center stage and are THE focal point of the exhibit!

Literally hundreds of 1960's posters are beautifully and respectfully presented. A 4 minute movie shows you how these incredible pieces of history were created. Printing plates and artist's original handwritten instructions to the printer are shown and explained.

An entire section of the exhibit is dedicated to The Trips Festival. You can step into a room and see dozens of people mesmerized by Bill Ham's light show! Obviously, 1960's music is played throughout. 

Entire sections are also dedicated to The Human Be-In, The Merry Pranksters, Haight Ashbury snd the bands and artists of the era. One of the most impressive displays was of Victor Moscoso's posters shown under the influence of a color wheel, exactly as they were intended to be viewed. Believe me, you have not truly seen a Moscoso concert poster until you have seen it the way it was intended. Absolutely incredible!

The most important thing. Without a doubt, the thing that impressed us the most about this exhibit was the mind boggling size and enthusiasm of the crowds attending. There was around 1000 people at the exhibit during our 3 hour visit.

A back of the envelope calculation leads us to believe that at the very least, half a million people will see this exhibit during it's 4 months of operation. And it would not surprise us if the total attendance exceeds well over 1 million!

It was so clear during our visit that this era, and it's music, art, fashion, and ideals touched people in a way that todays' modern commercialism and way of life does not. For the few hours you spend at the exhibit, you are transported back to a special moment in time and history. The most tangible link to that era is the music, and the most collectible artifact from that era are the posters.

Over the past 2-3 years, we have seen a steady and growing number of new collectors that are fascinated by the fact that you can get a historically important, museum quality poster, issued in extremely tiny quantities, for far less than the dreck offered at the "Art Gallery" in your local shopping mall. 

And even more importantly, these posters currently trade for pennies on the dollar when compared to the finest coins, comic books and baseball cards that routinely bring over $1 million each! It's truly exciting to have a poster in your home that was actually displayed in a museum!

Groundbreaking major museum exhibits like this have the same effect as throwing gasoline on a fire. It's obvious this Summer of Love Experience will generate more new collectors of these posters. But more importantly, the massive success of The Summer of Love Experience will serve as an eye opener for other major museums that are always on the lookout for the best way to attract the general public. You can bet there are many more major museum exhibitions to come!

This virtuous cycle assures that the appreciation for these beautiful and rare works of art will continue to grow with each passing year.

To see the de Young's online exhibit, click here.

To buy the Summer of Love Experience museum catalog (HIGHLY recommended!), click here.

To read the San Francisco Examiner review, click here.

2017 Q2 Concert Poster Market Update (Pt.2)

For every action, there is a reaction. Last week we discussed the intense focus on quality, originality and the widespread acceptance of CGC grading. These three developments have greatly influenced the vintage concert poster market in the following ways:

Exponential growth of new customers. During the first half of 2017 we’ve seen a huge influx of collectors that entering this market for the very first time. These are folks that are already active collectors of rare coins, comic books, baseball cards and other popular collectibles. They understand and are familiar with the advantages of third party grading.

These experienced collectors feel confident that they can now acquire vintage concert posters and know they are getting what they bargained for. Time and time again, we’re told that vintage concert posters represent an extraordinary value when compared to more mature collectibles markets that have already “been bid up.”

Widening premiums between grades. Now that CGC is grading concert posters, we are starting to see a widening of values between each individual grade. This should be a surprise to no one. The very purpose of any grading service is to distinguish differences in quality among examples of the same issue. Once these differences are established, common sense dictates values will be differentiated as well.

Record Prices. The influx of experienced collectors from other markets is steadily producing world record prices for the highest graded and finest known examples of various issues. This is simply the result of growing demand and a fixed supply.

The market has greatly increased the number of market participants, and these participants have greatly increased confidence to “pay up” when a special opportunity presents itself. While prices are just beginning to increase, premiums for high grade material continue to be a tiny fraction of what is commanded in every other collectibles market. Really great coins, comic books and baseball cards regularly bring over $1,000,000 each while the very rarest and finest quality vintage concert posters don't six figures at auction. Clearly, this is STILL VERY EARLY days for these wonderful pieces of art.

Huge media attention. In addition to the structural market factors previously discussed, this market is also growing fast due to huge tailwinds generated by the media. The 50th Anniversary of The 1967 Summer of Love has been extensively reported on and celebrated across the country. TV specials, concerts, museum exhibits and other special events commemorating 1967 continue to be enjoyed by literally millions of people around the world.

The triumphant and critically praised 2017 tour of Dead and Company, as well as the recent deaths of Chuck Berry and Greg Allman have also shined a bright light on the UNSURPASSED HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE of vintage rock concert posters. ( Chuck Berry and Allman Brothers posters are experiencing huge demand)

A perfect storm. All of the factors discussed i the past 2 blog posts have created a perfect storm that has been over 50 years in the making. It’s really exciting to be a participant in this marketplace at this unique moment in time.  Massive events are being held around the world in appreciation of the historical importance of the music and culture of the late 1960’s.

Vintage rock concert posters are the most tangible and collectible historic artifacts of this era. They are also beautiful, rare and dirt cheap compared to every other collectible. We recommend filling out your collection now, while most issue are still super affordable.

2017 Q2 Concert Poster Market Update (Pt.1)

The first half of 2017 is now over and it can safely be said that the market for vintage concert posters is evolving at an exponential rate! Activity and interest is at an all time high fueled by the following developments:

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Intense Focus on Quality. One of the signs this market is starting to mature is a heightened focus on state of preservation. Even though quality is the number one value determinate of every other major collectible such as coins, comic books, baseball cards, stamps,etc, this concept is still relatively new among vintage concert poster collectors.

It wasn’t that long ago that mint condition posters brought very little premium compared to damaged examples. Collectors now recognize that the percentage of posters that have survived in mint condition represent a miniscule fraction of what was originally produced.

The competition for these beautiful Gems has really begun to heat up because knowledgeable collectors understand that the premiums commanded in today’s market for mint condition are STILL just a tiny fraction of what is commanded in every other collectible. These collectors believe this situation is temporary-- so the race is on to assemble mint condition collections while prices are still dirt cheap.

Intense Focus on Originality. Up until a few years ago, collectors would think nothing of taking a 100% original concert poster with minor problems and have it “improved” through restoration. This situation has changed drastically and has now also fallen in line with other collectible markets.

Today’s collectors are focused on 100% original posters with no restoration. Most collectors we deal with would rather have a poster that is 100% original and completely “unmessed with”, than have a poster in their collection that has had paper added to fill in pinholes or ink and color added that was not part of the original poster.

The thinking can best be summed up this way: When it comes to restoration, where do you draw the line between owning “the real thing” versus owning something that is “not 100% real’? The answer to this question must be answered by each individual collector for themselves. But collectively, the people and the marketplace have spoken. Today’s collectors are focusing on 100% original posters with no restoration. Values and demand for original posters are growing faster than those of comparable restored examples.

Widespread acceptance of CGC. Independent authentication and grading by CGC is a market development that was inevitable and long overdue. In today’s fast growing market for vintage concert posters, small differences in quality represent large differences in value. This generates an inherent conflict of interest between buyers and sellers that results in several problems. First, the seller, naturally, is incentivized to grade their posters as high as possible in order to sell it for as much as possible. Second, just because the dealer you buy a poster from grades it a certain way, that is no guarantee that anyone else will agree with that grade when the time comes for you to sell. Third, if you have a really superior “finest known” example of a poster you wish to sell, it will be hard to realize the extra value that is inherent in the quality of your item without independent verification. Fourth, if you have a poster you wish to sell that is not CGC graded, no dealer can give you an accurate quote without in person inspection. Lastly, if you are new to a collectible field, you won’t have the expertise or knowledge to determine for yourself whether a poster has been professionally restored or if it the actual printing (or reprint) that it is represented to be.

Psychedelic Art Exchange believes that third party authentication and grading by CGC is a major leap forward for collectors of vintage concert posters and handbills. CGC is an internationally recognized leader in third party authentication and grading of collectibles. They have graded literally BILLIONS OF DOLLARS of rare coins, comic books and rare currency over the past 20+ years.

We have made the decision that if a poster is eligible for CGC grading, we will ALWAYS have it submitted to CGC before it is offered for sale.(Unless the poster is of negligible value under $100)  Why? The answer is really simple. We want to be on “the same side of the table” as our loyal and highly valued clients. And we want to offer a safe and secure platform for collectors to CONFIDENTLY buy and sell. In other words, we believe that by doing what’s in the best long term interests of our clients, we are actually doing what is in the best long term interest for our company and the marketplace as a whole. It’s an old fashioned idea that often gets lost in today’s fast paced world.

Currently, CGC grades all of the posters featured in The Art of Rock by Paul Grushkin, (subject to size constraints), and all of the posters in The Collector’s Guide to Psychedelic Rock Concerts Posters, Postcards and Handbills, 1965-1973 by Eric King. (Again,subject to some limited size constraints). Mr.King’s encyclopedic Guide features the entire concert poster series from the Family Dog Avalon Ballroom, Bill Graham Fillmore Auditorium, Grande Ballroom, Neon Rose and Vulcan Gas. CGC has announced that in the future they will continue to expand the universe of posters eligible for their service.

If a poster is not currently eligible for CGC grading, we will offer it in a PAE certified package similiar to CGC, as we have for the past 10 years. Every PAE certified item is backed IN WRITING by a Lifetime Guarantee of Authenticity and Grade. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s the strongest guarantee available anywhere in the world and it’s a guarantee that has earned us a loyal clientele around the world before CGC grading was introduced.

One final note. CGC grading is a new market development and just a tiny fraction of the posters that have survived the past 50 years have been CGC graded and authenticated. Just because a poster does not have CGC grading does NOT mean there is anything wrong with it. Like all collectibles, it’s simply a matter of the condition you receive and the price that you pay.

Are you knowledgeable enough to tell an Original First Printing from a reprint? Are you experienced enough to detect expert restoration that can be almost impossible to detect? Are you confident enough to “pay up” for a high condition example based on the opinion of the person selling it to you? Do you know collectors that will pay YOU top dollar for your collection based on solely on your opinion? Certainly, we know many experienced and sophisticated collectors that are regular readers of this blog that can answer “Yes” to these questions.

But the great majority of today’s market participants would be better served, for all of the reasons outlined above, to stick with posters that have been independently authenticated and graded by CGC. Third party grading is the defacto standard in every other collectibles market, and the numerous advantages are now readily available to any collector of vintage concert posters that seeks them out.

Part 2 of this market update will be posted 7/13/17.

CGC Concert Posters Bringing Record Prices!

Every poster we offer is independently authenticated & graded by CGC (if eligible) — Here's why:

  This Jefferson Airplane/Jimi Hendrix (BG-69) Fillmore Concert Postcard CGC graded 9.8 sold for a record $357 in our auction earlier this year!

This Jefferson Airplane/Jimi Hendrix (BG-69) Fillmore Concert Postcard CGC graded 9.8 sold for a record $357 in our auction earlier this year!

The collectibles marketplace is buzzing with the news of greatly increased activity and record prices that are being recorded for Vintage 1960’s Concert Posters that have been independently authenticated and graded by CGC.

CGC does not currently grade every concert poster ever produced. However, every poster eligible for independent authentication and grading will be submitted to CGC prior to sale or auction by Psychedelic Art Exchange.

This blog will examine who is buying these posters and handbills and why ......

Psychedelic Art Exchange has seen a huge influx of new collectors that are entering the market. These collectors are already knowledgeable and familiar with CGC and independent third party authentication and grading.

CGC has graded literally BILLIONS of dollars worth rare coins, comic books and paper money. There services are so ubiquitous, that NO SERIOUS AUCTIONS are held for the aforementioned collectibles without third party authentication and grading!

After all, why would a buyer want to “take the sellers word for it” when it comes to condition, especially when small differences in condition can mean such huge differences in value?

  This beautiful Monterey International Pop Festival Concert poster CGC graded 9.6 sold for a record $4611 in our auction 2/17.

This beautiful Monterey International Pop Festival Concert poster CGC graded 9.6 sold for a record $4611 in our auction 2/17.

However, for collectors of Vintage Concert Posters, the advantages of third party authentication go way beyond this basic leveling of the playing field of buyers versus sellers.

First, Vintage Concert Posters have been can be broken up into two main categories, Original Printings that were produced before the concert, and Reprints that were released after the concert.

The differences in value between Original Printings and Reprints can be huge, but the differences in determining a Reprint from an Original can be miniscule.

CGC authentication solves this problem and allows the new collector to acquire these beautiful pieces of art with confidence, knowing they are getting exactly what they pay for.

Secondly, there is the matter of restoration.

In every collectibles market, a premium is placed on Originality. Many Vintage Concert posters have been expertly restored to “look Mint” and this restoration can be hard for the begging collector to detect. CGC solves this problem too.

 

 

 

 

  This beautiful Doors Concert postcard (FD-D-18) CGC graded 9.8 sold for a record $241 in our recent auction.

This beautiful Doors Concert postcard (FD-D-18) CGC graded 9.8 sold for a record $241 in our recent auction.

The bottom line is that CGC has broken down the barriers and removed obstacles that have prevented new collectors from entering this exciting field.

These new collectors already understand how quality and rarity effects value. They understand these posters are historically important. They understand these posters were ssued in numbers of just hundreds or a few thousand, compared to the millions of coins, comic books and baseball cards that are regularly produced for just a single issue.They understand that paper is fragile and that a tiny percentage of the original issuance still survive today, 50 years after they were released. They understand that the premiums commanded for the very best quality pieces are incredibly small compared to other collectibles. They understand how to research and buy collectibles over the internet and at auction.

Most importantly, these new collectors understand that with independent, third party grading, they can use their skills and knowledge to participate in what many are calling the most exciting collectibles opportunity in the world today.They understand they can acquire a large, World Class collection for a fraction of just one major rarity in other collectible markets.

This influx of new collectors is now eagerly snapping up whatever CGC graded concert posters and handbills that become available. This growing demand is overwhelming the tiny available supply. And that's why prices are moving up at this time.

Stay tuned for future blog posts that will examine exactly which Vintage Concert posters these new collectors are targeting for acquisition.

Free Appraisals for Vintage Concert Posters!

How to find out what your vintage concert posters and handbills are really worth.

Appraisal concept.

Every day we receive calls from around the world, asking us what their vintage concert posters and handbills are worth. There are many different answers to this question, depending on the actual information the collector is seeking. Let’s start at the beginning.

First, it must be understood that with every collectible, condition is a major determinant of value. The same exact poster can be worth wildly different amounts. A rare poster that is heavily beat up, with multiple tears, tack holes and paper missing can be worth $1,000, while the same issue could be worth $10,000, if it is in flawless museum quality condition.  

This situation becomes even more complicated at the higher end of the quality spectrum. A very rare poster that has just one tiny flaw such a single pinhole, or ¼ inch tear, could be worth $3,000, while the same issue without that single tiny flaw can be worth $10,000.

This means that ALL vintage concert posters and handbills have to be inspected in person, by a trained expert, in order to get a meaningful valuation.

Secondly, there are several different valuations that can be ascertained. First, there is “Book Value”, which can be determined by past sales data. Book Value tells the collector what the poster has traded for in the past. This number can be a guide for the collector, but Book Value still has it’s limitations.

For example, if a poster sells at auction for $2,000, the collector must understand that there are fees involved in selling. The consigner of the poster would have received $1500-$1600 for the poster, after having waited several weeks or months for the auction to be conducted, and for the money to be collected. While this is not that big of a deal when it comes to one single poster, the deduction of these selling fees can really add up when you are talking about a large collection of many items.

Also, the $2,000 gross number pertains to a sale that has already happened at a specific date and time in the past. Like any market, conditions are fluid and this same poster, if put back on the market, could bring $1500 next time…or $2500.

The point is, while past auction data provides an excellent base of information for valuation, it does not tell the collector what they can definitely receive for their posters right now, TODAY.

The second type of valuation is often referred to as an “Insurance Appraisal or Valuation”. This type of valuation refers to what it would cost to replace a vintage concert poster if it was lost or stolen.

An Insurance Appraisal has the same challenges a Book Value appraisal, only in reverse. Just because a poster in your collection brought $2,000 in a past auction, that in no way means it can be replaced for that amount. In many cases, vintage concert posters and handbills are so rare, that it can be several years before another one becomes available for purchase, in equal condition. It’s anyone’s guess when, where and for how much that poster would cost you to replace!

Even more complicated are unique, one of a kind rarities. These pieces are literally priceless, as they only trade when a willing seller and a willing buyer agree amongst themselves on the valuation of the item. This value will be determined based on those two people’s collective knowledge and needs—and very little else!

Lastly, there is the notion of “Real World Market Value” of concert posters and handbills.  This is the value that most of the callers we receive are interested in determining. “Real World Market Value” is the actual amount of cash that a poster can be sold for RIGHT NOW.

This is not a theoretical number, or past sale of another poster, but the actual amount that poster can be sold for TODAY. It is also, not surprisingly, the number most important to the majority of callers we hear from on a daily basis.

Psychedelic Art Exchange is pleased to provide all collectors with a totally FREE, Real World Market Valuation of each and every vintage concert poster and handbill in their collection. Even more exciting, we guarantee that you will receive your Valuation in 24 hours!

Here’s how it works:

Contact us and request your free appraisal. We will ARRANGE AND PAY ALL SHIPPING COSTS to have your posters sent to our Gallery in Baltimore, Md. Of course, if you are in the mid-atlantic region, you may also arrange to visit us in person.

We will inspect the condition of your material and guarantee to provide you with a Real Market Valuation of your vintage concert posters and handbills within 24 hours of receipt. Please understand, this will not be a theoretical valuation or guess. It will be the actual amount you can turn your posters into cash, IMMEDIATELY. If you are looking to sell, this is the only number that really matters.

The valuation you receive will be based on our 75 years of collectibles experience combined with the extensive “Want Lists” of our worldwide clientele and the current market price on the very day we receive your posters. If you wish to sell your collection based on your valuation, you will receive funds that will be Fedexed or wired to you the very same day....again, GUARANTEED!  If you don't wish to sell, we guarantee to return your items to you the SAME DAY, by Fedex AT OUR COST. 

To the best of our knowledge, this is the most generous offer available in collectible's market today. We will provide you with a detailed, full appraisal of your vintage concert posters and handbills, ABSOLUTLEY FREE. We will also pay your shipping costs, BOTH WAYS. And we guarantee to do all this in 24 hours!

Why do we do this?

Because the tiny supply of surviving Vintage Concert Posters does not come close to meeting the current demands of our clientele. We are in constant need of quality material, and finding sellers of these posters is FAR more challenging for us than finding buyers.So it makes good business sense for us and it makes good business sense for you, if you want to find out what your collection is really worth.

So don't delay, contacts us TODAY to receive a FREE real market valuation of your vintage concert posters and handbills. You have everything to gain and absolutely nothing to lose!

How to Sell Your Vintage Concert Posters via Auction

Selling your vintage concert posters through public auction is often a great way to turn your posters into cash!

 Use our auctions to turn your vintage concert posters into cash!

Use our auctions to turn your vintage concert posters into cash!

Let's examine both the positive and negative aspects of selling through auction, and then we’ll show you how to get your vintage concert posters in front of scores of hungry bidders.

First, make no mistake about it, there are both positives and negatives to choosing the auction route when it comes time to sell your vintage concert posters. The main negatives to auction sales are as follows:

1)  Auction sales take substantial time to plan, conduct, and collect the funds from winning bidders. Typically, you will consign your material to a sale 45 days before the auction is conducted. Our auctions usually run for 7 days. You receive your proceeds 21 days after the auction closes. This means, that on average, you should expect to receive your funds 7-8 weeks after you have consigned your material to auction. Clearly, this is a huge negative compared to receiving immediate payment through a private sale.

2)  Auction sales, by definition, require you to relinquish control over how much you receive for your posters. As the old saying says, you have to be willing to take risks to get rewards. We have hundreds of success stories where collectors receive more than they expected for their material at auction. But there has also been  are collectors that didn’t receive the results they expected. There are many reasons this is reality, a reality that is often shielded from view by auction companies hungry for consignments.

In any given auction, your material may not be as good as other lots that are competing for collector’s attention, the stock market could have taken a dump, or some other news event could temper bidder’s enthusiasm. If you have a firm number in mind of what you MUST get for your poster(s), then auction is probably not right for you.

3) Auctions involve fees that can bring the total amount realized below expectations. Let’s say that you believe market value of your poster is $1,000. The poster comes up for auction and the final bid price is $1000.00. After you deduct a 10% seller’s fee, you receive $900.00, failing to meet you expectations after waiting several weeks.

Inexperienced collectors will often counter this argument by requesting that their material be sold with reserves. While reserves are clearly an option that can be pursued, it is often counter productive. The reason for this is simple:

Collectors enter an auction excited with the possibility that they may be able to snap up a bargain. Once bidding commences, these same bargain hunters often catch “auction fever” and bid more than current market prices in an attempt to win the object of their desire. This is referred to as a "bidding war".

If you are selling your poster with a reserve price, you are telling collectors there will be no bargain here, so your poster will most likely won’t even be considered to be bid upon. This is the exact opposite situation of what you are hoping the auction creates.

4) Despite these negatives, auctions can be a highly rewarding way to sell your vintage concert posters for top dollar! If you don’t know exactly what your posters are worth,  there is no better way to find out than letting “the market decide”. If you have special material that is rarely seen, then auctions can provide a competitive environment filled with hungry bidders These bidders will pay top dollar for the right to be the next owner of your rarities. In every auction there are lots that bring far more than anticipated and if you are the lucky consigner these lots could be yours!

The bottom line is that consigning your vintage concert posters to auction is a highly viable and very popular way to sell, as long as you enter the arena with your eyes wide open to both the risks and rewards.

Psychedelic Art Exchange has a large, international clientele that enjoys and enthusiastically participates in the auctions we conduct each month. We stand ready to individually analyze each and every poster in your collection, and can provide a detailed plan to maximize the amount of money you receive for your collection in the most expeditious way possible.

No matter what you decide, public auction or private sale, you can be confident that your vintage concert poster collection will be handled in the most professional way possible, using all of the expertise we have attained through a combined 75 years of professional dealing in the collectibles industry. If you have vintage concert posters you want to sell, please contact us NOW, to get the absolute highest prices possible!

How to Sell Your Vintage Concert Posters for Top Dollar

It's easier than you think to turn your posters into cash!

 We guarantee to turn your posters into the most cash possible within 24 hours!

We guarantee to turn your posters into the most cash possible within 24 hours!

Every day we receive calls and emails from lucky individuals that have Vintage Concert Posters from the 1960’s or 1970’s that are looking to turn their holdings into cash.

These people are basically split into two segments:

1) Collectors that are knowledgeable about what they have accumulated over the years, and

2) those that have found or saved some posters from their youth, and have no idea what the value is of what they own.

In all cases, these prospective sellers want to know, right on the phone or over email,  what their posters are worth under current market conditions.Regardless of the circumstances, we provide the exact same advice on how to get the absolute top dollar for their holdings. 

First, we explain that the value of any given poster is highly dependent on it’s condition. The exact same poster can be worth $1,000, $2,500 or $7500 depending on it’s state of preservation.

What makes this even more complicated is that as the value of a poster multiplies, the difference in condition that determines these higher values gets smaller and smaller. For example, at the very highest state of preservation, on the very rarest posters, a ¼ inch corner bump on just one corner could be the difference of thousands of dollars!

All of this puts us in a precarious predicament:

If we quote the highest possible price we can possibly pay for their poster, we run a great risk of disappointing the seller when we finally get to inspect the poster in person and it invariably has some some small imperfection or hidden restoration that dramatically lowers it’s value.

If we give the seller a conservative estimate of the value of the poster, based on the average condition a poster is usually found in, we run the great risk of disappointing the prospective seller with a “low ball offer” that does not meet their expectations.

Secondly, we explain that in order to provide a real value of what the poster can be actually sold for at this very moment, we must be able to inspect the poster in person so that we can evaluate it’s condition, whether it is a First Print, reprint, or counterfeit, and whether the poster has undergone restoration. 

Fortunately, we have devised a program that quickly, inexpensively, and painlessly deals with all of these issues and immediately turns your posters into cash within 24 hours!!!!

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.

Fortunately, for us and prospective sellers, our generous offers are accepted over 96% of the time. The reason for this is simple: 

1)   The tiny supply of surviving Vintage Concert Posters does not come close to meeting current market demand. We are in constant need of quality material, and finding sellers of these posters is FAR more challenging for us than finding buyers.

2)   We have a large international clientele that stands ready to pay full market value for whatever we are able to turn up. Because we can turn our inventory almost instantaneously, we can work on very narrow margins and offer prospective the highest prices in the world for virtually and Vintage Concert poster from the 1960’s or 1970’s. 

If you wish to immediately get the absolute highest prices for your concert posters, contact us NOW!

New Opportunities for Vintage Concert Poster Collectors

Every collector should be aware of this lucrative short term opportunity to acquire certain Vintage Concert Posters at a significant discount.

 The famous Aoxomoxoa concert poster is just one of hundreds that are too large to be currently submitted to CGC for third party grading and authentication

The famous Aoxomoxoa concert poster is just one of hundreds that are too large to be currently submitted to CGC for third party grading and authentication

It is now common knowledge in the collecting world that the marketplace for Vintage Concert Posters has received a huge injection of interest and new participants with the introduction of independent third party grading and authentication by CGC.

CGC is the very same organization that has graded literally billions of dollars of rare coins, paper money and comic books over the past 30 years.

CGC has changed many of the market dynamics, many of which have been examined recently in past articles on this blog. These changing dynamics include an increased focus on quality and originality (posters that have not been altered through restoration), and a commensurate increase in values for the same.

Today, we wish to make you aware of a brand new opportunity that involves acquiring posters that have NOT been graded by CGC, an opportunity that is quite lucrative and won’t last for very long.

Currently, the list of posters that CGC authenticates and grades is relatively limited. First and foremost, there is a size limitation of 15”x 23” or smaller. This is the largest size poster that CGC can currently fit into their airtight, archival holders.

Secondly, there are category limitations. CGC currently grades the following posters: The BG Fillmore Series, the FD Family Dog series, Grande ballroom posters, and posters that appear in The Art of Rock. While these posters represent a large group of the entire universe, there is still a huge number of posters that CGC does not grade including many very desirable and classic images and series.

Some of the posters that CGC does NOT currently grade include: the oversized Fillmore issues, the Kaleidoscope series, the Vulcan Gas Series, The Rock Garden Series, The Grateful Dead Translucent poster, the Aoxomoxoa and Hawaiian Aoxomoxoa posters the Beatles Candlestick poster,the original Acid Test Poster, The Vanessa Grande poster, the Trip or Freak poster, and hundreds of other rare and desirable posters.

 Good News for Collectors of Vintage Concert Posters!

We have just received notification from CGC that a larger holder is under development and will be introduced this year. This is obviously great news for collectors that wish to collect posters that are not currently graded by CGC, but want the confidence that third party grading and authentication offers.

More importantly, this announcement represents a major opportunity for the savvy collector that has the wherewithal to act when they understand what is going on around them. Let me explain:

As early as spring, 2009, we have implored  collectors to acquire 100% original posters with no restoration, in the highest possible condition they could locate and afford. You can review past issues of our blog, and see dozens of articles on this yourself.

Our prescient advice is a matter of public record. Some of the first posts on this subject can be found here:

Our logic was simple.  In other collectibles, the very best condition examples ALWAYS trade for  25x, 50x, or 100X the cost of a run of the mill example. At that time, you could buy the very best condition pieces for a small premium of 25-50%. We knew this was a situation that could not and would not continue. We also mentioned that it was only a matter of time before third party authentication and grading would revolutionize this marketplace.

Those collectors that have acted our advice, are very happy today. They have built collections comprised of posters that are a) much harder to find today, b)more expensive to acquire today.

We believe the same opportunity is presenting itself all over again right now! A huge variety of Vintage Concert Posters can be now acquired for significantly less than they will probably bring once they are eligible for CGC grading.

Only this time, the timing and payoff for the opportunity is much more certain. CGC grading is now a reality, more posters will become eligible for CGC grading in the coming months, and we have already seen prices rise for posters that have been graded by CGC! (Although current premiums for CGC posters of 1.5x-2x compared to non CGC posters, are still incredibly tiny compared to all other collectbles. Where you can expect to pay 10-20x or much more for the finest condition examples).

So our advice at this time is clear – and urgent.  It’s absolutely okay to pursue posters that have NOT been graded by CGC. Buy the highest quality condition posters you can locate and afford now, before they become eligible for CGC grading in the coming months. Just make sure authenticity is guaranteed and that there is no undisclosed restoration.

If you follow this advice, and the past is any guide, you will be rewarded with the ownership of a poster, or collection of posters that could cost a lot more to acquire in the future!

Vintage Concert Posters Featured on Antiques Roadshow!

We are delighted to report that the 2017 Vintage Concert Poster media blitz we predicted is starting immediately with the wildly popular PBS show!

We have been predicting for quite some time that the Vintage Concert Poster Market would be receiving unprecedented worldwide exposure in 2017. This publicity will be generated by the world’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Summer of Love and the 50th Anniversary Celebration and Concert of The Monterey International Pop Music Festival. Concurrent with these events will be the continued proliferation of major museum exhibitions around the world.

We were delighted to find out that the 2017 media blitz is starting immediately with the wildly popular PBS show Antiques Roadshow. The feature story of the season premier, which will first air on January 2nd, 2017, will be about a woman who inherits a collection of Vintage Concert Posters from her brother that was assembled in the 1960’s. The woman is thrilled to find out that the posters are of tremendous value, worth tens of thousands of dollars. 

This type of national exposure is great for our hobby in two ways. First, it informs collectors that these posters are highly sought after and should be looked at with great respect. The story will certainly catch the eye of music lovers and collectors that did not even realize that this collectible exist. Secondly, it will alert other prospective sellers that what they have had sitting in their attic all these years should no longer be ignored –values are real so consider selling! The bottom line is that increased exposure of Vintage Concert Posters can only help bring more buyers and sellers into our unique little corner of the collectibles world. 

 

2016 Vintage Concert Poster Year in Review!

2016 was an exciting year for Vintage Concert Posters and the people that collect them. Let’s review the trends and events that have impacted this marketplace over the past 12 months:

1)   Major Museum Exhibits

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One of the most exciting developments in 2016 has been the proliferation of major museum exhibits around the world featuring Vintage Concert Posters. This is exciting on many levels. First, major museums would have ZERO interest in staging these types of exhibits if there was not an interest and appeal by the general public. The fact that these museums stage these exhibits tells you that the mainstream interest in our beloved concert posters is immense.

Secondly, these major museum exhibits have the effect of creating a huge amount of additional interest and exposure for these artworks. Literally millions of people are being educated and exposed to vintage concert posters that would not have otherwise known about them. This speaks volumes about the future health and interest in our hobby going forward.

Lastly, when major museums are constantly promoting Vintage Concert posters, they are implicitly providing an imprimatur on the quality of the artwork and the historical importance of them. Knowledgeable collectors understand the major importance of this type of endorsement—it cannot be bought, it can only be earned, and it makes Vintage Concert Posters 100 times more appealing to collect and display for oneself.

2)  Third Party CGC Grading

2016 is the year that independent third party authentication and grading of Vintage Concert Posters really started to flourish. CGC, the same organization that grades rare coins, paper money and comic books has become popular among collectors that are looking for an independent, unbiased opinion of what they are acquiring. CGC has become particularly popular with high grade material and for posters and handbills that have been frequently bootlegged and pirated.

3)  New Market Players

The result of major museum exposure combined with the availability third party authentication and grading has led to a large influx of new collectors into the marketplace. Collectors of most other collectibles are used to third party grading and understand the opportunity it presents. Now, someone that is just getting started, who is interested in these posters, can collect with confidence, knowing that they are getting exactly what they paid for.

4)  Record Prices

When you combine numbers 1,2, and 3 above, with a fixed and dwindling supply, you get record prices. To be sure, 2016 saw an increase in values as a larger number of collectors were chasing a constantly diminishing supply.

5)  Focus on Quality and Originality

By definition, third party grading differentiates the quality of one poster to another by assigning each poster a numerical grade. Before CGC, posters were described as either damaged or undamaged. Now posters are graded on a 10 point scale, in .1 increments. In addition, there has been a huge focus among many collectors on originality. This again, is a carryover from what is going on in other collectibles. There is a huge appeal to owning “the real thing”, not some doctored up Frankenstein piece that is part Vintage and part Modern. If all you want is something that looks cool and is undamaged, it’s far easier and less expensive to buy a Second or Third printing.

With the launch of our new website and blog, we have enabled readers to leave their own comments and observations. We would love to hear your comments about what you see as the important trends going on in today’s marketplace for Vintage Concert Posters. Feel free to join the conversation below!