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Excitement Builds for 50th Anniversary of Woodstock!

Worldwide focus on Sixties music and culture sure to increase demand for Vintage Concert Posters

New details are emerging about the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock and by all major media accounts this event is set to be even larger and more impressive than our most optimistic expectations.

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Michael Lang, the producer of the original Woodstock Festival in 1969, is back at the helm. Woodstock 50 will take place August 16th - 18th in Watkins Glen International in upstate New York, just a couple hours away from Bethel, New York where the original Woodstock was held.

An impressive lineup of bands have been announced with a nice blend of classic artists and more contemporary performers. Improbably, a fine assortment of musicians will appear that also performed at the original Woodstock 50 years ago!

These classic 1960’s music legends include Santana, Canned Heat, John Sebastian, John Fogerty, Country Joe McDonald, David Crosby, members of Jefferson Airplane (now performing as Hot Tuna) and Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart from the Grateful Dead!

While history has rightfully noted all the Sixties legends that tragically passed away in their twenties, it is truly inspiring to have this many original musical groups that are still performing and thriving today, 50 years later.

For a detailed analysis of how the 50th Anniversary will effect the Vintage concert poster Market, click here.

NPR Examines Grateful Dead's Immense Popularity With Today's Youth!

Iconic band is surprisingly more relevant than ever before!

This Museum Quality FD-26 Skull and Roses concert poster realized a record $50,600 in our auction last year.

This Museum Quality FD-26 Skull and Roses concert poster realized a record $50,600 in our auction last year.

The future desirability of Vintage 1960’s Concert Posters was further reinforced with today’s story on NPR’s 1A podcast. The show examined the immense popularity of the Grateful Dead and 1960’s music with the generation that was born after Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995.

The show highlights 3 guests, Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux, musician Holly Bowling and the directors of programming at Sirius FM.

To summarize, the huge interest in The Dead is based on a sense of community, the enduring values of The Sixties, and the american musical tradition of The Dead that is a mashup of virtually every musical genre.

All 3 of these factors are fueled by unprecedented access and exposure to the band and the era through live shows and music that is readily available online through the internet archive, Youtube, dozens of music festivals, and the various post Dead incarnations of the musicians.

It’s quite an interesting show and the focus is squarely on the popularity of the band and the era with today’s young people. For those that question whether people in the future will care about this music, and the collectible artifacts linked to it, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”.

To listen to the podcast, click here.

Grateful Dead Inspired Beer Hits the Shelves Nationwide!

Counter-Culture values continue to carry mass appeal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rolling Stone Magazine Publishes Major Feature on Vintage Concert Posters!

Major media outlets continue to highlight the historical importance of these rare artworks

Rolling Stone magazine is the latest in a long list of major media outlets to publish a story on the historical importance of vintage 1960’s concert posters. The story takes up 8 full pages in a special Grateful Dead Collectors Edition on newsstands now. All of the major artists of the era are mentioned.

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The articles states, “Skulls and roses, melting fonts, and so much more: The iconic images created by San Francisco artists for The Dead’s gig posters were essential to the band’s legend.”

This statement is one of the linchpins that make this collectible so compelling. These beautiful posters were produced in ridiculously small quantities and provide a direct link to what many consider to be the most important decade of the 20th century.

With the advent of super strict, unbiased third party authentication and grading, collectors are just beginning to discover how difficult most issues are to locate in original, undamaged condition, free from all restoration.

We will continue to keep you abreast of developments as this emerging collectible continues to earn attention from major art museums and media outlets in the coming months. Next year’s 50th anniversary celebration of Woodstock is sure to add major fuel to this red hot fire!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other highlights of the auction include:

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

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

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

Wall Street Journal reports on pop culture "Deadaissance"!

The Dead's legacy continues to grow with today's younger generation!

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The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the surging popularity of Grateful Dead inspired "hippie clothing", particularly among the younger generation. The article explains that todays youth "wasn't there the first time around...Jerry's gone...the '60's are never coming back. Your cellphone keeps buzzing with that message you should have replied to days ago. But when you slip on a tie dyed sweatshirt, you can feel for a moment that your on the road, with not  care in the world." 

The article also mentions the recently released Grateful Dead documentary, " Long Strange Trip," and the popularity of the most recent iteration of the band, "Dead & Co.".

People often ask us if anyone will care about about 1960's concert posters 50 years from now?

The bottom line is that many historians believe the 1960's was the most influential decade of the 20th century. As such, we believe that the historical importance of authentic pieces of history from this era, now over 50 years old, will Not Fadeaway!

What do you think? Leave your comments below!

To read the entire Wall Street Journal article, click here.

Not All Paper Assets are Dead! (Grateful or otherwise)

What started out as a trickle in early June has become a steady stream of phone calls on a daily basis now. People are telling us that they are tired of watching the violent, daily changes to their investments. 


They want to diversify some of their funds into an asset they have long term confidence in and that will give them short term pleasure. For a growing number of collectors, rare 1960’s Rock Concert posters fit the bill perfectly! It’s widely acknowledged that these incredible works of art are now trading at literally pennies on the dollar when compared to more established collectibles markets like coins, stamps, comics and baseball cards. Not only do these posters represent a rock solid value, they also provide wonderful enjoyment when displayed in your home or office.

Make no mistake about it, this superior value proposition of these posters is only temporary and prices are correcting upwards as the tiny available supply is being overwhelmed by a steady, growing demand. This upward trend in prices started slowly about 5 years ago and has been picking up steam of late.

In addition to demand from diversification, prices are moving upwards for Mint Condition posters as condition/state of preservation continues to be more appreciated with each passing year. These posters were produced in tiny quantities and not many have survived in undamaged condition.

It’s universally recognized that the best investment most people make is in their own home. Do you know why? Because there is no way to get a daily quote on the value of your home and there is no way to sell it with the push of a button. This means they don’t call their real estate broker up in a panic to sell if the market is temporarily soft. People stick with their home for the long haul. This means that the way the market is structurally set up encourages people to do the right thing and ultimately come out way ahead.

The same can be said for collectibles in general and for concert posters specifically. Pick up a few choice items, enjoy their ownership through the years, and watch the desirability and appreciation for these rare artworks steadily grow. The value will always be there and you will find their ownership thoroughly rewarding every step of the way!

You’ll sleep a lot more soundly too!

Bootleg Alert! Poster : Grateful Dead , Jenison Field house 3/13/71

Through careful research and a collaborative effort from within the Concert Poster Community, we can conclusively announce the discovery of a stash of forged copies of this extremely rare and highly sought after Grateful Dead poster. 


All collectors should proceed with extreme caution when contemplating the acquisition of this rare issue and receive iron clad Guarantees of Authenticity from any seller. In January, 2014, PAE was privileged to auction the first known example of a poster advertising the Grateful Dead at Jenison Field House, in East Lansing Michigan, on the campus of Michigan State University. The concert was held on March 13, 1971 and the artist was Hugh Surratt.

Shortly after our sale, this poster began frequently appearing in auctions and dealer inventories throughout the nation. Curiously, each example that surfaces exhibited the exact same wear, water damage, pinholes and discoloration.

Here are the definitive measurements of authentic copies. There are currently two copies known, one that came from the artist and another still retained by the artist.

The authentic poster is printed on thin stock and the overall dimensions are 17 13/16” x 24 5/16” . The upper rectangular image exhibiting the Sun and Grateful Dead legend measures 5 9/16 “ x 15 ¾”. The lower rectangular image that exhibits a portrait of the band measures 15 ¾” x 15 7/16” . The top border of the poster measures 1 ½ “ and the bottom border measures 1 9/16” . The left border of the poster is 1” and the right border measures 1 1/16. “

The easiest way to detect bootleg copies is by the telltale aging that was executed by the counterfeiter. The bootleg copies are is printed on heavy paper and have been artificially aged yellow on the front and is white on the back. The fake copies also exhibit moisture ripples and staple holes.

The overall dimensions of the counterfeit copies are 17 3/16 x 23 9/16”. The upper rectangular image of the Sun and Grateful Dead legend measures 5 7/16” x 15 ¼”. The lower rectangular image showing a portrait of the band measures 14 15/16” x 15 ¼” . The top border of the fake poster is 1 3/8” the bottom border is 1 7/16”. The left border of counterfeit copies measures 1 1/16” the right border equals 1 ½”.

All of the bootleg copies can be traced back to a Craig’s List seller in Wisconsin by the name of Mike.

The Dead Come Alive!

Last week we spoke about the “new blood” that is coming into our market and collecting posters for the first time…or the first time in a very long while. 


This new interest is being partly fueled by old “Deadheads” that have now become re-energized and re-engaged by the recent 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Grateful Dead that took place over the July 4th weekend. Many of these long time, devoted fans have gone on to become successful in other areas of their lives, and can afford to own authentic memorabilia that reminds them of their participation in this past era/phenomena.

At the shows in Santa Clara and Chicago, there were tens of thousand of middle aged folks that were attending their first shows in many years. Friendships were renewed, and passions re-awakened. Ever since the 50th Celebration was announced, Grateful Dead memorabilia has been flying out of the safes of collectibles dealers. To make matters even more interesting, this year also marks the 50th Anniversary of “The Sixties”, a social movement that began in 1965.

This week we are pleased to be offering a public auction that features a treasure trove of Grateful Dead Concert Posters from “back in the day!” There is a huge variety of material in every conceivable price point. Take a close look at the auction, which closes Thursday night, August 6th.

To view the auction, click here!