The CGC Summer Spectacular! (Auction #120)
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 7/16/2020

This poster is signed in pencil by the artist, the late great Wes Wilson!


The FD-12 is a LEGENDARY issue of unsurpassed historical significance because it is the very FIRST time the image of a skeleton was associated with the Grateful Dead. This poster predates the FD-26 Skeleton and Roses poster by over 4 months. We know from Eric King's Collector's Guide that just 1000 of this poster was produced. Most of the original printing was printed on vellum. This thick vellum paper we have here is known as OP-1.


Any time this poster hits the market, it is considered a MAJOR event! Why? Because this poster is one of THE KEYS to the entire Avalon set. It tops every collector's list as one of the most desirable and hardest to locate items. This is only the third unrestored example with CGC grading to appear in our auction! More importantly, it's the FIRST SIGNED by the artist we've ever offered! Wes Wilson's recent passing made international news due to the worldwide appreciation of his artistic output. SIGNED posters like this early Family Dog issue will always enjoy a growing level of demand as our hobby continues to mature.


We previously sold a CGC graded 9.6 specimen for $26,450 on 9/13/18. This super clean, 100% original specimen should prove to be a massive bargain in comparison! Many collectors believe that posters graded 8.5 by CGC represent the best value in the marketplace today. Read our blog dated 1/31/18 to learn why demand is currently skyrocketing. THIS POSTER IS SUPER CLEAN and PINHOLE FREE. Creasing at top and bottom of the poster is the sole reason CGC did not grade this specimen higher. One thing is for certain, the lucky winner of this lot will be delivered absolute maximum quality for their collecting dollar!


Poster – Grateful Dead, Avalon Ballroom

Sub Title – FD-12

Grade – CGC 8.5

Bands/Bill - Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and The New Tweedy Brothers

Venue - Avalon Ballroom

City – San Francisco, California

Date – 6/10-11/66

Dimensions - 14 7/32” x 19 63/64”

Printing - (OP-1) Original Pre-Concert First Printing

Artist – Wes Wilson

Series/Promoter - Family Dog

Condition Details – 100% Original with no restoration. Super clean and PINHOLE FREE. Creasing at top and bottom keep this poster from a higher grade according to CGC's super strict grading standards. View the detailed high res photo of this lot. Click on the thumbnail photo, to see an enlarged photo. Click a second time on the magnifying glass in the upper right corner of the enlarged photo. A super high res image with every millimeter will now be clearly displayed. For a personalized eyewitness examination call 410-464-6180, 11:00 am to 6:00pm eastern.


*****This poster is available for inspection at our gallery, by appointment. *****


*A 20% Buyers Premium will be added to the final hammer price of this lot.*

1966-FD-12-OP-1-Grateful Dead-Avalon Ballroom Concert Poster-SIGNED Wilson! HISTORIC & ICONIC! SUPER CLEAN & PINHOLE FREE!CGC Graded 8.5
1966-FD-12-OP-1-Grateful Dead-Avalon Ballroom Concert Poster-SIGNED Wilson! HISTORIC & ICONIC! SUPER CLEAN & PINHOLE FREE!CGC Graded 8.5
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Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium.: $4,800
Number Bids: 36
Auction closed on Thursday, July 16, 2020.
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