The CGC Graded Concert Poster Extravaganza! (Auction #105)
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/5/2019

This poster has just emerged from a recently unearthed and long held collection of Texas material, owned by a long time resident and participant of the Austin music scene!


"Blow Your Mind"! This large and beautiful poster is the FIRST CGC Graded example appearance of this SCARCE Vulcan poster to appear in a public auction! It features the World Class artistry of legendary counter culture artist Gilbert Shelton. Austin's own "The Thingies" were the headlining group performing, and they were also the house band for another legendary Texas music venue, The Pleasure Dome. Just 500 posters were originally produced, and it's one of the most popular & difficult to find issues of the series. Advanced collectors are aware this piece is extremely RARE and seldom surfaces in auctions. 


Shelton was the art director of the Vulcan Gas Company, along with Jim Franklin of Armadillo World Headquarters fame. Shelton went on to become one of most well known underground Comix artists of all time. He was one of the founders of “Rip off Press” and was best known for his hilarious and popular “Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers” comix. The material that was created for the Vulcan Gas Company in Austin Texas in the 1960s are some of the most desirable and valuable in the entire genre of Psychedelic Concert art. 


Austin Texas has a rich musical tradition dating back to the 1930’s. Often spoken of in the same breath with Nashville and New Orleans, Austin is considered an American sweet spot of musical collaboration and innovation. During the 1960’s a small group of students began promoting Psychedelic and Blues concerts in the Austin area. They were originally known as the Electric Grandmother. Later they became the Vulcan Gas Company and eventually opened a venue under the same name. 


The Vulcan Gas Co. was responsible for a wonderful series of concert posters that are very scarce and beautiful. Very few of these posters exist in ANY condition today, and the few that have surfaced over the years have been mostly restored. This is the FIRST CGC graded example of this issue to ever appear at public auction. If you’ve been waiting years for one of these ultra rare gems to be available, your time has come. 100% Original with no restoration!


Poster – The Thingies at Vulcan Gas Company

Subtitle – Blow Your Mind

Catalog # VG-5

Grade – CGC 4.5

Bands/Bill – The Thingies, Golden Dawn

Venue – Vulcan Gas Company

City – Austin, Texas

Date – 11/17-18/67

Dimensions – 22" x 28 1/4"

Printing – OP-1, Original Pre-Concert First Printing

Series/Promoter – Vulcan Gas Company

Artist – Gilbert Shelton

Condition Details – 100% Original with no restoration. Pinholes, edge tears, heavily toned. 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.*

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1967-VG-5-OP-1-Vulcan Gas Company-The Thingies Concert Poster-RARE SHELTON Vulcan Set Breaker! CGC Graded 4.5
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Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium.: $390
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Thursday, September 5, 2019.
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