The CGC Summer Spectacular! (Auction #120)
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We are VERY pleased to offer what is universally recognized as one of the most sought after...and one of the most difficult to find... Grateful Dead concert posters ever created! This legendary“Acid Drop” imagery was created by Steve Catron for a series of concerts by the Grateful Dead and Chuck Berry at the Carousel Ballroom 50+ years ago, in 1968.


Besides its unparalleled art and iconic band, this poster features a large size and a tiny issuance. Carousel Ballroom posters featured tiny Original Printings of just 500. Very few of this issue still survive today (our guess is 5-10%) in ANY condition. The poster is also both WIDER and TALLER than typical concert posters from the era, making this issue very susceptible to damage.


The specimen offered here and now can serve as an ultimate advertisement for CGC, and it's SUPER STRICT grading standards that deliver MAXIMUM VALUE for your collecting dollar!


Make no mistake about it, this specimen is super clean and would be considered by many, if not most, as Near Mint! This poster is PINHOLE FREE with a tiny tear, less than 1/4 inch on the right edge, and light foxing, and toning commensurate with a 50+ year old poster. Evidence of light creasing can be found at bottom right that is only evident while viewing the poster from the back, and mentioned here solely for 100% accuracy.


Even if you have no intention whatsoever on bidding on this lot, we implore you to look at the super magnified, high res photos so you can see for yourself how strict CGC graded this poster.


If you are looking to acquire one of the most spectacular concert posters from the 1960's, in super clean, 100% Original condition, without paying the stratospheric prices that a flawless specimen would command, this is your VERY BEST CHANCE to do so!


Estimate- $4,000-$8,000


Poster – Grateful Dead at Carousel Ballroom

Subtitle – Acid Drop

Grade – CGC 6.5

Bands/Bill – Grateful Dead, Chuck Berry, Curly Cook’s Hurdy Gurdy

Venue – Carousel Ballroom

City – San Francisco, CA

Date – 3/29-31/1968

Dimensions – 16” x 22 1/8”

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

AOR #2.163

Artist – Steven Catron

Condition Details – SUPER CONSERVATIVELY GRADED. Would be considered by most as Near Mint. 100% Original with no restoration of any kind. PINHOLE FREE. 1/4 inch tear on right edge, light toning and foxing, creases bottom right visible only from back. 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.*

1968-AOR 2.163-OP-1-Grateful Dead RARE AND LEGENDARY Acid Drop Carousel Ballroom Concert Poster-SUPER CLEAN! PINHOLE FREE! CGC Graded 6.51968-AOR 2.163-OP-1-Grateful Dead RARE AND LEGENDARY Acid Drop Carousel Ballroom Concert Poster-SUPER CLEAN! PINHOLE FREE! CGC Graded 6.5
1968-AOR 2.163-OP-1-Grateful Dead RARE AND LEGENDARY "Acid Drop" Carousel Ballroom Concert Poster-SUPER CLEAN! PINHOLE FREE! CGC Graded 6.5
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Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium.: $11,400
Number Bids: 34
Auction closed on Thursday, July 16, 2020.
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