The CGC Spectacular Spring Sale (Auction #132)
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Attention Grateful Dead fans! This original pre-concert printing, Crystal Ballroom Handbill was produced in 1968, and an entire page in the Art of Rock book is devoted to this series of spectacular posters and handbills on page 287.

In late January and early February of 1968, The Grateful Dead and Quicksilver Messenger Service set out on a tour of the Pacific Northwest. The Tour was dubbed the Quick and the Dead and six different posters, showing the six different venues, were issued. The posters & handbills, designed by George Hunter of The Charlatans, featured a unique, distressed, “Wild West” motif that is very popular with collectors.

The Art of Rock notes that the creators of these handbills decided to take the "distressed" design of these ultra popular items one step further. A blowtorch was often used on many of them to create ragged, burned edges as well. This variant from the Crystal Ballroom is among the most prized of all to collectors, and although it was not burned like some of the other examples we have seen, it holds up in remarkable condition.

Handbill - Grateful Dead, (Notice!) Crystal Ballroom
Sub Title - Tour of the Great Pacific Northwest
Grade - CGC 7.5
Bands/Bill - Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, PH Phactor Jug Band
Venue - Crystal Ballroom
City – Portland, Oregon
Date – 2/2-3/68
Dimensions - 6" x 9 30/32"
Printing - (OHB-E) Original Pre-Concert First Printing, Crystal Ballroom Version
Artist –  George Hunter
AOR #  3.104
Condition Details - 100% Original with no restoration. 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 6:00 pm eastern.

***This Handbill is available for inspection at our gallery, by appointment. ***
1968-AOR 3.104-OHB-E-Grateful Dead-Notice! Crystal Ballroom Concert Handbill-CGC Graded 7.51968-AOR 3.104-OHB-E-Grateful Dead-Notice! Crystal Ballroom Concert Handbill-CGC Graded 7.5
1968-AOR 3.104-OHB-E-Grateful Dead-Notice! Crystal Ballroom Concert Handbill-CGC Graded 7.5
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,140
Number Bids: 22
Auction closed on Thursday, April 8, 2021.
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