May CGC Rarities Sale 2019 (Auction #99)
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Are you an Early Dead collector? This 10.0 graded treasure is the FINEST QUALITY CGC Graded example of this Original Handbill we have ever offered! The 1968 Newport Pop Festival was one of the earliest large-scale festivals. Held at the Orange County Fairgrounds, the attendance was estimated at 140,000. The Grateful Dead played on Sunday August 4th. The full lineup of performers for the festival included Jefferson Airplane, Sonny & Cher, The Byrds, Tiny Tim, Country Joe & the Fish, Eric Burdon and the Animals, and more!


How rare is it to come across a PERFECT 10 original handbill?!! Anyone can say they have a decent copy, but examples that meet the super strict CGC grading standards of 10.0 can take literally a lifetime to locate. Diamonds such as these won't be around forever. 


The experienced collectors we talk to are 100% convinced that handbills that have somehow miraculously earned a 10.0 grade from CGC are exceedingly undervalued at current market levels. Their reasoning is simple but firmly grounded in reality. In every other certified collectibles marketplace, it’s COMMONPLACE for the absolute “Best of the Best” to command premiums of 10x, 20x, or even 50x the next grade down. These types of premiums are universal and longstanding in regards to the values of rare coins, comic books, baseball cards, paper money, postage stamps, etc.


Because independent authentication and grading of concert handbills is still in it’s early days, premiums have not yet approached these types of levels. But make no mistake, premiums ARE growing, as collectors from other fields are flowing into the marketplace and snapping up what they consider to be MASSIVE bargains. We first discussed this opportunity in our blog dated 8/19/16 and recently updated it on 6/18/18. We highly recommend you read each blog carefully if you are interested in participating in this exciting segment of the marketplace.


Early Grateful Dead material is constantly being scooped up by collectors and this lot will prove to be no different! Read our Blog Dated 8/1/18 where we discuss the recent growth of the Dead’s legacy with today’s younger generation, and the impact this has on authentic material in our collectors world!


Handbill - Newport Pop Festival, Orange County Fairgrounds

Grade – CGC 10

Bands/Bill – Jefferson Airplane, Sonny & Cher, Grateful Dead, Tiny Tim, Country Joe & the Fish, Eric Burdon, and more…

Venue – Orange County Fairgrounds

City – Costa Mesa, CA

Date – 8/3-4/68

Dimensions – 6 ¾” Diameter

Printing – OHB-B, Original Pre-Concert First Printing, Version 2

Series/Promoter – Wesco Scenic Sounds Productions

Condition Details - The ultra rare 10 grade says it all! Staggering eye appeal and museum quality!


*****This handbill 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 3.61-OHB-B-Orange County Fairgrounds-Newport Pop Festival-Grateful Dead Concert Handbill-BEST OF THE BEST! CGC Graded 10
1968–AOR 3.61-OHB-B-Orange County Fairgrounds-Newport Pop Festival-Grateful Dead Concert Handbill-BEST OF THE BEST! CGC Graded 10
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium.: $450
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Thursday, May 16, 2019.
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