The CGC Summer Spectacular! (Auction #120)
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We are pleased to present the FINEST QUALITY CGC Graded example of this masterpiece poster to ever appear in our auction! And from the many millions of dollars of concert posters we have auctioned, we are confident this specimen MUST be considered in any Finest Known Condition Census!


This Alton Kelley design pokes fun at the D.I.Y. nature of the Carousel. The Carousel Ballroom was a short lived venture that was funded and managed by the Dead and Airplane. After they lost enough money and realized it was not their game, the space was taken over by Bill Graham, and became the Fillmore West.


Don't let the 9.2 Grade fool you. CGC is very strict on this issue all the time due to it's heavy black design that is NEVER fully and evenly printed without slight uneveness to the all black areas. Just 500 examples of this poster were created. Most specimens are & found with big tears, paper loss and pinholes. This is the FINEST quality we have ever seen or handled.


This is the epitome of a “blue chip” vintage concert poster. A famous design, a famous band, a famous artist, ultra low issuance, ultra high MUSEUM QUALITY.


Everything a collector could possibly want, all wrapped up together in one amazing offering that most likely won't come close to be repeated anytime soon! 


Estimate: $3,000-$6,000


Poster – Grateful Dead, Carousel Ballroom

Subtitle- AOR 2.172, Sore Thumb

Grade – CGC 9.2

Bands/Bill – Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane

Venue – Carousel Ballroom

City – San Francisco, CA

Date – 3/15-17/68

Dimensions – 14” x 19 15/16” 

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

Artist – Alton Kelley

Condition Details - The finest quality we have ever offered. Super clean with no nicks, cuts, tears or pinholes! 100% Original with no restoration. In our opinion, UNDERGRADED. 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 2.172-OP-1-Grateful Dead-Carousel Ballroom Sore Thumb Concert Poster-FINEST KNOWN CONDITION CENSUS! POPULAR BLUE CHIP! CGC Graded 9.2
1968-AOR 2.172-OP-1-Grateful Dead-Carousel Ballroom "Sore Thumb" Concert Poster-FINEST KNOWN CONDITION CENSUS! POPULAR BLUE CHIP! CGC Graded 9.2
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,400
Number Bids: 24
Auction closed on Thursday, July 16, 2020.
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