The Follow Your Bliss Mega Sale (Auction #119)
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MINBLOWING RARITY AND DESIRABILITY! - Never before appearing in any public auction until right NOW! It's no secret that Frank Zappa enjoys a collector cult following. Couple that with the fact that original GLOBE cardboard posters are amongst the most cherished and VALUABLE concert posters ever produced, and you’ve got a grand recipe for a special opportunity. This piece was acquired from the consignor directly from someone who attended this show! When a Globe poster of this high caliber surfaces for collectors, a major event has just unfolded before your very eyes! 


This cardboard poster was produced for Frank Zappa’s appearance at the Park Center Arena in Charlotte North Carolina on November 4th, 1972. Tim Buckley supported. This era has HISTORIC importance, as it celebrates a come-back of sorts for Zappa. When he was performing at the Rainbow Theatre a year prior, a member of the audience pushed him off the stage and into the concrete-floored orchestra pit. Due to his injuries, Zappa suffered an extended period of wheelchair confinement, making touring impossible for over half a year. 


He returned to the stage in late September 1972 with a 20-piece big band referred to as the “Grand Wazoo”. This was followed by a scaled-down version called the “Petit Wazoo” that toured the US from October to December 1972, including this North Carolina show. The Park Center Arena cardboard poster exhibited here was produced by the legendary Globe Poster Company to advertise this historic appearance.


From its opening in 1929 until its closure in 2010, Globe Poster Company in Baltimore was the go-to place for musicians, circuses, drag races, and concert producers for bold, eye-catching letterpress advertising. It's a well known fact that Globe cardboard concert posters are the gold standard among advanced collectors. They rarely show up at public auction and when they do, they are always met with enthusiastic bidding! 


The desirability of this 100% original poster cannot be overstated. Pirate printings of Globe issues have surfaced in public auctions over the years, but this ORIGINAL Cardboard, pre-concert first printing Globe specimen is ULTRA RARE and ULTRA COOL -- and it’s the FIRST example to ever appear at public auction! 


Estimate - As the FIRST, and given it's desirability, the degree of difficulty in appraising is too hard. What we can say with 100% certainty, is that whoever prevails victorious for this poster will be in the driver's seat and can attach whatever the price he/she/they desires when the times comes to sell.


Poster – Frank Zappa, Park Center Arena, Globe

Grade – PAE Excellent “79”

Bands/Bill – Frank Zappa, Tim Buckley

Venue – Park Center Arena

City – Charlotte, NC

Date – 11/4/72

Dimensions – 22" x 30 1/2"

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

Paper Type - Cardboard

Printer – Globe

Condition Details - 100% Original with no restoration. Creases, tape, tape stains, tape pulls, ink on the front. 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.*

1972–Frank Zappa-Park Center Arena GLOBE Cardboard Concert Poster! FIRST EVER PUBLIC OFFERING! HISTORIC COMEBACK TOUR AFTER INJURY! PAE Graded Excellent “77”
1972–Frank Zappa-Park Center Arena GLOBE Cardboard Concert Poster! FIRST EVER PUBLIC OFFERING! HISTORIC COMEBACK TOUR AFTER INJURY! PAE Graded Excellent “77”
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,020
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Thursday, June 25, 2020.
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