If you know about the impact third party grading has on a hobby when it is first introduced, you will no doubt see opportunity here. Look what PSA did for sports card collecting. Look what CGC did for comic book collecting. Consumer confidence skyrockets because of the uniformity of grading and the protection of the valuable.In February 2015, CGC began grading concert posters. About BG-144: Per Wolfgangs Vault: The grotesque nature of BG144 played in sharp contrast to the more orderly offerings of other poster artists and may have been a critical comment from the artist. Recalling renaissance paintings of faces fashioned from vegetables and animals, and foreshadowing modern montages composed of odd photographed bits and pieces that form a face, the only bit of wry humor in BG144 came from the smiling skull.
About CGC and grading concert posters, per their website: Certified Guaranty Company (CGC), the worlds leading comic book certification and grading company, has added concert posters, handbills and postcards to its menu of collectibles grading services. The expansion enables collectors of these rare pieces which promoted the live music of legendary bands and performers such as the Beatles, the Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin to enjoy the same accurate, consistent and impartial grading that CGC has delivered to the comic industry since 1999.
The decision to expand into concert posters is one that CGC Director of Operations Harshen Patel believes is a natural fit for the company. There are also great similarities between the collector bases we serve, with comics and music fans sharing a passion for both the history of their respective industries and the artwork created by their iconic figures. CGC employs a 10-point grading scale for concert posters that is based on the industry standard the company established for comics, magazines, photos and lobby cards. The CGC grade appears on one of a number of colored labels, which differentiate a CGC Universal Grade from CGC grades assigned with any qualifiers or special considerations, including conservation, restoration and signed pieces.CGC-graded concert posters are sealed in tamper-evident holders of a heavy gauge archival plastic. Today, the tiny fraction of posters that have survived in Mint Condition are highly sought after at todays ridiculously low price levels. Many collectors are convinced that these rarities represent exceptional values that are trading for just pennies on the dollar compared to most other popular collectibles including rare stamps, coins, comic books, baseball cards, etc. There is near unanimous consensus among historians that the 1960s represented the most significant social movement of the 20th century. These fantastic works of art are without a doubt the most authentic historical artifacts of this historic era. Unlike any other collectible or works of art, they most closely represent and embody the ideals and values that helped shape our nation -- then and now. For this reason alone, the appreciation and importance of these special works of art is guaranteed to grow with each passing year.
About artist Lee Conklin: Lee Conklin is an artist best known for his psychedelic poster art of the late 1960s. According to AllMusics Jason Alchemy, Of the many legendary graphic artists to emerge during the late'60s, none translated the psychedelic consciousness of the times with more insight or mind-warping intensity than Lee Conklin, whose prolific poster work for the Fillmore West remains among the most provocative visual interpretations of the Summer of Love and its drug-fueled spirit ever created. He soon hooked up with Fillmore impresario Bill Graham, and between 1968 and 1969 produced a total of 31 posters promoting upcoming concerts at the auditorium. Conklin's stated goal was to translate the hallucinatory journey of the drug experience onto paper, and toward that end he frequently worked while coming down from an acid trip; his designs became increasingly surreal, their dazzling colors and bizarre imagery a pointed reflection of his own altered mindset.
Conklin's Fillmore pieces are typified by the density of their detail, with both the graphics and the lettering the product of painstaking, Dexedrine-fueled effort; the other recurring motifs of his work include a fascination with the mutated human form, as well as anthropomorphic imagery. Perhaps Conklin's most famous image is a classic black-and-white drawing of a lion that adorned a Santana poster, later redrawn for use on the group's debut LP. The item "BG-144 OP-1 Grateful Dead QMS Lee Conklin concert poster CGC 9.8 NM/MINT" is in sale since Sunday, February 05, 2017.This item is in the category "Entertainment Memorabilia\Music Memorabilia\Rock & Pop\Artists G\Grateful Dead\Posters". The seller is "ragnut" and is located in Longwood, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States.