Offered here is a an elusive first print FD17 poster, Jefferson Airplane and Great Society at the Avalon Ballroom in 1966. This poster had a print run of 1,000 copies and was intended to be printed in silver ink. Early in the run the printer ran out of silver ink and introduced gold ink. It's estimated that there were only a few hundred printed in silver with all the rest being printed in gold. Between the two there were maybe a few dozen that were "transitional" meaning it wasn't quite silver or quite gold but a mixture of both.
This is one of those transitional examples. In my 30 years of collecting I have seen a few silver, a lot more gold but only 1 transition example, this one.I would be surprised if there are more than 10 of these still in existence. I attempted to capture the color as best as I could with my iPhone, as you can see it leans a little more towards silver with a hint of gold. This poster was enormously popular with the hippies when it came out in 1966 and most were pinned, tacked and taped to the walls making high grade examples almost impossible to find. This one is in surprisingly good shape with sharp edges and corners, there are a few very clean, tiny pinholes in the corners which you almost don't see. You could easily have a conservator fill the holes but I wouldn't do it, this poster is so beautiful and as close to perfect as you're likely to ever find.
The paper is clean and the ink colors deep and rich. Stanley Mouse hand signed this one for me a few years back in pencil on the lower margin. For the most serious collectors and archivists of 1960's posters this would be considered a grail piece.
The item "FD17 poster silver transition Signed Stanley Mouse 1966 Jefferson Airplane BG" is in sale since Wednesday, November 21, 2018. This item is in the category "Entertainment Memorabilia\Music Memorabilia\Rock & Pop\Artists G\Grateful Dead\Posters". The seller is "threehoursfromsundown" and is located in Kingston, New York. This item can be shipped to United States.