1978-AOR 4.38-OP-1-Grateful Dead-Closing of Winterland Concert Poster-FAMOUS NEW YEARS EVE BASH! CGC Graded 4.5

closed on Friday, September 11, 2020

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The Grateful Dead’s New Years shows were the highlight of the year for many of their faithful legions. Bill Graham would pull out all the stops for this annual event. The former Ice rink Winterland where band had performed since 1966 was the site of some of their finest performances over the years. The final Dead concert at Winterland which fell on New Years Eve 1978 is regarded as one of the Dead’s finest performances of all at the historic venue. It was one of those nights where it all worked out seamlessly.


The accompanying HUGE original poster for that show is equally well regarded. Legendary artists Mouse and Kelley created one of their finest efforts of their longtime collaboration. The legendary “Blue Rose” is a poster that deserves a home in every San Francisco poster collection and is sure to bring the winning bidder much satisfaction now and even more with each passing year. 


It's no secret the famous Blue Rose poster has been bootlegged and pirate printings have continued to surface over the years. As we all know CGC authentication has brought much needed integrity and stability to this very popular segment of the vintage concert materials marketplace. Collectors can now bid with confidence knowing this example is an Original Pre-Concert First Printing of this monumental poster with no restoration whatsoever!


Poster – Grateful Dead Winterland

Sub Title – Closing of Winterland

Grade – CGC 4.5

Bands/Bill – Grateful Dead The Blues Brothers and The New Riders of the Purple Sage

Venue - Winterland

City – San Francisco California

Date – 12/31/78

Dimensions- 18 15/16” x 28 1/2”

Printing – OP-1 Original Pre-Concert First Printing

Artist – Mouse and Kelley

Series/ Promoter – Bill Graham

AOR #4.38

Paper Type – Heavy stock

Condition Details – 100% Original with no restoration. 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.


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