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Wow! Attention Grateful Dead fans! This is the first CGC graded example of this handbill to appear in our auction. An entire page in the Art of Rock is devoted to this series of spectacular posters and handbills on page 287.
In late January and early February of 1968 The Grateful Dead and Quicksilver Messenger Service set out on a tour of the Pacific Northwest. The Tour was dubbed the Quick and the Dead and six different posters showing the six different venues were issued. The posters designed by George Hunter of The Charlatans featured a unique distressed “Wild West” motif that is very popular with collectors.
The Art of Rock notes that the creators of this poster decided to take the "distressed" design of these ultra popular items one step further. A blowtorch was used to create ragged burned edges. This variant like the example we have here from the Crystal Ballroom is among the most prized of all to collectors. These are the FIRST we have EVER offered. CGC graded this lot 2.5 even though the burns were deliberate! At least the buyer gets the CGC authentication AND a wonderful air tight holder to store this museum piece in! Handbills are hot right now and this is one of the most sought after ever created ! Read our blog dated 5/18/18 to learn more.
Handbill: Grateful Dead (Notice!) Crystal Ballroom
Sub Title : Notice- Tour of the Great Pacific Northwest
Grade –CGC 2.5
Bands/Bill- Grateful Dead Quicksilver Messenger Service PH Phactor Jug Band
Venue- Crystal Ballroom
City – Portland Oregon
Date – 2/2-3/68
Dimensions- 6" x 9 30/32"
Printing- (OHB-E) Original Pre-Concert First Printing Crystal Ballroom Version
Artist – George Hunter
AOR # 3.104
Condition details- 100% Original with no restoration of any kind! 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 Handbill is available for inspection at our gallery by appointment. ***"