If you're still undecided about a Christmas gift, Wolfgang's Vault announced Dec. 20 a unique idea for that special person on your list or someone very interested in rock memorabilia. They're offering huge sets of rare Bill Graham show concert tickets and Graham and Family Dog rock posters that will give the buyer almost a complete collection of each starting at $9,995.
The Bill Graham ticket set includes 651 items. Bill Graham Presents printed their own concert tickets, which included facsimiles of the shows’ concert posters for Fillmore and Winterland in San Francisco and other venues. The tickets were also color-coded for show engagements that ran more than one night. According to the Vault, fans purchased tickets at the box office, then handed them back at the door. They were collected by venue staff and brought back to the box office to be resold. The original tickets were then placed in the Bill Graham Archives for over 40 years. Most are in mint shape, the Vault says, though some have been handled. You can buy the ticket set for $10,995.
The Family Dog poster set includes 164 items, which the Vault says is 97% of the Family Dog poster series. The concerts advertised on them were put on by the Family Dog, a free-spirited group managed by Chet Helms, a competitor of Bill Graham. The dances were held at the Avalon Ballroom between 1965 to 1970. Helms died in 2005. The Family Dog poster set is priced at $9,995.
The Bill Graham posters, numbered from BG000 through BG289, includes 289 posters issued from February of 1966 to March of 1973, which the Vault says is 99% of the Bill Graham poster series. The Graham poster set is priced at $24,995. Just some of the artists listed on the posters include the Mothers of Invention, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jimi Hendrix, the Yardbirds, the Doors, Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones. For $24,995, you can own the posters.