Rare/Collectible San Diego
Jay Allen Sanford 5.30.7
These auctions featuring local music memorabilia took place on eBay over the course of eighteen months. The list - compiled via weekly searches and archiving - represents only a fraction of the thousands of local-centric auctions monitored during this period.
A guitar tablature book ("good condition") featuring songs from Stone Temple Pilots' 1992 debut album "Core" was auctioned by a New York based seller, drawing eleven bids before selling for $41.00.
An issue of Rolling Stone featuring blink 182 on the cover and autographed by the band was described by its seller in Atlanta Georgia as "Hand signed, custom framed and acid free double matted 16 X 20 piece.with Tom, Mark and Travis on the front and each of them have signed in bold sharpie." A copy of the band's CD "Enema Of The State" was included in the framed display, which sold for $199.87 and came with a certificate of authenticity from the seller, along with "a lifetime money back guarantee."
The Iron Butterfly concerts at Kaleidoscope in Hollywood on May 31 and June 1, 1968, (with opening acts Life and Things To Come) were promoted with an unusual round-shaped 18 ½" poster, mainly because that club had a circular stage. These posters have been hard to preserve in good condition were never reprinted. According to the auction description, "This is one of the rarest of the Kaleidoscope pieces, if not the rarest. Collectors trying for full sets of the series of posters often come up short on this one. Condition is excellent - there are two fairly light tape stains, one each top and bottom, and several pin holes and scratches throughout plus some tape on the reverse." The seller in West Palm Beach Florida placed an opening bid requirement of $279.00, which is what the poster sold for.
An original sixties concert poster from the San Francisco Fillmore/Bill Graham series (serial number BG141) featuring Iron Butterfly and the Sir Douglas Quintet was said to be a mint condition first printing. "This poster has been in my collection in a sealed box that I got from Winterland Productions in 1980," said the seller of the print, which was illustrated by surfer art icon Rick Griffin and underground comic book legend Victor Moscoso (Zap Comix, etc.). After opening at $48.88, the psychedelic relic attracted eight bidders, who placed ten bids before the auction closed at $191.38.
A 20" X 30" concert poster promoting Cheap Trick at the San Diego Sports Stadium, (August 5, 1979) featured a day-glo cartoon of the band barreling down a city street in a vintage pink and green Chevy, led by a police escort with a logo reading " San Diego 's Finest Get Cheap Trick!" The poster, originally produced by EMI/CBS Records and sent to area DJs and record stores, drew three bids and closed at $356.00.
A concert flyer was auctioned which promoted a 1981 appearance by new wave faves Gang Of Four, backed by then-unknown REM, at the Adams Avenue Theater. The B&W 8 ½" X 11" piece of paper was offset printed with no photo or illustration, only block text letters reading "Tim Maze Presents Gang Of Four with REM Saturday September 11 Adams Avenue Theater, 75 cents, $1.00 at door" along with several ticket outlets listed. "Tim Maze" aka Tim Mays currently owns the Casbah in Midtown. "Slight wrinkle on right edge of flyer, otherwise in great condition," described its seller. Six bids were placed, with the flyer selling for $89.99.
The Burbank-based seller of a 13" X 23" concert poster for a seventies performance by Gino Vannelli, at the UCSD Gym, was unsure of the item's origin. "I do not know the year [of the concert] but judging from the $5 admission price my guess would be 1972 - 1974." Vannelli's first album was released in 1973 but he didn't get any airplay until his sophomore release "Powerful People" in 1974 (the single "People Gotta Move" reached number twenty-two on Billboard's Hot 100 in October and garnered a Grammy nomination). Described as being in "near mint condition," the B&W relic featured a drawing of the Italian disco stud with a huge white-guy afro and wearing what appears to be a Karate uniform. The auction received sixty-one hits, opening at $24.95 and closing at $34.33.
The scan of an Allman Brothers concert poster from September 21, 1979 (San Diego Sports Arena), reveals disco-slickster Boz Scaggs opened the show and tickets were only $5.25, or $5.75 on the day of show - which included parking! The New Jersey seller said "The source is Lelands.com.the chairman is my brother. He has sold me [the poster] at a brotherly price." The poster opened at $9.97, attracting four bids and selling for $20.50.
An opening bid requirement of $7.99 was set for a 16" X 12" concert poster featuring Drive Like Jehu, Deadbolt and Fluf at the Doubletree Hotel in Horton Plaza (October 30, 1993). Said the seller, "This is an original single sheet printed paper poster advertisement (sometimes known as a flyer or print) for a concert movie performance gig by professional musicians at a live music venue that pictures Satan as a winged devil." A photo of the color poster shows the item has some wear and tear, including tack holes, but that didn't deter five bidders from placing eleven bids, with the poster selling for $20.50.
The poster promoting a concert by Drive Like Jehu at Jabberjaw in Los Angeles , August 13, 1993, was illustrated by famed Artrock Gallery designer Lindsey Kuhn, whose underground comic-inspired posters are now highly prized collectibles. Unfortunately, potential bidders couldn't view this art, because the seller in Seattle said "[I'm] trying to post a picture of it but [I'm] having camera problems." A description was instead offered, reading "Yellow and orange op-art-ish dragster design, mint condition." Despite the lack of an item scan, and the seller's refusal to accept online payments, checks or money orders ("bidder pays w/money"), the poster was only on the auction block for one day before someone exercised the seller's "Buy It Now" option and purchased it outright for $45.00.
An auction for "Two Super Rare STP Stone Temple Pilots Tickets" featured "Two tickets for the show that never happened back in 1996," according to a seller in Chicago . "The concert was to be at the Riviera Theater, which is a small club here in Chicago , when Scott Weiland had his drug rehab deal going on with the law and all they originally had like ten small club shows lined up across the country. Well here is the story. I won these off of the local station 103.5 at the time drove downtown to pick them up get back to work two hours later and the show was canceled [when] he got sent to rehab by the judge. These tickets are dated April 26, 1996, general admission ticket numbers 399 and 400, showtime 8 p.m. These are cool as hell and mint!" After opening at $10.00, two bidders fought it out with fourteen bids, before tix for the show that never happened sold for $51.00 (plus $3.00 insured shipping).
Two used ticket stubs from a December 16, 1977, Queen concert at the San Diego Sports Arena represented side by side upper level seats that originally sold for $5.50. "The shorter stub has wrinkles like it was in a back pocket, but second stub is in very good condition," according to the seller in Boise Idaho . Three bids were offered and, almost thirty years later, the pair was worth $36.00 to its buyer.
A 1981 first edition of "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" tells of Cameron Crowe's undercover adventure when, at the age of twenty-two in 1979, he posed as a senior at Clairemont Hight School . The auction opened at $9.99, until nine bids were placed in auction's final moments, driving the selling price to $101.01.
The book "A Whore Just Like The Rest" by former Reader contributor Richard Meltzer was described by its New York based seller as a "pre-read but good condition copy of 'gonzo' music journalist's finest work.some of this stuff is unbelievably funny. He was a friend of Lester Bangs, and his style was just as irreverent." Published by Da Capo in 2000, the book features 575 pages by Mr. Meltzer, tracing his music writing career from 1967 through 1999. Five bids were placed before the hardcover sold for $12.51.