1970 Janis Joplin Concert Poster
Appraised Value: $8,000 - $10,000
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After watching this episode at an event held by his local PBS station, the owner of the poster realized he'd made a mistake regarding the date of the concert and contacted ROADSHOW: "After checking closely, I realized I said 1968, but the actual vintage of the poster is 1970, and after listening to [executive producer Marsha Bemko talk about] the seriousness of the accuracy being pursued, I wanted to let you know so you could make any appropriate changes."
We checked in with appraiser Gary Sohmers to see how this new information might affect the value he estimated for the poster. He had been contacted by the artist who designed the poster and told us: "The value of the poster appraised on TV remains at the low end of the estimate I stated ($8,000), but has an insurance value still at the high end ($10,000). ... It was in fair to good condition and would be worth more in excellent to mint condition, like the one the artist showed me a picture of."
Appraisal Video: (-1:47:45)
GUEST: This is a poster that I collected when I was much younger, obviously. I went to this concert in 1968 in Schenectady, New York. As you see here, it had two shows-- one at 7:00, one at 10:00. So my best friend Mark and I went together at 7:00 so we could hear the show. We sat outside the door so we would be first in line for the 10:00 show. Got to sit up next to the stage.
APPRAISER: So where'd you get the poster?
GUEST: I got the poster at the venue. I was such a fan that I had to have it. I've had it ever since.
APPRAISER: Yeah, you tore it right off the wall, it looks like.
GUEST: Yeah, it's been... I took it off the wall, and it's been on a lot of walls since then. It's seen a lot of college dorm rooms. I suppose as a matter of culture from this particular era it's worth something. It's certainly worth something to me.
APPRAISER: Yeah, we talk about nostalgia value. To you it has a lot of nostalgia value.
APPRAISER: I see a lot of concert posters, and we see a lot of them from the Bill Graham Fillmore and from the Family Dog and from the big promoters that promoted them all over. But this is a small venue, and I've never seen this poster come to market before. Now, that could be good and bad. It could be a fake. But you pulled it off the wall. I personally went to this show and I personally got this poster. I know for a fact this is authentic. That's the good part. Now, it has some problems. It has the tack holes, and it has stains, and it has... this is where tape pulled some of the ink off. It's a silk screen. And it was Eros who did it for Propaganda Graphics, which was probably a local group that did the posters for the Aerodrome. And there weren't many shows at the Aerodrome, as I've done some research. The only other one I recall that I went to was the Vanilla Fudge. Great show, too. I'm going to take into account all the damage.
APPRAISER: In a collectors' auction I believe this poster would sell somewhere between $8,000 and $10,000.
GUEST: Okay, so I know you didn't want me to be surprised, but I'm surprised. I probably would never sell it, because it's part of the overall collection, but that's a tremendous amount of money and certainly much more than I thought it was going to be valued at. I was thinking 50 or 100 bucks, because I had no idea.
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