Hello again good people and welcome back to the blog. I was clicking my way through ebay this week and realised I needed someone who might consider themselves a bit of a Clash historian and/or autograph expert. In addition to the numerous Clash t-shirts that seem to be coming out of storage or in some cases dusty bottom drawers I’m also seeing a huge rise in the number of posters finding their way online.
While a vintage t-shirt isn’t really something you can wear and expect it to last that long, a well preserved and framed poster is that much more appealing. It’s annoying to see some posters that I remember sitting in record shops now fetching big money, bloody hindsight eh? There are a number of concert and record promo posters currently on ebay which I thought we’d take a look at and if any of you have a valid way of knowing what’s legitimate please let me know, let’s assume all are for now.
Online auctions have become the easiest way to collect punk era memorabilia if that’s your thing but unfortunately there are a number of frauds there too so be careful. If you’re ever considering a large purchase send it over to the blog first as chances are a reader of the blog can validate the item for you, for example steer well clear of the red felt tip written ‘early setlists’ (Screen on The Green etc) that seem to magically keep popping up on ebay. On to the posters then which range from the magnificent to the almost affordable, most as best I can tell are the real thing:
1988 Joe Strummer & Latino Rockabilly War Liverpool - $299 (there are a few of these knocking about)
1982 Combat Rock – Epic promo poster – $250 (many of these online all the time, shop around)
1977 The Clash NME Cover framed (Lester Bangs feature) – $106 (might do better bulk shopping for old NMEs)
1980 The Clash in Hamburg – $75 (perhaps the most inconsistently priced poster the last year or two, always on ebay)
1980 Rude Boy promo poster – Yugoslavia – $50 (novelty value but rather cool if in part to see Joe listed as Dzoe Stramer)
Got a favourite? What is on your walls? I’ll focus on the less expensive end of the poster market next time.