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Grateful Dead Memorabilia

Known for their instinctive improvisations and psychedelic folk-to-electric style, the Grateful Dead is a group that defined the '60s, creating a massive following of fans also known as “Deadheads.” For 30 years, the group toured extensively, performing for capacity crowds and enjoying commercial success with both music and merchandising.

Founded in 1965, the Grateful Dead had five original members, vocalist-guitarist Jerry Garcia, vocalist-guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, drummer Bill Kreutzman, and keyboardist Ron “Pigpen” McKenna. A second lineup brought Micky Hart on drums and Tom Constanten on the keyboard, plus other talented artists. Over the band’s career, combined members recorded a total of 15 studio albums and performed at over 2,000 concerts. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, but disbanded the following year after the Jerry Garcia passed away. Remaining band members continued playing music after his death and continued on with successful group and solo careers.

For a collector looking to invest in Grateful Dead memorabilia, the availability of merchandise is abundant, especially with t-shirts and vinyl. Collectors can expect to pay high prices for older posters, original art, and band members’ autographs.


Quick Facts

  • The Grateful Dead’s May 1977 concert at Cornell University’s Barton Hall is preserved in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry
  • Filmmaker Martin Scorsese is producing a documentary about the Grateful Dead
  • In April 2015, nearly $75,000 of Grateful Dead memorabilia was stolen from an Illinois auction house. It was awaiting shipment out of the facility when it was stolen

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B.G 1971 Fillmore West Closing Week Poster. Grateful Dead, Santana, CCR
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
B.G 1971 Fillmore West Closing Week Poster. Grateful Dead, Santana, CCR
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $350- $450
$552 Bids
Bob Masse, Laser Grateful Dead, 1995, 62 x 36 cm, frame 82 x 54 cm
Mar 15, 2:00 PM AEDT
Bob Masse, Laser Grateful Dead, 1995, 62 x 36 cm, frame 82 x 54 cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD150 Bids
Sealed Deck of The GRATEFUL DEAD Playing Cards
Apr 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Sealed Deck of The GRATEFUL DEAD Playing Cards
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$60 Bids
Sealed Deck of The GRATEFUL DEAD Playing Cards
Apr 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Sealed Deck of The GRATEFUL DEAD Playing Cards
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$60 Bids
Grateful Dead European Tour 1978, Poster, 50 x 75 cm, frame 69 x 94 cm
Mar 15, 2:00 PM AEDT
Grateful Dead European Tour 1978, Poster, 50 x 75 cm, frame 69 x 94 cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD150 Bids
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BE@RBRICK GRATEFUL DEAD 1000%
Mar 10, 8:00 PM CET
BE@RBRICK GRATEFUL DEAD 1000%
by Hotel des Ventes De Bruxelles
Est: €0- €0
€100 Bids
GRATEFUL DEAD AVALON BALLROOM POSTER
Mar 16, 1:00 PM EDT
GRATEFUL DEAD AVALON BALLROOM POSTER
by Antiques & Modern Auction Gallery
Est: $150- $200
$500 Bids
Jerry Garcia Signed Photograph
Mar 21, 11:00 AM PDT
Jerry Garcia Signed Photograph
by PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Grateful Dead Hippe Santa" handbill"
Mar 21, 11:00 AM PDT
Grateful Dead Hippe Santa" handbill"
by PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Grateful Dead Avalon handbill signed by Mouse
Mar 21, 11:00 AM PDT
Grateful Dead Avalon handbill signed by Mouse
by PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
A Grateful Dead Mardi Gras 1995 handbill framed assemblage, 31 x 38 cm
Mar 15, 2:00 PM AEDT
A Grateful Dead Mardi Gras 1995 handbill framed assemblage, 31 x 38 cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD150 Bids
The GRATEFUL DEAD 12 x 18 Concert Poster
Apr 06, 10:00 AM EDT
The GRATEFUL DEAD 12 x 18 Concert Poster
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$60 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Grateful Dead Memorabilia


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PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers

Premier Auction Galleries

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