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    Sam Cooke vs. Jackie Wilson 1958 Atlanta, GA Jumbo Concert Poster. An original cardboard window card advertising two great men of 1950's-60's R&B/soul/pop, Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson, in concert at the Magnolia Ballroom in Atlanta, Georgia for two shows on Sunday evening, September 28, 1958.

    If you can get past the condition issues, this is an amazing - and rare, the only one known to have survived - early R&B concert poster with two men who would easily crossover and have a ton of pop hits between them. But let's grab this moment in time: at the start of fall 1958, Sam's on top because he had logged seven Top 20 R&B hits in Billboard thus far, including the world-beating "You Send Me," which even reached #1 on the pop charts.

    Jackie, on the other hand, had only one Top 10 R&B hit when this tour was planned, plus the '57 single "Reet Petite" that's enjoyed to this day but somehow ignored the charts back then. However, Jackie was six weeks away from releasing his classic "Lonely Teardrops," which would to Top 10 pop and spend seven weeks at #1 R&B. Pow! Take that, Sam! (Excuse us, but this is a boxing-style concert poster and it does say "Versus" on there.)

    This window card has a very odd quirk to its verso. On the back, there's the ink imprint of another poster it was laid upon, which is very common of course. However, that imprint is from a different poster, not another Sam/Jackie... it's one color element (black) of a Louis Armstrong concert poster. If you look closely, you can see Satchmo's photo, with trumpet, in the upper-right dark-stained area. Fascinating!

    This board was made in the same city as the concert... by the Southern Poster Printing Co. of Atlanta, GA. That credit on the front is all but unreadable due to clogging ink, but is very clear at the bottom of the verso.

    Measures 22" x 28" and grades to restored Fair condition. This is a rarity play, not a condition one. The board has had tears, edge pieces and missing corners restored and repaired. So the board is now whole and has a comfortable amount of strength to it. The main problem is the foxing and light-brown staining that is pervasive in the poster's upper half and the white margins. Most impacted are the photos of Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson. There's no way to spin it: Sam's picture is very strongly hit by the damage, and Jackie's is a step or two worse. With Sam you can still see his eyes and smile; but with Jackie, his facial features are very faint, right down through his sports jacket. Frankly, his picture is all but disappeared.

    There is also much surface creasing which breaks color in the blue lettering throughout, and small bits of surface gouging and tiny flecks of white paint here & there. Just be sure to take note of the large amount of light-brown surface staining in the margins and especially at the top, swamping "This Is It - Don't Miss It!" It's pervasive, but it's light in color, so the further you stand back, the less it matters. COA from Heritage Auctions.

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    May, 2021
    1st-2nd Saturday-Sunday
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