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    MOVE OVER, CANDLESTICK PARK... HERE'S THE RARE ONE

    The Beatles 1966 Dodger Stadium Second-to-Last-Ever Concert Poster. An original concert poster for The Beatles playing in Los Angeles, California at the L.A. Dodgers baseball stadium on Sunday, August 28, 1966 - the penultimate show of their entire career. Their next and last stop was Candlestick Park, San Francisco the following night.

    This is a unique Beatles concert poster in many ways, and wildly popular with collectors, although almost nobody has it. Much, much rarer than the Beatles' Candlestick Park poster from the next day, this has rarity on a par with the Beatles' Shea Stadium poster from five days earlier... as in, just one handful known to have survived.

    Terrifically fun and imaginative design drives the desire for this piece, which combines the world's biggest entertainers with the nation's undisputed national pastime in 1966, baseball. So many aspects of this poster are unique... surely there was never another Beatles concert poster that pictured John, Paul, George and then Ringo five times. George and Paul are on placards with sticks, John's a balloon, and Ringo's a 'floating head' on five goofy cartoon baseball players. George's toothy smile dominates the pictures, the first one everyone sees. And how about "Prepare! the Beatles is coming." Sure, they were a singular unit, but the malapropism only adds to the charm and cheekiness of this poster.

    Just a stunning piece from the Beatles' last week of live performances ever. A second printing was done of this poster, with "Sold Out" emblazoned in red across George, John and Paul's pictures. Here's your opportunity to get a first-first printing without that intrusion, when it was still possible to buy tickets. Printed on thick yellow paper, this poster measures 11 1/8" x 14 5/8" and grades to restored Very Good Plus condition. The corners were damaged and needed repair because the original owner pulled it down off a pole right there in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium. COA from Heritage Auctions.


    More Information: Very important is that great, key line across the bottom... "KRLA Brings the Beatles to Dodger Stadium, Sunday, August 28th. Move Over, Sandy." For all you youngsters out there, that was in reference to Dodgers pitching great Sandy Koufax, who was leading them to yet another National League pennant that year.

    The Beatles arrived at this show rested... they were coming off three days' rest following their August 25th show in Seattle. They spent their days off in Beverly Hills.

    Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers had last played at home (against the Braves) on August 24, and then left for San Francisco to play three games against the Giants, giving the promoter four days to set up Dodger Stadium for the concert. The Giants played their baseball games at Candlestick Park, so hold on to your (baseball) hat: During this Beatles concert at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers were playing the Giants at Candlestick! Then both teams vamoosed and the Beatles played Candlestick the very next night for their swan song. The Dodgers finally returned to Dodger Stadium on September 5 to play... the San Francisco Giants! The synchronicities here are crazy.

    Condition details: Poster was expertly and lovingly repaired in the four corner areas and five other spots around the edges, where it had suffered damage from posting. The repair work is visible on the verso but nearly undetectable on the front, like all top-notch, fully professional resto jobs. It created just the tiniest bit of waviness in the upper right corner, but that's a non-issue. Otherwise, this poster looks and feels superb while also retaining its 55-year-old patina, including a very light bit of general overall toning.


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