ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. ? The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame is in Cleveland, but some of the best collectibles in its gift shop will call New Jersey home for a few days.
Beatles autographs, rare toys, handwritten lyrics, awards and trophies, exceptional records and acetates, concert posters, artwork, contracts and documents, photographs and high school yearbooks, all relating to dozens of rock and musical groups from the 1940s to the 1980s, are the focus of the special exhibit at the Spring 2007 Atlantique City art, antique and collectible fair March 24-25.
The museum-quality display is co-hosted by rock memorabilia experts Gotta Have It! Collectibles Inc. and It?s Only Rock ?N? Roll, which currently supplies and maintains a ?memorabilia for sale? section in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Museum Gift Shop in Cleveland. The exhibit will be offered free of charge to patrons attending the Atlantique City show at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Traditionally, items included in the Atlantique City show's special exhibit are unusual and generally very rare, according to show promoter Eric Bradley.
?This is going to be a fantastic exhibit, and we?re very excited to offer it to Atlantique City attendees,? Bradley said. ?Who doesn?t have a classic rock band or song that they love??
Representative examples of what's expected at the display include a second printing, near-mint poster from the Jimi Hendrix Fillmore East concert and a poster for the Grateful Dead and Blue Cheer performance at the shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in 1968.
Beatles shirt tags, which were created in the 1960s to go with the band's "Union Jack" souvenir shirts, also are among the types of collectibles that will be featured. The tags were created with a perforation around the image of the group in the middle so that a fan could remove it and turn it into a card. Although they are not as rare as some Beatles memorabilia, unused shirt tags have become very collectible.
New Jersey?s own Bruce Springsteen also will have a place of honor at the exhibit. An extensive selection of rare memorabilia, including handwritten song lyrics and personal belongings, will be featured.
Marc Zakarin, owner of It?s Only Rock ?N? Roll, expects that the Atlantique City display will draw collectors as well as the simply curious and nostalgic.
?The exhibit is going to be very interesting and interactive, including signage, historical notes and trivia cards as well,? he said.
Zakarin also will be available to show attendees to provide information on authenticating rock ?n? roll memorabilia.
Since 1974, It?s Only Rock ?N? Roll has sold collectibles and memorabilia, plus rare character and advertising toys and pop-culture items. The company runs a gift shop in Greenwich Village, auctions memorabilia online at www.itsonlyrocknroll.com, and will host the Live Beatles Auction in Las Vegas July 1-3.
Gotta Have It! Collectibles, Inc., www.gottahaveit.com, has been a premier resource for high-quality sports, entertainment and historical collectibles and memorabilia since 1994. The company specializes in building collections for individuals, corporate entities and institutions, such as The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The firm operates a gallery and a retail store in New York City.