Tons of Old Mason Jar Memorabilia Hits the Auction Block

The Mason Jar's Franco Gagliano
The Mason Jar's Franco Gagliano

The Mason Jar holds a special place in the minds of longtime rock fans in the Valley.

Now, you can take a piece of the now-defunct legendary music venue home with you.

Auction Nation is hosting almost 200 lots of memorabilia from the Mason Jar, including everything from unused concert tickets to decades-old, commercial-grade CD players. 

There are dozens of signed, framed posters for sale. There's a nice T.S.O.L. poster with a cool personalized message in there, as well as old-school signed Queens of the Stone Age posters. True to its reputation as a metalhead's paradise, there are posters from ambidextrous shredder Michael Angelo Batio, an unsigned Sepultura poster from the Chaos A.D. tour (the landmark album that came out in 1993), and a signed Megadeth poster from the Countdown to Extinction tour. (At this early in the auction, the Megadeth poster seems to have attracted the most attention — it's running at $27 as of publication.)

Also for sale are assorted albums, T-shirts, and show flyers. There are multiple lots of old black-and-white publicity stills that bands used to send out en masse in the days before .jpg attachments. There are even some rock ’n’ roll hats up for sale, just in time for summer.

Franco Gagliano opened the Mason Jar at 2303 East Indian School Road in the ’80s. He sold the building and the name to Michael Manfredi in 2000 but continued to run the venue until 2005, when it closed and re-opened as a few different gay bars. In 2014, the previous tenant, The Anvil, moved to a new location. 

Valley music promoter "Psyko" Steve Chilton recently brought music back to the old Mason Jar building. He did a slick revamp of the interior and re-christened the venue as the Rebel Lounge. True to the building's legacy, you can often find metal shows various nights of the week on the stage. 


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