Fab Four collectibles retain popularity!
Okay, so you consider yourself a Beatles expert. You know their backgrounds, their wives and their girlfriends, their albums, and even all of their record labels. You even have some old Beatle magazines with loads of pictures.
But how about any of the Fab Four’s collectibles? No, I’m not referring to reissues of their CDs or even cassettes. Maybe you should go to your basement or attic ‘and see’ if your Aunt Hattie or Uncle Vernon left any old boxes, which miraculously, contained original posters or old 45s. Or, better yet, some signed albums. You never know what treasures you could find – and never knew.
Whether you are fortunate or not, you still might be curious as to how much some of the vintage Beatle items might be worth. And you will be astounded.
Here’s just a sampling. A signed copy of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album was auctioned for just under $300,000. That’s right. More than a quarter of a million dollars. Of course, there can’t be many of them lying around. But for the lucky few people, who do have a copy, make sure you protect it. Now that you know how much money its worth, you might want to consider selling it. However, if you keep it for even another year, it could possibly be worth another hundred thousand.
How about all four lads’ autographs on a piece of Elvis Presley’s stationery? That iconic piece of paper fetched nearly $60,000. It would have gone for a lot more if Elvis had signed the paper as well. But he didn’t.
A Vee-Jays 45s promo of “Ask Me Why” was auctioned in 2012 for $35,000. That record, along with “My Bonnie” on Decca Records is considered by experts to be the two rarest of the U.S. Beatle 45s. What is especially appealing to Beatle collectors about the “My Bonnie” record, is that the record says that the song was sung by Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers. Of course, the Beat Brothers were the Beatles. Since there are only a handful of copies, you are sitting on a goldmine if you are one of the chosen few.
Remember the movie HELP!? Well, United Artists issued what were called “door panel sets” of the movie. Each of the four items of the set had a letter, H, E, L, or P. When placed vertically the four items measured 20” x 60” and spelled out the movie title.
A “door panel set” is extremely rare, and valuable. A few years ago a set was auctioned for over nineteen thousand dollars. Not bad.
Keep in mind, however, that with many items, condition is a major factor in establishing value. However, where there is only one or two of an item, or a very select few, condition will not be as critical.
Take the Beatles “Yesterday and Today” album, commonly referred to as the “Butcher” album. There are still an estimated couple thousand copies, so condition will play a critical role in determining value.
By the way, a mono “Butcher” sealed first state album sold for almost $40,000. The vast majority of the “Butcher” albums are not in the sealed cellophane, and the value of the albums are usually no more than a few thousand dollars.
Beatles memorabilia will continue to be in demand. Do not pass an opportunity acquire an item. Make sure, however, that you can to do so. You will not be disappointed.
Jeff Figler has authored over 700 published articles about collecting. He is a professional certified appraiser and one of the world’s leading experts on collectibles. His latest book “The Picker’s Pocket Guide to Baseball Memorabilia” has been #1 on Amazon. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.