Little Sister compact 33 single and picture sleeve

LITTLE SISTER WAS ELVIS’ SIXTH SINGLE of the new decade, and was a worldwide smash in the summer of 1961. At this time (1961–62), RCA Victor issued five of Presley’s new singles in the US as both standard 45 rpm records and also as 33 rpm records. The latter was a new format that the company dubbed “Compact 33 Singles.” Little Sister / (Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame Man was one of those five.

All five of these Compact 33 Singles are rather rare records and their picture sleeves are even rarer! This is not something that can be said about many Presley records that were commercially released by RCA. These records are also very poorly understood as collectables by most buyers and sellers.

The Compact 33s are an important part of any Elvis Presley collection and the Little Sister / His Latest Flame Man single and picture sleeve should be on every Elvis collectors want-list.

Despite the fact that the market for Presley platters is considered “dead” by many (unenlightened? cynical?) wheelers and dealers, collectors should keep in mind a few points:

•  Compact-33 records command prices up to several hundred times as much as much their 45 rpm counterparts!

•  Compact-33 picture sleeves are even rarer and more valuable than the records!

In fact, the Compact-33 picture sleeves are among the most valuable of all Elvis Presley record-related collectables! The rarest sleeves sell for thousands of dollars even in less than NM condition.

In fact, should one want to buy a copy of the record and picture sleeve to Little Sister / His Latest Flame Man in NM condition today, one might find the values listed here rather conservative compared to what a seller of such collectables would demand for them.

About the Little Sister compact 33 single

Released in August 1961, RCA Victor 37-7908, Little Sister / (Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame, RCA Victor was the third Presley title released as a compact 33 single and picture sleeve. RCA’s expectations were lowered and a smaller press run ordered. Hence, this is much harder to find than the first two titles above.

The record and the picture sleeve are listed and valued separately. All values represent copies of the record and the sleeve in Near Mint (NM) condition. The values that I have assigned are estimates based on recent sales reported on the Popsike and Collectors Frenzy websites combined with forty years of experience. 1


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Suggested Near Mint value for the record is $300-400.

Variations for this label exist: each RCA pressing plant used local printers for their labels. Therefore, each plant’s records can usually be identified by the peculiarities of each plant’s label. Most of the differences are in type-face and the sizing of that type.

There are other differences: copies can be found with or without RCA Victor’s “New Orthophonic High Fidelity” motto. At this time, there is no established difference in the value between the two pressings. 2


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Suggested Near Mint value for the picture sleeve is $1,000-1,500.

Note that while the picture sleeve above appears flat with perfectly angled corners, there is noticeable ring-wear around the center, caused by pressure and friction against the upraised part of the record below the labels. This sleeve would normally be graded VG+ by most collectors.

Both the record and the picture sleeve for the Little Sister / (Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame Compact 33 Single are more or less the same in terms of rarity and value as the second, I Feel So Bad / Wild In The Country.


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Suggested Near Mint value for the picture sleeve is $2,000-4,000.

Pictured here is a printing error: the sleeve lacks the RCA Victor logo box with Nipper and either 45 RPM or Compact 33 Single in the upper right corner. 

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Later orders for the record may have been shipped in a sleeve like the one above. Sleeves of this nature—uncoated paper with a die-cut hole and the record company’s name or logo—are often referred to as ‘factory sleeves.’ They have only nominal value to most collectors.


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Postscriptually, many Elvis collectors shunt these records to the side, considering them extras as they are not part of Presley’s standard catalog of 78 and 45 rpm singles and EPs and 33⅓ rpm LPs. But that is a mistake: these were commercially released and apparently sold tens of thousands of copies.

They are an important part of any basic Elvis Presley collection and the Little Sister / (Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame compact 33 single and picture sleeve should be on every Elvis collectors want-list.

Finally, in England the record was flipped and His Latest Flame the featured side and reached #1 on all of the weekly UK charts! On some charts, the record was listed as a double-A-sided hit . . .



Footnotes:

1   Should you do some research on Popsike or Collectors Frenzy, you will see that regardless of the grades given the items, the photos indicate that few if any of the sleeves are truly NM. I have to assume that many of the records are also over-graded, hence the relatively modest prices fetched for these items on eBay and elsewhere on the Internet.

2   This can be also be done by looking at the identifying code of each plant that is etched into the trail-off vinyl (or ‘dead wax’ among older, aging, decrepit collectors like myself) of each record.


2 Replies to “Little Sister compact 33 single and picture sleeve”

    1. MIKE

      Thanks for the response! I appreciate everyone who takes the time to add to my Comment section here. Now, since you are reading an all Elvis site, I will assume that you are knowledgeable about Elvis. And Mike, as much as I hate assuming things, I will nonetheless assume that you are familiar with his 1965 hit I’M YOURS. (Which only reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 but reached the Top 10 on the Cash Box Top 100.)

      I will assume then that you learned from this record’s title that “your” is possessive, meaning it owns whatever follows in the sentence. Since the only subject or object in your sentence is “idiot,” then I assume that that is what is being possessed.

      I have to also assume that the two letter word “an” means something other than being a mere article. Is it an abbreviation that you forgot to capitalize and add periods?

      Or is merely a typo, meaning it may be meaningless?

      If so, then your comment may be reduced to two words: “Your idiot.” Meaning that you somehow want to acknowledge yourself as my idiot.

      That’s sweet, Mike, but I am afraid that idiots are nothing special. You might even say that they are the majority these days. In fact, I am surrounded by idiots—so I don’t really need your services. But thanks anyway and keep on keepin’ on with the comments!

      NEAL

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