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the elvis collectables records discography and price guide

WHAT SERIES OF ELVIS SINGLES re­ceives even less at­ten­tion from col­lec­tors than the “new black” label Gold Stan­dard sin­gles from the late ’70s? The Col­lec­tables Records ti­tles! In fact, most Elvis col­lec­tors have dis­missed the idea of even adding Col­lec­tables 45s and LPs to their want-lists. This is a shame as there are a lot of in­ter­esting pieces to pursue, as this ar­ticle makes ev­i­dent.

And Col­lec­tables has been a part of the mar­keting of Elvis for a long time—nine years after Elvis died, RCA began leasing his record­ings to the tiny reissue com­pany. So it’s about time se­rious Elvis col­lec­tors be­came ac­quainted with their line of Presley plat­ters.

 

There are more than a hun­dred Elvis 45s and LPs on Col­lec­tables Records, many of them on col­ored vinyl and others with at­trac­tive pic­ture sleeves.

 

While RCA had leased Pres­ley’s mas­ters to other com­pa­nies in the past, it was al­ways for spe­cial com­pi­la­tion al­bums. In this case, RCA was al­lowing Col­lec­tables to issue 45 rpm sin­gles at the same time as their Gold Stan­dard Se­ries of Elvis reis­sues was still in print. That is, they were al­lowing an­other com­pany to com­pete with them for sales.

Below you will find the most com­plete discog­raphy of Elvis Pres­ley’s Col­lec­tables Records on the in­ternet! That said, I as­sume that I am missing a few ti­tles, label vari­a­tions, and col­ored vinyl vari­a­tions. If you have any of these, please let me know. 1

 

Elvis GirlsGirlsGirls movie poster Italy photo 600

The title song for Girls! Girls! Girls! was al­ways a fave of mine and helped turn me on to the orig­inal ver­sion by the Coasters. I was pleased to see that Col­lec­tables had re­leased it as a single. This is an orig­inal poster for the 1962 movie Girls! Girls! Girls! that was used in Italy. (“Cento Ragazze E Un Mari­naio” trans­lates as “A Hun­dred Girls And A Sailor.”)

A most complete discography

Col­lec­tables was founded in 1980 by Jerry Greene, who was pre­vi­ously as­so­ci­ated with the sister Lost-Nite Records and the Times Square Record Shop. Col­lec­tables Records is the largest reissue com­pany in the US and leases mas­ters from a va­riety of com­pa­nies. It now has thou­sands of ti­tles avail­able on vinyl and compact-disc.

In terms of vinyl, Col­lec­tables is the most ac­tive record com­pany in the country when it comes to Elvis Presley 45 rpm sin­gles. The com­pany began re­leasing Presley product in 1986 and con­tinues to sell it today. Oddly, al­most all of these records were re­leased in three batches:

•  In 1986, Col­lec­tables re­leased twenty-three Elvis sin­gles.
•  In 1997, Col­lec­tables re­leased thirty-three Elvis sin­gles.
•  In 2001, Col­lec­tables re­leased forty-six Elvis sin­gles.

They were re­leased on three cat­alog number se­ries: the 4500 se­ries, the 4700 se­ries, and the 80000 se­ries. In the discog­raphy below, I listed the year the se­ries first ap­peared as the year of re­lease for each title in that se­ries. It’s pos­sible that later num­bers in each se­ries were re­leased some­time after the first title in that se­ries was re­leased.

Now let’s look at the sleeves that most of the records were is­sued with …

 


1980-2020

Collectables company sleeve spokes1 600

Early 1980s (both sides)

 

Collectables company sleeve spokes2 800

Collectables company sleeve spokes2 B 600

1980s (front and back)

 

Elvis Collectables company sleeve pink A 600

Elvis Collectables company sleeve pink B 600

1980s (front and back)

 

Elvis Collectables company sleeve red 600

Elvis Collectables company sleeve red blue 600 crop

1980s (front and back)

 

Collectables company sleeve 1 800

Elvis Collectables company sleeve red blue 600 crop

1990s (front and back)

 

Elvis Collectables company sleeve chessboard 600

Collectables company sleeve Port A Case 600

1990s (front and back)

 

Elvis Collectables company sleeve chessboard 600

Collectables company sleeve PortACase 2 600

1990s (front and back)

Company sleeves

Col­lec­tables Records is­sued their sin­gles in plain white paper sleeves and in spe­cially man­u­fac­tured com­pany sleeves. There are var­ious de­signs the com­pany used on the front and back of those sleeves. I found eleven vari­a­tions and paired them up and as­signed an ap­prox­i­mate date to each pairing. As to which sleeve is the most ap­pro­priate for each se­ries of Elvis records, I don’t know.

 

 


1986

Elvis Collectables 4500 GoodRockinTonight red 800

Elvis Collectables MilkcowBluesBoogie record 600

Top: Col­lec­tables 4500, Good Rockin’ Tonight / I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine, was pressed on six dif­ferent colors of vinyl: blue, gold, pink, purple, red (pic­tured above), and white. Bottom: This is a stan­dard Col­lec­tables Records 45 rpm single in the 4500 se­ries. Note in the upper right that DPE1-1001-A is above 4501, which is also in paren­theses. The former is the ma­trix number while the latter is the cat­alog number.

The 4500 series

Re­leased in 1986, the first se­ries of Elvis ti­tles con­sisted of twenty-three records (4500-4522) with one number added later (4564). Each record has what ap­pears to be two cat­alog num­bers, one in the DPE1-1000 se­ries and an­other in the 4500 se­ries. On the record la­bels, the DPE number is listed first with the 4500 number below it and in paren­theses.

The DPE number is the ma­trix number while the 4500 number is the cat­alog number. Buyers and sellers refer to the records by both num­bers, so be careful when buying that you are not buying du­pli­cates.

•  First press­ings from 1986 are on black vinyl.
•  Later press­ings from 1992 are on gold vinyl.

Col­lec­tables 4500 was pressed on six dif­ferent colors of vinyl, each is­sued in a plain white sleeve. The six were ini­tially sold as a set and shipped in a plain card­board box. Even­tu­ally, all six colors were sold in­di­vid­u­ally.

All records were is­sued in plain white sleeves or in Col­lec­tables Records sleeves (see “Com­pany Sleeves” below).

Col­lec­tables 4500
Good Rockin’ Tonight / I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine
•  Black vinyl
•  Blue vinyl
•  Pink vinyl
•  Purple vinyl
•  Red vinyl
•  White vinyl
•  Gold vinyl

Col­lec­tables 4501
Milkcow Blues Boogie / You’re A Heart­breaker
•  Black vinyl

•  Gold vinyl

Col­lec­tables 4502
Baby Let’s Play House / I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone
•  Black vinyl
•  Gold vinyl

Col­lec­tables 4503
I Got A Woman / I’m Counting On You
•  Black vinyl
•  Gold vinyl

Col­lec­tables 4504
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) / I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin’)
•  Black vinyl
•  Gold vinyl

Col­lec­tables 4505
Tryin’ To Get To You / I Love You Be­cause
•  Black vinyl

•  Gold vinyl

Col­lec­tables 4506
Money Honey / One Sided Love Af­fair
•  Black vinyl

•  Gold vinyl

Col­lec­tables 4507
Too Much / Playing For Keeps
•  Black vinyl

•  Gold vinyl

Col­lec­tables 4508
A Big O’ Hunk Love / My Wish Came True
•  Black vinyl

•  Gold vinyl

Col­lec­tables 4509
Stuck On You / Fame And For­tune
•  Black vinyl

•  Gold vinyl

Col­lec­tables 4510
Wild In The Country / I Feel So Bad
•  Black vinyl

•  Gold vinyl

Col­lec­tables 4511
She’s Not You / Jail­house Rock
•  Black vinyl

•  Gold vinyl

Col­lec­tables 4512
One Broken Heart For Sale / (You’re The) Devil In Dis­guise
•  Black vinyl

•  Gold vinyl

Col­lec­tables 4513
Bossa Nova Baby / Such A Night
•  Black vinyl

•  Gold vinyl

Col­lec­tables 4514
Love Me / Flaming Star
•  Black vinyl

•  Gold vinyl

Col­lec­tables 4515
Follow That Dream / When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
•  Black vinyl

•  Gold vinyl

Col­lec­tables DPE1-1016 (4516)
Frankie And Johnny / Love Let­ters
•  Black vinyl

•  Gold vinyl

Col­lec­tables DPE1-1017 (4517)
U.S. Male / Until It’s Time For You To Go
•  Black vinyl

•  Gold vinyl

Col­lec­tables 4518
Old Shep / You’ll Never Walk Alone
•  Black vinyl

•  Gold vinyl

Col­lec­tables 4519
Poor Boy / An Amer­ican Trilogy
•  Black vinyl

•  Gold vinyl

Col­lec­tables 4520
How Great Thou Art / His Hand In Mine
•  Black vinyl

•  Gold vinyl

Col­lec­tables 4521
Big Boss Man / Par­a­lyzed
•  Black vinyl

•  Gold vinyl

Col­lec­tables 4522
Fools Fall In Love / Blue Suede Shoes
•  Black vinyl

•  Gold vinyl

Col­lec­tables 4564
The Elvis Medley / Al­ways On My Mind
•  Black vinyl

•  Gold vinyl

 

Elvis Collectables complete set 1 800 crop

Elvis Collectables complete set 2 800 crop

Col­lec­tables Records of­fered twenty-three Elvis records for sale as a “com­plete set.” With this set, all the records were on black vinyl and were in plain white sleeves. They were shrink-wrapped to­gether without any spe­cial pack­aging. Thanks to Dave Reynolds (Elvis Rare Records) for sending me these im­ages and spe­cial thanks to Elvis Rare Records’ Ex­ec­u­tive Secretary-Photographer, Rena Atienza, who ac­tu­ally took the photos!

The “complete set” of 4500s

In 1986, Col­lec­tables of­fered a “com­plete set” of ex­tant Elvis sin­gles on the 4500 se­ries. This set con­sisted of twenty-three records on black vinyl, each in a white paper sleeve. Col­lec­tables did not have a spe­cial package de­signed but simply shrinkwrapped the twenty-three records to­gether in a lump.

As­suming the photos of the set sub­mitted to me for this ar­ticle are rep­re­sen­ta­tive of all the sets that Col­lec­tables shipped, each set had “Com­plete Set” written in felt-tip pen on the shrinkwrap.

Each set in­cluded a piece of pho­to­copy paper with the ti­tles of the songs of all the sin­gles. The ti­tles were typed using an old-fashioned, manual type­writer face (com­plete with dam­aged type). The title of the first record is er­ro­neously listed as “A Big Hunk O’ Money.”

 

 


1997

Elvis Collectables Spinout 600

This is a stan­dard Col­lec­tables Records 45 rpm single with the ma­trix number (DRE11900) above the cat­alog number (COL04764) in the upper right. The block of text on the right refers to the record as a “compilation”—an odd choice for two sides of a single—and states that it was man­u­fac­tured by BMG Spe­cial Prod­ucts.

The 4700 series

Re­leased in 1997, the second se­ries con­sisted of a mere five records. I’m not sure if the 4700 se­ries is a con­tin­u­a­tion of the 4500s or not but most sites give a re­lease date of 1997 to these records. These records were is­sued in plain white sleeves or in Col­lec­tables Records sleeves (see “Com­pany Sleeves” below).

Col­lec­tables COL-4738
Ask Me / The Girl Of My Best Friend

Col­lec­tables COL-4743
Girls! Girls! Girls! / Ain’t That Loving You Baby
•  Black vinyl

•  Gold vinyl

Col­lec­tables COL-4744
It’s Only Love / Be­yond The Reef

Col­lec­tables COL-04763
Merry Christmas Baby / Santa Claus Is Back In Town

Col­lec­tables COL-04764
Spinout / Witch­craft

 

 

Elvis Collectables GoodLuckCharm GreyBlue 800

Elvis Collectables ThereGoesMyEverything LightBlue 800

Elvis Collectables KissinCousins GreenishGrey 800

Elvis Collectables Charro GreyBlue 800

Above are four dif­ferent records from the 80000 se­ries (80006, 80012, 80017, and 80021), each from the col­lec­tion of Bernard Roughton. He scanned each record using the same scanner with the same set­tings. As can be seen, the vari­a­tions of the term “grey mar­bled vinyl” are more than minor. In fact, as each record pressed would be at least slightly dif­ferent than the one be­fore and after, no two records are ex­actly alike in the same number. A col­lector could spend years col­lecting thou­sands of grey-marbled Col­lec­tables 80000 Elvis sin­gles!

The 80000 series

Re­leased in 1997, the third Elvis se­ries was the most ad­ven­turous: It con­sisted of twenty-nine records, each pressed on at least two dif­ferent colors of vinyl, al­though a grey mar­bleized vinyl is the most common. Be­cause of the random na­ture of the way in which mar­bleized vinyl records are made, no two are ex­actly alike, even with the same cat­alog number record.

These records were is­sued in plain white sleeves or in Col­lec­tables Records sleeves (see “Com­pany Sleeves” below).

Col­lec­tables 80000
(Now And Then There’s A) A Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight
•  Gray mar­bled vinyl
•  Salmon mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80001
Sep­a­rate Ways / Al­ways On My Mind
•  Gray mar­bled vinyl
•  Green mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80002
An Amer­ican Trilogy / Until It’s Time For You To Go
•  Gray mar­bled vinyl
•  Salmon mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80003
Crying In The Chapel / Be­lieve In The Man In The Sky
•  Gray mar­bled vinyl
•  Pink mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80004
Don’t / I Beg Of You
•  Gray mar­bled vinyl
•  Purple mar­bled vinyl

•  Red mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80005
Don’t Cry Daddy / Rub­ber­neckin’
•  Black mar­bled vinyl
•  Salmon mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80006
Good Luck Charm / Any­thing That’s Part Of You
•  Gray mar­bled vinyl
•  Salmon mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80007
Guitar Man / Hi-Heel Sneakers
•  Gray mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80008
Hard Headed Woman / Don’t Ask Me Why
•  Greenish mar­bled vinyl
•  Purple mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80009
Heart­break Hotel / I Was The One
•  Gray mar­bled vinyl
•  Purple mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80010
I Forgot To Re­member To Forget / Mys­tery Train
•  Gray mar­bled vinyl
•  Purple mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80011
I Got Stung / One Night
•  Gray mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80012
I Re­ally Don’t Want To Know / There Goes My Every­thing
•  Black mar­bled vinyl
•  Gray mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80013
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You / My Baby Left Me
•  Green mar­bled vinyl

•  Purple mar­bled vinyl
•  White mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80014
If I Can Dream / Edge Of Re­ality
•  Gray mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80015
Ken­tucky Rain / My Little One
•  Gray mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80016
Kiss Me Quick / Sus­pi­cion
•  Gray mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80017
Kissin’ Cousins / It Hurts Me
•  Gray mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80018
Little Sister / (Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame
•  Black mar­bled vinyl
•  Gray mar­bled vinyl
•  Green-gray mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80019
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Loving You
•  Gray mar­bled vinyl
•  Pink mar­bled vinyl

•  Purple mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80020
The Wonder Of You / Mama Liked The Roses
•  Gray mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80021
Mem­o­ries / Charro
•  Gray mar­bled vinyl
•  Green mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80022
My Boy / Thinking About You
•  Black mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80023
Way Down / My Way
•  Multi-color mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80024
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me / Patch It Up
•  Gray mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80025
Sur­render / Lonely Man
•  Pink mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80026
That’s All Right / Blue Moon Of Ken­tucky
•  Black vinyl

•  Gray mar­bled vinyl
•  Purple mar­bled vinyl
•  Red mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80027
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck / Doncha’ Think It’s Time
•  Gray mar­bled vinyl
•  Pink mar­bled vinyl

Col­lec­tables 80028
Puppet On A String / Wooden Heart
•  Gray mar­bled vinyl
 

 

Elvis TouchOfMarble box 300

A Touch Of Marble

In 1997, Paul Dowling as­sem­bled a boxed set of twenty-nine 45 rpm sin­gles and sold it through his World­wide Elvis web­site. A Touch Of Marble was a lim­ited edi­tion box of 1,000 copies (pic­tured above) that con­tained all the records in the 80000 se­ries above. Paul ob­tained per­mis­sion from RCA for the project and pur­chased the pre-existing grey-marbleized records from Col­lec­tables.

He had the boxes along with a unique pic­ture sleeve and a cer­tifi­cate of au­then­ticity (num­bered #1 through #1,000) man­u­fac­tured lo­cally and as­sem­bled them pieces into the boxed set.

To read more on A Touch Of Marble, click HERE.

 

 


2001

Elvis Collectables ThatsAllRight Sun PS 600

Elvis Collectables GoodRockinTonight Sun PS 600

Elvis Collectables MilkcowBluesBoogie Sun PS 600

Elvis Collectables BabyLetsPlayHouse Sun PS 600

Elvis Collectables MysteryTrain Sun PS 600

Sun Records did not have the budget to spend an extra penny or two to in­clude a pic­ture sleeve with each of the records they re­leased in 1954-1955. The sleeves above are the prod­ucts of someone at BMG imag­ining how sleeves for the Presley records could have looked at that time. (These were is­sued with #1 Hit Sin­gles Col­lec­tion below.)

The reproductions

In 2001, Col­lec­tables re­leased #1 Hit Sin­gles Col­lec­tion, a boxed set of twenty-three records pressed on red vinyl and housed in nicely made pic­ture sleeves. They fol­lowed this with Hit Sin­gles Col­lec­tion Volume 2 in 2002. The records are well-made re­pro­duc­tions of the orig­inal Sun and RCA Victor 45s (ex­cept for being on red vinyl) using the ap­pro­priate label for each re­lease.

Each pic­ture sleeve is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve. They can be dif­fer­en­ti­ated from the orig­i­nals easily as they have a blurb on one side in ei­ther black or white print that states, “This is a replica of the orig­inal pack­aging.” (Lawdy Miss Clawdy but why anyone would use the word “pack­aging” in­stead of “pic­ture sleeve” is be­yond me.) 2

The person who com­piled this first box re­lied ex­clu­sively on Bill­board mag­a­zine’s charts for their #1 hits, ap­par­ently using their Top 100/Hot 100, Best Sellers In Stores, and Christmas sur­veys. The more re­li­able Cash Box pop chart wasn’t heeded nor were var­ious UK charts.

 

Elvis Collectables SinglesBox1 600

#1 Hit Singles Collection

Sun 209
That’s All Right / Blue Moon Of Ken­tucky
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve de­signed es­pe­cially for this re­lease.
•  Red vinyl

Sun 210
Good Rockin’ Tonight / I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve de­signed es­pe­cially for this re­lease.
•  Red vinyl

Sun 215
Milkcow Blues Boogie / You’re A Heart­breaker
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve de­signed es­pe­cially for this re­lease.
•  Red vinyl

Sun 217
Baby Let’s Play House / I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve de­signed es­pe­cially for this re­lease.
•  Red vinyl

Sun 223
I Forgot To Re­member To Forget / Mys­tery Train
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve de­signed es­pe­cially for this re­lease.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-6420
Heart­break Hotel / I Was The One
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve de­signed es­pe­cially for this re­lease.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-6540
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You / My Baby Left Me
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve de­signed es­pe­cially for this re­lease.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-6604
Hound Dog / Don’t Be Cruel
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve with “Hound Dog! c/w Don’t Be Cruel.”
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-6643
Love Me Tender / Any Way You Want Me (That’s How I Will Be)
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal pink sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-6800
Too Much / Playing For Keeps
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-6870
All Shook Up / That’s When Your Heartaches Begin
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-7000
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Loving You
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-7035
Jail­house Rock / Treat Me Nice
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-7150
Don’t / I Beg Of You
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-7280
Hard Headed Woman/ Don’t Ask Me Why
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-7600
A Big Hunk O’ Love / My Wish Came True
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-7740
Stuck On You / Fame And For­tune
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-7777
It’s Now Or Never / A Mess Of Blues
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-7810
Are You Lone­some Tonight / I Gotta Know
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-7850
Sur­render / Lonely Man
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-7992
Good Luck Charm / Any­thing That’s Part Of You
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 447-0720
Blue Christmas / Wooden Heart
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-9764
Sus­pi­cious Minds / You’ll Think Of Me
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

 

Elvis Collectables SinglesBox2 600

Hit Singles Collection Volume 2

RCA Victor 47-6636
Blue Suede Shoes / Tutti Frutti
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve de­signed es­pe­cially for this re­lease.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-7240
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck / Doncha’ Thinks It’s Time
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-7410
I Got Stung / One Night
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-7506
(Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-7880
I Feel So Bad / Wild In The Country
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-7908
Little Sister / (Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-7968
Can’t Help Falling In Love / Rock-A-Hula Baby
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-8041
She’s Not You / Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-8100
Re­turn To Sender / Where Do You Come From
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-8134
One Broken Heart For Sale / They Re­mind Me Too Much Of You
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-8188
(You’re The) Devil In Dis­guise / Please Don’t Drag That String Around
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-8243
Bossa Nova Baby / Witch­craft
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-8360
Viva Las Vegas / What’d I Say
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-8440
Ask Me / Ain’t That Loving You Baby
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 447-0643
Crying In The Chapel / I Be­lieve In The Man In The Sky
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl 3

RCA Victor 47-8657
I’m Yours / (It’s A) Long Lonely Highway
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-9670
If I Can Dream / Edge Of Re­ality
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-9741
In The Ghetto / Any Day Now
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-9768
Don’t Cry, Daddy / Rub­ber­neckin’
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-9791
Ken­tucky Rain / My Little Friend
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-9835
The Wonder Of You / Mama Liked The Roses
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 47-9916
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me / Patch It
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.

•  Red vinyl

RCA Victor 74-0769
Burning Love / Steam­roller Blues
•  Is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve that is a fac­simile of the orig­inal sleeve.
•  Red vinyl

 

 


2002

Elvis Collectables Top AlbumCollection1 600

Elvis Collectables Top AlbumCollection2 600

Album collections

In 2002, Col­lec­tables re­leased two boxed sets of al­bums, Top Album Col­lec­tion Volume 1 (COL-0165) and Top Album Col­lec­tion Vol 2 (COL-0166). Each box con­tains four single-record al­bums and one two-record album for a total of six records per set. Each record was pressed on 180-gram, red vinyl.

Top Album Collection Volume 1

RCA Victor LPM-1254
Elvis Presley

RCA Victor LPM-1382
Elvis

RCA Victor LSP-2370
Some­thing For Every­body

RCA Victor LSP-2426
Blue Hawaii

RCA Victor APL2-2587
Elvis In Con­cert

Top Album Collection Vol 2

RCA Victor LPM-1515
Loving You

RCA Victor LOC-1035
Elvis’ Christmas Album

RCA Victor LSP-2256
G.I. Blues

RCA Victor LSP-2999
Roustabout

RCA Victor VPSX-6089
Aloha From Hawaii Via Satel­lite

 

 


 

Elvis Collectables LoveMeTender PS a 600

Elvis Collectables LoveMeTender PS b 600

This is the fac­simile of the orig­inal RCA Victor pic­ture sleeve for Love Me Tender / Any Way You Want Me from 1956. It is easy to tell the orig­inal from the fac­simile: On the bottom of the back of the re­pro­duc­tion is a line of text that be­gins, “This is a replica of the orig­inal pack­aging.”

Collectables Records price guide

With all the vari­a­tions in the grey marble records, there are literally—look that word up, folks—tens of thou­sands of Col­lec­tables vari­a­tions for the avid col­lector to pursue! Al­though frankly, col­lecting one of each color should satisy most reasnably sane col­lec­tors.

There’s re­ally not a lot to say about Col­lec­tables Records as col­lec­tables but here is a rule-of-thumb price guide for these records (and all values are for near-mint records, sleeves, and boxes):

•  Most of the 45s on black vinyl sell for $3-6.
•  Most of the 45s on marble vinyl sell for $4-8.
•  Most of the 45s on red vinyl sell for $3-6.
•  Most of the 45s on other color vinyl sell for $5-10.
•  Most of the pic­ture sleeves sell for $3-6.

•  #1 Hit Sin­gles Col­lec­tion sells for $75-100.
•  Hit Sin­gles Col­lec­tion Volume 2 sells for $75-100.
•  Top Album Col­lec­tion Volume 1 sells for $75-100.
•  Top Album Col­lec­tion Volume 2 sells for $75-100.

Many of the records listed above are being of­fered for sale in NM con­di­tion on Discogs at this very mo­ment for less than $10 and are finding no buyers. Col­lec­tables Records still has some of these records (in­cluding the marble press­ings and the red vinyl press­ings) for sale on their web­site in brand new con­di­tion. If you are in­ter­ested in starting a col­lec­tion of Elvis Col­lec­tables records, your best bet is to start there and then look for lot-offers on eBay where you can buy sev­eral num­bers at once for a few bucks apiece.

Even­tu­ally, col­lec­tors will start paying at­ten­tion to these Col­lec­tables records and a few may even be­come gen­uinely col­lec­table. 4

There are more than a hun­dred Elvis ti­tles on Col­lec­tables Records, many on col­ored vinyl and many with at­trac­tive pic­ture sleeves. Click To Tweet

Elvis GirlsGirlsGirls movie poster Italy photo 1500 crop2

FEATURED IMAGE: The photo at the top of the page was cropped from the orig­inal 1962 Italian poster for the movie Girls! Girls! Girls! (pic­tured above). I found the poster on the Her­itage Auc­tions web­site, where it sold for a paltry $84. Her­itage turns up a lot of ex­cel­lent and even “ex­otic” Elvis col­lec­tables and is worth paying at­ten­tion to if you are a se­rious col­lector.

Thanks to Bernard Broughton, Paul Dowling (World­wide Elvis), Craig LaPine, and Dave Reynolds (Elvis Rare Records) for their con­tri­bu­tions to this ar­ticle. Fi­nally, I sent an email to Col­lec­tables Records re­questing in­for­ma­tion for this project but have not, as yet, heard back from them.

 


FOOTNOTES:

1   If you want to offer any input on this ar­ticle, please offer it in the com­ments sec­tion below. 

2   Sam Phillips did not have the budget at Sun Records to spend an extra penny or two per record to in­clude a pic­ture sleeve with the records he re­leased in 1954-1955. Cash-flow prob­lems often beset in­de­pen­dent record com­pa­nies which is why they usu­ally have to sell the con­tracts of their more promising artists to the bigger com­pa­nies. So any and all pic­ture sleeves you see for an Elvis Sun 45 were man­u­fac­tured decades after the re­lease of the orig­inal record, ei­ther with or without RCA’s or BMG’s au­tho­riza­tion.

3   447-0643 does not have the black label with “RCA Victor” on the side used in 1965 but the has the black label with “RCA” at the top used in 1976.

4   There may be a few variations—especially some of the col­ored vinyl singles—that are harder to find than the rest and con­sis­tently com­mand a pre­mium but at this time they haven’t been iden­ti­fied for a higher value to be as­signed.

 

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