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Good Luck Charm compact 33 single and picture sleeve

GOOD LUCK CHARM was Elvis’ eighth single of the new decade, and was a world­wide smash. At this time (1961–1962), RCA Victor was is­suing Pres­ley’s new sin­gles in the US as both stan­dard 45s and as 33⅓ rpm records. The latter was a new format that the com­pany dubbed Com­pact 33 Sin­gles. Good Luck Charm / Any­thing That’s Part Of You was one of those.

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 Good Luck Charm / Any­thing That’s Part Of You 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 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 Good Luck Charm / Any­thing That’s Part Of You in NM con­di­tion today, one might find the values listed here rather con­ser­v­a­tive com­pared to what a seller of such col­lec­tables would de­mand.

 

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Sug­gested Near Mint value for the record is $4,000-6,000. copy graded VG sold for $909 in 2012, and an­other copy graded Ex­cel­lent sold for $3,161 in 2011. Using my ra­tios, that would trans­late as NM prices of ap­prox­i­mately $4,500 and $4,400, re­spec­tively.

Good Luck Charm compact 33 single

Re­leased in Feb­ruary 1962, RCA Victor 37-7992, Good Luck Charm / Any­thing That’s Part Of You, was the fifth and final Presley title re­leased as a com­pact 33 single and pic­ture sleeve. By now, RCA was plan­ning the ter­mi­na­tion of the Compact-33 and the press run for this record was mi­nus­cule! was ex­pecting some suc­cess, the one with the biggest ad­vance press run.

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

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 $6.000-12,000.

 

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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.

Note that the pic­ture sleeve above ap­pears flat with per­fectly an­gled cor­ners, but there ap­pears to be some slight 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 and would be worth con­sid­er­ably less than the NM value (per­haps 40-50% of the value as­signed above).

Both the record and the pic­ture sleeve for the Good Luck Charm / Any­thing That’s Part Of You Com­pact 33 Single are even rarer and more valu­able than the pre­vious title, the ridicu­lously rare and valu­able Can’t Help Falling In Love / Rock-A-Hula Baby.

 

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FEATURED IMAGE: The photo of Anne Helm and Elvis at the top of this page is from the 1962 movie Follow That Dream. It was a photo shoot for this movie that pro­vided RCA Victor with the photo for the pic­ture sleeve to the Good Luck Charm / Any­thing That’s Part Of You.

 

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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 Good Luck Charm Com­pact 33 Single and pic­ture sleeve should be on every Elvis col­lec­tors want-list . . .

 


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.

 

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I have 5 of the col­lector se­ries recorded 1961 and 1962…the ti­tles are Good Luck Charm/Anything that is part of you.…Are you Lone­some Tonight/I gotta Know…His Latest Flame/Little Sister.…Surrender/Lonely Man.….She is Not You/Just tell her Jim said Hello.…..
The records them­selves have never been played they have been sit­ting in a storage box for years they were my late husbands…They all have orig­inal covers but there is some water damage on the orig­inal covers.….but records are like brand new..would love to get rid of them.…any ideas????

the pic­ture sleeves all have col­lector se­ries recorded 1962 on the back of sleeve top left corner…will try and get pics for you

No it doesn’t have col­lector se­ries 15 in your Twitter I posted the pic­ture of the sleeve and I also posted a pic­ture of the record it­self thank you

thankyou for our help

Oh I did no­tice that at the bottom of the sleeves they say man­u­fac­tured and dis­trib­uted in Canada by RCA Lim­ited Record Di­vi­sion 101 Duncan Mills Road..and the Sur­render Lonely Man Record has RCA 2701 on the sleeve Lucky Charm does not have that

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