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the “haircut” picture sleeves of the sixties

Elvis Spinout lobby card 1600 copy

MY RESPONSE when first seeing the pic­ture sleeve for Elvis Pres­ley’s new single Spinout / All That I Am in the summer of ’66 was be­fud­dle­ment. He looked ridicu­lous and al­most didn’t look like Elvis Presley! His face was puffy and round, he was wearing make-up, and he had the most out­landish, “retro” hair-do imaginable? [Continue reading]

the dawning of the age of cut-out albums

Elvis RaisedOnRock LP 1500 crop

ELVIS CUT-OUT ALBUMS began ap­pearing in the mid-1970s. The dawning of the age of Elvis cut-outs opened with a handful of ti­tles from a few years ear­lier that had been deleted due to di­min­ishing sales. This ar­ticle is an overview of the cut-out bins of the ’70s and the Elvis al­bums that found their way to them. [Continue reading]

fake elvis autographs on records and memorabilia

Elvis signature 1957 1500 crop

COUNTERFEITING ELVIS ITEMS has been going on since at least the early ’60s when the FBI be­lieves that mob-related or­ga­ni­za­tions printed mil­lions of copies of sev­eral best-selling al­bums from the 1950s and early ’60s. Other records in­clude fine re­pro­duc­tions of the Sun 45s and 78s, var­ious pieces of mem­o­ra­bilia, and fake sets of the 1956 Topps bubble gum cards. [Continue reading]

what makes something collectable?

ATOG 1955 Haley 1500 crop

BUYERS AND SELLERS of any­thing con­sid­ered col­lec­table often fail to achieve their goals of fi­nan­cial suc­cess be­cause they do not un­der­stand a few basic con­cepts con­cerning the na­ture of any col­lec­table. Be­cause this a record col­lec­tors web­site, I will refer to records in this essay, but you can sub­sti­tute al­most any other col­lec­table and the com­ments re­main vir­tu­ally un­changed about what makes some­thing collectable. [Continue reading]

elvis compact 33s around the world 1960–1969

Elvis Creole header

AROUND THE WORLD, Elvis records were is­sued as Com­pact 33 Sin­gles that were not is­sued do­mes­ti­cally. Oddly, far more Com­pact 33 Dou­bles were is­sued, many of­fering ei­ther unique cover art or con­tent. The Japanese es­pe­cially em­braced this format and kept is­suing them into 1967. [Continue reading]