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Beatles Memorabilia?
3 May 2013
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HeyTrud
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Again…being a "newbie" here, I am sure this topic has been covered…but I'd love to hear what anyone out there may have?!

I myself have a few vinyl discs (such as Rubber Soul) from England with their photo on the disc that I purchased from a collector about 20+ years ago.  Being that I have two sisters who were a good deal older than I, who were huge Beatle fans right from the start of Beatlemania…I have been lucky enough to acquire a few things from them.  One is my Sis' collection of Beatles bubble gum cards!  They are so cool.  My prize collectable tho is my Beatles wallet that my sister received new in 1965! 

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4 May 2013
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I am collecting records, because I like listening to them. I have a 3rd press US SPLHCB which might not be worth much but it's older than me =o. That's the oldest record I have, some of my other records are pressed in the 80's.

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4 May 2013
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I'm collecting records as well. I have the White Album (first press) Let It Be (might be an 1st press or not), A Hard Day's Night (the American version, 2nd or 3rd press), the Blue Album, Abbey Road, and Magical Mystery Tour singles that came with my bluray set. What I have as modern collectibles are: the albums (cd/downloads), a few books, blu rays/dvds, posters, The Beatles Monopoly, coffee mugs (I use to have three, but one disappeared) , shot glasses, and t-shirts.  I got to say my prize collectible is the White Album vinyl. 

5 May 2013
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Very cool!!!

"....take a sad song & make it Meilleur"....

5 May 2013
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HeyTrud, you're right – there are other memorabilia threads. I think memorabilia is wonderful; it really makes you feel connected. I've collected a long time (and the stories behind the memorabilia got me writing Into the Sky). Three of my favorite Beatle pieces are a copy of Lennon's In His Own Write signed by all 4 Beatles, a copy of the album Meet the Beatles signed by all 4 (they've each signed over their faces and John's added "To Anne, Love…"), and the full 28 page programme of the Royal Command Performance (where John made his 'rattle your jewelry' comment) signed by all 4 Beatles + signed by Marlene Dietrich, who at the time, was more famous than the Beatles. 

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5 May 2013
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^^ Wow, that's some memorabilia!

I hope to build up a collection of my own eventually.

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5 May 2013
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Into the Sky with Diamonds said
HeyTrud, you're right – there are other memorabilia threads. I think memorabilia is wonderful; it really makes you feel connected. I've collected a long time (and the stories behind the memorabilia got me writing Into the Sky). Three of my favorite Beatle pieces are a copy of Lennon's In His Own Write signed by all 4 Beatles, a copy of the album Meet the Beatles signed by all 4 (they've each signed over their faces and John's added "To Anne, Love…"), and the full 28 page programme of the Royal Command Performance (where John made his 'rattle your jewelry' comment) signed by all 4 Beatles + signed by Marlene Dietrich, who at the time, was more famous than the Beatles. 

 

I am extremely jealous! I've got a couple of signed bits and bobs by some of their wives/family but none by any of the actual Beatles :(

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6 May 2013
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I have… nothing. :(

EDIT: Oh, wait! I have a Revolver mug and a mug that says "'All You Need Is Love' -John Lennon and Paul McCartney"! Do they count?

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6 May 2013
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Wow…Into The Sky….I am sooo jealous too!  I would LOVE to have ONE Beatle autograph…but all four…twice over!  VERY jealous!  That is really cool.  I would call what you have absolute treasure!!  I agree, it makes one feel connected.  I will have to check out your book, also.  It sounds really interesting!

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6 May 2013
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Egroeg Evoli said
I have… nothing. :(

EDIT: Oh, wait! I have a Revolver mug and a mug that says "'All You Need Is Love' -John Lennon and Paul McCartney"! Do they count?

I say they do! 

6 May 2013
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I will someday get a picture on this thread of all my Beatles stuff.  My girlfriend and I's room is covered wall to wall with Beatles posters, we got some blankets, probably about 20 Shirts between the two of us, a couple handfuls of Beatles magazines, a couple vinyls, pint glasses, shot glass, coffee mugs, wallets, lanyards…all sorts of fun stuff.

 

I went to a flea market in town the other day and someone complimented me on the shirt I was wearing.  He then told me about a guy who is a janitor at the school he attends who has a warehouse with over a million dollars worth of Beatles memorabilia.  I must locate this warehouse…blue-meanie

6 May 2013
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^^^ I'm good at picking locks and climbing gutters if that helps me get my hands on some Beatles memorabilia a-hard-days-night-george-10

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6 May 2013
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^^^ The worrying thing is how you've discovered that you're good at picking locks….

I know when I do begin to buy memorabilia, I'll be very cautious because the amount of things on ebay with all four of the signatures on makes you believe that most of them are fake  blue-meanieblue-meanieblue-meanie

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6 May 2013
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Its not just beatles autographs that are fake on ebay, there is a lot of crap fake Beatles stuff well overpriced. Tho Apple release official crap official stuff thats well overpriced too. Anyone need to buy a Beatles sausage roll dispenser?

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
6 May 2013
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fabfouremily said

^^^ The worrying thing is how you've discovered that you're good at picking locks….

Amm I may/may not have got into people's houses by picking their locks… O.o

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7 May 2013
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Wow!  I agree, RedLennon…"MUST find that warehouse"!!!  Talk about TREASURE!  I would love to see a pic of your "Beatles Room" too!  Sounds really cool. Any pic's of memorabilia would be awesome to see a-hard-days-night-john-3

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18 July 2013
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On another thread forum members are debating whether we "Are we witnessing the last generation of Beatle fans?" [I'm paraphrasing]).

On a related note, I've been advised to sell my Beatle / Space memorabilia collection NOW because those most interested in it would currently  be in their 60s. Pretty soon that group will be too old to be interested in buying that stuff, and the next generations won't care at all.

But American Civil War memorabilia is going strong; my thinking is that there will never be another Beatles or another space race.

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18 July 2013
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I think the Beatles memorabilia is going for a lot of money at the moment, perhaps because of the anniversary related things going on, but that doesn't mean that they won't be worth a lot in the future. I know if I owned anything valuable though, I wouldn't want to sell it. Isn't the whole point of buying the stuff in the first place to own it? I know the potential financial gain wouldn't interest me in the slightest.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

2 March 2014
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I came across this interesting item on ebay – a Beatles/Heineken tie in:

 

 

Since it'll eventually disappear, here's the description:

FOR SALE HERE ARE:

2 BEATLES HEINEKEN CANS (ONE LARGE, ONE SMALL, BOTH EMPTY), ONE CARDBOARD TRAY, ONE PAGE ORIGINAL NEWSPAPER AD, AND TWO COPIES OF THE TAPE (NORMAL ISSUE AND 'VARIANT'.

 

"Only The Beatles …" 

The Heineken Lager Beer / EMI Promotion 1986

© 2014 Garry Marsh / Beatle Daze ArchivesTM

In late June 1986 EMI Parlophone in the UK, apparently, put together a Beatles promotion along with Heineken Lager Beer, after some seventeen months of discussion and bargaining. This was highly unusual for the fact that The Beatles have never loaned their name for advertising purposes, other than for their own products. There are though documented instances of 'subliminal advertising': a picture of them collecting for Oxfam with one Jeffery Archer, a picture of them drinking Pepsi Cola, a picture of their faces superimposed on four apples promoting fruit / healthy eating, a picture of them boarding a BEAtles plane etc.

Paul Watts of Stilletto, a music consultant company, was quoted at the time saying:

"This is the biggest deal of its kind that's ever been done in the UK in terms of music sponsorship and premiums."

He also went to great pains to point out that all the parties involved were anxious not to be seen to be 'ripping-off' The Beatles. On the contrary it was believed that the promotion would add to the Beatles' legend!

"The crucial factor behind this deal is ensuring that the integrity of The Beatles' catalogue is maintained."

There was no mention whatsoever of the amount paid by Heineken for this opportunity to cash in on the Beatles, but it must have been a great deal for such a great deal! (Pun intended.)

So, at that time, local off-licences, supermarkets, Victoria Wine shops and other assorted outlets started to sell up to 35 million specially printed cans of Heineken Lager Beer which featured a red triangular banner across the top that said "The Beatles – A Unique Cassette", in white, bold capitals. Around the bottom of the cans, the Beatles' first names, (JOHN, PAUL, GEORGE, RINGO repeated four times) were printed in capitals, in white on a red background, circling the entire can. The cans themselves came in two sizes; 275ml and 440ml. The cans were transported and displayed in an open cardboard tray, about 2.5 inches deep, which held 24cans. This cardboard tray carried the same design as the cans, the red triangular banner, on two sides.

By sending in four of the special ring pulls from the cans and a crossed postal order or cheque for £2.99 (£2.49 + 50p P&P) made payable to ‘Heineken Beatles Offer’, consumers received a special copy of a unique EMI compilation cassette entitled ‘Only the Beatles …’ (Parlophone / Stiletto SMMC 151). Initially over 100,000 copies of the cassette were manufactured for the offer. You could apply as many times as you liked, remembering that ‘this album is not available in the shops’. You had to allow 28 days for delivery and the offer was open to UK Heineken drinkers over 18 years of age. The offer ended June 30th 1987. You could use the enclosed Heineken gift card to send another copy of the tape to a friend,

The address to send to was:

Fab Four Offer,

FREEPOST,

PO Box 456,

London

W6 9HQ.

 

The cassette tape featured twelve songs from 1962-1967;

Side One:

Love Me Do,

Twist And Shout,


She Loves You,

This Boy,

Eight Days A Week,

All My Loving,

Side Two:

Ticket To Ride,

Yes It Is,

Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da,

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,

And I Love Her,

Strawberry Fields Forever,

Included on the tape were "previously unreleased stereo versions” of ‘This Boy and ‘Yes It Is.

 

Some of the tapes had the song 'Ticket To Ride' at the end of side one and at the start of side two. I have copies of both the regular issue and the 'variant'.

This cassette only compilation, 'Only The Beatles …' was (P) & © 1986 for Stiletto Limited, 122 Holland Park Avenue, London W11 4UA, with the ‘project realisation’ by Paul Watts (Stiletto) and Norman Bates (EMI).

There were advertisements produced for daily newspapers, and reel-to-reel tape advertisement for local commercial radio stations.

This was the first, and only, time that a special packaging of Beatles songs was ever issued for the promotion of a commercial product.

The first cassettes were sent out July 1st 1986.

On Friday 18th July Apple Corps issued a writ against Whitbread and Co PLC, the owners of the Heineken brand, stating that they were marketing Beatles music without Apple's permission. Apple claimed not to know anything about the deal, until they read about it in the press!

An Apple spokesperson was quoted as saying:

"We knew nothing about EMI's scheme with Heineken until then. Our lawyers contacted them and asked them to desist and they refused. We do no think this is any way for a reputable British company to behave."

Apple was apparently informed early on in the negotiations, but chose not to make any comment. Perhaps they weren't actually listening! In any case EMI then chose to carry on with the deal.

I seem to remember reading, much later, the odd line in the daily papers about the whole project being brought to halt within the first six months. I didn't really care I already had my copies, my empty cans, a full can, cardboard trays, the newspaper advert (dated August 2nd) and the radio reel-to-reel etc. I also remember hearing about a warehouse, somewhere in London, where the tapes were 'dumped' after the authorisation problems! Once again I am sure that one of our readers knows a bit more about this; one of you, out there, bought the lot and have been selling them off ever since……and why not…..a very good investment. 

I do remember also being at the 1986 Beatles Convention, in Liverpool, over the August Bank Holiday, marketing my computer adventure game BEATLE QUEST, and having an empty can on my stall for sale at 50p (as a joke folks!). A Japanese gentleman attempted to pay me £50 for it, where-upon I informed him that he could buy a full one around the corner from the Adelphi Hotel for about 57p. I was surprised by some of the dealers there who said I should have taken the guy's money! I hope he went and bought himself one, didn't open it, and took it back to the Land of the Rising Sun for a place in his Beatles collection.

Anyway the cassette, and inserts, along with an original can (still full, if possible!), cardboard shop trays, newspaper advert, and reel-to-reel radio advert, and all associated shop counter displays, is now almost impossible to find as a set, and is estimated to be worth anything from £400-£500 (unless you know different?) for a combination of the above items.

© 2014 Garry Marsh / Beatle Daze ArchivesTM

 

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2 March 2014
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I have that Heineken tape + the inserts*, bought it in The Beatles shop in Liverpool years ago for £12.99. Not the big box, ad, beer cans, try etc. 

 

*including a gift tag so you could order another cassette and send it to a friend (enclose 4 can ring pulls and £2.99).

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