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Beatles Books Monthly Original VS Reprint
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18 November 2016
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Hoping I'm posting into the right forum field, I have a question regarding Beatles Books Monthly. I have recently purchased some of the issues from eBay but I would like to be sure they are originals and not the nearly-same front cover reprints. I'm only sure about number 1 being original since it smelled like the good old books and the pages were sort of frail. Does anyone know how to spot if the books are original or reprints (any differences on some pages, writing, size of the books etc.) or if there is any good paperback guide I could buy on the topic? Any help would be appreciated! 

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18 November 2016
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We used to go all the way downtown to Sherman's Books '64-'70's (google it) in Baltimore to buy any and all fanzines incl. the Beatles Monthly. It was smaller than the other mags. More like 6" X 7". Black and white. I believe the logo was white against blue at the top, with a b&w pic on cover. (Been a long time, but we had a good stack of them!)

Sherman's was the 1st store to sell "personality posters" (blow-ups) of your favorite stars. They also carried British fan mags which we ate up for info. (no internet!!) I could go on about Sherman's....but I hope I was helpful in your questions about the Beatles Monthly.

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19 November 2016
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One of the things to check is the staples. The reprints came inside newly written material. First off they came inside Record Collector, and then soon switched to the surrounding pages covering their solo careers along with retrospective articles.

If these pages have been removed to try and pass it as an original, the staples will often be looser than you'd expect and/or show some bending where the outer pages have been pulled off.

The actual reprints were exact replicas though, and off the top of my head I can't think of anything that identified them as reprints.

There may be some slight printing differences that allow for telling between certain originals and reprints, but it's not something I think any research has been done on.

Loose and/or slightly pulled-out staples can be a good indication though.

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If it looks and smells new...........

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SaxonMothersSon said
We used to go all the way downtown to Sherman's Books '64-'70's (google it) in Baltimore to buy any and all fanzines incl. the Beatles Monthly. It was smaller than the other mags. More like 6" X 7". Black and white. I believe the logo was white against blue at the top, with a b&w pic on cover. (Been a long time, but we had a good stack of them!)

Sherman's was the 1st store to sell "personality posters" (blow-ups) of your favorite stars. They also carried British fan mags which we ate up for info. (no internet!!) I could go on about Sherman's....but I hope I was helpful in your questions about the Beatles Monthly.  

So lucky!! I wish there was a bookshop or at least a book fair near my home so I could just go there and probably buy off everything if they had Beatles stuff 😀  Instead, the only way I have is to buy them off eBay and there's sadly a lot of counterfeits being sold + being able to check if the books are original by looking at pictures can be quite deceiving as well. I'd love to hear more about Sherman's! And yes, you were helpful

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Ron Nasty said
One of the things to check is the staples. The reprints came inside newly written material. First off they came inside Record Collector, and then soon switched to the surrounding pages covering their solo careers along with retrospective articles.

If these pages have been removed to try and pass it as an original, the staples will often be looser than you'd expect and/or show some bending where the outer pages have been pulled off.

The actual reprints were exact replicas though, and off the top of my head I can't think of anything that identified them as reprints.

There may be some slight printing differences that allow for telling between certain originals and reprints, but it's not something I think any research has been done on.

Loose and/or slightly pulled-out staples can be a good indication though.  

Thank you very much! Being new at collecting I went out to look for some guides but ended up buying the Monthlies having to rely on the seller's words and pictures only as I couldn't find any related article or stuff.  I have checked the issues' sizes the other day but nothing came up since all of them turned out to be basically the same. I haven't checked the staples yet though so thanks for the suggestion.

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Bongo said
If it looks and smells new...........  

Sadly my nose doesn't go as far 🙁  It stopped working after the first issue 🙁 

 

Anyway, the 1st issue did have a strong smell of having been kept in a drawer for many years, as crazy as it sounds xD

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Very interested to have spotted this thread. I have collected and researched the 'BBM' over a number of years. In many cases, differences are easy to spot, in others less so, but I reckon to be able to spot any reprint pretty accurately. I hope it's acceptable to mention my ebay buyers guide "Collecting The Beatles Book Monthly" (sorry, I don't know how to insert a link here, you'll have to search for it). I think it's pretty thorough, although not detailing every individual copy which is partly down to the limitations of the format. It should answer most questions you have. I'd welcome any questions or comments too. Thanks

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Your Ebay Buyers Guide is excellent. I printed it out so I could use it in identifying the originals from the reprints. The information you provided is so helpful & I'm sure it will help those who are unsure if they have an original issue since there are many reprints on Ebay. I would like to know if you have any information on #9. Thank you very much!

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