WASHINGTON COLISEUM
FEBRUARY 11, 1964
3RD & M STS, N.E.
WASHINGTON, D.C. , USA
ORIGINAL CONCERT TICKET STUB
 

CONDITION: NM-
ITEM#: CA099
PRICE: $3,750



 
  DESCRIPTION
(ACTUAL SCANS)

FOLLOWING THEIR TRIUMPHANT DEBUT ON THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW ON FEBRUARY 9, 1964, THE BEATLES VERY FIRST CONCERT IN AMERICA TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, AT THE WASHINGTON COLISEUM. THE SHOW WAS A SELL-OUT AND ATTENDED BY 8,092 SCREAMING FANS WHO PAID EITHER $2.00, $3.00 OR $4.00 TO SEE THEIR HEROES.

SHORTLY BEFORE NOON ON THE 11TH, THE BEATLES, WINS RADIO DISC JOCKEY MURRAY THE K, AND SELECT MEMBERS OF THE PRESS ARRIVED AT MANHATTAN'S PENN STATION AND BOARDED AN OLD RICHMOND, FREDERICKSBURG AND POTOMAC RAILROAD SLEEPER CAR NAMED THE KING GEORGE HEADED FOR WASHINGTON, D.C. . THE TRAIN RIDE GAVE THE BEATLES AND THE PRESS ANOTHER CHANCE TO GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER. THE TRAIN PULLED INTO WASHINGTON'S UNION STATION AT 3:09 P.M. .

WHEN THE BEATLES CLIMBED ONTO THE STAGE JUST AFTER 8:30 P.M. AND EVEN BEFORE THEY PLAYED A NOTE, FANS BEGAN SCREAMING AND PHOTOGRAPHERS STARTED TAKING A BARRAGE OF PHOTOS. THE POPPING FLASHBULBS CUT THROUGH THE DARKNESS WITH THE INTENSITY OF A PYROTECHNIC SHOW. THE FIRST AMERICAN CROWD ALSO FOLLOWED THE BRITISH TRADITION OF THROWING JELLY BEANS ONTO THE STAGE. THE SCREAMING WAS SO LOUD AND HYSTERICALLY PERSISTENT THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE CONCERT - AND THEN - ABOUT 35 MINUTES AFTER THE BEATLES CLIMBED ONTO THE STAGE, IT WAS OVER. THE BEATLES, THE CROWD AND THE POLICE WERE EXHAUSTED.

FAB 4 COLLECTIBLES PROUDLY OFFERS ONE OF THE RAREST PIECES OF BEATLES CONCERT EPHEMERA AND ONE THAT RARELY SURFACES TODAY. HERE IS AN ORIGINAL CONCERT TICKET STUB FROM THE INFAMOUS FIRST AMERICAN CONCERT AT THE WASHINGTON COLISEUM.

THESE TICKETS, EITHER IN FULL UNUSED CONDITION (VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND), OR STUBS, ARE AMONG THE RAREST OF ALL BEATLES CONCERT TICKETS IN EXISTENCE. WASHINGTON COLISEUM TICKETS RATE AS A VITAL AND IMPORTANT COLLECTIBLE AND CONTINUE TO BE IN HIGH DEMAND AMONG COLLECTORS. THE MAJORITY OF THESE TICKETS FROM THIS VENUE WERE DISCARDED OR LOST OVER THESE PAST 51 YEARS.

MEASURING 2˝" X 1˝", THE 'PURPLE' COLORED TICKET STUB IS THE $3.00 "ARENA" SEATING LOCATION (SECTION '41', ROW 'A'. SEAT '13') AND IS IN BEAUTIFUL NEAR MINT MINUS CONDITION, DISPLAYING NO HANDLING WEAR AT ALL, WITH SHARP CORNERS. DESPITE THE AGE OF THE VALIDATED TORN TICKET STUB, THERE ARE NO OTHER RIPS, STAINS OR FOLDS. THE PIECE STILL DISPLAYS VERY LEGIBLE, AND THE LETTERING PRINT REMAINS DARK AND BOLD, CLEAN AND RESPECTABLE. THE REVERSE BLANK SIDE HAS A TAPE STAIN, RESULTING FROM BEING IN A SCRAPBOOK PREVIOUSLY.

FOR THE ULTIMATE IN PRESERVATION, WE PRESENT THE TICKET STUB IN A 5˝" X 3˝" CRYSTAL CLEAR ULTRA-PROŽ 1" THICK BEVELED LUCITE SCREW-DOWN HOLDER DISPLAY.

 
 
 
 
 

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